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Fascinating Fascia: New Programming and Why it Matters

fascial movement class

August 22, 2017

Fascia, the connective tissue that weaves throughout all the organs, muscles and bones, is a crucial element in maintaining overall health and optimal physical function. Recent research has shed light on the major role of fascia, such as joint motion, injury prevention and healing. Like the musculoskeletal system, the fascial system changes in response to repeated stress and injury. Small changes in this system in one area of the body can ripple out and affect the body as a whole. Although one of the least understood tissues of the body, the SweatShop and our partners at Merrithew are working to bring you up to speed.

WHY are we focusing on all levels on FASCIA?

Fascia keeps everything in its place, and gives shape to our bodies. It is best to compare it to the white part of an orange between the skin and the fruit, or the fibrous layer you see when peel off skin from chicken breast.

There are two major kinds of fascia. The first is close to the skin, and easy to manipulate. The second is deep inside the body, and usually difficult to reach through massage or other manual techniques. Healthy fascia allows your body to move better, slide organs over one another easily, and reduce pain while increasing movement capabilities. Injuries and scar tissue can be eliminated or improved.


What can I do to improve fascia health?

Manipulation and movement of both surface and deep layer of fascia is important to keep your body healthy and happy. Our favorite saying for fascial health is “motion is the lotion.” Certain yoga poses and stretches help achieve this important type of movement and manipulation.



Two classes on the weekly schedule, Fascia Yoga Stretch (Sandra Swami’s design) and Fascia Stretch and  Roll (Debra’s design) are easy ways to include fascia work. Both are 55 minute workouts, focused on tired or sore muscles. Stretch and Roll works with props, supportive foam rollers and bands, to renew and refresh. Slow, precise moves and guided breathing produce relaxation and greater range of motion. The lengthening and balancing leads to tension release, pain reduction and loosening of stiff joints. You will leave feeling relaxed, and ready to take on anything life throws at you.

Our Fascia experts, Debra and Sandra are leading the pack, and Michelle is beginning to follow in their footsteps and expand her knowledge of fascia.


Fascia Facts workshop, for those seeking more.

Understanding and including a focus on fascial health is the new frontier for pros, physical therapists, and simply savvy healthy people. We happily have Debra Hunt and Sandra Swami, both of whom have been wrangling with fascia in fitness for the past decade to get you started.

This introductory 2-hour lecture-based workshop with Q&A, followed by a practical application class, will teach you some basic facts about and how it relates to overall health, wellness and includes MOVEMENT class after the lecture. You will learn terminology foundations and principle concepts along with gaining a more dynamic visual understanding of fascia. You’ll walk away with practical information and skills to begin using immediately. It will also prep those planning to take the more intensive Merrithew Fascial Movement course. Cost is $95. Limited space available, sign up now.


Merrithew Fascial Movement Foundation Level One Course, for the pros:

This in-depth course is intended for those already working in the fields of fitness, therapeutic movement or rehabilitation. The lecture component reviews fascial anatomy and physiology and explores the latest research. The practical application component of the course introduces the proprietary Merrithew Fascial Movement Variables. These movement variables are applicable to all forms of exercise, including Pilates, yoga, dance, barre, sports performance and rehabilitation. Our next course is October 6-8, 2017 Sign up here.

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