Fitness Friday: Scrub your fascia!

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Have you ever had a deep-tissue massage? You know, the kind where they go DEEP and it HURTS but you leave feeling looser and more agile than you have in ages?

Part of what your massage therapist is doing in these treatments is to loosen the fascia from the muscle. What is fascia? As our Friday Fitness guru Laura explains:

The way I describe fascia is is when you have chicken and you pull the chicken skin away from the meat; there’s that white fiber-y stuff that connects the skin to the meat. That is fascia. It encapsulates every muscle, wraps every organ, connects your skin to your bones, infiltrates the muscles, infiltrates the bones themselves …. it is everywhere inside your body kind of holding it all together inside.

(Laura wrote a great post about fascia last week. I highly recommend checking it out. Especially if you want to learn how rolling out your feet with a golf ball will help loosen your hamstrings…)

In today’s installment of Fitness Friday, Laura shares a really cool technique called “fascia scrubbing” – a 15-second technique you do to loosen your joints and remove restrictions on your mobility, strength and flexibility. I’ve never seen anything like it before… check it out:


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Laura Coleman - Laura Coleman rocked my world a few years back when she helped me get to the root of all the knee and lower-back issues I’d had since my teens. In just a couple of sessions, Laura put me on a simple program of rehab exercises (unlike any I’d ever seen before) that brought my body back into alignment and actually fixed the problem that no physiotherapist, massage therapist, or chiropractor had ever been able to solve. I was hooked! We’ve been terrific friends and shared many clients since, and I’m delighted that she has offered to share her wisdom with all of you via this Fitness Friday video series. Laura lives in Portland, OR with her two gorgeous daughters. She works her magic at Club Sport and with clients all over the continent via the magic of technology (aka Skype). Check out her blog and website here.

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