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Aligning our Fascias !

Elle Corps, hors-série N° 32 / Summer 2021. By Karine Couëdel.

We talk about them when it comes to take care of our bodies: the fascias. Fescia:n.m., connective tissue membrane that envelops muscle and organs that it maintains. The definition in the dictionary leaves us a bit in the dark. To be more precise, "they are fibers composed essentially of collagen and hyaluronic acid, present under the skin and in depth and connected between them. It's like a gigantic three-dimensional spider's web that forms a kind of internal architecture for our body and ensures its strength and flexibility," explains the french Dr. Jean-Claude Guimberteau, hand surgeon and anatomist, who has conducted extensive research on connective tissue.

Known to science since the time of Xavier Bichat, in the 18th century, fascias have long been ignored. In France, it was not until the beginning of the 1980s and the work of physiotherapist Christian Carini and then osteopath Danis Bois that their role in the body's well-being was taken into account. Each of these two specialists founded a gentle massage method - fasciapulsology and fasciatherapy - which, by means of a therapeutic touch, aims at releasing "the traumatic memory of the body and the mind" and at untying the tensions accumulated by the connective tissue. Quite confidential, these practices are mainly used by sportsmen and high level dancers.

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