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Fascia stretching also known as fascia stretch therapy has become quite popular in the past few years. To understand the importance of taking care of the fascia in the body, it is good to understand what it is and where it is located first. Fascia is a thin casing of connective tissue found immediately beneath the skin, wrapped around muscles, groups of muscles, bones, nerves, blood vessels, organs and cells.
The fascia is located everywhere in the body from the head to the toes and biologically it’s what holds us together! Also known as the fascial system, it helps maintain a balance of tension and elasticity allowing for smooth unrestricted movement of each muscle group while holding everything in place.
A lack of flexibility or repetitive movement can create an imbalance in the fascial system but even high stress levels alone can trigger it! The fascia can start to become thick and dense in common areas like the neck, hips or lower back and can develop into unnatural motions or poor posture causing muscle contractions to be restricted which eventually leads to pain and injury.
Adding some fascia stretches into your daily routine can help to relax and reduce tension, stress, joint pain, mood swings and more! To learn more about the amazing benefits of fascia stretching, here are 7 great benefits to keep in mind:
1. Reduce Pain and Stress Levels
Fascia stretching reduces pain by releasing the tension in the fascia which can improve flexibility and relieve underlying physical stresses in the body. It can also help to reduce any mental or emotional stresses that build up internally in the body over the years.
2. Improve Mobility
Fascia stretching improves mobility and overall flexibility. Good mobility minimizes the restriction of tight joints, ligaments and muscles allowing for better movements. When movement is good, the body overall is stronger to help with normal daily routines and makes it easier to enjoy some fun activities.
3. Improve Circulation
Any tension or tightness in the body can lead to poor circulation and blood flow. Fascia stretching can help to improve the circulation and promote good blood flow to transport oxygen and essential nutrients to the cells in the body and help with removal of toxins out of the body.
Good circulation can also help speed up recovery from any form of exercise as more blood allows to reach the muscles faster.
4. Weight loss
Fascia stretch can help facilitate weight loss goals. As the body moves with less or no pain it makes it much easier to perform any physical activity like walking, swimming or gardening.
An improvement in overall physical activity encourages weight loss and good healthy weight management.
5. Better Posture
Fascia stretches can help to improve poor posture that can occur from sitting at a computer all day, doing any type of repetitive work, or from being compensated from a past injury. Releasing restriction from the fascia can improve the nerve signals that give us proper position and form.
6. Improve Balance
A healthy fascial system helps to promote good balance. Good balance is important for the prevention of falls and helps to reduce the risk of fractures or other related injuries especially in the aging years.
7. Release Negative Emotions
Fascia is the primary source for storing negative emotions like anger, fear, guilt and sadness. If these emotions are not released, they continue to settle in the fascia causing heaviness in the body and a burden to the emotional and mental state of our well being.
Fascia stretching can help release the stored up emotions from past traumas, helps the mind to let go and the spirit is relieved.
A healthy fascial system can assist in balancing the mind, body, and spirit, promote inner calmness, good recovery and longevity. To learn more about fascia stretching, reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org and request a free live zoom trial class today!
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Floriana Urbisci R.N.C.P.
Floriana is a Registered Nutritional Health Practitioner, Herbalist and Certified Personal Trainer, as well as a member of the International Organization of Nutritional Consultants (IONC) and Registered Orthomolecular Health Practitioner (ROHP).
Floriana specializes in weight loss, digestive disorders, emotional and mental health disorders She is passionate and enjoys helping others to achieve and maintain their health goals.
She became interested in holistic health after overcoming her own personal health challenges with obesity and severe depression.