The Lungs and Fascia
A Meditation on the Fascia, Its Extension from the Lungs, and the Specific Therapy of FMT
The lungs and the heart are the two regulators of all the motions in the body. They are the great movers in the body. Their movements coordinate the sensitive voluntary motion dependent on the cerebrum with the natural involuntary motion of the cerebellum.
Consider the lung’s profound ramifications as they participate in the creation of the animation of the whole organic body and all its members. The lungs induce general motion by their alternation of expansions and contractions and this rhythm expresses itself in the whole body to the most remote fibers. The rhythm of the fascia acquired in embryo is 5-8 beats a minute, presaging the rhythm of the lungs after birth. Thus the very small fascia look to the large general effect of the lungs, and the general large movements of the organs of the lungs look to the very small workings of the fascia. The lungs purify the blood while the fascia brings blood and lymph to the muscle fibers. The fascia is the tunic covering all muscle fibers and it transmits its motion to the muscle fibers. The muscle fibers would be inert without the stimulus from fascia and the fascia’s purifying effect on the fibers.
The trachea is the channel for the breath of the lungs. The alternating respiratory movements of the lungs moves the trachea during inspiration and expiration. This movement is transmitted to the esophagus which is connected to the diaphragm. Then this motion extends to the stomach, the abdominal viscera; also to the ascending carotid artery and the descending jugular vein and to the sympathetic nervous system via the large nerves of the intercostal and vagus nerve. This motion establishes the voluntary motor life of the body. The ligaments are continued from the diaphragm and the peritoneum. These ligaments extend to the delicate filmy connective tissue or fascia which encapsulate and move the muscle fibers.
The lungs are employed in the first breath at birth and this begins the voluntary motion and the awakening of the senses. This movement of the lungs is separate from the beating of the heart. The heart’s movement is non-synchronous with the lungs but is still in perfect coordination. The lungs clean and purify the blood from the heart and the fascial coverings, taking their movement from the lungs, clean and purify the fibers of the muscles. The small movement of the fascia surrounding the muscle fibers takes its cue from the larger movement of the lungs.
Practical Application of Points 1 & 2
A massage therapist is able to participate in this purifying of the muscles by direct effect on the delicate fascia with precise touch. When a therapist realizes this relationship of the lungs to the blood and by extension, the fascia’s relation to the muscle, then she can direct her efforts and intention to the fascia. FMT is the method which directly focuses its attention to the fascia in a gentle way that recognizes the delicacy of the fascia. Some other methods that forcefully attempt working the muscle fibers in large groups may overlook or not be aware of fascia’s function in relation to the blood within the muscle fibers. When a therapist is aware of the fascia’s ability to clean and refresh the fibers which it surrounds, then that therapist can be much more efficient in smoothly assisting the recovery of the the muscle soreness or fatigue. The understanding of the lungs purifying relationship to the blood results in a more focused intention to bring aid to the fascia in this process of recovery.
Thus it is that the greater understanding of the lungs and their effect on the voluntary motion of the life of a person, can be translated into inspired help from the therapist by touch and the manipulations of fascia. FMT can become a significant assistance to improving and excelling in the voluntary motions. FMT also directs the person’s consciousness to a greater awareness of tension and then the conscious, specific movement and release of the tense area. In the case of injury or chronic pain the person’s awareness becomes limited due to the constricting effect of tension and FMT specializes in release of tension by way of the fascia. FMT is excellent at the transformation of chronic pain to improved awareness of muscle sensation and thus the change of useless tension to useful work.