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how do we deal with gravity

Miscellaneous

Here you will find some miscelaneous information. Things and concepts we actually didn't know where put. We hope it helps you gather more information. But if not... just give us a shout!

What is fascia?

Fascia is the connective tissue that surrounds, supports and penetrates all muscles, bones, nerves, blood vessels and organs in the body. It both unites the structure of your inner body and divides it into individual units. Healthy fascia helps your muscles and joints move and function properly.

Your body's fascia changes constantly and adapts to what you do. It also reacts to physical damage – to a joint for example – by producing extra material for stability and support.

After injury, the fascia sometimes produces more material than needed. Rather than stabilising the joint, this can reduce mobility and lead to changes in posture and movement patterns.

Effects of gravity on our bodies

From the moment we are born, the force of gravity upon us. Bones, muscles, fascia... everything in our bodies grow in relation to gravity and to the activities we perform.

 

When the force of gravity travels through a body that is not organized for it to flow through, it will push that body down towards the earth, causing the person to find it hard to stay "upright".

 

If this "not-organization" is maintained for a long period of time, the fascia will become viscous, lose elasticity and become 'drier' than healthy connective tissue.

 

Rolfing® can help bring elasticity to fascia and thus bring the body to a more aligned posture.

Good posture

Rolfers® believe there is a natural body-alignment for each of us, where the body organises itself to allow gravity travel through in the most efficient way.

Our natural alignment can be lost through external factors over time. This can cause stress and may result in physical and emotional discomfort.

If you prevent or correct these imbalances, you will potentially reduce the discomfort. This is the idea behind Rolfing® Structural Integration.

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