Fun Fascia Fact:
About 7.5 liters of fluid moves through the extracellular matrix each day. (That’s a lot, considering we only hold 4.5 liters of blood at a time!) When your fascia is restricted, it limits the flow of fluid. Imagine a sponge wrapped up tightly with elastic bands and thrown into a sink full of water: it’s not going to be able to absorb very much.
When we move, stretch, or apply pressure to our body we are squeezing the sponge. If you can successfully allow those deep tissues to let go while you are being squeezed, you loosen the tight elastic. This is why the placement of balls in yoga poses–where and how they apply pressure (squeeze the sponge)–is so important, and why an inner state of mental surrender is so effective for facilitating change.
In addition to adding the element of pressure with soft balls to our yoga practice, we will also explore the benefit of rebounding. Rebounding is the third pillar of myofascial release, and an important aspect to integrate into any movement regimen. In this practice, we tap into the fluid in the cells with rhythmical movements like jostling and rocking to break up habitual holding patterns and restrictions in the fascia.
We already know the effectiveness of using pulse vibrations to break up solid structures (just like when we use sound waves to break up kidney stones with ultrasound equipment); imagine the benefits of utilizing that principle in body movement for releasing stuck fascia.
The next Myofascial Yoga: Fascia-Liquids module* will teach you how to place the balls in various poses to get the desired results. We will also go over a number of techniques to effectively release those ‘elastic band’ restrictions, as well as the importance of incorporating rebounding into your yoga sequences.
~ Rebounding in supine, seated, and standing postures
~ Understanding unconscious holding patterns, and how to access conscious choice and change through rebounding and unwinding
~ Sequencing yoga poses to most effectively impact the fascial system
~ Ball placement in yoga poses
~ The science of fascia at the cellular and molecular level
~ Fascial fluid as a ‘liquid crystal’ matrix, the science and the inner journeyGuest Teacher David Lesondak will be joining us to present “Tissue Hydration 101” join us to dive into the following topics (and more!):~ Tissue hydration: When is the best time to drink water? Before or after yoga class, and why?~ Hyaluronan: What is it? How is it produced? What does it do? How do we get it to optimal levels? Why does this matter to teachers of therapeutic movement?~ Sliding and Gliding: we’ve all heard these terms before in relations to stretching, but what’s really going on inside the deep tissues? How can we optimize our stretches to target the fascia and keep it in a healthy state?~ Myofascial Rebounding: How do gentle oscillations compare to more vigorous movement like skipping and jumping to the inner tissues? Which is best to incorporate into our movement practices?
David Lesondak BCSI, KMI, FFT, LMT
David Lesondak is an allied health member in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), where he maintains a clinical practice in structural integration, visceral manipulation, and other fascial modalities at UPMC’s Center for Integrative Medicine. He has been a clinical bodyworker/structural integrator for over 25 years. Certified in Kinesis Myofascial Therapy by Thomas Myers, he is also a Board Certified Structural Integrator, Fascial Fitness Trainer, Visceral Manipulator via the Barral Institute and also certified by Ann and Chris Frederick as a Fascial Stretch Therapist.
*This is module 11 of the 200 hour YA accredited teacher training program. This weekend intensive can be used as 20 credits toward the 200 hour Yoga teacher training program, or Yoga Alliance accredited continuing education. Certificate of completion is available to all participants.
Dates: November 2nd & 3rd 2019 or
Dates: August 22 & 23rd 2020
Hours: Saturday and Sunday 9am – 5pm