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General overview

Fasciatherapy was created in France in the 1980s. It has its origins in functional osteopathy (the objective is to promote self-healing, and therefore requires active participation of the patient, who will help the practitioner through breathing, body and joint movements) and is based on the idea that there is movement within the body. Fasciatherapy considers that the cause of the disease lies in the fascia, the membranes that surround or cover an anatomical structure. 

Main objectives of the method

Fascias are a malleable envelope covering muscles, bones, arteries and organs. They serve as a foundation for the human body, providing it with continuity. During traumas or dysfunctions of the organism, fascias tend to retract and lose their elasticity, which can lead to a degradation of the vascularisation and cause acute pain, muscular cramps, digestive pains, headaches, neuralgia... 
By touching and communicating the patient's feelings, the therapist is able to regulate these tensions and restore a self-healing balance. 

Specificities of the method

Touch is at the heart of the method. During a session, the therapist exerts light pressure on the patient's body. Different methods exist in terms of pressure, more or less deep, more or less targeted on certain parts of the body. In addition to this manual approach, there is also an introspective approach and a verbal approach. The patient learns with the therapist to know himself and his body better. The objective for the patient is to better perceive the relationships between his body, his psyche and his environment. The therapist is at the base of the method, but the patient is at the centre. 
A session lasts on average between 45 minutes and one hour. In the case of a chronic illness, the patient will require regular sessions. 

Who is this method for ?

Fasciatherapy is intended for people suffering from acute or chronic pain, discomfort, stress. It intervenes in patients suffering from neuralgia, migraines, having undergone traumas. Finally, fasciatherapy is adapted to all ages because it is gentle, and therefore particularly suitable for children and infants. 

What parents say about it

Patients are sometimes baffled by the method. The hand placed on the body seems to be motionless. It is through communication with the patient, and through the expression of their feelings, that the unblocking can be achieved. Nevertheless, fatigue and aches and pains can be side effects of fasciatherapy.

Scientific references
"In the management of chronic painful pathologies, the relational and qualitative aspect of touch takes its full place and allows us to intervene on psychological comorbidities. »
"Taking into account the fascia as a key structure of the human body allows a new approach to the pathophysiology of fibromyalgia and new therapeutic strategies, mainly manual. »

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