Physiotherapists, sports scientists and doctors agree that if we want to stay flexible, energetic and pain-free in our day-to-day lives and sporting pursuits, we need to look after our connective tissue – our ‘fascia’.
There has been a great deal of research into this over the last few years, all of which shows that the fascia around our muscles plays a huge role in keeping us fit, healthy, flexible and feeling good. This versatile tissue transfers energy to the muscles, communicates with the nervous system, acts as a sensory organ, helps to protect and regenerate our internal organs, and provides the foundations for a healthy physique. It responds to stress and other stimuli, and when it gets matted or sticks together, it can cause pain and mobility problems. That’s why it’s so important to train our fascia – and just 10 minutes, twice a week is all it takes!
In this revised edition of his best-selling guide to fascial fitness, Schleip shows you a series of practical exercises that you can easily build into your day-to-day routine. He introduces the most recent scientific findings from the world of fascial research, and explains which methods and equipment are most effective for fascial health (as well as which ones do more harm than good!).
A new chapter on periodised fascia training for speed, power and injury resilience, unique to this English language edition, has been written by Bill Parisi and Johnathon Allen.