Fascia is what glues us together; it is a structure of connective tissue that surrounds muscles, groups of muscles, blood vessels and nerves. It binds some structures together, while allowing others to slide smoothly over each other.

The nervous system, the circulatory system and the fascial system develop together and work together. The fascial system is a regulatory system; it has an organizational dimension that keeps us in the shape that we're in - it's the organ of form. In the development of the embryo, it's actually the connective tissue cells that are organizing the brain. The fascial bags for organs develop before the organ develops, there's a bag for the liver, then the cells that are going into that bag become liver cells.

When the fascial system changes, everything else changes. When we change the connective tissue it changes our breathing and when our breathing changes our chemistry changes and so bingo! our outlook changes.

Here is the 'Fuzz Speech' by anatomist Gil Hedley with his take on connective tissue. Spoiler alert - the video contains a cadaver.

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