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Everyone Should Learn More About The Cinderella Of Soft Tissue: Fascia

Everyone Should Learn More About The Cinderella Of Soft Tissue: Fascia

In simple terms, Fascia is a combination of connective tissue fibers residing under the skin’s surface in our bodies. The function Fascia carries out in the body is to attach, stabilize, enclose, and separate muscles and internal organs.

Tendons and ligaments are examples of Fascia that absorb shock and distribute impact. For example, when tendons are tight, dehydrated, and shortened, they are unable to absorb impact and cause pain.

Fascia also has an organ suspension function. Each organ in the body, whether liver, stomach, or intestines, are initially wrapped in a layer of Fascia, including the pelvis, ribs, and spine.

Joint health, injury free sports, healthy organs, and fluid movement are all dependent of Fascia, and a healthy body system on the whole.

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Sleep and Exercise

Sleeping better has a direct correlation with Fascia and in order to lead a healthy care free life sleeping is of vital importance. Different types of sleepers would benefit from a variety of stretching exercises.

Some of them are listed here:

Stretch #1: Crab Walk

Anchor your feet towards the floor, pressing firmly into it, with your hands and face away from the body. Make sure to squeeze your glutes and press your hips until you look almost like a table top. Breathe deeply, keep your chin pressed to your chest, and hold it.

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Crab-Walk

    Stretch #2: Stretch the Longus Capitis

    Lay on the floor, while pressing your hands to your feet. Lift your head off the floor slowly and curl your chin to your chest. Repeat six times approximately. Exhale, and do not hold your breath.

    Stretch #3: Stretch the SCM

    Lay on the floor while reaching for your heels with your hands. Press your feet firmly into the floor. Retract your chin and tilt your head to one side without turning your neck. Hold the end point of stretch and return to the start before you release.

    Stretch #4: Stretch the Shoulders

    In a doorway, press one forearm in the door frame at 90 degrees. Both feet are on the floor and your head should be reaching up to the ceiling. Step forward to stretch and stay for thirty seconds. Deep breathing helps release fascia during the hold.

    Stretch #5: Leaning Back

    Kneeling on a comfortable surface, with knees hip width apart, squeeze glutes, and the knees towards one another. Lean back until the burn feels intense. Make sure your low back is flat.

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    Stretch #6: Stretch the Rectus Femoris

    Lie on your stomach, pull the heel of one foot to the buttock, and press the held foot into your hands. Keep hips on the floor and hold for thirty seconds. Release and switch feet.

    Stretch #7: Stretch the Psoas

    Kneel down and make sure your back heel is turned out. Squeeze glutes as tight as possible. Press hips forward without arching your lower back, while keeping your spine long and erect. Add tension in the arms by either pressing towards the floor or out in front of the torso. Hold for 60 seconds, switch legs, and repeat.

    Stretch #8: Stretch the Lumbar Curve

    Stand against a wall, with feet to the floor. Arch your back, so it separates off the wall, reverse curve and press entire back to wall, holding the body tense as you perform this stretch.

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      A Summarization: In Total

      Ultimately, fascia is connective tissue. The composition of fascia is collagen, and its densities range from mere candy floss to a more thick fibrous fascia. It is the fabric that holds us together. It aids in transmitting forces throughout the body as a whole. A fascinating statement is that there are 10 times more sensory nerve endings in fascia than in muscles.

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      Key: Loving your Fascia

      In order to love and take care of your fascia, do these four things:

      1. Move Frequently

      2. Move functionally

      3. Get a massage

      4. Fascial stretching

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      Last Updated on March 13, 2019

      How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

      How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

      Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

      You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

      Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

      1. Work on the small tasks.

      When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

      Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

      2. Take a break from your work desk.

      Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

      Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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      3. Upgrade yourself

      Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

      The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

      4. Talk to a friend.

      Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

      Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

      5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

      If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

      Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

      Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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      6. Paint a vision to work towards.

      If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

      Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

      Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

      7. Read a book (or blog).

      The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

      Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

      Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

      8. Have a quick nap.

      If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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      9. Remember why you are doing this.

      Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

      What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

      10. Find some competition.

      Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

      Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

      11. Go exercise.

      Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

      Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

      As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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      Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

      12. Take a good break.

      Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

      Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

      Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

      Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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