If you’ve been with us for a while, you know fascia health is something we take very seriously. This intricate web of connective tissues helps stay — how do we say this — together. Upright. Intact. It’s also an information highway, helping the passage of lymph and energy and other fluids so that we can move, grow, strengthen, and detox optimally.
The issue with fascia health is that due to lifestyle choices — like our jobs forcing us to sit in uncomfortable positions for long stretches of time, stagnation, injuries, postural deficiencies, etc. — fascial tissue becomes hardened, almost tangled, or seemingly glued in place. When this occurs, we feel stiff and tired, inflexible, with a low range of motion and low energy, and our body is unable to seamlessly communicate energetically. There are lymphatic blocks, which prevent proper detoxification, and other not-so-fun side effects.
This can even exacerbate the appearance of cellulite, create lumps and bumps, stubborn weight gain, and even increase the risk of injury and illness. There are several things we can start doing to improve our fascia health, and create habits that will keep us vibrant, smooth, and sleek well into our golden years. Here are some of our favorites.
eKOlite Yoga Mat
Make sure to set aside a minimum of 10 minutes a day — or more, if possible — to stretch. While stretching helps elongate our muscles, this less passive practice creates space for the fascia to soften. Muscles are connected to fascial tissue, so when we keep them hydrated and supple with movement and stretch, we encourage the same suppleness in surrounding tissues.
An example of this kind of movement is an engaged child’s pose. Think about not only stretching your arms forward and relaxing into it, but stretching them forward and actively pulling the arms back into the shoulder sockets, creating an active mind-body connection to the fascia around our shoulder blades. Rock back and forth, in and out, a few times to feel the engagement — you’ll get the idea. It’s a much different feeling than a deep stretch.
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This also releases pent up tension in the muscles, which is especially great for recovery post-workout to prevent soreness and encourage quick recovery. While it doesn’t get as deep as we need, it does touch on the fascia in a superficial way, warming it up for a deeper massage.
Brand: Ashley Black
This specialized tool is patented for a reason. The little fingers dig deep into our skin, past the subcutaneous fat (oftentimes breaking it up and dissolving it, letting it pass through our lymphatic system as waste), and promoting new collagen growth and tissue regeneration for a healthy fascial matrix. Best used daily for optimal fascia health, it’s good to note that bruises may occur for the first week or so — but don’t be alarmed. Fascia work ain’t easy.
INFRARED SAUNA BLANKET V3
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Infrared saunas, blankets, and heating pads may penetrate deep enough to reach the fascial tissue under the neuromuscular system, promoting healing and growth. They are also great for fitness and muscle recovery, making sure that muscles develop properly and without long periods of fatigue so that you can get back out on the mat and get to stretchin’.
Endure, Performance Electrolyte
Brand: Trace Minerals Research
Staying properly hydrated should come as no surprise, seeing that it helps our body in almost every way. Fascial tissue is no exception. Hydration keeps tissues supple and lubricated, but it also promotes lymphatic flow and detox. Coupled with movement and massage, a well-hydrated fascia is encouraged to help promote proper flow habitually. And it’s these habitual, involuntary actions in our body that have a lasting effect on our overall appearance, wellness, and longevity — so drink up, and don’t forget your electrolytes!