In 2015 I became a grandma....and it is the best thing ever! Oh my, I love our little guy.
I am also his Monday-Friday babysitter. Which is the best job in the whole world. But because there are only 7 days of 24 hours each week...something has to give.
Which means that some of the activities/projects I had planned to have already completed are not, yet. My scheduling has slowed to a crawl.
FASCIA is my passion...I believe it is the key to reducing pain and increasing mobility...especially in the cases where there is no other explanation for the pain/stiffness. IT is the 'overlooked factor' many times, I think. Freeing it by increasing its mobility, health, and hydration.... I believe, increases the quality of life for many people.
I am working on producing a couple On-line Courses - but it is a slow process at the moment......as most of my time is with our little guy.
I thank you for your continued visitation and interest on this site and my FaceBook Page. I am still here, still appreciating you and all you do for people everyday. :)
Have a Great Day Everyone!
Pj Swink, LMT
This link shows some basic exercises for fascial health. I was caught up in it because of the first line....."Skin isn’t the only thing keeping our innards in place."
Innards! ......It is hard for me to say that word without a smile. Yes, I want to keep my "innards in place!"
Do you? :)
Have a great day!
"The Fascia is a specialized system of the body that has an appearance similar to a spider’s web or a sweater. Fascia is very densely woven, covering and interpenetrating every muscle, bone, nerve, artery and vein as well as all of our internal organs including the heart, lungs, brain and spinal cord. The most interesting aspect of the fascial system is that it is not just a system of separate covering.It is actually one structure that exists from head to foot without interruption. In this way you can begin to see that each part of the entire body is connected to every other part by the fascia, like the yarn in a sweater.
Fascia also plays an important role in the support of our bodies, since it surrounds and attaches to all structures. These structures would not be able to provide the stability without the constant pull of the fascial system.In fact, our bones can be thought of as tent poles, which cannot support the structure without the constant support of the guide wires (or fascia) to keep an adequate amount of tension to allow the tent (or body) to remain upright with proper equilibrium."
Excerpt from the Massage Today article noted below:
"Magnesium is responsible for allowing calcium into the cell when a muscle needs to contract or a nerve needs to fire. Calcium helps it contract. Magnesium helps it relax. Magnesium is responsible for pushing the calcium out of the cell when the job is done. This allows the cell to return to normal and await its next command. If there is insufficient magnesium, calcium enters the cell and never leaves."
And what does the calcium do when it does not leave? ----- Makes us creaky and crackly where we should not be. Takes up space, cluttering where other things that need to move around have less room to do that. Calcifies us?....stiffens, hardens? Are you seeing it?
My coffee pot will eventually cease to work if I let the calcium deposits build up in it.....AND ALTHOUGH our bodies (Thank God) are more forgiving than my coffee pot... keeping the calcium moving in and out and working for us is so much better than letting it accumulate and turn us "stone-like."
Seriously, magnesium and fascia....two things to consider together.
Have a great day and check out the full article at this link: http://www.massagetoday.com/mpacms/mt/article.php?id=13891
And please, check out articles, study, explanations, and comments I post to FaceBook concerning Massage and Fascia
Fascial Balancing Technique....
The Neglected Fascial System
by Frankie L. Burget, OTR, RMT, CNDT
Director of Windsong Therapy and Wellness
This video has some interesting points about fascia...it gives a slightly different view, which is refreshing.
The study of fascia is changing the way many of us think about anatomy and structure............
I believe it is facilitating a more accurate representation of the functioning human body.
This video shows magnified fascia. If you can imagine this 3-dimensional webbing throughout the body....strand upon strand...intertwined with blood vessels, nerves and other tissues, when the fascia shortens (as in a stress or panic) it clamps and restricts these structures. The restriction would result in varying degrees of decreased blood flow and even could cause numbness.
Now take a look at this amazing account of a man named Jack Schwarz, who supposedly learned how to stop himself from bleeding.
Now stretch your mind around this:
Is it possible Jack Schwarz learned control over his fascia and squeezed the blood vessels very similar to a tourniquet?
I will leave you to ponder this incredible possibility.
Have a great day everyone.
This is great! Shows the muscles being stretched.
"Fascia is the Cinderella of body tissues—systematically ignored, dissected out and thrown away in bits (Schleip 2003). However, fascia forms the biological container and connector for every organ (including muscles). In dissection, fascia is literally a greasy mess (not at all like what the books show you) and so variable among individuals that its actual architecture is hard to delineate. For many reasons, fascia has not been seen as a whole system; therefore we have been ignorant of fascia’s overall role in biomechanics.
Thankfully, the integrating mechano-biological nature of the fascial web is becoming clearer." - excerpt from this GREAT Article by Thomas Myers.
This is a very thorough article, packed with explanations and illustrations. Bibliography included. It is gold! Thanks Thomas Myers!
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