Sometimes clients will tell me that they feel sensation or pulling in an area other than the one I am currently treating. This can be very surprising to people. I explain to them that I am not at all surprised by this because of the presence of spectacular fascia.
Fascia is a system of connective tissue fibers that is integral to our health and proper functioning. Fascia makes up about 20 percent of our body mass! It wraps our bones, muscle fibers, muscle bundles, organs, arteries, veins and nerves, applying tension and compression to the part it surrounds. We have fascia throughout our body, connecting areas that seem to us to be unrelated, but in reality influence each other every day and with every movement.
Fascia also helps to suspend our organs. Our organs are wrapped in fascia that attaches to boney structures in our body, thereby gaining support. This fascia supporting our organs connects with the fascia wrapping our muscles. In this way our breath, movement, and posture can affect the health of our organs through the network of fascia that they share with our muscles.
Fascia is important, and it can greatly influence our health and the way we feel. Take care of your fascia by taking care of yourself - stay hydrated, eat nutritious foods, exercise, move regularly, and self-massage and/or receive professional massage regularly.
So the next time you stretch, move or have bodywork and you feel that movement in your shoulder, but also in your abdomen, or maybe your head...now you know why that is.