Fascial Remodeling is a massage therapy technique that treats fascia, the connective tissue that holds the body together. Fascia is a 3-dimensional network that provides form and structure to every cell in the body yet allows for flexibility and movement. It includes the sheets, bands and sacs that wrap and contain muscles, bones and organs. Fascia also encompasses tendons, ligaments, bursae, and the membranes of the nervous system.
Restrictions and adhesions:
Under stress, fascia thickens, tightens, and loses its ability to soften, stretch, and flex. It is important to understand that fascia can contract independent of muscular activity and it does so as a reaction to stress. It is densely populated with receptors and nerve endings, and can therefore transmit pain especially when it is restricted and adhered. Fascial restrictions and adhesions can result from the following stressors:
- Trauma/ accidents
- Long-term illness
- Unresolved injuries/recurring injuries
- Postural and mental habits
- A sedentary lifestyle
Restriction can lead to:
- Long-term pain
- Congestion and unresolved swelling
- Decreased flexibility
- Joint restrictions
- Poor breathing/shortness of breath
- Poor posture and mental state
A Fascial Remodeling treatment will open, soften, and release the restrictions in the fascia with the help of positional and conscious breathing techniques. This approach restores higher levels of vitality in the fascial tissues. When it is performed effectively, Fascial Remodeling works at the level of tension found in the body and gradually eliminates it. At the end of each session, most clients feel an immediate increase in the range of motion of their joints, a greater state of relaxation, less restriction and/or pain, and lighter in their body.
For cancer rehabilitation this work maximizes recovery. Pain and/or restriction felt in the chest wall, armpit, shoulders, and/or arms can be alleviated once adhesions in the fascia are reduced. Fascial work produces a more pliable and functional scar, thereby easing the long-term effects of medical treatment. Additionally, the health of the fascia has a significant impact on the ability of the lymphatic channels to function optimally.