Fascia is one of the most exciting but least famous tissues of the body. Originally thought to be simply a connective tissue, science is now revealing its myriad functions in proprioception, whole body tension and memory.
So where is it? Everywhere! Every muscle, organ, bone and nerve in a body is covered and connected by a continuous, all encompassing sheet of fascia. The most obvious place to physically see it is when you peel the skin off a chicken breast, those fiberous connections are the fascia.
I have long held the belief that the fascia also stores the emotional memories, the way your Dad touched your shoulder; your fear as you fell at a jump and hurt your arm; the pain a badly fitting saddle caused before it was reflocked. In moments of fear and survival the fascia automatically tightens to protect the body from greater damage, sometimes this tightening remains long after it has served its useful function and because the fascia is all connected this can cause tension throughout the body. My approach of working with the animal and addressing the fascia above all other structures enables me to help your dog or horse release these long held emotional/physical tensions and make great steps towards whole body healing.
For me working directly with the fascia is the most effective way to work. Forcing a muscular or bony release through manual techniques and adjustments does produce therapeutic relief and great results but is often not a long lasting solution, and problems recur over and over. As the fascia is responsible to holding the bones and muscles together, it makes more sense to me to cut out the middle man and work directly with the source of the tension. The texture of the fascia can be incredibly diverse within a single body. Healthy fascia is smooth and has a slightly elastic, well hydrated feel to it, whereas tight fascia becomes ridged and dry with no slide or bounce.
Equine Touch uses a specific kind of touch to bring proprioceptive awareness, renew blood flow, and uses vibration to reimprint the body’s original blueprint.
Myofascial release and craniosacral therapy are slower, reflective holding ways of working in which your hands sink into the animal’s body and connect deeply with the fascia. MFR applies a slow gradual physical stretch to the fascia to melt adhesions and tightness. Craniosacral therapy connects deeply to the fascia’s own patterns of movement to allow time and space for the body to address these deeply help emotional and physical tensions.
I hope this goes some way to describe the reflective, mindful manner in which my way of working differs from what you may have used before, but produces wonderful results.