What is fascia?

Fascia is perhaps the most useful part of your body you’ve never heard of. Bending down to touch your toes? Fascia. Getting out of the car? Fascia. Turning your head to look at the new seasons produce? Fascia.

Fascia, pronounced fah-sha, is the connective tissue that looks like a cobweb and surrounds your body. It is designed to help us to stretch while we move. Fascia is extremely important and is covered in nerve endings that helps you sense your body. Because it is around all of your organs, anything moving around in your body will pass through it, which means that fascia could even play a part in hormonal signalling and immune response.

Fascia is fascinating and works as a lubricant to help your muscles fully contract (preventing damage) and depending on the area, fascia can be stretchy or stiff and healthy fascia allows you to slide, glide, twist and bend without any pain.

The benefits of keeping fascia healthy are

Improved posture

Reduced risk of injury

Faster recovery

Improved mental health

Better sleep quality

Better mood

Less day-to-day pain

Improved sports performance

However, if you have unhealthy fascia it is unable to glide and can create restrictions in your body like muscle knots. The causes of unhealthy fascia include poor posture, stress, poor sleep quality, dehydration, sedentary lifestyle, poor eating habits, and even the overuse of muscles. If you believe your fascia is unhealthy, keep reading for some simple ways you can improve its health.

How to improve the health of your fascia?

Yoga, Pilates, regular stretches and foam rolling will help the health of your fascia, and the more you implement it into your routine the merrier. A great way of doing this is using our eco-friendly massage tools, this will help you to release tightness in your muscles and decrease inflammation. Incorporating a cork peanut massage ball to your warm-up and cool down routine is also a great way to keep your muscles healthy.

Try stretches that elongate your muscles as this will help to release tension, holding stretches for 30-60 seconds, and not to force yourself into any deep positions that cause pain.

Using a trigger point tools, such as massage ball allows you to pinpoint exactly where your fascia is tight and could be holding tension. When you identify the tight area (this might cause pain) work on it for 30-60 seconds and you should notice the tension begin to release. Our cork rollers are great for targeting these areas including your hip flexor and glues.

Practicing yoga, in particular yin yoga or using a self myofascial release technique few times a week will also help to improve your flexibility, balance and strength. Many yoga studios also offer roll and release classes which might be worth checking out.

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