Fascia is connective tissue that encases every cell and every group of cells. Human fascia is not unlike the bitter white pith in oranges that differentiates sections. It keeps muscle cells separate from bone cells, giving each group its shape. Healthy fascia is what allows your muscles groups slide on each other as they stretch and contract. It seamlessly transitions from group to group creating one interconnected network of connective tissue. Fasica is highly innervated, making it an ideal tool for communicating with our nervous systems. In other words, by working with fascia, we can effect how your body perceives itself.
The stresses of life can lead fascia to become adhered or stiff. This affects posture, pain and illness, because fascia is everywhere. By restoring health and adaptability to this influential organ, Rolfers are able to boost health on many levels.
Much more information about fascia can be found on the website of fascial researcher Dr. Robert Schliep: http://www.somatics.de/