Reconnecting with your fascia can affect your motivation, sense of well-being, and embodiment. Since the nervous system and the fascial systems are interwoven, relaxing the fascia can relax the nervous system. Studies show that relaxing the fascia around the abdominal area or pelvis can produce parasympathetic reflexes which are relaxing and help you chill out. A common saying to remember the parasympathetic system is that it helps you “rest and digest; feed and breed”. Fascia contains interoceptors for sensing your internal physical and physiological state. Interoceptors help you determine if you’re thirsty, hungry, hot, aroused, etc. If you unbind and unwind your fascia, you allow the massive amount of interoceptors to be exposed and available to receive and properly process biochemical messages. You will have a better sense of what’s going on in your body. You’ll have a better awareness of when you’re hungry or when you have heartburn. Motion affects emotion: proprioception interplays with interoception. If you move, you can better control your emotion. Don’t you feel happy when you’re dancing or when you watch a dance performance? As kids, when we jumped up, down, and all around or hung upside-down on monkey bars, we were moving our organs around. Visceral fascia lines our organs. We are better situated when our organ surrounding fascia gets some TLC– more oxygen and nutrient absorption and stimulating areas that become stiff and dry.
Margaret, a Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist and Embodiment Coach, was delighted to share her early experience with her Fascianation Method journey. Margaret had been taking care of her fascia with sporadic massage and daily Chi Gong shaking, but she didn’t feel that those modalities were enough to achieve fascial equilibrium. She kept feeling increasing constriction in her upper torso and arms.
As she rolled, she felt a wonderful sense of warmth in her body that she attributed to improved blood and lymphatic circulation. That great warmth brought much presence and awareness into her body.
Once in a while, she encountered more tender body areas; places of stagnation, or congestion. She knew that she needed to allow the local pinches and congestions to soften because release in one area of the body can feel like a full system release.
A few minutes into the practice, she felt her autonomic nervous system begin to rebalance. She felt her vagus nerve kick in, which provided a wonderful sense of warmth spreading to her chest and belly. In Margaret’s words:
“That’s the body’s way of saying all is well; you can rest, digest, and heal now. The adrenals can catch a break and a wonderful silence and clarity enter the mind. This can potentially trigger powerful intrinsic rebalancing processes. Few times after the exercise I noticed micro-movements in my body. This was my body allowing me to release past trauma. It is important to stay with the micro-movements and allow them to come to completion on their own. It may be accompanied by emotional sensations and just letting it all wash through you is a tremendous gift from yourself to you. So, I can say that this system of self-care supports trauma release processes leading to more balanced physical, emotional, and mental state.”
After Margaret’s first Fascianation Method rolling class her joint mobility increased by at least twenty percent. After three weeks of rolling (full body every three days) her posture and flexibility greatly improved, she maintained upper back tensional relief as shown by her shoulder position in resting state. Her shoulders were at least one inch lower than before using The Fascianation Method.