Welcome to FasciaTrainer.com
Elina Nubaryan and Greg Liessner are introducing a new model of training in Orlando, FL. Fascia Training, using the revolutionary method of Resistance Stretching & Resistance Flexibility Training created by Bob Cooley, author of The Genius of Flexibility and Resistance Flexibility 1.0.
Experience deep and radical changes:
- If you are trying to maintain a healthy body
- If you want to treat pain and remove physical limitations
- If you want to enhance athletic performance and increase flexibility
Fascia Training rejuvenates your soft and connective tissue giving your body renewed elasticity and health. Your ability to strength train, have a healthy posture and bio-mechanics is determined and limited by the health of your fascia. Fascia is a 3D web connecting every cell and part of your body.
Overdevelopment of fascia restricts your ability to move. Resistance Stretching frees muscles from fascial adhesions and entrapments allowing you to move the way you want. The technique is aimed at increasing the ability of the muscles to shorten and lengthen more optimally, resulting in dramatic bio-mechanical realignment of the skeletal system, improved bone rotational relationships and rejuvenating the body tissues.
Our bodies are primarily Tensegrity structures and our bones do not directly pass load to each other. Thus, forces primarily flow through our muscles and fascial structures and not in a continuous compression manner through our bones. In fact, our bones do not directly touch each other, and are actually “floating” in the tension structure created by our fascial network.
Fascia is richly multi-dimensional tissue that forms our internal soft tissue architecture. It is an essential part of Tensegrity structure in our bodies. The tensile properties of our body require pulling apart action that we provide during assisted resistance stretching in order to make the tissue hydrated, nourished, flexible and healthy. In a tension structure if one segment is tighter than the others it changes the shape and form of the whole structure creating a pulling sensation. This is what happens in the body and these forces create inflexibility, misalignment, pain. It forces other segments to toughen up and take on a role of the underperforming unit.
In other words, our body builds more fascia than needed and even scar tissue for support. In performing the method of assisted Resistance Stretching we are literally finding the tight segments of dense fascia and scar tissue by feeling into your body. While you produce tension and resistance during assisted dynamic eccentric contraction, we stretch these segments to return your tissue into a healthy state.
The Skinny on Resistance Stretching
Flexibility – It is all about the fascia.
Muscles do not stretch the way most everyone thinks they do. You must continuously contract muscles while lengthening them to produce a change in flexibility. Resisting and tensing the muscles while stretching is called Resistance Stretching or Resistance Flexibility.
Flexibility is NOT mostly about the muscles. It is about stripping excess fascia from the body. In Resistance Stretching the myofascial structures are literally stripped of scar tissue and excessive dense fascia while increasing arterial and venous blood flow, synovial fluids, lymphatic drainage, joint capsule pliability, ligament and tendon elasticity and strength, metabolism in and around the muscles and skeletal structures, oxygenation to all tissues, the capacity for elimination of waste products and toxic substances, etc.
Removing Excessive Fascia
Fascia is a plastic like material that surrounds your muscles and other soft tissues. The fascia’s rubber band like qualities return your body to an original position after being elongated. What occurs during assisted Resisted Stretching is that we continue to elongate the fascia while the person resists until we exceed the tensile strength of the fascia, thus causing it to shred. This thinning of the excessive build-up of fascia frees the body to move optimally. When you resist while being stretched during Resistance Stretching, the resistance you create while the assister moves you literally strips away layer after layer of excessive fascia. This fascia shredding is then absorbed by the circulatory system and cleaned by your lymphatic system, later to be eliminated by urination, sweating, and defecation.
Bob Cooley’s fascial discoveries are a hallmark of his work on flexibility. 1st International Conference on Fascia was held in Harvard in 2007. His work was presented at the 3rd conference in Vancouver. Fascia has no nervous innervation. It is not connected to your brain and therefore produces no sensation when being worked on. You can detect its existence by using your hand to feel this taut tissue beneath your skin. An important thing to note is that you create thousands of pounds of forces when you resist while stretching while having little to no feeling of those forces. This is easily explained by the fact that fascia has no wiring from the brain to it – unlike muscles, tendons, etc. which are wired from your brain thus allowing you to feel them easily.
There is no innervation of fascia, so there is no sensation when it is being affected!
Fascia has tremendous tensile strength compared to muscular strength. Scar tissue has exponential tensile strength compared to the fascia. Dense fascia can have tensile strength that is 2-8 x’s the strength of the muscle it surrounds. Normal amounts of fascia are around 2 x’s and dense fascia up to 8x’s the resistive force of the muscles strength. It is important to note that tremendous forces are generated by the stretcher when they are being resisted during assisted Resistance Stretching. It requires this amount of force to break up the fascia. The person generates the force, while the assister moves the person. It is like the person being stretched is a surgeon on himself or herself while the assister helps move them.
It’s All About the Fascia
Fascia is the most energy efficient material of the body. For example, when your bicep contracts and shortens, your tricep’s fascia is stretched, and when your bicep stops contracting, your tricep does not need to contract to bring your arm back to the starting position because the fascia acts like a rubber band and simply springs you back.
Excessive repetitive movements or trauma dramatically increases the density or mass of the fascia resulting in significant impairment to movement, circulation, lymphatic flow, and substitutional movements. It holds you into the damaged position, and limits your ability to move out of that position and hold the bones in limited and unnatural relationships. This damage or trauma situation now requires enormous amounts of energy to move instead of efficient movements.
Chronic pain is most often resulting from an accumulation of excessive dense fascia and scar tissue. Traditional stretching methods that do not use resistance while stretching unfortunately produce more fascia and scar tissue. Animals naturally resist while stretching.
Olympic coaches have described assisted Resistance Stretching as the most intense workout they have ever experienced. The reasons for this include: the enormous amount of force that is being generated by the fascia, the concentration necessary to participate in the “surgery like” resistance stretching process, the significant recovery/healing that follows, the psychological education and processing that is necessary from the changes, and the perspective and life upgrades that occur as a result of freeing the person from their past. An unusual “time-space” warping occurs from removing fascia.
Again, there is no sensation of this tautness or resistance, so huge amounts of dense fascia are being removed while there is little to no sensation of it happening. Most people new to resistance stretching are shocked at the rapid postural changes and freedom of movement that results from removing the dense fascia.
Removing excessive dense fascia results in freeing the muscles to develop, increases the biomechanical efficiency, and allows the body to be in normal or supernormal bone rotational relationships. The eliminations of overly dense fascia and scar tissue within the myofascial structures becomes a freeing agent psychologically.