Fascia is really a type of connective tissue, the thin membrane of tissue that binds together all the components of our body. In the past, it was believed that the only task of the fascia is to keep everything in place, but in recent years it has become clear that it actually has more functions than that.
The fascia is mobile, resilient, and affects how we move. Another important discovery is that it is actually affected by stress. You can think of the fascia as a whole body stocking that is stretched and moved around every time we move our bodies. When it’s in its best shape the facia is soft, smooth, and moves easily with the muscles.
The problem is, however, that we often get caught up in repetitive movements or sitting in the same position for a long period of time; for example, bent over the laptop. The fascia then becomes tense and less elastic, leading to stiffness. Prolonged stress can also have a negative effect and make it hard; it is an attempt to protect the underlying muscles.
This is why fascia is an important element to consider when it comes to your well-being.
How to keep your fascia in good shape!
StretchingThe fascia is stretched a little differently than the muscles. It requires a slower and longer stretch. Spend at least 3 minutes in each position and be sure to relax properly. Yin yoga is a fantastic yoga form where you spend a long time in each pose, so this can be a good alternative if you want to give the fascia some extra love.
MassageUse the same principle as with the stretching, take it easy, and take your time! Use a massage pillow or massage gun, for example a Flowpillow Heat or a Flowgun GO. Connective tissue massage can make the fascia soften and stretch more easily.
Move your body!Don’t get stuck in the same static position for too long; make sure to move around every fifteen minutes! This is important, especially for those who work in an office and are stuck behind a desk all day. Stand up and stretch your body from time to time to keep the fascia moving and soft.
Drink waterLike much else in your body, the fascia consists of a lot of water. To keep it soft and supple; stay hydrated! A good tip is to always carry a bottle of water with you and set a goal for how much you should drink each day.
RelaxStress can make the fascia become tight and tense, just like the rest of the body. So make sure you breathe, relax, and are kind to yourself and your body. Introducing more relaxing practices into your life, such as yoga or meditation, will lay you a good foundation for a healthy fascia.