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Fascia: The Wonderful Web


Fascia is a supportive network of tissue that covers and invests muscles.It also cradles the organs, vessels and nerves. Fascia absorbs impact, gives the body shape, facilitates easy movement and more. Some experts believe that injuries affect the fascia most, not bones or muscles.

Because fascia is so ubiquitous and intimately related to so many structures in the body it is often involved in pain syndromes. Often focal points of pain or trigger points are located at important junctions in the fascia and major nerve pathways pass through openings in the fascia.
The network of fascia connects you from head to toe and can be affected by seemingly localized injuries such as plantar fasciitis, low back injury, sprain, breaks and overuse (i.e. sitting too much). One explanation for this my be due to the fact that nerves located in the fascia are sensitive to pain.

Osteopath Leon Chaitow states that “Muscle and Fascia are anatomically inseparable ”. acting with muscle on joints, ligaments and tendons. Fascia is also involved in positional sense and therefore important to posture and ease of movement.

Even though fascia can be affected by injury and outside stresses , because of its fluid and elastic composition fascia responds to skillful touch, appropriate exercise and postural improvements.

Massage turns on the good DNA!

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An interesting article about how massage suppresses the inflammation associated with exercise and promotes energy building cellular activity in the muscles. This is according to studies done by Mark Tarnopolsky, a neurometabolic researcher at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada.




My Story

I started to do Egoscue exercises to see if I could recommend them to my massage clients, not thinking too much about my own posture related pain issues. As I did them I found they were helping me a lot and I learned things I didn’t know before despite having a long background in dance and movement.

After two car accidents and a yoga injury and  I was messed up, the easiest way to explain this is that I was crooked and unstable and couldn’t do many of the things I had done for years; backbends Triangle pose, handstands, half moon pose to name a few. These positions require strength and stability and I didn’t have those things anymore. I had injured my lower back and I had developed painful compensating muscles in my hips and legs . It affected my joints my posture and movement. This was a wake up call for someone who had always taken these things for granted.

This loss of movement function happens over a period of time so you don’t realize it’s happening. and like most people I was neglecting to take any kind of decisive action because of being busy with other things and did not knowing how to proceed.

Thankfully I began doing exercises from Pete Egoscue’s book, Pain Free – A Revolutionary Method For Stopping Chronic Pain. I was so pleased with the immediate results that I decided to train in the Egoscue Method, training that I continue to this day.

New Blog and Website for Peggy Burgess Massage and Bodywork!

Hello friends, please take a look at my new website and tell me what you think! I will be discussing massage and  bodywork techniques and Egoscue postural method, as well as many other subjects that affect your health and happiness.