What is Fascia?
Every muscle and structure is surrounded and penetrated by an interconnected tissue network. The tissue is called fascia. Fascia helps contribute to the structure and functioning of the entire body. Over time the fascia tissue can become unhealthy due to lifestyle choices, previous injury, and the natural aging process. Fascia can become physically or neurologically stuck together while trying to compensate for impact from outside forces or postural habits, resulting in “knots” or mechanical congestion in the tissue. Excess or strained movements can also lead to hypermobility, which can cause friction and inflammation. This can lead to a chain reaction in muscular and fascial tissues known as “binding,” or a state of contraction.
Structural bodywork addresses this binding and congestion by helping to restore freedom and function to the tissues and allowing the body to operate more effectively as a whole.
Before booking a session, please read through our contraindications list for structural bodywork:
Contraindications include Atherosclerosis, Arteriosclerosis, Acute Inflammation, certain autoimmune conditions such as Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, Ankylosing spondylitis, osteomyelitis (though the presence ), those undergoing certain cancer treatments, on recent surgery or injection sites particularly diabetes insulin, when Embolism or Thrombus is present, Epilepsy, some types of Headaches and Heart Conditions, Hemangioma, Infectious Skin Conditions, Extreme High Blood Pressure, Impaired Elimination Systems, Stent Implants, Some Intervertebral Disc Conditions, presence of IUD, presence of most pain medications, pregnancy, varicose veins, presence of recent, unstable or inflamed whiplash.
No deep massage work should be done when any of the following conditions exist:
Oral Abscess Aneurysm, Bone fractures or acute soft tissue injuries until fully healed (usually 6-12 weeks), Clients on Cortisone for at least 2-3 months, Fever, Hemophilia, Hodgkin’s disease, Infectious conditions (with some exceptions that can receive treatment with medical referral, like HIV), Leukemia
Osteoporosis, Phlebitis, Recent scar tissue including regular or plastic surgeries: no deep work on this area until scarring process is complete (usually at least 6 weeks)