BY: Jill Kozhevnikov
What is fascia?
Fascia is a network of connective tissue (like a collagen casing) that surrounds and holds every organ, blood vessel, bone, nerve fiber, and muscle in place; it provides internal structure and has nerves that make it almost as sensitive as skin.
When fascia is healthy it is malleable and can slide, glide, twist, and bend, pain-free. If it is not doing well, it can get thicker, bumpy, stickier, drier, and tighter.
Pain in your fascia is commonly mistaken for muscle pain or joint pain.
The biggest difference between muscle or joint pain and fascia pain is that muscle or joint pain worsens as you keep moving, while fascia pain gets better with movement.
It is done by compressing tissue, bringing tissue to its point of stretch, and waiting with sustained pressure until the tissue warms, softens, and gives way to increased mobility.
In the Myofascial Swedish training, I learned the traditional Myofascial Release and a variation that includes elements of Swedish massage.
This combined technique creates a flowing sequence of Myofascial stretching with the gliding fluidity of Swedish massage.
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