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The importance of fascia in Craniosacral work....

What are the properties, functions and importance of fascia in craniosacral work?

Fascia is a type of connective tissue and it can be categorized by loose and dense, superficial and deep. Connective tissue is made up of specialised cells (fibroplasts and immune cells), protein fibers (collagen, reticular and elastic) and a fluid component substance (which is sticky, gel like made of proteoglycans and glycoproteins).

The most common extracellular substance in the body is collagen, which is the protein-based structure (fascia being one of these). So in CST when we relate to the fascia, we are making a contact/relationship with collagen. When we feel the fascia we are feeling the strong but bendable, long, spiral shaped and hollow qualities of collagen.

Fascia in particular deep fascia, is like a lattice type structure encapsulating and at the same time connecting everything together. It is like a covering or skin type structure that interweaves around organs, nerves, blood vessels, bones, muscles and joints.

This living tissue though is highly intelligent and very responsive and sensitive to touch and will engage to relational touch. This being said, if fascia is the architecture of the whole body, that can receive and respond to information effecting our ANS & CNS via mechanoreceptors, its clear how it is one of the most important components of CST.


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