The author, a Rolfing and Feldenkrais manipulation therapist, discusses the regulation of fascia and its relationship to the autonomic nervous system. He discusses the presence of smooth muscle-like myofibroblasts in fascia and their potential role in active contractility.
Robert shows that about 40% of the fascia innervation are sympathetic nerve fibres. He discusses the density and function of nerve endings in the fascia and how they relate to inflammation and fibromyalgia. He further talks about the vagus nerve and its connection to various tissues in the body. Specific nerve endings in the fascia, such as Ruffini endings can be stimulated through slow, sustained stretching. Stress and anxiety can negatively affect the fascia, conversely relaxation and positive thoughts can have a positive effect.
Length of webinar: 52 minutes