Laura Edelbacher

Introduction

Close-up of fascia tissue under a microscope, highlighting its intricate details and composition

In recent years, the significance of fascia — the resilient, flexible tissue encasing muscles, bones, and organs — has firmly rooted itself in the realm of wellness and fitness. From Pilates instructors to massage therapists, many professionals assert the importance of nurturing the fascia for a healthier body. Devices like foam rollers and massage guns have also emerged, promising enhanced fascia health at home.

Christopher DaPrato, a physical therapist at the University of California, San Francisco, mentioned, “Fascia as a buzzword has really exponentially taken off.” Previously deemed as mere bodily packaging, fascia’s pivotal role in flexibility, range of motion, and overall functionality is now more acknowledged and studied.

However, an innovative approach that stands out in the realm of fascia care is Adaptive Bodywork Structural Integration (ABSI).

The serene setting prior to an AB1 certification workshop at the Adaptive Bodywork headquarters

John Sutherland, the owner and founder of ABSI, offers a unique manual therapy modality based on techniques evolved from Rolfing and further influenced by Tom Myers and Anatomy Trains Structural Integration. This approach seeks not just to alleviate fascial discomfort but to holistically integrate the body’s structural alignment, promoting improved mobility and range of motion.

What is Fascia?

Dense regular connective tissue (left) and Loose Areolar connective tissue (right)

Your body boasts two primary forms of fascia: dense and loose. While dense fascia, consisting of robust collagen fibers, grants your body its form and assists in movement, the more fluid loose fascia ensures seamless motion between muscles, joints, and organs.

How Does Fascia Get Damaged?

Fascia, rich in nerve endings, can become a pain source when inflamed or damaged, as revealed by Carla Stecco, an anatomy professor at the University of Padova. It can be affected by chronic inactivity, repetitive movements, chronic stress, injuries, surgeries, or simply age.

How Can You Care for Your Fascia?

An ABSI workshop in progress at the Adaptive Bodywork headquarters in Montreal

Staying active is paramount for fascia health. Resistance training is beneficial, as it ensures both the muscle and fascia support each other. Engaging in exercises encompassing a variety of movements, like dancing or skipping, is also beneficial.

For individuals looking to care for their fascia, ABSI offers a distinctive solution. With John Sutherland’s one-on-one sessions, clients can experience tailored treatments either on the table or the floor, targeting fascial release and structural realignment. ABSI also conducts 2-day weekend workshops for those eager to delve deeper into this unique approach.

Drinking water throughout the day and considering treatments that focus on fascia, like myofascial massage, can also be beneficial. However, while tools like foam rollers can offer temporary relief, their long-term effectiveness remains uncertain.

A person using a foam roller, vs a client experiencing Adaptive Bodywork with John

In contrast, the hands-on approach of Adaptive Bodywork has garnered positive feedback from diverse clients, including athletes, trainers, and physiotherapists.

For those genuinely committed to a healthier, more mobile body, consider exploring the world of Adaptive Bodywork Structural Integration. Dive deep into the intricacies of fascia care with John Sutherland, and give your body the holistic care it deserves.

Enjoying the new space and freedom introduced by one of the AB1 shoulder techniques

For more information or to schedule a session, visit ABSI’s website. Remember, movement is medicine, and with ABSI, you’re choosing the best for your body.

Sept. 11, 2023

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