Connective Tissue is Holding Us Together
Our muscles are encased in a web of connective tissue that weaves in and around our body. This webbing is called fascia. It’s composed of thin, stretchy watery layers. Like a silk body stocking, it holds us together. To maintain its spring, we need to keep it hydrated and the only way to do it is through slow, gentle movement.
While all movement increases fibroblast activity, it’s the large, sweeping movements of Essentrics™ that increases it the most. During fibroblast, hyaluronic acid (HA) is squirted into the tissue. This in turn, facilitates repair. Hyaluronic acid is a fluid binder, attracting water to the cells.
Water is essential to the health of our connective tissue. Fascia must stay hydrated to do its job. When we twist and stretch the tissue, we encourage the fluid to release. When we neglect to move our bodies, these layers of tissue congeal result in stiffness and pain. Making us feel old and rigid.
Connective tissue is so important it is now categorized as the third component of the musculoskeletal system. Stiff, atrophied fascia is the primary source of joint pain and immobility. When it hardens, we harden. Once you know the science, you’re armed with powerful medicine.
As we age, our bodies decrease in flexibility by 50%. We must move our bodies every day to maintain elasticity and range of motion. The good news is it doesn’t take long. You can access all the muscles and joints in the body in about 20 minutes.
Gentle, full-body stretching is the most efficient way to heal, repair and rejuvenate our connective tissue.
Our amazing bodies respond forgivingly fast once we start moving. As soon as you start twisting and turning, wiggling and rotating you likely will never feel stiff again. And you can create this transformational change in less than 30 minutes a day with non-aggressive, pain-free gentle movement.