From the cellular level to the dermis, our uprightness as vertebrates depends not only on bone or muscle, but also on a critical network of connective tissue called fascia. A unique and ubiquitous structure, the anatomy of fascia is analogous to a network of thin and diaphanous bags which abut each other like the cells of juice within an orange wedge. Contained in these bags are every cell, nerve, organ and bone... and in their endless connections they become one collective, body-wide organ capable of changing size/shape and conversing with the brain. In other words, in addition to connecting every other structure in the body, fascia is also both elastic and intelligent. Meaning... fascia listens, fascia responds and fascia even remembers!
When a section of tissue is injured or put under strain, the body will call for reinforcing fibers to be built in this area - essentially creating scar tissue, which has a very similar makeup to fascia itself. Like a sweater that has been snagged, a pull or adhesion in fascia in one area of the body will unavoidably create compensations in nearby areas.
To understand the concept of fascial memory on an even deeper level, let's back up and think for a moment about embryonic development. We know that in utero one cell splits into two, and again and again and again until the cells are so many as to make up an entire human body. The head is one of the earliest areas of development, and from here three main layers of tissue arise: the endoderm (inner), the mesoderm (middle) and ectoderm (outer). Fascia arises from the inner endoderm and as such comprises the oldest, innermost layer of our bodies.
So, when we seek touch through bodywork - or any other means - we are asking to be contacted through-and-through, down to our deepest levels. #tucsonstructuralbodywork #fascia #muscle #bone #myofascialrelease #knowyourbody #anatomy #bodywork #selfcare #selfknowledge
About Ida... #1
From the 1920’s through the 1970’s Ida Pauline Rolf explored everything from atomic physics to tantric yoga in pursuit of the path to a balanced body. Tenacious as a woman of science, she held court at some of the top research institutions of the day (Columbia, Rockefeller, Pasteur among others) where early in her career she applied herself toward biochemistry, biophysics and oncology.
Ida left academia in the 1930’s to raise a family, and it was then that she found an opportunity to sink herself deeper into research that would become the basis and beginnings of Structural Integration (or Rolfing). From Long Island to Switzerland to Esalen, CA, Ida sought out mentors who could help tether and guide her in the development of her work, as well as conscious, curious peers with whom to hash out the relevance of their ideas within contemporary culture.
In 1971 The Rolf Institute for Structural Integration was founded in Boulder CO, and Ida’s work is taught in at least 18 separate institutions certifying in their own forms of SI. Some focus more on structure, others on energy or movement or emotion. And so although Ida left this world in 1978, her body of work continues to be a truly endless font of awareness and discovery. ❤
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Good sleeping habits are essential to healthy living. Learn to prop & bolster in bed for the best resting posture!
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Rolfer Sally Klemm talks about seeing, perception, and embodiment.
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One of many forthcoming infographics on the body, movement, and Rolfing! Find more at www.megancox.com/blog
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feeling some serious love from my clients this week... look at this bounty of gifts! can't wait to steep myself in all this good knowledge! #bachflowers #chinesemedicine #qigong #herbalmedicine #herbalhandbook #clientappreciation #tucsonstructuralbodywork #remedy #rolfing #essiac #naturalhealth #traditionalmedicine