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WHAT IS FASCIA?
There are many ways to describe fascia. The simple way is to think of yourself wearing a stretchy bodysuit that can get shortened, twisted, dried out and snagged in various places, whereby creating uncomfortable compensations and limitations anywhere in the structure. More simply, the slimy stuff you cut away when you're cooking a chicken breast (sorry vegans). The connective tissue, fascia is what holds us together, it covers each individual muscle, blood vessel, nerve, dives deep to form the septa in the muscles and even deeper to form the periosteum around the bones, and the coverings and suspension of the organs.
Some more formal definitions:
The term "connective tissue" refers to tissues that surround, protect, and support all of the other structure in the body. Connective tissue is the matrix that binds together the body's organs and systems, while at the same time providing compartmentalization between them. Fascia, a specific type of connective tissue, is a continuous sheath that provides structural support for the skeleton and soft tissues (muscles, tendons, etc.).
Click to read more from Pam's mentor John Latz at the Institute for Structural Integration
Fascia is the biological fabric that holds us together—the connective-tissue network. This collagenous network of gel and fiber is made up in part by an “extra-cellular matrix,” manufactured inside a connective-tissue cell and then extruded out into intercellular space. The fiber-gel matrix remains an immediate part of the environment of every cell, similar to how cellulose helps provide structure to plant cells. (Remember, we are more like a plant than a machine.)
Click to read the complete article by Tom Myers at Yoga Journal
"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 coverings. It is actually one continuous structure that exists from head to toe 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.
Trauma, inflammatory responses, and/or surgical procedures create Myofascial restrictions that can produce tensile pressures of approximately 2,000 pounds per square inch on pain sensitive structures that do not show up in many of the standard tests (x-rays, myelograms, CAT scans, electromyography, etc.) A high percentage of people suffering with pain and/or lack of motion may be having fascial problems, but are not diagnosed."
Click to read more from John F Barnes at Myofascial Release & Treatment Centers