We have made it into Autumn, a beautiful colourful month where we see the change of seasons very clearly.
For me the location of work has changed due to unexpected closure of Lime Kiln I am now located at Basepoint Business Centre SN5 7EX, the support and structure remain the same with online and face to face sessions. The CNHC and CtHA are still recommending all close contact practitioners are to wear PPE and I want to thank you for all wearing masks and completing the covid declaration forms.
Fabulous fascia and why it matters
Do you have stress, scarring, joint, ligament, tendon, muscle injury, trauma, fibromyalgia, long covid? To name a few.
The secret lies in the fascia, because the body is a complex biodynamic self regulating organism designed to heal itself when we support it to do so.
Let me explain – Fascia sits just below the skin and fatty layer and also wraps around every joint, ligament, tendon, organ and suspends them, allowing movement and structure at the same time.
Stress affects the tension level in throughout the whole body, have you ever noticed when stress is removed your body relaxes. This is because fascia behaves like a full balloon whilst the outer surface of the balloon continuously pulls the air molecules; inside the balloon the air molecules push against it from the inside. All the external forces are distributed throughout the entire balloon, unless we pop it with a pin!
So in the body an increase in tension levels from external stress, poor posture, scars, trauma from surgery or accidents, infection, or mind-sets can set up a pull or twist in the entire structure causing pain, fatigue, irritation, water retention and altered joint movement.
Fascia massage identifies where the “over tensed” areas are in the line of fascia for example working on a big toe may be felt as a release in the ankle, calf, knee, thigh, back, shoulder, neck, jaw and crown of the head. Yes we are that connected.
Movement is key in self-care as it helps to redistribute the tension, and in particular holding stretches for the count of 8 deep breaths allows the fascia to unwind and release the pressure in the entire structure. Every time you move your arm, your skin stretches, the cells extend and all the molecules that form the internal framework feel the pull.
This is necessary to send biochemical messages to the cells to tell them what to do ie, repair, secrete hormones or send protein messengers to build, recycle, kill off cells, the biochemical messengers actively turn on or off gene expression.
This is happening when you receive a massage, the pulsation, the cross hand friction, the vibration and movement, the gentle holding is changing you from the inside out supporting the body and mind to relax, restore, repair and self regulate.
I will bring you more in future newsletters. But for now let me leave you with a great way to treat the whole body at home.
Grab a tennis ball and while you are seated, place one foot at a time over the tennis ball, feel the pressure just into the spongy layer of your foot. Start at your toes and roll slowly to your heal and back, repeat 8-10 times with deep breaths through your diaphragm. Then change over to the other foot. You can do this 2 -3 times a day and it will be putting all of this education into place. Enjoy.
I noticed the Christmas cards are beginning to creep into the shops and wanted to remind you gift vouchers make a personal and life changing gift, something that can support someone to heal, restore, relax and repair is worth investing in.
During the remainder of September and October Gift vouchers will come with a 10% discount – to get yours please contact me.
Supporting people In Burundi
My chosen charity this year is Hope for Tomorrow Global brining hope, transforming lives and changing nations. Burundi is in the heart of Africa a, broken yet beautiful country, most people make a living through farming but this is often not enough to feed, clothe or provide education for children. Extreme poverty means life is difficult. Life expectancy is a mere 45 years!
Hope for Tomorrow Global works on the ground teaching farming methods to change the yield by growing appropriate crops, providing people a means to feed and educate their family. If you would like to donate or fund a farmer please go to https://hopefortomorrowglobal.org/donate/
Thank you so much.
I look forward to seeing you soon
Yours in healing