Definition

Definition

"Fasciatherapy is a respectful, gentle manual therapy that responds to the needs of the body and does not make use of manipulations." Paul Sercu, president of the European College of Fasciatherapy.

It is a gentle, in-depth yet non-manipulative method of treatment. Physical problems are approached from the body itself and from the movement of the patient. When necessary, the therapy can go more in-depth to approach the more personal aspects of the complaints. Account is taken of the vital psycho-emotional and behavioural factors that cause or sustain such problems. Fasciatherapy therefore has an educating dimension as well as a therapeutic one.

Fasciatherapy is practised by physiotherapists. They have undergone a difficult and lengthy training process that enables them to deal with complaints in an efficient manner and to approach them from the broad angle described above.

How does the fasciatherapist view pathologies?

Fascia is connective tissue woven through your entire body, comprising 98% of it. Until 1980, connective tissue was considered to be merely ‘filling’ and ‘supporting’ tissue. It was even thought to obscure the anatomist’s view of the organs during anatomical dissections: it was cut away in order to see the other organs.

Recently, science has discovered that fascia plays an important role in our physical and psychological functioning, a role that is equal to that of other large systems. Together with the autonomous nervous system and the hormonal system, it affects the degree of muscle tension, the pattern of movement, the blood circulation, the hormonal balance, the stress system, the mood, the emotional reactions, the thought processes and consequently the behaviour. Because of this, the fascia plays a key role in the development of all kinds of complaints and conditions.

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