The deeper we delve into the world of fitness, the more we seem to come across the word ‘fascia’, to the point where we can’t ignore it any longer.
Similarly, if you’re an exercise enthusiast, this is a great word to add to your vocabulary. But what is it, and why should we care about it?
Fascia is the connective tissue that weaves throughout all the organs, muscles and bones of the body. Think of it as mesh-like body suit lying directly beneath the skin that completely envelopes the body, giving another protective barrier between the skin and the deeper soft tissue.
Hundreds of health, pain, and even beauty issues we face daily stem from fascia, and it is a crucial element in maintaining health and optimal physical function. Why? Because, as you know, all functions and systems of the body support each other, and the fascia connects all of them.
In particular, it plays an important supportive role to the musculoskeletal system by enabling us to perform functional activities like going from sitting to standing and being able to walk, jump and run.
Blood, nerves, and muscles are enveloped and penetrated by fascia, allowing your muscles and organs to glide smoothly against each other.
When you have fascial adhesions and distortions, this can cause poor blood flow, weaker nerve impulses, limited flexibility and range of motion, and a host of other physical ailments.
Though incredibly important, fascia is still one of the least understood tissues of the body. Which is why Real Pilates is extremely excited to announce the Merrithew Fascial Movement Foundation Course at their stunning, new JLT branch.
The course offers a thorough understanding of what fascia is, what is does, how it moves and how to work with it across a range of varying modes.
Paul Thornley, STOTT Pilates Instructor Trainer, and Advanced Neuromuscular Therapist at Real Pilates says: “In a nutshell, it is a course designed to explore our body’s architecture, what it is made up of, and how we can influence this material to facilitate optimal movement.”
Like the musculoskeletal system, the fascial system changes in response to repeated stress and injury, and small variations in the fascia in one area of the body can ripple out and affect the body as a whole.
Any pain, tightness or discomfort you feel in the body usually boils down to distortions in the fascia, and some common conditions you may have heard of like Plantar Fasciitis, IT Band Syndrome, and frozen shoulder are all attributed to distortions in your fascia.
There is even more to learn about how the fascia relates to the nerves, blood and skin, so if you want to get smart about proper body function, injury prevention and healing, get educated about your fascia during this in-depth workshop.
The course is designed to drastically help students recognise movement flaws or restrictions, and how they can be more beneficial in managing the health and function of this connective tissue, and is most appropriate for fitness professionals, movement therapists, personal trainers, yoga trainers, yoga instructors, Pilates instructors and manual therapists looking for simple movement technique to enhance their therapeutic practices.
Paul adds: “Anybody who has a desire to move well, or instructs others in any movement method from therapeutic progress to a rehabilitative approach has a duty of care to understand what they are asking clients to achieve.”
WHAT: Real Pilates’ Fascial Movement Foundation Course
WHEN: May 25, from 13:00 to 17:30 pm; May 26 & May 27 from 10:30 to 17:30. There will be another course taking place later this year from October 19-21 as well
WHERE: Real Pilates at ONE JLT, Dubai
COST: Dh3,670 including all materials
CONTACT AND INFO: For more information, please call 04-4585399, visit www.real-pilates.com or use the Real Pilates free app to book your place. Alternatively, send an email to [email protected]. For any educational enquiry, please contact Bita on [email protected]