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Be Like a Concrete Truck – MOVE!

Be Like a Concrete Truck – MOVE!

Ever watch a concrete driving down the road.  It’s spinning, right?  And we all know the reason.  If the truck has concrete in it, it has to spin so that the concrete doesn’t harden.  Our fascia does the same. 

Fascia may be found as layers upon layers within our bodies.  In order for the layers to glide upon one another, the fascia has to stay soft and subtle.  Without fascia, our skeletal system would not be able to stay together or upright without fascia.  Think of a suspension bridge.  Fascia also allows muscles and organs to glide upon one another so that we can do complex movements like bending, rotate, and twist.

Groundbreaking research says that 80% of all people, worldwide, suffer from lower back pain!  Part of the research is finding out that ‘hardened’ fascia has a lot to do with lower back pain, even more so than the muscles. 

Scientists are also finding out how much the fascia does within the body like assisting with metabolism regulation, how our bodies interpret sensory input, lymph transport, and, of course, movement. 

They have looked at people who have had to have their arm in a cast.  Within a very short time, the fascia becomes more fibrous and ‘sticky’, which is why limbs that have been within a cast become stiff.  However, once movement is allowed again, the fascia breaks up and becomes fluid again.

Benefits of moving include:

  • better cognitive function
  • better oxygen production
  • more and bigger mitochondria (the power cells of the body – this helps nourish muscles, etc)
  • better sleep
  • better immune function

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People often ask me what is visceral manipulation?  It is the manipulation of some of the deeper fascial layers… helping your muscles, and organs ‘move’ better!  

As always, please do some research, and ask some questions!  Become an expert of your body.

And if you ever think of a question that you want me to write about, please let me know!

Julie Fisher NC/SC LMBT

 #TheBodyEngineer #advancedtherapeuticbodywork #advtherapeuticbodywork #BeeTranquil #TransparentWarrior 

 

Why One Massage Won’t Fix You

Why One Massage Won’t Fix You

Our society today tends to be geared towards instantaneous results. So many of us expect instant results, a magic pill to make our aches and pains go away.  One hour of massage to make us whole………I wished it were that simple!  And before you say ‘Wow, that was judgmental’ – I do it too!

There are so many things that affect our bodies.  Stress, diet, water intake, past injuries and trauma, mental state, genetics and those are just a few I could think of.  There are also many layers in our bodies.  If you aren’t drinking enough water, fascia is harder, lymph (see my blog for a video The Lymph System) doesn’t move as well making areas stickier, nerves don’t send signals as swiftly as they should, the connective tissue surrounding our muscles and organs don’t move as smoothly as they should.  These factors add more time for a therapist to make them more malleable.  Stress hormones add additional tension within the body.

In my practice I have noticed that bodywork is cumulative.  If a client comes regularly, the body knows what to expect and accepts the work at a much faster rate.  Also, coming regularly keeps the layers more malleable, allowing for deeper work.  Muscle and tissue have memory.

There are a couple clients that come for bodywork right before a chiropractic session.  This allows for longer and better results in the chiropractic session because the tissues have been softened.  And the chiropractor can tell when the clients haven’t had any bodywork!

There was a saying at the massage school that I love – Bones never lie and muscles always win!  Think on that, if the muscles aren’t relaxed or doing their job properly, they are going to pull the bones.  There are a lot of visual clues that bony landmarks tell a bodyworker.  Military neck, protruding shoulder blades, front forward posture all tell a tale!

Another thought to consider, is how long has your body been in pain?  How long have you had a desk job, or been doing cross fit? The body adjusts to pain, and adjusts to poor posture.  Muscle and tissue have memory!  When I began massage school, I had to retrain myself to walk properly and I didn’t even know I was walking improperly until I was called out by the instructor.  It takes time to reset the body from these pain patterns and dysfunction. It will definitely take more than a one-hour session.

Regular bodywork is such an important part of self-care (Feed Yourself), but also taking responsibility for our self is huge.  Bodywork does great work, but stretches, moving, drinking more water, eating healthy are also key elements for a healthy body.

 

Please send me your suggestions, comments or questions.  And if this article spoke to you, please share!

 

Julie Fisher NC/SC LMBT

#BeeTranquil #TransparentWarrior  #TheBodyEngineer #TheMuscleNinja

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