How to improve your posture and awareness through movement. What does that really mean? An explanation of how it all works.
Myofascial Release and Fascia Release, these are real buzz words in the world of movement and manual therapy. So, what does fascia mean? Well fascia is:
…the endless web of stuff that connects everything in the body with everything else. It’s known in the world of fascial fitness as roller fascial release or simply the thing that wraps around everything… It has got many names, titles, explanations, but there is a bit more to it than just that.
At Create Movement, I offer Slings Myofascial Training®.The Slings Myofascial Training® focuses on the health promoting qualities of the myofascial system that positively influence our postural balance and movement efficiency. What is fascia? The term fascia encompasses the fibrous, collagenous, connective tissue that transmits forces within the body.
The “slings” refer to myofascial slings that modulate motion, the interpretation of bodily sensation and those referring to psycho-emotional-social slings that motivate our movements.
The founder of the Slings Myofascial Training Concept is Karin Gurtner.
My own experience as a dedicated teacher of movement is, that I always have a deep longing inside, to learn more about the human body. I enjoyed the rich practice of iyengar yoga for a time before I discovered Pilates through injury. I spent years of trying different teaching methodologies, adding useful tools into my toolbox as a Pilate’s teacher. But to truly stick to something, and find my own style and teacher voice is a creative art. I believe it can only be achieved by self-practice and continuing education.
Today I help people to improve their posture, but not only that, I help them to make life style changes and to successfully recover from injuries. I encourage them to become being mindful movers.
I see Pilates and Yoga Teachers for private sessions and a bit of mentoring. I love it, it is a good feeling working with professionals from my field together, friendships form and every movement journey with my students is unique.
So how do I go about teaching awareness of the body?
What happens when consciously releasing fascia? In my classes, it’s demonstrated by the use of soft massage balls.
For example, if we use our massage balls for a delicious back massage, the first response may be that it really hurts in some places. We become more aware of the areas where we have tension and adhesion. Here we make an intention to release, waiting for the collagen and elastin components of the fascia to eventually melt and elongate. The weave of fascia begins to widen in the area where we apply self-massage. Of course, once the holding pattern eases and the fascia lengthens, blood begins to seep between the layers of fascia and muscles, and the stuck places that were glued to each other begin to open, expand and flow, allowing circulation to take place and ease off tension and adhesion. In the application of self-massage and tissue hydration lies the magic.
But not only do we nurture our tissue via self massage with the soft ball as mentioned above, tissue hydration can take also place with contrasting movement sequences, whereby more circulation is generated, fascia is nourished and all myofascial meridians are considered.
There is much more to it, and the Sling Myofascial Training® concept provides guided principles, applied myofascial training techniques, all science- informed.
Progressing your awareness through movement and paying attention to the arising feeling is very important to start the self-healing process because it is yourself activating the self-healing process. This is not the sort of “quick fix” class where your health is “in the hand of the practitioner”. You are the one who can make changes, changing fascial architecture, unwinding patterns and creating new pathways over time.
When you start to understand your fascia and care for it properly, Pilates and Slings Myofascial Training® can be way more effective than any antidepressant. The transformation not only affects your posture. Your mind, spirit and emotions can’t be separated anymore. Slings Myofascial Training concept is a holistic movement concept.
For me, personally this is important:
One of the great long-term Myofascial training goals is physical resilience, through a dynamically stable body that moves freely and rejuvenates easily.