The complex structure of fascia

The body and mind are interconnected, and the fascia serves as a neurological interface with our environment. This connective tissue, densely innervated with some 250 million mechano-receptors, informs and coordinates our every interaction with the world. Sensory motor amnesia, a condition where an individual loses the ability to fully sense and control their movement, can disrupt this connection. Adaptive Bodywork Structural Integration (ABSI) offers a profound approach to reconnecting and optimizing this communication.

1. Fascia: The Neurological Interface with Our Environment

Proprioception, interoception and the other 6 senses

The fascia is more than a physical structure; it’s a neurological interface that connects us to our environment. Through proprioception, it guides our spatial awareness, and through interoception, it informs our internal sensations. ABSI’s targeted interventions work directly on this connective tissue, upregulating and reconnecting these mechano-receptors, optimizing our communication experience with the world.

2. Sensory Motor Amnesia: A Challenge to Overcome

The disconnect or short circuit between the mind and body

Sensory motor amnesia disrupts this connection, leading to restricted movement, reduced body awareness, and even pain. When the brain is not receiving accurate information from the body, it becomes cautious and protective. ABSI addresses this challenge by retraining the body and mind to rediscover and re-establish proper movement patterns.

3. Reconnecting and Upregulating with ABSI

An ABSI therapy session working with and in the client’s tissues

By getting our fingers into our clients’ tissues, ABSI stimulates these offline mechano-receptors, allowing the brain to recognize their presence and bring them back online. This improved connection and communication between the cellular tissues and the brain directly translate into improved sensory input and more informed movement.

4. Beyond Talk Therapies: A Direct and Powerful Approach

A traditional talk therapy session versus the hands on approach of an ABSI session

Unlike traditional talk therapies, ABSI works hands-on with the tissues of our nervous system, effecting profound and almost immediate change. By working directly on the fascia, ABSI offers a unique and powerful approach to well-being.

5. The Transformational Journey of ABSI

Before and after 1st and 2nd ABSI therapy session

Here is a sequence of photos showing an Adaptive Bodywork client before AB Soft Tissue Mobilization, after the first AB session, and then after a second session, one week later. Although this is an impressive visual progression, much more importantly, this client who is a serious amateur hockey player, reports vastly improved balance, spatial awareness and control and handling on the ice.

He calls the change, “Absolutely Unbelievable“. You see we are working with far more than just postural aesthetics. We have the potential to change lives…

The benefits of ABSI are wide-ranging and can significantly enhance an individual’s quality of life. These may include improved posture and alignment, enhanced flexibility and mobility, reduction or elimination of chronic pain, improved athletic performance, increased energy levels, enhanced body awareness, reduced stress and tension, and improved overall health and well-being.

As we move better and feel better, our self-confidence and movement competence are radically up-regulated, positively overflowing into every other aspect of our life. ABSI is not just a method of manual therapy; it’s a journey of transformation that embraces the profound connection between body and mind.

Conclusion: Embrace the Change with ABSI

Matthew Johnson, Head Coach , Route Setter at Bloc Shop, Montreal, Quebec

“John’s innovative approach to functional assessment, communication and exploration of the body are both powerful and incredibly accessible.

The process through which we assess tissue function empowers you to safely explore the optimization of athletic performance and recall injury or imbalance to proper form.

The experience of discovering new functionality within a single session truly changes the way one considers what ‘normal’ means in muscle performance. Any coach, trainer, or athlete who expects to perform and progress consistently should view Adaptive Bodywork as an essential tool in their training system.”

“Change Your Body About Your Mind” is more than a statement; it’s a philosophy that embodies the essence of ABSI. By recognizing the fascia as our neurological interface and addressing sensory motor amnesia, ABSI offers a path to a more harmonious and spontaneous life. Whether you are seeking to improve mobility, enhance confidence, or simply looking to get out of pain, ABSI provides the tools and guidance to unlock a potent self.

Join us in this transformative journey and experience the profound connection between your body and mind through Adaptive Bodywork Structural Integration.

Start your journey to structural well being with a comprehensive 90 minute Adaptive Bodywork Session or make it a project with a 3, 6 or 12-series.

Together we’ll explore what’s holding you back.

Together, we’ll set you on a path to a more balanced and integrated life.

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Together we’ll explore what’s holding you back.

Together, we’ll set you on a path to a more balanced and integrated life.

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