FASCIA FLOW AND RELEASE: WEEKEND COURSE IN COPENHAGEN
Fascia Flow and Release: Move and Feel Better
Weekend Course in Copenhagen with Elena Mironov (assisted by Karina Højgaard)
Would you like to
- forget about headaches related to neck tension?
- stop experiencing lower back and sciatic pains?
- learn how to deliver self-massage exactly where you need it?
- be in charge of how your muscles and connective tissue feel?
- have a healthy and well-hydrated connective tissue which is important for overall health and mobility?
- have a sustainable yoga practice using the deep understanding of fascia?
- re-program your sitting and walking patterns and have a healthy posture?
- feel amazing in your own body as you move?
Learning about fascia and how to use this knowledge could be the key.
This weekend course will introduce you to one of the most important tissues in your body that is considered to be key to health and freedom of movement - fascia.
You will learn what it is, see how it moves, why it is so important and how to work with it in your own body. If you are a yoga teacher, you will also learn how to use this knowledge while working with your students.
But first of all, what is FASCIA?
To put it simply, fascia keeps everything within the body in its right place. Fascia is a sheet of spiderweb-like fibrous connective tissue (mostly made of collagen), intertwined throughout the entire body. Fascia envelopes the body beneath the skin. It encloses muscles and groups of muscles, separating them into "pockets". In fact, fascia attaches, encloses, separates and stabilises not only muscles but also internal organs and other soft structures of the body. Fascia can contract, relax and move on its own.
Fascia keeps the actual muscle in place, but also allows the muscles move independently. Healthy fascia also provides lubrication so muscles can slide or move besides or along one another. The tissue can also be described as a fluid structure, and connects to bones as well.
When fascia is healthy, we feel mobile, open and aligned. When fascia health is compromised, for example it is dormant or inactive, it actually binds/"glues" together and significantly diminishes flexibility. We feel tight, uncomfortable, the range of muscle motion is limited and we may suffer from chronic pains.
What is fascia flow?
Fascia flow is a practice of yoga that introduces and emphasises lengthening of fascial lines throughout the body and targeted deep stretches to create more freedom of movement, improve the postural alignment and blood circulation and oxygenation of muscles and connective tissue. It may help relieve muscle soreness and release tight areas in the body. It may also alleviate pain and restore movement and function within the joints and soft tissue.
What is myofascial release technique (MRT) and self myofascial release (SMR)?
The term myofascial is derived from two words: myo (muscle) and fascia (the connective tissue that separates and encloses the muscle).
Myofascia can become restricted due to overuse, trauma, inactivity, incorrect alignment and psychosomatic reasons. This can result in muscular pain and tension as well as diminished blood circulation.
MRT and SMR improve the mobility of skeletal muscles and reduce pain by helping the body relax contracted muscles, improving blood and lymphatic circulation, and stimulating the stretch reflex in muscles. These techniques also help to keep the connective tissue and fascia hydrated, preventing premature ageing and tissue disfunction.
So, as you can see, there are lots of reasons to dive into this interesting topic together.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF FASCIA FLOW AND RELEASE?
・it helps to release knots or restrictions in the fascia and muscle tissue surrounding it. This means that you'll feel better in your body and will be able to move more freely
・as the knots in the myofascia are released, muscle fibers are positioned in better alignment along the natural lines of the muscle fibers. This allows the gliding surface of the fascia to move freely and without limitations
・it reduces soreness and improves tissue recovery. This happens due to increased blood and lymph circulation. Improved blood circulation helps oxygen and other nutrients reach the muscles and other soft tissues. Improved lymph circulation allows for detoxification of the tissues to happen naturally
・trigger points become less sensitive, and pain is reduced. The techniques you'll learn not only help to reduce the muscular tensions around trigger points, but also release endorphins to help minimise pain
・muscles learn to relax. You'll be introduced to techniques that reduce and/or eliminate stored tension in the muscles (this may also help to alleviate muscular pains, aches and soreness)
・it improves range of motion of the joints
・it helps regulate regulate the production of chemicals called cytokines, which are important components in decreasing inflammation in the body
WHO IS THIS COURSE FOR?
This weekend course is designed for you if you would like to learn more about fascia and how to use simple tools and techniques to feel and move better.
This course is also suitable for movement professionals like yoga teachers, pilates teachers and personal trainers.
The course is tax deductible for movement professionals. Yoga teachers can also receive an electronic certificate of completion with a YACEP designation (the course is taught by Elena Mironov, who is a Yoga Alliance Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher 500 and Yoga Alliance Continued Education Provider).
This course is taking place at Be Moved, a yoga studio in Frederiksberg, close to central Copenhagen.
Address: Suomisvej 2, Frederiksberg C.
18.01.2020 from 13.30-18.30
✓ Get to know your fascia (including a presentation and a video)
✓ Say hello to your fascia with FASCIA FLOW yoga practice
✓ Self myofascial release practices for the neck, shoulders, lower back and the whole spine
19.01.2020 from 9.30-14.30
✓ Start the day feeling open and free with FASCIA FLOW vol II yoga practice
✓ Self myofascial release practices for the upper legs, thighs and hips
✓ Self myofascial release practices for the feet and lower legs
✓ Yoga nidra guided meditation in savasana (lying down)
WHAT TO BRING
✔︎ comfy yoga clothes
✔︎ 2 single myofascial release balls - order here
✔︎ 1 double myofascial release ball - order here
✔︎ water bottle
✔︎ lunch box
✔︎ note book and a pen
WHO ARE MY TEACHERS?
This course is taught by Elena Mironov, a senior experienced yoga teacher with over 15 years of teaching experience and co-facilitated by Karina Højgaard, an experienced yoga and movement teacher as well as bodyworker/therapist. Read more about Elena here and about Karina - here.