‘Fuzz’ Fascia

In the last newsletter I encouraged dancers to spend some time yawning and stretching into stiff areas on a daily basis.  This week’s newsletter explains why that is so important.  Gil Hedley, Phd. is known for his ‘fuzz’ talk. (embedded below)  Before you watch it let me help explain a few concepts.  When he is talking about ‘fuzz’, he’s talking about the fascia that surrounds muscles and other tissues.  This wet membranous fascia allows tissues to slide and glide over one another. Elasticity is a very important component to fascia and that certainly influences our flexibility.  

Last week we talked about sore muscles that were all of a sudden moved in ways they hadn’t over the summer break, and creating soreness.  When this ‘fuzz’ isn’t mobilized and hydrated (more through movement, although water intake is important) – it begins to adhere and stiffen.  It ‘ages’ the fascia so to speak, similar to how many people stop moving and start sitting more in their middle years and then believe that the stiffness is an accepted side effect of aging.  NOT TRUE! If you continue to keep your fascia in good shape, elastic, toned, responsive – your body will not move like an older person – and I have to believe it makes a big difference in how you feel too! 

Please send in your questions about fascia, technique, training and recovery – or share your comments below.  Upcoming workshops are open for registration! Canada, Seattle, and Costa Rica.  

note: there are a few cadaver images within the short 5 minute clip to show you what this ‘fuzz’ looks like.  I find it very helpful to see how immersed and connected fascia is to the muscles.  

To your success!

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