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6 Important Steps for Fascia Fitness

Rachel Land for Yoga Journal discusses how to improve the function and fitness of your fascia, and how to incorporate it into your fitness routines.

How “Fit” Is Your Fascia?

Senior Yoga Medicine teacher Rachel Land says don’t worry if you’ve never considered the health of your fascia. As a yogi, you may already be doing what you need to anyway. Here, she outlines what it takes.

Fascia has long been overlooked in favor of muscles but has been receiving some much-deserved attention as of late. As fascia expert Gil Hedley, Ph.D., says: “If you want to understand human movement, study fascia!”

But this soft tissue component of the connective tissue system isn’t new—in fact, researchers like Robert Schleip, Ph.D., director of the Fascia Research Project in Germany, and Thomas Myers, author of Anatomy Trains, have been studying it for years. Our understanding of fascia and how it functions has a long way to go. But, their work offers some interesting insights into how you can help your fascia function better. And it’s a little more involved than running on the treadmill! The work of Schleip and his team suggests that healthy fascia requires a new approach—the involvement of the whole body, as well as the mind.

Please visit Yoga Journal to read the rest of Rachel’s article.  

About the Author

Rachel Land

Rachel Land

Rachel found yoga as a teenager. It challenged her body, then calmed and clarified her mind. Over the next 20 years, through a Business Degree, a stint in corporate marketing, and international travels, it became a touchstone that she returned to repeatedly until it sparked the idea of something more. In 2011 Rachel finally became a Yoga Alliance registered teacher. Since then she has completed courses in Anatomy & Physiology, Nutrition, Sports Training & Development, Mentoring and Yin Yoga, and completed a 500-hour yoga teacher training with Tiffany Cruikshank and Yoga Medicine. She is a regular contributor to Yoga International and Yoga Journal, and a proud member of the Yoga Medicine teacher training team.

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