Why Is Elasticity So Crucial To Our Health and Resilience?
Elasticity = vitality, without elasticity in our fascial tissues there is no springlike elastic recoil in our movements of walking, running, jumping, standing up and sitting down. Every movement becomes burdensome as we “muscle” ourselves around. We feel like sluggish couch potatoes, disinclined to move. Movement doesn’t feel vital and alive so we avoid it. When we stop moving or bodies begin to degenerate.
What exactly do we mean by elasticity and how does it relate to Biotensegrity?
Elasticity is literally tissues that have the quality of rubber bands. Google tensegrity ball and check out the images. Our bone are like the wooden sticks in the model and our myofascia is like the elastic bands. The bones float within the elastic matrix of the elastic bands. The bone don’t really touch each other, they are separated by connective tissue (cartilage and joint capsules). Our bones float within a matrix of myofascial. Balance is established by myofascia that is arranged around the bones, front and back, side to side. The elastic elements support and balance out the hard elements (sticks or bones) from all sides.
What does this bring to the bodywork table or the movement classroom, as well as to fascial training and practice?
A completely new worldview. This new paradigm puts an end to the idea that movement or pain syndromes are defined by long or short muscles. Or even the idea of muscles as being isolated bits and pieces. You can no longer think in terms like “if I fix or stretch this muscle I will fix my problem”. But if you tear a muscle tendon, obviously it needs time to heal, body work for acute injuries is mostly about flushing toxins or preventing myofascial adaptations from forming due to how you react to the pain that is involved. But if we look at the larger picture, many times injuries are caused by faulty biomechanics that are in turn caused by fascial imbalances.