Fascial Integration Therapy
Equine Fascial Integration Therapy is based on the human therapy structural integration or "Rolfing". It is a manipulative technique that intends to restore balance to the body by releasing restrictions in connective tissues with the ultimate goal of "integrating the structure".
Fascia is everywhere. Biologically, it’s what holds us together.
Fascia is connective tissue. It connects every part of the body with every other part, wrapping around muscles and holding organs in place. This web of connective tissue wraps around all the internal parts of the body from head to toe and fuses it all together.
It allows the muscles to move freely alongside other structures and reduces friction. It can be found immediately beneath the skin, around muscles, groups of muscles, bones, nerves, blood vessels, organs and cells.
The body is always adapting to because it has one main goal: to survive. Even if inefficient, the body will always take the path of lease resistance. From how your athlete lays, to moves, stands (injury or naturally) whether efficient or not, is programmed into the nervous system. It does not change unless convinced.
Case dependent, but normally within 6 successional sessions (called a series), EFIT rebalances the body through release of connective tissue bindings and reintegration of these connective tissues as being a working member of functional movement tissue chains. The effects are long-lasting and the athlete should only need to be seen for maintenance once restrictions have been dealt with.
What is the Difference Between EFIT & Massage?
Massage works on releasing muscular tension by working on muscle spasms and increasing circulation through a variety of massage techniques. Through the release of muscular spasm and tension, there is pain relief.
Structural integration restores mechanical balance to the whole being by releasing strain-counter-strain patterns that are primarily controlled by connective tissues such as fascia, ligaments and tendons. Bio-mechanical balance is restored and pain is relieved through the release of these strain-counter strain patterns.
By combining these therapies, I will help your athlete move freely, balanced and with more power.