Fascia! Fascia! Fascia! That’s the buzzword these days. So much talk about fascia, but you’re still not sure what it is? Now’s your chance to find out!
The first ever two-day introduction to the Fascial Fitness® training method is coming to Body Harmonics November 19-20, 2016.
Fascial Fitness® has exploded in Europe but this is the first time this workshop is being offered in Canada! And, as a certified Fascial Fitness® Master Trainer, I’m really excited to be able to bring this approach to Body Harmonics.
As some of you know I have spent the last years focusing on fascia, starting with my training as a certified Gyrotonic™ and Gyrokinesis™ instructor and progressing on to the Fascial Fitness® training series in Europe and the US, the Anatomy Trains in Motion training at Tom Myers’ facility in Maine and then most recently the Merrithew™ Fascial Movement Instructor Training. So I’m really looking forward to being able to share what I’ve learned in my travels!
What is Fascial Fitness ®?
Fascial Fitness® was developed in Germany by Dr. Robert Schleip from the Fascial Research Group of the Neurophysiology Division at Ulm University and Divo Müller from the Somatics Academy. Based on research from several well-known scientists around the world, Schleip and Müller developed a four-pronged program aimed at conditioning our fascial tissues in a variety of ways.
Building on studies that show that most soft tissue injuries occur in fascia, that fascia has six times more sensory nerve endings than muscle (and is therefore closely linked to pain and pain management), that fascia transfers and communicates tension throughout the body, that fascia has contractile and supportive properties, that together with muscles fascia determines how easily we move—or not!, and that fascia needs specific and regular attention to stay healthy and responsive, Fascial Fitness® offers a way to add a fascial component to any movement or training program for any type of participant.
How can we Train our Fascia?
We have always worked our fascia! It is impossible not to because it is inextricably linked to the rest of our movement system. That part is not so new. What is new is our awareness and knowledge of the fascial system, how it works generally, and even how to target specific properties of fascia throughout the body in different ways to achieve specific results and benefits. For example, we can:
- Train the spring in specific parts of our body, like the Achilles tendon or the thoracolumbar fascia, to keep us young, prevent injury and improve activities like walking, running and jumping
- Exploit the tensional properties of fascia to gain more support when we move
- Use movement and self myofascial release to hydrate our fascia and keep it supple, responsive and youthful
- Build self awareness to take advantage of the sensory and communication properties of fascia and thereby enhance its ability to facilitate ease of movement
The Fascial Fitness® workshop covers all this and more. It’s a great opportunity to add to your understanding of how the body works and augment and reinforce what you already do for your clients—and yourself!
Join us on November 19-20 2016 at Body Harmonics for this exciting new workshop on fascia! For details or to register please contact Melissa at the studio at 416-537-0714.
Jane Aronovitch is a Pilates & Movement teacher. She is also a writer and author. Her book, Get on it: BOSU Balance Trainer, is available at Body Harmonics, Amazon and Chapters Indigo.
“I love making ideas clear so teachers can directly apply what they learn in concrete and practical ways – and people can make connections, feel better, move with ease, and have fun.”