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Pilates & Structural Integration

Thea Gudgeon

fasciaFascia (Connective Tissue) is present in every single cell in our body. It is amazingly versatile. It forms the support for all tissues from blood to bone, and everything in between. Our muscles move us around, but they only work through connective tissue fascia, tendons, and ligaments. Our web of connective tissue gives us our shape.

When we are injured or stressed, be it physically or emotionally, there is always a reaction. This usually involves some combination of contraction, retraction, immobility, and often rotation. These pattern changes put muscles under strain (where they develop painful trigger points). This also pulls at our fascia, requiring it to move, thicken, or glue itself to surrounding structures, in order to compensate for the excess and sustained holding of our misaligned muscles.

What is fascia?