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Fascinating Fascia

By Reinette Nel.


Fascia is the new buzz word.  For ages we have been cutting away the fascia to get to the more important aspects in the human body like the muscles, bones and organs not knowing or realising that what has been discarded was in fact the largest sense organ within the body.

Fascia is everywhere in the body.  It surrounds and forms an intricate network within every structure.  It is a strong, flexible support system,  the most richly innervated tissue in the body, with a very high density of sensory nerves that help our nervous system orient to our surroundings.

It’s like a smooth and slippery web of connective tissue that attaches, stabilises, encloses and separates.  It is the stuff that holds us together otherwise we would just be a puddle on the floor, almost like jelly.  If you can make everything else in the body disappear (except fascia), you would look like a big piece of candyfloss.


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Our fascia is like our antennae, constantly responding to what is going on in our environment and where we are in space.  Healthy fascia is very flexible, elastic and resilient, but it can be overcome by:

  • Illness
  • Injury
  • Inflammation
  • Trauma
  • Poor posture
  • Surgery/scars

When this happens, it places a lot of pressure on the nerves, muscles, blood vessels and organs, which can pull your body out of alignment.  Keep in mind that if one piece does not do its job, then the whole system could fail, this explains the interconnectedness of our body structure.  For example, that sore lower back might be from a car accident that you had 20 years ago, but since your job is to sit at a desk all day, it has finally caught up with you.  Or you might have ankle pain, but it is actually coming from your hips and you have been compensating for this hip pain with the way you walk but your body finally cannot take it anymore.

So what we want to do is to keep the contractive pattern and integrity within fascia, since we need that tension to keep the body upright and the organs, blood vessels, tendons, muscles and skeleton working.  But we do need to encourage fascia fitness and freeing areas of fascia that have become ‘stuck’.  

Facia fitness and health is influenced by a number of factors including:

  • Diet
  • Hydration
  • Exercise
  • Gentle therapeutic approaches (such as Bowen Therapy)
  • Managing stress levels 

When we keep it fit and free, it will slide easier and communicate better, Bowen Therapy is ideal to help with this.  Why?

Bowen is great for:

  • Relaxing tight muscles
  • Strengthening the immune system
  • Reducing inflammation
  • Encouraging repair
  • Promoting calmness, relaxation and balance
  • Better able to deal with stressful situations
  • Oxygen saturation
  • Decreasing heart rate
  • Promoting homeostasis
  • Increasing hydration, tonus and contractile strength
  • Lowering of sympathetic tone
  • Affecting the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis (HPA axis)
  • Affecting structural change

I will leave you with this:

“The soul of man, with all the streams of pure living water, seems to dwell in the fascia of his body.”  AT Still, MD (1899)


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Chinese Wisdom for the Seasons

By Marianne Kornaat.

We probably all have heard that we should try to eat locally and that it is better to eat foods that are in season.  I would like to share a little part of Chinese wisdom that can hopefully help you understand why it is so important to align with the seasons.

The Chinese talk about the five elements and the five seasons, every season is linked to a specific organ and a specific flavour.  The sour flavour is linked to the liver and linked to spring, the bitter flavour is linked to the heart and summer, the pungent taste is linked to the lungs and autumn, and the salty taste is linked to our kidneys and to winter.  The fifth season is the season in between seasons and is linked to earth and our digestive system.  Each flavour specifically supports an organ, so if your liver needs attention it is best addressed in the spring and if your heart is frail or you suffer from depression or nervousness, summer is the time to help care for your heart.  Since we are in summer we will focus on that.

Homeopathic First Aid

by Antoinette Bozanic.

When I started to study naturopathy I had no idea about homeopathy, I had heard of it but really never knew much about it at all.  During my course we were able to choose an elective subject and were provided with homeopathy and massage therapy, my option was to do massage therapy but unfortunately it was based on what everyone else in my class chose as well and the majority had opted for homeopathy.  Initially the lack of knowledge for this modality didn’t really inspire me much but the lecturer I had was a UK trained homeopath and it was into the semester of classes when she started speaking about planetary remedies that suddenly my attention was caught.  Having recently started my own spiritual journey and becoming aware that we were multidimensional beings and everything was energy, hearing suddenly that there were remedies called Sun, Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Pluto really sparked an interest and after that I couldn’t get enough of homeopathy, so much so that I completed naturopathy and enrolled into a homeopathy course.

Love Meditation

by Jen Taylor.

The thing I enjoy most about meditation isn’t just the practice of creating more stilling of the mind but also the awareness of bringing mindfulness into everyday activities.  In fact my experience of having to sit for some time has been somewhat challenging, many I have spoken with also share this inner conflict.  With a preference for the body and mind to be more active, I have at times felt challenged by the idea of trying to still the mind.  From patience and consistency though, I have found that the benefits are profound and now too have proven scientific results.

Delay Dementia

by Victoria Thomas.

Currently there are a lot of stories and information in the media about dementia. We would like to offer you some clarification.

Welcome to the World of [...]

by Debbie Bates.

My first experience of this profound complementary therapy was in 1999, I was pleasantly surprised as I felt a deep sense of relaxation moving through my body and afterwards, a state of calm as I moved back out into the world.  I was fascinated that points on the feet were connected to different parts of my body and through the session, felt stress falling away from my neck and shoulders.  It was after this session that I decided to undertake a practitioner’s course and while studying, my family and friends benefited as I practiced on them and that helped lessen their stress also - a win/win.

Every Body Loves Bowen

by Jen Taylor.

I meet many clients who come in to find some relief from the pain patterns & injuries which may be interrupting their daily routine.  It is common in our western culture to be used to needing a quick fix to be able to carry on with life.  It seems as a society we are not so keen at accepting the pain and addressing any feelings that may be underneath the pain.  There is such a drive to ignore pain or to reach for some kind of pain relief to be able to carry on with the daily routine.  Certainly, sometimes this is a necessary choice however, pain can be a wonderful signal in the body to help us to look at and address perhaps a wider set of problems.  The body is sending a message to look a bit closer and pay attention, if one chooses. 

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