“In many texts, fascia is described as a body envelope, permeating through and around every nook of the body.
It surrounds nerve fibres, surrounds and bundles muscle fibres, and lines organs and vessels.
It is the element that gives contour and structure to the body, linking the pieces together into segments, segments together into their systems.
In essence, fascia connects all of our parts and organizes them into a vibrant whole.
~ Susi Hately Aldous,
author of Anatomy and Asana, and my very first yoga therapy teacher
Myofascial Release class is coming up on December 17 and I thought we gots to talk about the difference between muscle and fascia – mainly because this difference has a major impact on how we address problems in each department.
The difference that I’m talking about has to do with the stretch-ability of muscle vs fascia.
The basic gist of it is that muscle is elastic but fascia is plastic.
What exactly does that mean?
Let’s take a look!
Here is a brilliant demo idea from one of my teachers.
This explanation totally made sense to my brain (maybe because it was visual?!) and it had stuck with me even quite a few years later:
Hey, my name is Julia
Living with chronic pain has taught me to look for solutions in unlikely places – places where most people see only problems.
Over the years I’ve gotten to be pretty good at this problem-solving and silver-lining finding thing.
So good that I felt compelled to share what I’ve learned and help others to find their sea legs while navigating, living, and winning their battle with chronic pain.