Movement Bodywork, founded by Samuel Hobbs LMT, is devoted to restoring and improving stability, mobility, and strength for a more effective, painfree and functional existence. Understanding and addressing the body as a whole interconnected unit through fascial and structurally focused techniques; working with the connective tissues—tendons, ligaments, nerves, bone, muscle and fascia—to free up restrictions in the fascial fabric of our bodies we've come to know as injuries and “old-age.”
Fascia is the seamless connective tissue surrounding muscle fibers, nerves, blood vessels, organs and bones all throughout your body. Healthy fascia holds organs in place, transmits movement from muscles to bones, and provides a supportive, flexible wrapping for smooth sliding and gliding movements for the tissues it surrounds. Fascia is so prevalent, it is said that even after removing all other tissues from your body, leaving the fascia intact, you would still be recognizable as you.
The Importance of Fascia.
Under the microscope, fascia resembles an interlacing fabric of fibers—much like a sweater. Healthy fascia is highly organized and supports the dynamic movements our bodies are capable of. However, as one might notice while tugging on a single fiber of a sweater, unhealthy, restricted fascia has cascading effects throughout the rest of the body reducing our ability to move painlessly and effectively.
Restrictions in fascia develop through injuries, surgeries, and everyday use (or misuse). If left unbalanced, unhealthy fascial restrictions reduce strength, mobility, stability, and otherwise healthy functionality of parts of entire/multiple body systems. The effects of unhealthy restrictions may last years after the initial event and may lead to future, or chronic, injuries and instability within the body.
- Trigger Points, Muscle pain and spasms
- Myofascial Pain Syndrome
- Chronic back, neck and jaw pain
- Recurring injuries
- Sciatica and Pelvic Asymmetry
- Muscle Tightness
- Carpal Tunnel
- Breathing Difficulties
- Sensations such as numbness and pins and needles
- Poor posture and reduced flexibility
Ways unhealthy fascia develops
- General injuries
- Motor Vehicle Accidents
- Pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum changes
- Poor Nutrition
- Lack of Hydration
- Poor posture
- Lack of exercise and/or stretching
- Weight and/or Muscle gain or loss
- Stress (Emotional, physical, and psychological)
- Repetitive movement patterns (i.e. factory and computer work)
Fascial manipulation works with connective tissues—tendons, ligaments, nerves, bone, muscle and fascia—to free up restrictions, and help restore a more organized pattern in the fascial fabric. This, in-turn, may restore stability, mobility and strength to pre-injury levels.
Other common fascial and structural bodywork modalities:
Rolfing, KMI Structural Integration and other branches stemming from Ida Rolf's original teachings all fall under the umbrella of structural bodywork and fascial manipulation.
Craniosacral Therapy (CST) is a bodywork modality developed by John Upledger, D.O. in the 1970s. Focused on releasing deeper structures surrounding the central nervous system, CST utilizes skilled touch to the joints of the cranial bones, spine, sacrum and pelvis to free up restrictions to the natural movements of the bones, and the contractions and expansions of the spinal column and surrounding tissues.
How does Craniosacral Therapy tie in with structural bodywork and fascial manipulation?
Cranial bones, vertebrae, sacrum and pelvic bones are all osseous connective tissues housing our central nervous system. Each bone, each nerve, and the brain and spinal cord are all wrapped in fascia. As fascia is the fabric permeating our bodies, one affected area will certainly have an affect on the functionality of our central nervous system and visa versa. Including CST allows a bodyworker to address more completely their client's concerns.