Probably the least understood part of the body, fascia are found in fluid bands or sheets of connective tissue fibers, that forms beneath the skin to attach, stabilize, enclose, communicate pain signals and separate muscles and other internal organs.
Made of flexible collagen structures, fascia are capable of resisting great unidirectional tension forces until the wavy pattern of fibers that straighten with a pulling force or becoming more gel like when relaxed. (Fascia are the pink colored fibers seen in the image above.)
Emerging science and client experience suggests that fascia play a very dynamic role in the cycle of injury – pain relief and recovery cycle.
Networked with memory, autonomic nervous system, brain hormones, vascular cells and musculo-skeletal systems, different layers of fascia seem to need different techniques to activate pain relief and release physical and emotional stress from different layers of fascia. – Mary Wolken PhD 2015
When you have gone too far. How does your body let you know?
Follow the warning signs
Physical Signs & Symptoms of over doing/exercise:
Elevated resting pulse / heart rate
Frequent minor infections, colds and flu’s
Increases in minor injuries
Chronic muscle soreness or joint pain
Pain that travels around the body
Inability to relax and sleep deeply
Weight loss or gain
Appetite loss or increase
Insatiable thirst or dehydration
Intolerance to exercise
Decreased performance or obsessive performance
Delayed recovery from exercise or illness
Slow thinking or comprehension
Reduce Psychological Signs & Symptoms to make it to the finish line:
Intolerance for people or situations out of your comfort zone
Fatigued, tired, drained, lack of energy