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What is Fascia?

Fascia is a vast network of “mesh-like” layers of connective tissue that makes your body a single continuous unit capable of sensations & actions. It is a major sensory organ that impacts our whole body on many, many levels.

We are finding out more and more about this amazing tissue but there is still a lot to learn!

What We Know

Basic Info

  • Fasica connects muscle to skin, organs to organs, and so on.
  • Fascia contains nerve endings that help to sense WHERE our body is in space (How close is that object to me?). Also what is happening INSIDE your body (my back hurts).
  • Fascia is made of stretchy bundles of ELASTIN & COLLAGEN proteins suspended in a gelatinous goo which is called “ground substance.”
  • Fascia helps transfer weight or energy between bones & muscle tissues with it’s elastic properties
  • Fascia also acts as a type of lubricant for your bones & muscles
  • Fascia is found between every single muscle fiber but also surrounding the muscle as a whole. It is everywhere.
  • Fascia ensures full muscle contractions while preventing friction damage to the muscle as it flexes for work.
  • Some areas of our meshy fascia network are more tightly woven than others
  • Some areas possess more collagen than others. Some areas have different types of collagen.

Amazing Fact

Fascia can change it’s material state from semi-solid to liquid and we don’t know how it does this!

Science Please Help Us!

Problems

  • Collagen found in most fascia is sticky. Often fascia sticks to itself which causes “fascial adhesions” commonly known as muscle knots. These muscle knots are areas of tension built up from OVER WORKED muscles.
  • Fascial adhesions are NOT able to be simply stretched out. It is more effective to have a tool to help you gently massage the affected area.
  • Over worked muscles hold onto tension because our fascia has “forgotten” to let go. We need to help it “remember” how to become elastic again.

Theories of Fascia’s Material Abilities

  • One theory is that the “ground substance” makes our fascia “thixotropic” – a fancy word that means when the fascia encounters stress it becomes liquid.
  • Another theory is that fascia is a liquid crystal (possibly similar to inner ears crystals) and electrical signals from our brain (our thoughts) trigger the build up or breakdown of collagen in the muscles
  • Some other very smart people think it has more to do with nerves than muscle tissues. They hypothesize that the fascia has special neural receptors, “mechano-sensors,” that detect pressure or stretching as the body moves.

Do We Need To Know How any of this works?

The answer is no. While knowing about the inner workings of your body can be helpful to train your thoughts the simple answer is: it isn’t necessary. If you’ve effectively used the Hit The Spot Massage Ball kit you will INSTANTLY feel relief from the tension built up in your muscles.

Science is great and we love learning, but a simple before and after trial experiment is all you need to become addicted to doing these simple, quick, releases and provide yourself a greater quality of life.