Fascia is the fabric of our form. The “magic of fascia” is about what that really means in terms of anatomy, biomechanics and classical theories of how we move. Beyond that (and it takes us beyond our five senses) is the metaphysical domain of energy medicine. Your fascia is your body’s own feedback system. It gives you your sense of you; where you are, how you are and how your energy matrix is resonating….and so much more.
The story of fascia is taking some time to filter through some layers of our culture, although many areas of medicine, movement and manual therapy are in the process of recognising the work of fascia research pioneers and changing their approach as its significance is being re-evaluated. As it was for Vesalius and Newton, new ideas are not always greeted with enthusiasm, often due to a lack of understanding. Evidence by demonstration disturbs “truth by declaration”, especially if institutions have built themselves upon the “truth” of what they thought they knew. We have our very own twenty-first-century Vesalius, or at least a suitable candidate to challenge the preceding history and change the way the scalpel is used to define the tissues.
“It was not the anatomy of bones and muscles that was instrumental for proprioception, but the architecture of continuity” - Jaap Van Der Wal, (Emeritus) Associate Professor of Anatomy and Embryology at the University of Maastricht.
Biotensegrity explains the way a flower grows up from the ground and survives all but the highest winds. It is how a tree grows so magnificently in so many directions, with a canopy that reaches, parallel to the ground, yet the branches do not routinely fall off. It describes every pattern, in the matter of the natural world. How do we pick up a child running towards us, that leaps into our arms, for a bear-hug, without losing its limbs or necessarily knocking us over, or breaking ours?
According to Dr Stephen Levin, author of the term “Biotensegrity” and Orthopaedic surgeon, we have the maths, physics, chemistry and biology (by which classical biomechanics explains these phenomena) wrong. His statement is supported by decades of research and an understanding of human motion and anatomy, that leaves a compelling argument and one that any movement practitioner is bound to appreciate. It makes sense of nature; of what actually happens on the mat, in the classroom or at the pitch, pool and field. Dr Levin coined the term and many leading scientists, practitioners, researchers and engineers offer support for this new paradigm, that explains nature, since ancient times….
“That nature applies common assembly rules is implied by the recurrence, at scales from the molecular to the macroscopic, of certain patterns, such as spirals, pentagons and triangulated forms. These patterns appear in structures ranging from highly regular crystals to relatively irregular proteins and in organisms as diverse as viruses, plankton and humans.” - Donald Ingber, PHD, Cell Biologist/Bioengineer