As many of you know, I came to the world of energy medicine through the doorway of massage therapy. As a beginning massage therapist, I knew that there was more to our bodies than flesh and blood and bone, but it wasn’t until I began to study energy medicine with Donna Eden that I learned how to engage the subtle energies underlying the physical experience. I began to integrate energy medicine theory and techniques into my massages, which made them much more effective and gave my sessions a broader application: I could serve my client’s needs on a more holistic level. A number of years ago, I became intrigued by fascia and its role as transporter of energy as well as its role in muscle function/disfunction. My friend and colleague Debra Burchard is fond of calling me a “fascia-ist”, and I continue to explore and expand my understanding of this “fascianating” material (wink) that we are largely composed of. I am currently reading The Spark in the Machine: How the6a0bc98b-0ff8-4289-97ed-f533464b16f0 Science of Acupuncture Explains the Mysteries of Western Medicine, by Dr Daniel Keown, which is a very fun,
very exciting read for a soft-tissue geek like myself. It tickles me pink that fascia turns out to be key in bridging western medicine’s perspective of the body and acupuncture’s insights on Qi.
Not only does fascia play a vital role in holding our physical bodies together (as Dr Keown puts it, “without it we’d be an amorphous mess of jelly”) it also plays a part in creating and distributing the body’s electrical energy (“fascia is piezoelectric”). I could totally geek out on talking about this book, but I’d better finish reading it before I do. Meanwhile, the class that I’ll be teaching next month on Activating the Radiant Circuits via Fascia will be all the richer for me having read it. (Thanks to my friend and colleague Prune Harris for bringing it to my attention.)