Fascial Rebalancing is a system of soft tissue manipulation that unwinds whole body tension patterns, while at the same time gradually uncovering the body’s inherent length and balance. The practitioner uses their hands and elbows to work the connective tissues, using a slow pressure that is both deep and sensitive.
There is a natural, balanced pattern to how your legs, hips and lower back work together. The same is true of your rib cage, arms, and neck, and also your feet, ankles and legs. This whole-body balance is characterized by straightness, length, and ease of movement. It just doesn’t make sense to say our bodies are naturally twisted, compressed and restricted in movement.
However balance is compromised by various factors, including accidents, habitual movement patterns, and every-day stress and strain. All of these cause our fascia to tighten in rigid patterns which spread throughout the system, much like the way a pull in a sweater will be visible at a location far away from the original pull. Thus any attempt at rebalancing must include the entire structure and not just focus on symptoms.
One of the remarkable qualities of connective tissue is its tremendous capacity for change; its plasticity. Fascia is very responsive to stress demands in the body, quickly adding more tissue when stress in an area increases. Fortunately for us however the reverse is also true, in that the tissue will loosen up and melt when stress in an area decreases.
Fascial Rebalancing offers a system that rebalances the entire body through a series of 14 unique protocols. The protocols are routines that are used to work every area of the body, prescribing the tissues to be worked, the direction of the pressure to be applied, and an overall view of how to balance that given body area. For example the front of the ribcage is worked according to a protocol, the side of the pelvis is worked according to a protocol, and the lower leg is worked according to a protocol. Similarly there is a unique Fascial Rebalancing protocol to work and balance each and every region of the body.
There are a variety of ways you can integrate the Fascial Rebalancing protocols into your practice. In as few as 3 or 4 sessions you can work the entire body and achieve a general overall balance. With several more sessions you can go deeper and establish a more complete, longer lasting balance. Or, you can apply the protocols more locally in a symptom based approach, while at the same time ensuring that you contribute at least some additional balance to the structure.
The Fascial Rebalancing protocols bring balance to the 8 fundamental dimensions of the body. These are: Front to Back; Left to Right; Top to Bottom, and Superficial to Deep. These 8 articulate a simple and organic logic of balance. For example if the front of the torso is short and compressed with respect to the back, that body will experience ongoing struggle just to maintain an upright posture. By contrast when these 8 are balanced, the body is more resilient and at ease.
To better understand how it works, consider the analogy of tuning a drum skin. Imagine you have a hand drum that has been sitting on the shelf for some time, and the skin has become loose and floppy. When you tune one of the tightening screws it creates a taut line in the skin. Then, naturally you proceed to the screw opposite on the frame, then you do the ones at right angles, tightening only half way, as you systematically work your way around the frame, assuring that the skin is tuned in a balanced manner. It’s the same with the human body in the process of unwinding and rebalancing the entire fascial system. Fascial Rebalancing proceeds with this balanced approach.
An essential aspect of the Fascial Rebalancing techniques is using the best possible body mechanics. Working with maximum ease and optimal alignment not only preserves the practitioner’s energy and structural integrity, but it also dramatically improves the results of your efforts. When you work using a compressed and rotated structure, it is all that much more challenging to help your client’s structure to decompress and de-rotate. By contrast when you are relaxed, long, and at ease when working, those same qualities will naturally translate directly into your client’s structure.
One of the hallmarks of Fascial Rebalancing is the quality of touch used by practitioners. High importance is placed on working at just the right angle and depth, and in just the right direction. The pressure used is a perfect balance of assertive and receptive. The practitioner melts deeply into the fascial layers, while at the same time being sensitive, and “listening” to the tissues for cues about how to proceed. This high emphasis on working with the right pressure, angle, and direction explains why people receiving the work often make statements such as, “Oh, that’s perfect! I’ve been waiting for years for someone to work EXACTLY like that!”
Fascial Rebalancing Level 1 instructs in the first 7 of the 14 protocols. These are:
Each day of the workshop includes the following modalities:
Lecture: The instructor explains the theory and practice of Fascial Rebalancing. There are several lecture segments each day.
Demonstration: The instructor demonstrates each protocol on a student model.
Student Exchange: Students form pairs and practice the protocols with each other.
Guidance from Instructor: During the student exchanges the instructor moves throughout the class offering detailed guidance to each student on how to perform and improve the techniques.
Discussion: Throughout the day there will be opportunities to discuss Fascial Rebalancing, including the theory, practice, student experience, and how to incorporate the method into professional application.
Mindfulness Exercises: During the two days there will be several sessions of mindfulness practice, designed specifically to help with the practice of manual therapy.