Think of fascia as the “mask” that we wear. Our life experiences shape what our fascia looks like. Every action or movement we make affects how our fascia functions, looks, and feels. The more dysfunctional the experiences, the more obvious the mask (I help you deconstruct this in Body Readings). A dysfunctional myofascial system is a major reason our chakras stay deactivated, though with knowledge and hard work, we can in fact activate them once more.
The development of fascial adhesions begins in utero. Isn’t that interesting? What if we could trace back the cause to something beyond gestation?
Spiritually, there is a connection between the chakras and the fascia — that abuse and resulting fascial adhesions are part of the “curse of Eve”, making childbirth painful and keeping us from activating our energy centers. Why is it that some women have orgasmic births while others desperately need epidurals? It’s not just about mental outlook, age, support level, preparation, or sensitivity. Improper use of the mind and body cause fascial adhesions to form which affect how your muscles and nerves function, which will affect your birthing experience. Pain or pleasure isn’t simply a matter of mindset — it’s about how much bad fascia you have, and where.
Your fascia will also affect how your baby grows, and how much adhesed fascia they develop before birth, and therefore after. Your development in utero is no mistake and the fascia you are set-up for in utero will continue the cycle for generations to come. It will affect your children, your children’s children, and on and on.
In other words, if your mother has “bad” fascia due to dysfunctional use of her body resulting from emotional or physical abuse because no one in the family had ever broken the karmic cycles, your development process in utero will be affected because her womb will be restricted in very specific areas due to adhesions around the pelvic area, hips, lower back, and stomach. It’s a slippery slope of cause and effect.
The left side of a person’s body indicates their feminine side/brain (because it is controlled in large part by the right hemisphere of the brain), and the right side indicates their masculine side/brain (because it is controlled in large part by the left hemisphere of the brain). The goal is to get the two sides of the brain and the two sides of the body working together in harmony, instead of one being lame or one compensating for the other.
What I see most often, though is that there are more fascial adhesions on one side of the body in order to compensate. This is because, unfortunately, Earth is a planet of extreme dichotomy and division. As such, we tend to rely more heavily on one side of the brain and one side of the body — or be rewarded for doing so. (Chances are, you will either be right-brained dominant or left-brained dominant and therefore, you will be relying on one side of your body more heavily as a result. Left brain and body dominance is more common, due to the patriarchal system, FYI).
I had a long-standing history of back problems — a lower spinal curvature and scoliosis diagnosis in 1997, causing back spasms that woke me up in the middle of the night for decades, followed by over 10 slipped disc and left rib dislocation incidents after the birth of my daughter in 2012. So the observations I’m sharing with you were true for myself and my own daughter — the women in our family had passed down a wounded feminine left side to their children — the fascia on the left side of their bodies was much more dysfunctional and adhesed than the right (masculine side) because we had been discouraged from our true sacred feminine nature and had learned to fit into the masculine system to survive. This manifested as pelvic misalignment and distortion, left hip distortion, lower back problems, and therefore left foot distortion.
Personally, I was in labor with my daughter for four days and gave birth to her early on the fifth day. I was in labor for so long because the left side of my pelvis was rotated and no chiropractor or exercises could correct it or speed up the birth process and get her out of the occiput posterior position. The day my daughter was born, our midwife stamped her foot with ink on a birth announcement and her left foot and leg were noticeably inwardly rotated, indicating she had not had adequate space to stretch while inside me, which the midwife remarked on and said would improve with time. When my daughter began crawling several months later, she used her right leg as leverage while her “lame” left leg and foot dragged behind. She never needed additional supports or medical attention for this, but it confirmed a cycle that had been perpetuated. As a child, my left foot and hip had also been a problem and doctors recommended my mother put leg braces on me to correct the posture. I feel I’ve lived some pretty extreme lessons in my life so I would have the ability to connect these dots for others.
But fascia isn’t just a problem for pregnant women and babies. Fascial adhesions develop as we go about our lives and due to poor diet, health problems, poor posture, tight clothing, repetitive movements, and trauma to a certain area of the body, the connective tissue becomes more and more stuck, thick, and jumbled. So you have to consider why certain areas of your body — around certain chakra centers — are dysfunctional. It is important to identify your fascial adhesions because it gives you clues as to what emotional barriers you have faced during your life that are keeping your chakras from being activated — or the familial cycles no one has ever broken that caused this in the first place.
Determining where you have fascial adhesions is the first step. Take a look in a full-length mirror. Where do you have bunching of skin? Where do you have cellulite (another form of fascial dysfunction)? Where does the skin appear to be thicker? Where is the skin and fat distribution unsymmetrical? Where do you have posture misalignment? Then take your pointer finger and thumb and gently grab your skin in these areas. Healthy fascia should easily pull away and you will be pinching a thin layer of skin. Dysfunctional fascia in which there are plenty of adhesions is very thick and difficult to separate from the skin membrane. It looks like large chunks, cellulite, ropeyness or lumps under the skin, and thickened skin.
If you have an open mind, also consider this: I believe fascial adhesions in this lifetime can also extend from other painful lifetimes. It’s not that we carry over the same body lifetime to lifetime (because of course we don’t), but that we remember the same pain spots or chakra imbalances from previous lifetimes which subconsciously affects how we move our bodies in this lifetime. You were shot in the back in a previous lifetime and have no conscious memory of this but your soul remembers the pain and you hold yourself or move yourself in a dysfunctional way because of it. Maybe this is to protect yourself, or maybe it is simply compensatory. Over time, this posture pattern becomes a thick web of dysfunctional fascia that actually begins to affect your nerves or range of motion in this lifetime. You see doctor after doctor and no one can offer a treatment that helps so you eventually resolve yourself to a lifetime of pain, pain killers, and perhaps even become angry and frustrated. Getting rid of the fascial adhesions may be one way to stop the physical pain, but also to release whatever the soul memory is that is holding you back from total self-actualization.
I cannot stress enough how everything is connected. Your health is your karma. And your karma extends beyond emotional barriers — it also creates physical barriers that will eventually present as pain or illness. And it will keep getting passed down until someone does something to stop it.