I have discovered, much to my pleasant surprise, that I actually LOVE reading about the Fascial network and how it intertwines with the better recognized musculoskeletal system It’s all Tensegrity baby.
Huh? What’s that? Super awesome question. Right now I’m still gathering my information to adequately verbalize it at the level I get it.
I *am* a scientist, even if I have sort of turned my back on my title, I DO have a doctorate in the biological sciences. I worked really f-ing hard to pull that off! And now I’ve got an Associate’s Degree in Physical Therapy Assistance (NOT TO MENTION I AM ACTUALLY LICENSED TO PRACTICE THAT UNDER THE GUIDANCE OF A PHYSICAL THERAPIST!). Still getting used to that last phrase and feeling confident that I’ve spent countless hours considering how the human body function properly (or not!)
But back to Tensegrity Baby. I’ve always had an appreciation for the power of a good long stretch, even as a youngster. And I am blessed with a naturally (extremely) flexible body that has gotten more flexible over the years thanks to 17 years of spending thousands (not kidding) hours on my Manduka yoga mat coupled with years of yoga teaching.
This is an incredibly exciting time to be a yoga instructor/yoga geek. With notable Western Institutions publishing evidence based research on the powers of Yoga, mindfulness, and healthy fascia….. Wow. Western philosophy simply has to connect with the East, even if the naysayers will that I’m suggesting satanic worship, which is simply not the case.
There is a part of me that even feels compelled to write a research grant (not quite there yet, lemme heal from being in school). While I waffle on the grant writing idea AT THIS POINT, the more time I research connective tissues, the more confident I become on touting the findings of others and what I’ve just personally experienced in my own body and what I see happening with my fellow yogis. In an increasingly insane world, reliant on the easy fixes… I am increasingly empowered.
I’ll be revisiting these issues. I 100% believe that a huge part of the study of the human body has been tossed into the biohazard bin, with the assumption that it (fascia/connective tissues) is simply the bubble wrap on the musculoskeletal system. And of course, the Msk system is an enormous component of our locomotion system. But let’s not be that reductionist- and consider that the huge amount of tissue that’s historically been thrown into the biotrash bin warrants a WHOLE lot more thought.