Fascia was, up until relatively recently, the part of the human body that anatomists would, quite literally, throw in the bin. Why? Because in order to understand how the body worked we essentially looked at it’s basic mechanisms: it’s bones, it’s blood vessels, its nerves, its muscles etc., isolating them as individual structures within the body.
A little bit like creating an instruction manual for a Lego building set, we focused on the individual building blocks, ignoring how the structure, the integrity, the function of those building blocks might change when they become part of a single structure – in our case, the human body. Fascia, a network of connective tissue wrapped around every part of the body was therefore, considered irrelevant and was something that needed to be removed in order to get to the individual structures; a bit like the plastic bags that the Lego bricks are packed into before we rip them open and discard so that we can focus on the ‘important’ task of building.
However, new research is challenging this traditional perspective, and since 2017 fascia has been accepted as the single biggest organ in the body. It’s role in how the body works is challenging conventional belief and approaches, and is bringing new insights, explanations and perspectives to how we treat a whole range of health and well-being conditions and symptoms – from back-pain to obesity to cancer treatments. This short video from the 2018 Fascia Research Congress explains more:
As Bowen therapists ‘fascia’ is what we are about, working with this amazing structure to help bring the body back into balance, and it’s exciting to be part of that new understanding, this potential global revolution about how the body works.
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