Of course, the blood coursing through our veins is one of the major pathways in our body, delivering oxygen and nutrients to our cells. However, there is another major pathway of information, fluid, and energy that is far less studied or revered by Western medicine, and that’s the fascial system.
Our bodies’ fascia is mostly made up of collagen. It’s an intricate web of connective tissue underneath the skin that carries many incredibly important roles in holding us up and together in the human shape that we are. Fascia connects, stabilizes, separates, and encases our arteries, veins, muscles, and other internal organs. Every structure in the body comes in contact with fascia.
However, just because it’s main role is stabilizing everything does not mean that fascia is a mindless webbing of net-like material. It’s highly responsive, and hangs onto information like stress. In fact, studies on fascial unwinding decree that fascia has the power to hold onto memories and trauma, creating tension and tightness in the body. That may be why when some are able to unwind that tension, it’s not just physical, but a highly emotional release.
In fact the treatment center for Mayofascial Release states that physical trauma, emotional trauma, scarring, or inflammation causes the fascia to lose its pliability. “It becomes tight, restricted, and a source of tension to the rest of the body. Trauma, such as a fall, car accident, whiplash, surgery, or just habitual poor posture and repetitive stress injuries has cumulative effects on the body. The changes trauma causes in the fascial system influences comfort and function of our body.”
In a way, fascia is our collected experiences and how we’ve either clung to them, or let them go, all interpreted into living tissue. It’s no wonder that energy healers work with our fascia so often, as it is able to conduct this electrical current. While fascia might sound like a newish term, the knowledge of this crucial tissue in modes of healing dates back since early Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda. It’s the pathway of the body’s meridians, and the clear indication of all of our vital acupoints.
Our bodies’ meridians are essentially a map of our electrical currents.This suggests that the energy may be nerve signals, flow of lymph, and our emotional reaction reverberating inside our bodies, creating either space or tension. Both touch and stretching can allow us to tap into our connective system and relax, relieving this tension. We want to activate the central nervous system, which we can do by performing the aforementioned, as well as meditation. Many energy healers use the energetic field surrounding the body to tap into our inner web and move through our meridians, similarly to acupuncturists but without touch.
Once we start considering our fascia as more than a support system, but as a vital player in our overall well being both physically and emotionally, we can start to tap into our own energy. We must pay attention to our posture, how we hold ourselves throughout each day, how we position our bodies when we workout, the grace we give ourselves. We must work through the tension both physically and emotionally, giving love to all our tissues and thus, our energetic wellness.