Join Adam via zoom call, for virtual myofascial release movement classes. These classes use common movements from yoga, pilates, and ballet with a myofascial intention. Help us welcome movement therapy to the 21st century with this cutting edge science, and help us bring movement to your life again during these strange times.
We suggest you have:
- Yoga/Pilates mat to help your grip with the ground and add padding
- Medium or full sized towel
- Chair (if unable to kneel for pose modifications)
- Exercise ball (if unable to do downward facing dog)
- Tennis/lacrosse ball
These items are not required, but make the class easier.
Each class is 45-50 minutes of movement time with a student check-in at the beginning to see what trouble areas the class would like to focus on for that lesson. Students have the choice to opt-in for pose modifications. Modifications can include the use of an exercise ball, a chair, towels for padding, or just a more comfortable way to do the pose.
Schedule online today for online classes.
You can also purchase a full digital course for at home practice here.
What do pilates, yoga, and ballet have in common?
1. They are all forms of movement therapy.
2. They use muscle anatomy, and ancient knowledge (ayurvedic tradition).
3. They haven't been updated for this century as separate modalities.
In the 1950's Ida Rolf developed "rolfing" which is a bodywork practice that aimed to work intentionally with the fascia, which was discovered to be significant by the founder of Osteopathy Dr. Andrew Taylor Still in the 19th century, and was no longer known as just the "silver skin" of the muscles. Ida then passed on her knowledge and her institute lead regular cadaver labs for decades as a part of their curriculum for teaching bodyworker or "rolfers". Finally in 2001 a student of Ida named Thomas Myers coined the term "myofascial meridians" as over the last century, the institute had gotten the idea to follow these patterns throughout the body.
What is fascia?
Fascia is a sheath of collagen, elastin, and a gel-like ground substance that surrounds every cell, every muscle/nerve/blood vessel fiber, up to the level of every group of muscles. It fuses the muscles from tendon, to bone, to ligament, to muscle again, and again. There are 12 "myofascial meridians" in the body. The discovery was a different approach to dissection. Instead of cross cutting tendons of muscles when they reached the bone, they turned the scalpel sideways, and followed the tendons and discovered 12 distinct lines in the body. Not "energetic" patterns, but actual, physical connection. For example one line runs from the bottom of the feet, up the back of legs, up the spine, all the way to the forehead.
Why do we need to work with the fascia intentionally?
Pain and joint dysfunction comes from a lack of strength, or stability in a joint. When a muscle becomes weak or unstable, the nervous system tells the nearby muscles to help the weaker muscle do its job. Eventually they will stick to each other as the fascia is always adapting and reinforcing whatever state it is in via little snails (fibroblasts) that leave a trail of "goo" (fascia) behind them constantly throughout the body whether we're moving, still, awake, or asleep.
History of myofascial integration in movement therapy:
These myofascial integration movement practices in this class were designed by Karin Gurtner and Thomas Myers around 2017, and use the fascia intentionally through their modifications of common yoga, pilates, and ballet poses. One major difference is the three variations of speed. Each variation of speed accounts for the different characteristics of the fascia. Collagen responds slowly, elastin bounces, and ground substance reacts more with muscular effort. Thus you have the most up to date model of movement. Join Adam at his Hudson, WI studio for classes weekly!