Do you suffer from chronic pain? We have all experienced acute trauma in some way or other. Bumping your head on a cabinet, missing a step, slipping on ice, falling, tripping, getting hit by an object, cutting a finger… acute trauma is tough to avoid. Like my mom always says, “Accidents happen, that’s why they call them accidents. You don’t know they are coming so you can’t really avoid them.”
I admit it. I am a bit obsessed with fascia. That's not really accurate. It's more than fascia, in fact, it's not fascia as it is defined in text today that I am intrigued with. I am curious and well versed in the connective tissue system and the collagen matrix that architecturally, psychically, and mechanically supports, protects, and keeps us stable over our lifetime.
See, even tuna has fascia! What a perfect image of the "fuzz" Gil Hedley is now rather famous for in his "Fuzz Speech" you can find on Youtube. He talks about how every morning when you move and stretch to wake up, the fuzz melts and reliquifies.
A woman named Jennifer took my session at IDEA and wrote a query to Tom Myers:
First, I'd like to thank Thomas Myer for his extremely informative article in the April issue of IDEA Fitness Journal. My colleages and I at Rio Sport and Health in Gaithersburg, MD have been very interested in "fascial fitness". We are confused with information and training techniques that we recently learned at the IDEA personal Training conference and hoped you might be able to shed some light on the subject or suggest some further reading.
Well, it's taken about 8 years for anyone in the fitness or health indutries to listen to reason when it come to long-term wellness and longevity. This month's Men's Health Magazine has an AWESOME article regarding Connective Tissue and Tom Myer's work, not to mention our very own Robert Schleip, research extraordinaire! I hope you will check out this article at the link below.
Although the article doesn't discuss treating the connective tissue with hands-off bodywork, at least it shows some of the information about hands-on techniques. Although we are well positioned to move forward, there is still a great deal of work to be done! Keep spreading the word about MELTing!