For Greater Flexibility and Faster Recovery, Get To Know Your Fascia
By Hannah Woit
Last week, in a conference room in Manhattan’s Financial District, twenty-five people sat rubbing their hand joints and jawlines. That was the scene during the closing of Primary’s most recent monthly member networking luncheon. Every luncheon ends with a brief talk or demonstration by one of Primary’s ambassadors on a wellness topic. In June, Saron Smith-Hardin introduced Members to their fascia, something many of us aren’t aware is there, but we’ve carried around inside us for all of our lives.
Fascia… Say What?
Your fascia envelop and connect all of your body structures (think muscles, bones, etc.). Yoga Journal compares it to the membrane that goes around individual sections of an orange--it separates, but also connects different parts of your body. It also contains nerve endings and contributes to our awareness of how our body is moving.
Runner’s World offers another useful analogy when thinking about the fascia: like a t-shirt. If you tug upwards on the collar of your t-shirt, your whole shirt moves--the bottom edge moves up, the sleeves rise up your arms. When you release your collar, it moves back into place.
How Do I Care For It?
When you are inactive, the fascia lose their flexibility and can restrain your range of motion. If you’re standing up to leave the office after a long day at work, do a full body stretch--same goes for when you’re getting out of bed in the AM.
High-intensity physical training can also tighten your fascia, warns Dr. Christiane Northrup, which leads us to...
Applied pressure can help keep the fascia supple and hydrated, so use fascia health as another excuse to do some foam rolling or go for a massage.
Pair your pressure with...
Your fascia contains water, so stay hydrated to keep it at its healthiest. Dehydration can lead to tension.