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Fascia: The Wonderful World, Continued

In Fascia: That Which Connects Us, I talked about fascia: a connective tissue in the body that supports, but can also restrict movement. In school we used to take photographs of the humans we worked on and noted how they changed in just one hour of fascia release work. We had them stand in front of grids on the wall so we could measure the changes. The recipients of this work would usually comment on how their clothes fit differently after their session.

I have been doing fascia release work with dogs now for a few years and yet I have never had a measurement to show the profound change - until I met Biz.

Biz and Hope

Biz arrived in his handsome purple harness fitting rather tightly - rolling in like a fuzzy soccer ball. He wasn't over weight - it was just as if he was holding his breath. He tipped from side to side as he walked, instead of flowing diagonally through his body from front to back. His 'mom' talked about how he's had a hard time moving - as if he was an old dog - and that she'd taken him to many veterinarians, but didn't have any real diagnosis.

When I picked him up, I immediately noticed how tight his skin felt - almost like it was glued to his body. I took him into the warm 94 degree waters of the pool and started to do some massage work - lightly releasing the fascia network. I could feel Biz relaxing more and more in the warmth of the water as I held him. I worked between each rib and around each joint - on both sides of the neck and behind the ears.

What is so cool about fascia - is that the body is always perfect as it seeks to balance itself. This fascia will turn into scar tissue in areas where the body needs to be more protected, it will turn into adhesions where the body feels it needs more support or stability. It is always perfect. What sometimes isn't so perfect is that after an injury has healed or the reason for the body needing stability has lifted, the fascia network often will remain in its tightened state, hence the importance of the release work.

So back to Biz. I didn't know why his body was so tight - I trusted that his body knew what it was doing and so I respectfully worked with the body to relax and release. I like to think of it as giving the body the opportunity to change, if that is what is best for the body at that time.

When we got out of that session, we went to put his purple harness back on ... and it practically fell off of his body. His person and I just stared at each other in astonishment. I had never before seen such an obvious and objective measure of change in the body as the way this harness fit before and after just an hour of fascia release work.

Biz walked out gracefully like a changed guy and came in weekly for a while to assure his new found mobility.

To read more about Biz's experience from his Mother's perspective read this client testimonial: Biz and Hope.