Due to its massive presence in our body, and the effects that manipulation of the fascia can have on multiple body systems, some have labeled it our “second nervous system”. That may seem far-fetched, since the fascial system is not comprised of nerves and synapses. However, the concept of cellular intelligence can explain how this works.
Dr. Charles Sherrington observed in 1952, in his book Man on His Nature, that while paramecium have no nervous system, still they operate all the processes of life. They avoid predators, find food, have sex, all without synapses. He posited that the cytoskeleton of the cell served as its communication system.
Since the discovery of the mammalian central nervous system and its operation, science has kept a narrow focus on synapses as the only means of communication within the body. The brain being the holy grail of intelligence and communication. It is widely assumed that without the brain, nothing happens in the body. However, research is countering that belief.
In recent years, scientists have discovered that our gut contains its own nervous system. It has been labeled the enteric nervous system (ENS) and controls certain functions all on its own with no need for input from the brain, making it the only body system that we have discovered thus far like that. If you've ever had that gut feeling and known something you could not have possibly known, this is the enteric nervous system working. It tells us when we're in danger, when we need to be alert, what movement to take, stresses we are experiencing and when we should move forward in our lives. It gives us pertinent information to make decisions from a secondary system which has its own understanding. It has comprehension and has a form of communication all of its own.
If paramecium can live lives wholly without a nervous system, and if our own gut can house its own system, it does not seem unbelievable that our fascial system could make-up yet another communication system in our complex bodies. The Founder of Advanced Therapy Institute of Touch believes there is cellular intelligence within the fascial system and all cellular structures that goes far beyond RNA & DNA programming. She has worked with the body for over two decades and has witnessed the body speaking it's own nonverbal language that defies cognitive understanding. "In the next decade, science and research will catch up to what bodyworkers have known all along. Research will prove that cells have understanding and intelligence of their own without the brain's cognitive functions to speak for them or by simple cellular programming. Research will ultimately show cells have intelligence."
As our second nervous system, the fascial system is paramount in improving and maintaining good health and overall balance. Due to the fact that fascia covers all of our bones and muscles, there is fascia under each and every acupressure point and shiatsu meridian. These actions, combined with direct fascial manipulation can communicate health and healing to all of our body systems creating a superhighway along the meridian system that is accessed through the fascia and acupressure points. This movement literally tells parts of our body about how it should operate, and how the energy should be flowing if it is not flowing correctly.
Until next time...
Kim is the Founder and Senior Instructor at Advanced Therapy Institute of Touch. She teaches laypeople and professionals alike advanced bodywork techniques which utilize Integrative Meridian Therapy, Hara Assessment, Somatic Trauma Release therapies, Japanese/Chinese Practices and rehabilitative forms of bodywork. She loves teaching practitioners to assist their clients in releasing long-held chronic injury, traumas or somato-emotional patterns that reduce a persons ability to enjoy their lives fully. At ATIT, we believe "All Things Are Possible!" Check out our School Tour.