Willowmoor Healing Arts

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Week 7 Fascial Counterstrain Apprenticeship

Now that we're familiar and (mostly) confident with our cranial scan we get to start adding treatment techniques. Like I've mentioned before, in Facial Counterstrain, to truly be a great practitioner you need to be highly competent and accurate in your assessment and knowledge of where everything is in the body. With that knowledge, even if you don't know a technique written down in a manual,  you should be able to figure something out. That being said, it sure is helpful to have a book with all the tender points mapped out as well as techniques listed to get those points to release! One can only absorb and learn so much at a time!

Today we had a list and manual! Cervical nerves and arteries were our focus. Yes, arteries,  the things they told us to avoid in school. In FCS, our focus is on the the fascia surrounding the arteries (a.k.a tunica adventitia) which means you are not smashing or mashing them, you are gently gliding them in a direction of ease. We are working with releasing a reflex arc of contraction that tugs on the tissue, making the tissue feel stretched (which it doesn't like), that then causes it to contract to protect itself and thus the cycle begins. Our goal is to find the contraction and glide it into a position of ease thus turning off that reflex arc and allowing the body to resume a more functional state. 

As a person receiving a treatment,  It should give the sensation of softening and relaxing.  In fact, Tim gave case examples where he was able to normalize tachycardia. He also did THIS study on how FCS can normalize arterial and venous flow (the video may not be available as they are updating their site...) 

This is pretty amazing stuff!