The thing that struck me most at the last IDEA World Fitness Convention was the number of times that the word “fascia” was in titles of presentations and/or mentioned during sessions.
Hearing it mentioned so often during IDEA World indicated to me a shift in the way we to see the body and its functions. I hope that greater knowledge about fascia and fascial lines will help people in structural assessments and the resulting exercise recommendations.
Obviously, as a MELT Instructor, I am biased . The “M” in MELT stands for ‘Myofascial’, and I have made the subject of fascia a prime subject of my studies for the last two years. In fact, I wrote 2 blog entries about it. The first was prior to IDEA World titled “Fascia – a Cinderella Story” (a phrase I stole from Thomas Myers’ article in the IDEA Fitness Journal). After returning from the conference, the title of my blog entry was “Fascia, Fascia Everwhere”.
For anybody interested in learning more about this subject, I highly recommend Thomas Myers’ “Anatomy Trains” and Gil Hedley’s DVD set “The Integral Anatomy Series”. The MELT method itself is a structured self-treatment for fascia.
I’ve got to say the barefoot running thing. I know I will be attacked by saying this because a lot of people swear by them. Before you jump on the bandwagon though look at this article by ACE http://www.acefitness.org/certifiednewsarticle/1641/ It really highlights the goods and bad of the shoes. In my opinion, and I may be wrong, but I think people are using the shoes the wrong way.
Next in line would be energy bracelets, I saw a booth for those at the Fitness Fest in Scottsdale. These are a classic example of humans looking for a quick cheep fix. I also have an ACE article to go with this one! http://www.acefitness.org/certifiednewsarticle/1261/
Thanks for reading my two cents!