THE CONNECTIVE TISSUES' INTERNAL MOVEMENT IN TECHNIQUE
“The body has a mind of its own.” Deepak Chopra

This workshop introduces awareness of the connective tissue’s internal movement; how it enhances proprioceptive perception and learning to improve movement quality. The internal movement of connective tissue (or fascia) has been a method of therapy in France for many years, as taught for 30 years in two schools, Fasciapulsologie (Christian Carini) and Fasciath√©rapie & Gymnastique Sensorielle (Danis Bois). ¬†Sensitive to all forms of physical and psychological stress, the connective tissue reflects any aggression on the body. It balances all body functions, and is the primary guarantor of good health. Absorbing physical and psychological shocks, it interacts with the nervous and muscular systems, and thereby also participates in automatic movement patterns. The fascia’s internal movement is characterized by certain qualities: slowness, amplitude, direction, and pace. We can become aware of this movement by a light touch on the body or by tuning into its internal sensation. Such awareness of the deepest layers of our bodylandscape can be used to increase our movement potential, improve alignment, fine tune our movement quality, and obtain a healthier body. Being conscious of and following the connective tissue’s internal movement during the first phases of motor learning forms clear neuromuscular paths, bodymemory, and results in continuous, controlled, smooth movement. Due to the fascia’s slowness additional muscle fibers are strengthened, red muscle fibers in particular, and later remain as an underlying force and support for fast movement sequences. This exceptional movement quality, difficult to describe, nevertheless is evident to the observer. The role in terms of health advantages cannot be overstated.