What is fascia and how Fasciawear works?
Fasciawear™ – the patented full-body athletic outfit based on tension band structure woven into the outfit. This tension band structure enhances the natural pre-tension of the fascia network, in a sense amplifying a bit earth's gravity as an extra force pulling you down is applied to your body. The idea is based on patented innovation by Marika Heiskanen. Marika is a physical therapist with over 20 years of experience in ergonomics and caring musculoskeletal and muscular problems and she holds a master's degree in Health Sciences.
As a result of the tension structure your body will compensate the extra force, thus the muscle tonus increases slightly and your body awareness increases. You notice that your posture improves and you have a feeling of elongation, like you grew an inch suddenly. As you start to move, it is easier for you to activate your core muscles and keep good posture and alignment throughout the workout resulting in better performance and reducing the risk of injury.
Who can benefit from Fasciawear™?
Fasciawear™ is designed both for athletes who want to practice more effectively and achieve better results as well as for you and me wanting to continue living an active lifestyle and reduce the aches and pains in our bodies caused by imbalances, injuries and postural problems.
Fasciawear™ is especially good in any sport where balanced muscle activation, correct muscle activation order, good posture and body alignment and strong core are important, which in practice is almost every possible sport. Good examples of such activities are running, walking, strength training, yoga and pilates to name a few. Wearing the suit during workout and daily activities supports your body towards good posture and natural motion reducing aches and pains and speeding recovery.
Introducing the fascia
Haven't heard of fascia before? The fascia in the human body is vital to every form of physical activity. It is the whole-body network of connective tissue connecting all of our muscles and bones into one unitary system. It's a bit like a wrapper for all our internal things. Fascia plays a key role in all of our movement. In the words of leading fascia researcher Tom Meyers:
Fascia is unitary, top to toe - connects into every cell
Fascia transmits and accommodates force across the whole body
Fascia responds in many ways from seconds to months
Fascia is vital in every form of training
Most body sensing is fascial
Most injuries are fascial, especially those that persist.
The physiology of fascia is way too big and complicated to be presented here in full, but to those of you wanting to dig deeper in the world of fascia, you can check a brief summary from here. There is also a a very good 45 min documentary still available in Youtube. We also recommend you to check out Tom Meyer's Anatomy Trains for in-depth explanation about fascia.
How Fasciawear™ works?
Many of us spend our days sitting at our desks, working on our computers and fiddling with our phones. Non-optimal work ergonomics and living habits result in unilateral loading to our bodies and only a few of us is able to remain aware of their bodily sensations and maintain a good posture regardless of the modern world. The reason why this is important is that for example prolonged sitting in a poor posture can result in the fascia in our backs to become overly stretched and the fascia in our front to become too loose. Both result in our fascia to loose its liquidity and become more rigid.
Rigid fascia has two problems. First, it is more prone to tearing, causing long lasting injuries and secondly, our muscles loose part of their capability to produce force as the fascia looses part of its capability transmit and accommodate force across our bodies as rigid sheets of fascia have poorer capability to slide amongst each other. This gliding capability is a vital part in how our muscles work. Now, if our fascia has lost its fluidity and become rigid and we then start to workout, our body is not ready. This means that we face a higher risk of getting injured. And, even if you avoid the injury, non-optimal posture and the lowered capability of muscles to produce force will lead to poorer performance. We highly recommend watching the documentary for more insight on fascia.
Like-said, Fasciawear™ contains special tension bands that produce that extra force on you body. The extra force together with the improved posture stimulate your fascia network encouraging too-tight parts of the network to loosen and too-loose parts to become more active. This balancing effect will help the fascia, both overly stretched and shortened fascia, to regain their liquidity, thus reducing the risk of tearing and leading to better performance and lower risk of injury.
The second benefit of Fasciawear™ is the improved body awareness and increased sensory feedback. As explained by Tom Meyers, most sensing is fascial, and by stimulating the fascia network Fasciawear™ causes our fascia to send more information to our brains about our posture and position, thus increasing our body awareness. This helps us in multiple ways, first it helps us use our bodies in a balanced fashion, using both sides equally. Second, it helps with proper muscle activation order, starting with strong core. Body awareness, good posture and balanced muscle activation guide toward optimal, efficient movement improving performance. Balanced use of your body and proper posture help you to reduce the strain on your muscles and joints caused by the workout, allowing you to exercise more efficiently, more safely, and recover faster.
Where Fasciawear can be used?
Fasciawear is optimal basically for any sports besides swimming and other water sports. Runners and people practicing sports that require running have found Fasciawear particularly useful. During workout, the key benefit of Fasciawear is the increase in motor control and support in challenging and loaded movements. This improves performance and helps prevent sports injuries.
Another large user group that has found Fasciawear to be literally a lifesaver (or should we say painkiller) are people with physical conditions like ankylosing spondylitis, knee arthritis, hip arthritis, runner's knee, low back pain and other conditions causing pain during and after being physically active.
How is it different compared to compression clothes and kinesiology taping?
Body posture and motion can also be supported with kinesiology tape and compression clothes.
A professional such as physiotherapist will apply the kinesiology tape and usually tape stays on your skin for 3-5 days. Compression clothes on the other hand are based on the pressure the clothing applies to the muscles in the area beneath the clothing.
Both, the tape and compression clothes give support to your body and enhance blood circulation in a micro level, locally in the area of body where they are applied.
However, Fasciawear is the only sportswear that works on a macro level, supporting your whole body and balancing your body posture and motion.
Fasciawear is easy to use during your daily workouts and you don't need professional help to wear it.
If you are already familiar with tape and compression clothes or you just want to get everything out of exercise with lesser risk of injury, then Fasciawear is your next logical step when going after your best possible performance level.