A fascia is a band or sheet of connective tissue, primarily collagen, beneath the skin that attaches, stabilises, encloses, and separates muscles and other internal organs. Fascia has an appearance similar to a spider’s web or a sweater.
The fascial system is one continuous structure that exists from head to toe without interruption. Each part of the entire body is connected to every other part by the fascia.
Trauma, inflammatory responses, and surgical procedures create Myofascial restrictions that can produce tensile pressures of approximately 2,000 pounds per square inch on pain-sensitive structures. These restrictions and pressures often do not appear in standard tests such as x-rays, myelograms, CAT scans, electromyography, etc.
A high percentage of people suffering with pain and lack of motion may be suffering undiagnosed fascial problems.
Our classes ensure the benefits of fascia-focused movement in Pilates.
Pilates manipulates the fascia to gradually build resilience, which facilitates optimal movement and reduces the chance of injury.
Pilates movements and stretches assist in keeping your fascia hydrated and highly flexible.
“Fascia has suddenly entered the limelight within the field of human life science. While literally thrown away in most anatomical dissections, this colourless fibrous tissue had mostly been treated like a dull and inert packaging organ.”
“All collagenous fibrous connective tissues that can be seen as elements of a body-wide tensional force transmission network”.
The term “fascia” is, then, fairly synonymous with the layperson’s understanding of the term “connective tissue”.