Fascinating fascia

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 fibrous connections are the fascia.

I have long held the belief that the fascia also stores emotional memories, such as 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 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 treatment approach. 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 for 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 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 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 tension patterns.

Reiki. I am trained in both Western and Jikiden traditional Japanese reiki. Reiki is a hands on energy healing practice suitable for people and other animals. I have learnt much from both schools and use the cooling, grounding energy it affords me in all of my interactions with the horses.

Balanced movement is the final piece of the puzzle that I can help you with. Pain, stiffness and movement dysfunction are caused by a feeling of unsafety in the nervous system. All the body work in the world is of no use unless the ingrained movement patterns change too. For human movement modifications I can recommend you to some fantastic movement teachers and leave you with a few things to practice until you see one. For the horses I now offer training and instruction in French classical dressage to help you and your horse learn a liberating style of training, based on the same gentle levels of touch as the bodywork I offer.

This brief guide is to give you some informationon how my reflective, mindful manner of working differs from services may have used before, and the wonderful results it produces. For a more in depth discussion about fascia and how I work with it please contact me.

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