(Ok, I know this one is long, but I promise it's worth reading!)
[What is fascia?]
Fascia is web-like system of connective tissue that runs throughout our bodies. Fascial pathways provide a messaging system to the brain about what's going on in the body.
Structural issues, including poor foot position, neck and shoulder malalignments and posture problems cause more than extra corrections from your F[r] trainers. These imbalances necessitate a protective conversation between fascia and the brain.
[How does fascia affect us?]
When our bodies are out of whack, the fascia tattles on us and the brain tells the fascia to stiffen up. This stiffening is what makes us feel like we constantly need to stretch or adjust. (Unfortunately stretching and cracking do not fix the problem that caused the fascia lockdown, so relief is often temporary.) Areas that are affected by acute injury such as a bad fall, athletic incident or car accident create areas of extreme restriction, adhesions (stuck together tissue) and distortions. (e.g. trigger points and "knots.")
These "tight" spots cause more imbalances, muscle dysfunction/atrophy and the ever-dreaded, lumpy nuisance, CELLULITE.
Yep cellulite is just tight, stressed-out fascia that squeezes fat cells into irregular shapes like marshmallows through a grated fence.
[Who has messed up fascia?]
EVERYONE who walks through our doors has a fascia problem in one way or another. (even your F[r] team!) In fact, the more intense you've been with fitness, the more advanced your fascial issues can be without upkeep and regular fascial care. And, the longer you move without learning and practicing proper biomechanics (basically movement physics), the faster your fascia system freaks out. At some point, even light jogging, walking or standing become painful and detrimental.
In order to protect our F[r]iends from serious injury, the F[r] Team has to edit many movements out of our group classes, reserving them only for personal training, when appropriate. Most often, busy lives prevent the workout frequency and consistency that earns us the ability to do a majority of the fun stuff that works best for fat loss.
("Bye-bye Burpees!"- heartbreaking, right? ;))
Even though moving more can makes things worse, moving less is most definitely not the answer. The less we move, the more unhealthy our fascial tissue becomes.
[What happens when I have unhealthy fascia?]
The physical ailments related to unhealthy fascia are vast and aplenty. They range from injuries such as plantar fasciitis, frozen shoulder, knee pain, wrist issues and sciatica to systemic problems like chronic headaches, depression, fatigue and even fibromyalgia. Super bummer, right?
[The fascia solution!]
There is a fix for your fascia problems. And the best part is you can do it yourself! Yes, with a little learning and dedication you can restore healthy fascia, smooth lumps and bumps and get your own body out of pain! We highly recommend looking into this amazing tool, the Fasciablaster, invented by a bodyworker, Ashley Black. There is a wonderful Facebook support group with many videos and testimonies on methods that individuals use to get themselves out of pain and moving well, with skin that looks smoother and younger than they ever thought possible!.
Professional help can make a BIG difference, especially when you first start out. And we are thrilled to now offer expert fascia care as part of the F[r] program.
If you are in pain, battling with trouble areas or are just plain curious, you can book a fascia care 30, 60 or 90 minute session with our therapist.