What is Fascia?
Fascia is a thin, web-like layer of connective tissue that lies under the skin and wraps around the muscles and organs, a bit like a Spiderman suit. Fascia essentially holds us together.
In an ideal word your fascia should be smooth but due to stresses that can range from running, carrying a heavy work bag on our shoulder, sitting at a computer, or any other activity that we perform regularly, fascia can become thick and tight.
Adhesions can also develop because of little tears that sometimes don’t heal properly. If the connective tissue surrounding your muscle becomes restricted, you’ll notice your muscles will also become restricted in their movement.
How to release it?
The foam roller will be your best ally for this. Think of fascia as a sponge that has dried up and gone brittle and stiff. Add water to the sponge and it becomes fluid and supple.
When you move on a roller, you’re effectively rehydrating the fascia and boosting lymphatic drainage to flush toxins. By applying pressure to the affected areas, to eliminate adhesions and release tension, you ultimately improve movement and restore the body back to its natural state.
What are the benefits exactly?
Here are a few listed for you:
- Prevent injury by releasing muscle tension, breaking up scar tissues and releasing trigger points
- Remove lactic acid to aid recovery, it only takes 60 to 90 seconds of rolling on an area to feel the difference the next day
- Improve mobility and flexibility keeping your muscles sliding and gliding with ease to achieve a greater range of motion
Don’t know where to start? Don’t own a foam roller? Come along to one of our Stretch and Release classes. Our teachers will guide you through using rollers, spiky balls, Franklin balls and more to make your fascia happy!