What is Fascia?
The Miracle Beneath Our Skin
By Karrie Osborn
When we think of what lies underneath our
skin, words like epidermis and dermis, muscle
and bone, and blood vessels and nerves all
come to mind. But what also lies beneath
the skin—working small little miracles every
second—is something called fascia.
Ever heard of it? Your massage or bodywork
therapist may have used this word during
your sessions, but what is it exactly?
In the simplest of terms, fascia is the stringy, fluid,
gelatinous tissue that fills all the empty spaces
between our cells. Its weblike nature
envelops muscles and muscle fibers,
and protectively surrounds
internal organs from
head to toe.
That massage you just received
was hard at work nurturing and
soothing all those connections
within the body.
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