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Fascial tissues can change their stiffness independently from the usual neuromuscular tonus regulation. This includes a change in the ground substance, but may also involve the contractile dynamic of local fibroblasts and myofibroblasts.
What do we know about the dynamics of this ‚second‘ tonus regulation system? How does it interact with the autonomic nervous system and chronic stress exposure? How can we differentiate whether a local tissue stiffening is due to an increased muscular resting tone or to a fascial contracture? How can we influence fascial contractures in manual therapy? And how through nutrition, movement or other modalities? And what to do in cases of too little tonicity in the bodywide fascial network?
Be ready for a rapid, informative and entertaining lecture, illustrating the latest insights regarding these and other questions. Always with a special eye on the practical relevance for manual and movement therapy.
Robert Schleip MA PhD directs the Fascia Research Project at Ulm University, Germany and is Research Director of the European Rolfing Association. He is a certified Rolfing Instructor and Feldenkrais teacher. He is author and co-editor of several books and has written numerous research articles. For his discovery of active contractile properties in fascial tissues he was awarded the prestigious Vladimir Janda Award for Musculoskeletal Medicine. He was co-initiator and organiser of the first Fascia Research Congress held in Boston, USA in 2007.
There are some of his amazing articles on fascia here: