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.