Top Navigation

Tag Archives | Fascia

Onions are not just for eating! Part II

For the Manual Therapist

Intention key to any therapeutic process
If we continue on with our theme of the onion layers, we see how attempting to ‘dig’ deep to achieve release for the sake of release alone, we may be moving our clients away from integration and towards an unstable and unsustainable state. Working with the appropriate Myofascial structures (layers) allow the therapist a great opportunity to introduce lasting change to a client.

Within any therapeutic intervention it is necessary to remember:

Do not remove something at a local level if you haven’t got something better to put in its place.

Too often therapists seek random local changes without looking at the larger implications that can come from release work. Consider the ‘long game’ approach and how you (the manual therapist) can add to structure and therefore function with every intervention.


Onions are not just for eating!


Working through layersIn integrating structure and function via the myofascial system, it becomes necessary to work the superficial ‘layers’ before you can proceed deeper.

Clients can sometimes feel impatient with the degree to which change occurs or goals are met to completion. Quite often it’s the last ten percent of change that takes ninety percent of the time to resolve. Working with the body is like peeling away the layers of an onion. It becomes important to remove one whole layer of dis-ease before moving onto the next. This ‘ideal‘ is a cornerstone of the therapeutic process, whether you’re receiving a treatment, conditioning your body through resistance training, or taking control of your diet.




Fascia: more than just packing material! Early anatomists considered fascia as little more than a membrane or ‘filling’ substance and dismissed it as being in the way of ‘true’ anatomy study. It would often be removed and discarded so as to look at was happening within the muscle. How wrong they were, and thankfully this thinking […]