Our bodies have layers. Layers of muscle, layers of connective tissue attached to bone, as well as intricately attached to other connective tissue, and fluids that need to be transported from one area to another via systems designed to do just that. Our lifestyles, stress, dietary choices and (lack of ) exercise are just a few of the culprits that contribute to dysfunction.
Fascia generally refers to the fibrous connective tissue covering and connecting muscles, tendon, bone vessels, organs and nerves. It both connects and facilitates movement. However, where there is strain, disease and/or lack of movement, fascia responds by connecting even more, forming restrictions and adhesions. When this happens, it binds and restricts movement much like the feel of a too tight pair of jeans.
Thixotropy is a concept that describes how these “stuck areas”can become unstuck with the application of heat and friction, which is to say, massage. This allows for differentiation between the layers of tissue, which is a fancy way of saying that the body’s layers can move more freely.
Think about it this way. When we go to sleep at night, our bodies go into repair mode. It’s almost like little spiders that weave connective tissue strands to support our insides. When we wake up in the morning, we stretch and move, and basically dust off the cobwebs. However, if we are not moving regularly, due to life, disease or injury, these cobwebs grow thicker and thicker and can begin to restrict our movement…