A human body is composed of “layers” and each one has a relatively soft, connective tissue associated with it, generally named “fascia”, that act somewhat like a series of living saran wrappings around all the tissues in the body. To fully helping clients a massage therapist needs to facilitate freedom within and between all of these layers; that overall are:
- The skin with its associated superficial fascia
- The organs and muscles with deeper fascia around and within them
- The joints, connected by the fascial ligaments
- The bones with a fascial skin on them called the periosteum
A healthy movement requires that all these layers move in a coordinated fashion with each other. If the superficial muscles move, but the deeper don’t, that is a signal for too much tension becoming chronic in the deeper muscles. If the muscles are freely moving, but the bones and joints are not, that may be another kind of signal for ligament damage, resulting in muscle spasm and ultimately in osteoarthritis.
If only one layer is under-addressed, then the body’s health, balance and movement will be compromised. Ultimately this imbalance can affect organ function and then can lead to disease.
Bodywork that concentrates on the body’s surface, addresses very well the superficial layers of the muscles and fascia just under the skin. The middle layers respond well to deep tissue massage and other therapies that systematically free and organize the muscles and the fascia that lie nearer our body’s core. Then the deepest structural layer is the bone and joints, that is best freed through therapies that systematically facilitate balance and healthy function at that level.
Because the soft tissues are associated with the bones and joints lying in the deepest structural layer, when imbalanced or holding chronic tension, they affect us profoundly. For this reason a good systematic balance in the body is created from inside-out.
Finally but ‘not the last one’ there is another ‘layer’ that we communicate with it and help us to balance these various structures, the nervous system, particularly the brain, intelligence including and considered as the ‘mind’ within the body. This nervous system is conjoined by the endocrine as well, giving us both an electrical and chemical source for deep organization of function and structure.
The neuro-endocrine mind, the intelligence embodied in each part and layer of us, is most accessible through a systematic touch that honours in turn each of the body’s layers. This awareness, that every touch to some extent affects many layers of mind as well as body, makes this a very special and exciting modality to practice.
Balancing all those layers, our structure and energy, is definitely the ‘Holy Reconnection of the whole there is’, because if we release only one part or aspect of the self, we have in effect created only a new kind of imbalance. My body-mind work is ultimately at the very core of what I need to fully help my clients integrating their structure to their energy.
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