Connective Issues – Fascia Book Review

A breakthrough book called ‘Fascia – The Tensional Network of the Body’, by Schleip, Findlay, Chaitow and Huijing came out in 2012. A few years later at an NAMTPT conference (2017?) all the attendees were given David Lesondak’s hot-off-the-press book ‘Fascia, What it is and why it matters’. We now had the subject of fascia covered.

Leading up to David writing his first edition, over a glass of wine I suggested he write the science in the style of Bill Bryson as when he explained difficult subjects like he did in ‘The Body: A Guide for Occupants ’ and ‘A Short History of Nearly Everything’. David proceeded to write a very readable and lucid book, to complement the more scholastic Schleip et al book.

David believes he will be writing new editions every 5-6 years or so. The interest and knowledge of fascia seems to grow exponentially. What I want to do here is let you know what is new in the second edition. Will it be enough to entice you to upgrade, like I did in FRC VI in Montreal last September?

  • 138 pages are now 158 pages in the 2nd edition (i.e. 14% more)
  • Both books have the same chapter headings
    • Fascia: the living tissue and system
    • Fascia, tensegrity and the cell
    • Fascia and anatomy
    • Fascia and the nervous system
    • Fascia and the brain
    • Fascia and the organs
    • Diagnosing fascial conditions
    • Fascia-oriented therapies
  • Each one of these chapters seems to have been expanded by about that same 14%
  • There is a new section explaining the fascial net plastination project
    • FREIA (Fascia Revealed Educating Interconnected Anatomy) is the world’s first
    • 3-D human plastinate fascia-woman created by Gunter von Hagens (BODYWORLDS) in collaboration with the Fascia Research Society. Truly remarkable.
  • You will see the word ‘interoception’ recur many times throughout the chapters
    • Lesondak calls ‘interoception’ the seventh sense, proprioception being the sixth
    • Interoception is the body’s internal awareness system
    • Studies have demonstrated that sub-optimal proprioception and interoception are associated with increased nociception and the perception of pain
    • Stimulation and enhancement of both systems are useful adjuncts to all of our therapeutic interventions
    • Lesondak describes a method for testing your own interoception ability in chapter four. Yikes! I have poor interoception
  • The last chapter on Fascia-oriented Therapies includes notes on; Acupuncture, Bowen Technique, Fascial Fitness, Fascial Manipulation, Frederick Stretch Therapy, Barnes MFR, Foam Rolling, Merrithew Fascial Movement, Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy (NAMTPT gets a plug), Structural Integration, Visceral Manipulation, and finally Yin Yoga
  • Since the 1st edition we have lost Leon Chaitow and Tom Findlay, so there are tributes to both of these great men
  • There is a new four page afterword by Sasha Chaitow PhD (Leon’s daughter) that explores what she terms the ‘practitioner-researcher divide’. Very interesting reading
  • The glossary has expanded from eight pages to nine
  • The index has expanded from four pages to five, so that tells you there’s more stuff to read

In my next blog I’m going to expand on a pet subject of mine. In Montreal I asked David Lesondak what more he knew about cells called Telocytes. His reply was something like ‘not much’. I will attempt to get you more interested in these newly ‘discovered’ cells.

Cheerio for now,