What is Fascia?
Fascia is very much like our skin beneath our skin, it is a densely woven covering that envelopes and interpenetrates every muscle, bone, nerve, artery and vein as well as all of our internal organs including the heart, lungs, brain and spinal cord. The most interesting aspect of the fascial system is that it is not just a system of separate coverings. It is actually one structure that exists from head to foot without interruption. In this way you can begin to see that each part of the entire body is connected to every other part by the fascia, like the yarn in a sweater.
What is a Myofascial Restriction?
Restrictions are areas of hardened or tight fascia compressing nerves, organs, and other tissue that lead to symptoms of pain and dysfunction. Restrictions can occur as a result of surgical scarring, trauma, poor posture, injury and stress. These restrictions do not show up on standard diagnostic tests such as Scan’s and MRI’s. The location and symptom of a restriction may feel tight, hot, hard or tender to the therapist or client. Or the client may feel a tingling sensation the comes and goes.
Why is Water Important?
- Our bodies are made up of approximately 70% water
- Fascia requires a fluid environment to move freely
- Facilitates elimination of toxins released during treatment
- Reduce soreness
- We like to tell our clients that fascia is very “thirsty” and liken it to a kitchen sponge. If the sponge is permitted to dry out, it gets brittle and hard. When exposed to water, it becomes soft and pliable. We want our fascia to be soft and pliable.
My body seems to want to move or shake during my session. Is this normal?
During a treatment session, a client may feel a spontaneous need to move, stretch, shift, shake, twitch, giggle, cry, etc, all of which are normal. When your body has the urge to do “something” during a treatment session, you are encouraged to go into those feelings and allow your body to express itself. It’s the body’s natural way of processing and expressing what it needs to heal.
When you work with the therapist and allow these natural movements or emotions to release, the results can be a lot like dancing: your body “informs” the therapist in how to guide your session. While it may feel awkward, it can be quite beautiful and feels great!
Why am I sore the day after treatment?
When tissues are manipulated within the body, whether by direct treatment on an area or through connections elsewhere in the body, soreness may result. The soreness is often times referred to as therapeutic pain. It is not uncommon to have some stiffness or soreness for a day or two following a treatment session. Not all treatment sessions will result in therapeutic pain, but when it does occur, it is a normal part of the healing process.
Talk to your therapist about appropriate measures to take if the therapeutic pain becomes intolerable.
Why am I sore on parts of my body that did not receive treatment?
The fascial system connects all parts of the body. When one section of fascial tissue is manipulated, it can make you aware of other areas of tightness or tension . Mention these areas to your therapist at the next session. Remember, the neck bone IS connected to the hip bone!
How often should I receive treatment?
As you start your treatment, a minimum of three visits per week are recommended to begin to open up fascial restrictions throughout the body. For chronic issues, it is recommended that you receive treatment 1-2 times per week. Generally, as you heal, you will be able to reduce your frequency from three times a week to twice a week, to weekly, to every other week. Some patients prefer to further reduce their visit frequency to every other month and stay at that frequency indefinitely, while others prefer to be discharged at that time.
Why 62 Degrees?
Our owner, Katrin Moffett, comes from a tiny group of islands in the North Atlantic, called the Faroe Islands. The capitol of this country sits at 62 degrees latitude (approximately the same as Anchorage, Alaska). We wanted the clinic name and atmosphere to reflect that heritage.
The Faroe Islands are an archipelago that belong to Denmark, but are essentially self governed. They are culturally rich and boast over 200 species of sea birds. When visiting the Faroes, you will never be more than 3 miles from the ocean. The language is Faroese, a close descendant of Old Norse. The vegetation is arctic tundra.
Katrin has several books at the clinic if you would like to see photos or get more information about The Islands.