CORE FASCIAL RELEASE - DETAILED CONNECTIVE TISSUE WORK
Core Fascial Release helps realign overal structure & position and has a wholesome effect, very different than regular massage.
Compared to normal massage Core Fascial Release is a more diagnostic approach. Core Fascial Release reasons that in order for things to flow well in the body, the structure needs to be supported well.
Imagine a tower of blocks stacked on top of each other. When some blocks are tilted, it will effect the whole tower. Same goes for the body, it aims for good balance, and, although the body is never exactly symmetrical, the connective tissue is designed to achieve the best balance for its myriad functions.
By working both locally and on the whole, there is a constant tuning in, as to what the body needs to allow for more movement locally, better sliding, so that the fluid dynamics between the different layers improve.
A Core Fascial Release session usually starts with working in the body-core; the belly, deep laying tissues of the back that can be reached from the front side, and pelvic region (diaphragm, psoas, iliacus).
VISCERA, YOUR BELLY BRAIN
The viscera (organs & intestines) get attention, because their good functioning is crucial, and depends on the quality of hydration and circulation of the connective tissue located around and in between the organs and the surrounding muscles (like psoas). What happens here, is very important to what happens in the rest of the body. Also theses tissues should slide with deep laying muscles of the back, where stress has the tendency to hide itself, deep in the belly and body core, and because it never got touched, you didn’t even notice it.
Techniques are direct and soft, focussed on creating space, rather than compression or rubbing techniques of regular massage.
THE ROLE OF THE BREATH
Breath brings the body true nourishment in the form of oxygen. But it is not just important for the intake of oxygen, but also for the internal moving of the tissues, and the stretch against the pressure received by the touch during the treatment.
Normal massage modalities are more compressive in nature. Giving pressure or squeezing doesn’t create more mobility per se. Nor is there such thing as stretching and lengthening; there is just improving mobility by allowing better sliding locally. The breath is the tool from within the body that can create movement along the kinetic chain. With the kind of inhalation that takes the physical body along in movement comes awareness, pleasure and sometimes also the total surrender to the electromagnetic field.
Every body and every person has different ‘filters’ and preferences; this requires presence and tailoring. Although bodies have similar anatomy, the internal landscape of fascia is unique!
The intention of the movement and neutral listening is just as important as the direction of the movement. Tissues seem to have a preference of how they like to be moved. The art is to tune in such way that it becomes apparent!
Small movements kan create much more result because it can help shift the perception of the movement. It can trick the brain past the image that it has of its own movement limits, and also (at times imaginary) pain limits.
SCIENCE OF THE FASCIA
Fascia science is but 10 years young. Amongst others it has proven that fascia is the richest sensory organ for proprioception - kinaestesia, in other words: the sense of self-movement and your body position; the ability to experience your own body.
In addition, new insights about an intricate connection between fascia and the autonomic nervous system as well as emotional aspects have become available (Fascia Research Group Ulm & Fascia Congress). Tissues have proven to function better with social touch, either through soft touch or deeper pressure. The body's preferred amount of time for 'grooming'-related activities per person is 6 hours per week. Less than this can lead to depression.
The fascia can very well be seen as a communicational network. The fascia, the liquids of the body and the nervous system inform each other. The tissues are VERY sensitive to slow gradient movements that shift fluids around, and makes pressures shift, and and changes the intercellular dynamics.
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