The Rhythm of Fascia
Origin of Fascial Rhythm in the Embryo
There was mention of the fascia’s rhythm in embryo in a preceding essay on the lungs and fascia. Here we will expand on this idea.
One of the authors that describe the origin of fasciae (plural) in the embryo is Serge Paoletti in “The Fascia” published in English in 2006. Fascia develops from the mesoderm which forms in the third week of the embryo.
The Mesoderm Gives Rise to So Many Structures
- connective tissue, cartilage, bone
- both striated and smooth muscle
- pericardium, pleura and peritoneum
- blood and lymph vessels and cells
- kidneys, gonads, and ducts
- serous membranes lining the body cavities
- excretory and secretory systems
- cortex and medulla of the supernal glands
- muscular linings and the connective tissues of the digestive system
“The Fascia” P. 13
Finding the Rhythm
The moment of conception in the fertilized egg starts a continuous movement which develops into the unfolding of a human body. There is a rhythm, a pulse created that can be detected by the touch of our hands. This beat of 5 to 14 pulses in a minute can be found in the cranium, the fasciae, and organs, everywhere! One of the aspects of this rhythm is to govern the pace of the growth, movement and performance of all the functions of the human body. Another aspect of the rhythm is restoring the equilibrium after an external shock to the body.
“With our hands, we can sense this rhythm and determine whether the body or any part of it is in harmony or is dysfunctional” (Paoletti)
This rhythm is discernable by touch and touch is the prime that informs the senses of distance and space and time.
“Touch is the chronological and psychological Mother of the Senses.” (Juhan – Job’s Body)
“Not only our geometry and our physics, but our whole conception of what exists outside us, is based upon the sense of touch.” (Bertrand Russell)
We speak of performances of art and music that touch us deeply.
Touch informs us of the great Tide of the movement throughout the body, the Tide of Life.
Fascia forms the tunics of all the body’s muscle, nerve, organs and all these are moved by the rhythmical Tide of Life. Fascia gives form and Spirit gives the juice in the form. A sluggish rhythm in the body derives from a sluggish Spirit and a vivid Spirit gives a vivid rhythm and presence to the body.
What are we to draw from this information? The fascia preserves the external memory and the Spirit contains the internal memory. The external and the interiors are not on the same scale. There is a discrete degree difference. The external memory does not run as a complete spectrum from exterior to interior. There is a quantum jump from form to Spirit, a complete octave above form is the realm of the Spirit. We cannot prove Spirit with physical form, we can only see its effect in the Tide of Life.
Interesting to meditate upon such ideas, Yes?
The Fascia: Paoletti, English edition(2006) Eastland Press, Seattle
Job’s Body: Juhan, (2003) Barrytown, Station Hill Press, N.Y.
Medical Embryology: Pansky, (1982) Medical College of Ohio at Toledo, Ohio