Today, with the advent of Fascia Research we are beginning to understand the significance of this connecting fabric of the “in between” that forms our body architecture. New questions arise about the experience of how we move around. Are we more than a biomechanical lever system?
Historically, this “body fabric” was routinely scraped out of the way in the anatomy laboratories. Since Vesalius (1514-1564), when human dissection first became a key player in surgical intervention and study of medicine, the tissue being cut through was considered mostly to be like an inert packaging material. The cleaned component parts, separately distinguished, were thought to hold the key to movement. Removing muscles and bones from the context in which they were originally formed, maintained the classical theories that suggests muscles move bones; individually activated by separate nerves.
The tissue, in which muscles and bones arise, is now known to be far from inert. It appears to be intelligent, ubiquitous (everywhere) and sensory. If we multiply our parts up to the sum of their potentials (instead of dividing them down to the lowest common denominators) we get new questions and possibilities about how we move around. That means, the commonly held belief that the actions of muscles (operating the bones as levers) is likely to be an inadequate explanation of how we really move the way we do.
This is not, however, a one-act play with the Fascia the only protagonist. Woe betide those emerging schools, claiming the “fascia” answers everything. On the contrary, it shares and relates everything to everything else. It connects and disconnects simultaneously; keeping organs and vessels, muscles and bones in place in minute sensory detail. It senses and communicates where we are in space and where we are not. Be it the footballer giving everything to strike a goal, or the seamstress making sure a pearl is stitched into a silk rose, there are common movement denominators of our actions and non-actions, that classical theories fail to explain.
Even if the theories of the “musculo-skeletal system” have been handed down for centuries and revered as gospel in many a university and medical anatomy course – new technology is changing the way we see the tissue between and through and around the muscles and bones. It acts as an internal net; intimately connected and able to transmit forces intelligently through us. Perhaps we were born to dance.
Perhaps we were not just born to run, or born to walk. Could it be that we were born to dance?