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Are Your “Knickers in a Bind”?

In early September, Mike completed the Myofascial Treatment Center’s “Fascia- The Three Dimensional Web” seminar. This two-day workshop on fascia was taught by Richard Hoff, the Center’s Founder and Director. Mike’s early fascination with fascia led him to CranioSacral Therapy and Visceral Manipulation. He has always used fascial pulls to find and release mechanical restrictions in the body. However, in some ways, this latest workshop is a return to his and your roots.

Fascia is filament/film-like connective tissue that covers and connects everything in the body to everything else, from the largest structures down to a sub-cellular level. But fascia is more than just packaging: it carries neurotransmitters and water and conveys mechanical and chemical information from one part of the body to every other part. Also, although acupuncture meridians have never been found and dissected in cadavers, their presumed locations are well established and coincide with areas of increased capillary and nerve endings. Many acupuncture points are believed to be in the fascia itself, and not in muscle or visceral tissues.

Fascia runs in tubes and sheets parallel to the long axes of the body: the trunk, the appendages, etc. However, these tubes and sheets tend to merge at joints. Fascia absorbs and transmits impacts and other forces, which is one reason why people tend to experience joint injuries. Fascia often retains these mechanical and emotional traumas for years, even decades, unless and until they are therapeutically released by gentle pressure and tension.

So as is so often the case with old expressions, there is something behind the one about having “your knickers in a bind.” If that’s how your tissues feel, Mike is even more likely to be able to ease you out of your jam than he was previously.