muscle is elastic, fascia is plastic:
the dialectic of movement
a talk by Laurie Booth
Wednesday 29 October 2014, 6.30-8pm. archive
This event has now taken place.
Fascia is a collagenous fibrous body-wide net which facilitates load bearing transmission throughout the whole structure. Often referred to as ‘connective tissue’, this elastic network of fibrous tissue continuously responds to load and pressure. It provides rapid communication between all layers and systems of the body, stores and releases energy, stabilises balance and, crucially, connects all parts of the neuro-musculoskeletal system.
Our fascial identity is the direct result of our habits of use, our life style and our genetic/medical history. How we move, our habitual positions and transitions, all create a unique signature of response within our fascial net. Our physical, mental and emotional outlook is predicated by this fascial identity. The state of our fascia is determined by the quality of our movement which in turn is determined by the state of our fascia. The continuous reinforcement of this pattern creates the classical syndrome called real life!
In this talk Laurie will offer an introduction to the world of fascia, allowing us an insight into how it can affect and enhance our movement skills. Particularly of interest to practitioners and teachers of other disciplines, and to anyone curious about how the body moves.
Laurie Booth is one of the founding members of The Myolastic Movement Project which makes use of scientific research and physical movement practice to investigate and interrogate our experience of fascia through movement. It is an ongoing kinetic laboratory making creative use of movement derived from dance, martial arts and archaic exercise systems.=