Fascia is a band of connective tissue that wraps around your internal body structures. It keeps the organs, and the muscles separate so that they don’t bump into each other with every movement.
Your fascia is extremely tough and self-healing, but over time, chronic stress, repetitive movements or the lack of it, and other factors can cause the fascia fibers to be damaged and form adhesions that inhibit range of motion and cause pain.
Luckily, these damages aren’t completely irreversible and can be fixed when you start moving and stretching. The thing is, when your muscles tighten, so does your fascia, causing it to become more rigid.
Massage therapy aims to relax those muscles. Unfortunately, if the fascia was left rigid, it’s only a matter of time before the muscles tighten up again. A more advanced form of bodywork called fascial stretch therapy will gently stretch the fascia and regularly help return the fascia to its original shape and form. Visit MyoTensegrity.com to learn more about FST.