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What is Bowspring?

 

Bowspring is a fluid, mindful practice using a new, revolutionary postural alignment system that promotes healthy curves in the spine and encourages ease of movement and agility. It is a system that is current with new body mechanics research which encourages even fascial tone in the body, a concept referred to as tensegrity. In a world where our jobs and daily activities perpetuate a rounded C Curve of the spine or a stacked skeleton, Bowspring sets up our body in a way that brings back the healthy Double S Curve that relieves spinal compression and allows for maximum breath capacity and optimal circulation. The attention to detail brings a quality of complete mindfulness, and asks us to take full accountability for our health and happiness. We become more compassionate with ourselves and others as we release old patterns that no longer serve us as we integrate the bowspring template into all that we do. 

The alignment system takes time to learn, to feel natural, and to break old patterns and habits. Bowspring, once learnt through the system of the 10 Key Areas, can be used for all dynamic movement in our life. Once we can consciously choose to move with vitality and confidence, then we can do Bowspring!

 

The Bowspring Method is a lifestyle practice that enables us to engage the Fascia of our body in full concentric tone unlike most other forms of exercise and movement. Below is an EXCERPT FROM AN INTERVIEW IN THE CHALKBOARD MAGAZINE WITH LAUREN ROXBURG that describes what Fascia is and why it is important to our health. Enjoy reading!

Q: FASCIA, THE CONNECTIVE TISSUE UNDER THE SKIN, WASN’T WELL UNDERSTOOD UNTIL QUITE RECENTLY — AND WE’RE STILL JUST LEARNING ABOUT IT. TO START, LET’S TALK ABOUT WHAT FASCIA IS…
A: Fascia is a thin layer of connective tissue that lies under the skin and wraps every muscle and organ in the body. Ever cut into a piece of raw chicken or steak and seen that thin white, filmy layer? That’s fascia. Fascia is like a thin cling wrap-like layer that lies like a webbing between the skin and the muscles. It wraps around the entire body and every individual muscle and organ! It also connects the muscles to the joints and bones.
Fascia is also where our nerves and lymph nodes lie – and is now being referred to as asensory organ. This is where pain originates and is communicated to the brain. 
Western medicine has only recently begun to recognize the role of fascia in the body, which is why terms like “myofascial release” are now buzzwords in the fitness industry.
In a healthy state, fascia is smooth, flexible and fluid. However, emotional trauma, injuries, inflammation, surgeries, poor posture, repetitive strains or even just the effects of gravity can all cause the fascia to become damaged. Adhesions form within the stuck and blocked fascial tissue like snags in a sweater, making our bodies feel heavy, brittle and run down. Think of a sponge that has dried up and gotten brittle and stiff. Add water (hydration) to the sponge and it becomes supple, flexible and essentially more ‘youthful’ again.
Our fascia has self-healing abilities. When you get your body and mind into correct alignment and restore and hydrate your fascia, you will build healthier tone in the body, grow up to an inch in height and release stress from your system.

Q: LET’S TALK ABOUT THE CONNECTION BETWEEN FASCIA AND EMOTIONS. HOW DO OUR BODIES “STORE” TRAUMA AND EMOTIONS?
A: My private practice involves working with some of the top orthopedic surgeons in the world and many professional athletes, who tend to be very ‘Western’ in their approach to medicine and wellness.
I have studied a wide range of modalities and integrated the best of each into my approach. What we are talking about here verges more into the Eastern tradition that is not studied in Western medical schools, but has been around since ancient times. Eastern medicine has more to do with the flow of energy or ‘chi’ in the body.
Genetics, lifestyle, accidents and trauma all play a part in our issues and ailments, but our emotional state can have a huge impact on our health, weight and well-being as well.
Emotions and fascia are closely connected. I’ll give you an example: imagine you nearly get into a car accident or you have a confrontation at work. These triggers cause you to feel stressed and emotional. Your nervous system goes into a ‘fight or flight’ response and your body tends to tighten up and clench in response. Remember how I explained that the nerves lie in the fascia? This means you are actually holding that emotional stress and tension within your fascia resulting in tightness and blockages in the fascial matrix. When you’re in this ‘fight or flight’ state, a doctor of Chinese medicine would say your ‘chi is blocked’. When your chi is blocked there is inflammation, which leads to stagnation – a feeling of heaviness that can lead to dis-ease and or illness. 
In the Eastern tradition, specific emotions are associated with specific parts of the body, as well as their corresponding chakras.
For example, the root chakra – which is basically situated in the pelvic floor – is an area where fear around financial concerns or providing for your family are said to be stored. These emotions often manifest as back pain, because a tight, over-clutched or blocked pelvic floor will cause the back to be pulled out of alignment.

Q: INCREDIBLE. AND WHAT IS THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE FASCIA AND THE LYMPH SYSTEM?
A: Since the fascia is where the lymph nodes and nerves lie, the health of your fascia affects the functioning of the lymph system. Lymph is the body’s ‘garbage disposal’, filtering out toxins in a way that is vital for immunity, optimal health and weight loss. Fascia needs to be supple, hydrated and flexible to properly move the lymph and flush the body of toxins.
When fascia loses its suppleness and resilience or dries up and gets thick and tight, this pulls the body out of alignment, compresses the organs and lungs which decreases the effectiveness of our breathing and restricts the lymph which allows toxins and tension to be trapped in the system. Keeping your fascia healthy and malleable is key for flushing waste from the body.

Q: FASCIA PLAYS A HUGE ROLE IN OUR BODY SHAPE. WOULD YOU EXPLAIN THAT A BIT MORE?
A: Fascia is a newly recognized ‘shape shifting’ system in the body. Fascia is malleable and thin, but it’s important because it is largely responsible for the structural integrity of our bodies.
It has a vital impact on posture. For example, if you hunch over at your computer all day, your fascia gets ‘glued’ into this shape and you’ll find yourself in a permanent hunch. Similarly we’re all affected by the inexorable downward pull of gravity and again our fascia can get ‘stuck’ in the resulting slump. 
The good news is that you can heal your fascia. Most of my clients find they stand half an inch to an inch taller once we’ve healed their fascia and they’ve regained their correct posture.Standing taller helps you look slimmer and feel better, all of which makes you look younger!