Indebted to new research methods, we discover the web of tissues that holds us together. With the support of facia conscious Pilates training, it can do this superbly for all of life.
Taken from an interview with Karin Locher, by Leoni Jessica Hof
An article translation from the beauty and fitness section of the Swiss magazine Bolero, April 13, 2013 "I’ve got you under my skin," sang Frank Sinatra. And perhaps many a researcher at the University of Ulm (Germany) whistles this song, since a very special web of tissues takes care of our heartbeat: the Facia Web. This web envelopes the muscles and all of the organs; it extends from the head to the feet and has long been ignored. Looking at anatomical diagrams and pictures, one sees bones and muscles yet no sign of facia tissues. Thanks to modern research methods we can now catch on to this branched out web, the facia web stepping out into the limelight. Fitted out with blood vessels and nerves and filled with a liquid which give it hydraulic capacity, it is coming to be recognised as the most important sense organ for our body awareness.
It supports and gives form to the body, enables the functioning of the muscles and abets the immune system and psyche. If, however, the system is blocked or damaged, it can lead to muscle tenseness and chronic pain. It is, therefore, high time that we pay more attention to what happens directly under our skin.
The British Pilates instructor Karin Locher is convinced: "This Cinderella web has an enormous influence on our health, our recovery processes, our everyday life." Locher, therefore, teaches the Pilates method in recognition of the facia-tissue research. A closing circle: "Pilates took the influence of this web net intuitively into consideration, that its effect is now scientifically proved is like the missing link to his method."
The German Joseph Hubert (1880-1967) was looking initially for a method to strengthen his own body and applied Western and Eastern body therapies. This worked. The once rachitic asthmatic stood as a model for anatomical drawings and pictures. As prisoner during WW1, he taught his fellow prisoners who then left their detention with steeled bodies. Pilates opened his first studio in New York. Thanks to his wife, Clara, a nurse, his work received a more gentle development. After his death his pupils developed this method further, which also led to its watering down. With the discovery of the facia web, Joseph Pilates’ original teaching receives now its due acknowledgement. High time that we too tune in with Sinatra’s declaration of love.
Translation from the beauty and fitness section of the Swiss magazine Bolero, April 13, 2013 - Source: Bolero, (Swiss magazine) - April 13, 2013