The Fascia creates an internal balance of elastic resistance (resilience) through a game of thrusts and counter-thrusts that allows the physical structure to remain in vertical suspension on the Earth's surface.
The Fascia is, by far, the most widespread structure in the body . It creates an internal balance of elastic resistance (resilience) through a game of thrusts and counter-thrusts that allows the physical structure to remain in vertical suspension on the Earth's surface.
This principle is called TENSEGRITY, a term coined by the architect Buckminster Fuller, in the 60s of the last century.
The interaction of the Fascia with the "terrestrial" gravity is "favoured by proprioceptive organs that respond to the intensity of contraction, changes in pressure, angle and elongation, centrifugal, centripetal and radial forces. These organs communicate via the nervous system to the spinal chord or cerebral cortex, promoting complex coordinating processes for efficiency, health and a wide range of action and expression.
Much of the information does not pass through the brain's deepest receptors, thus forming the basis for unconscious reflexes and postural habits that condition certain areas of the physical structure to remain contracted even when not asked.
The use of proprioceptive information to understand the principles of alignment, and to recognize the causes of immediate or chronic physical discomfort, is an extremely important aspect of the Rolfing method .
Reducing the speed and repeating a single movement or sequence is useful, for example, to allow sensations to reach deep „forgotten“ tissues. Creating new coordinating games stimulates the growth of synaptic connections and the countless resources designed to respond to the constant action of Earth's gravity.
Rolfing combines tactile information with practical application in the daily context, with the pleasure and fascination of finding an old school friend in your own body.