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A B M P m e m b e r s e a r n F R E E C E a t w w w. a b m p . c o m / c e b y r e a d i n g M a s s a g e & B o d y w o r k m a g a z i n e 71 2. The Deep Fascia—the Diving Suit This project will include the fascia profunda layer that lies underneath the superficial fascia (or subcutaneous connective tissues) and envelops most of the body as a dense, fibrous connective tissue coating. While in some areas—such as the plantar fascia or the iliotibial band—it expresses considerable sturdiness, it is less densely developed in others. 3. The Deeper Structures Supporting the Skeleton—the Core Body The project for these deepest structures may include the dura mater and meninges that support the brain and spinal cord, and the fascia of the mediastinum, pericardium, diaphragm, and pelvic floor. It also may include a representation of the muscular compartments (e.g., in the lower leg) that are created by fascial septae between major muscle groups. The outcome of these ambitious plans will likely be partly guided by the discovery of what is possible as the project evolves. Says Schleip: "This is a dream coming true: exposing the interconnectedness and beauty of the human fascial net in the context of a Body Worlds exhibition so that thousands of visitors can learn of this wonderful, silky web underneath their own skin. The spirit of everyone involved in this project is phenomenal. What an exciting adventure to be a part of!" Note 1. Jean-Claude Guimberteau, Architecture of Human Living Fascia (Handspring, 2015): 172. Rachelle L. Clauson is a nationally board certified massage therapist and a longtime proud member of Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals. She has owned and operated her massage therapy private practice, Flourish Bodywork, in San Diego, California, for 15 years and is the social media coordinator and volunteer team member of the Fascial Net Plastination Project ( She is a founding member of the Fascia Research Society, a certified Yamuna Body Rolling Practitioner, a MELT Method hand and foot instructor, and is passionate about bringing fascial anatomy education to bodyworkers and movement educators. interventions. The heart is saddled in its visceral fascia, which is harnessed to the sternum, anteriorly; to the vertebral column, posteriorly; to the lungs and vessels, laterally; to the thoracic outlet ( first rib ring ), superiorly; and inseparably, fascially married to the diaphragm, inferiorly … and believe it or not, that's even omitting some connections! I hope as people see this prosection and the finished plastinated expression, that it will inspire them to continue to ponder and subsequently integrate new ways of communicating progressive releases of the thoracic basket."

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