The body’s fascia system is vital to many aspects of our health – but most of us don’t even know what it is. Even worse, few of us know where to start when it comes to supporting or treating it.
The fascia system is made up of sheets of connective tissue just below the skin. These tissues attach, stabilize, impart strength, maintain vessel patency, separate muscles, and enclose different organs.
Nikki Costello is a lifestyle coach with the CHEK Institute and operator of MyWholeBody. She has worked with Dr. Mark Barnes at Soma Physical Therapy on the rehabilitation of whole-body health. Nikki specializes in resilience, recovery, and longevity. She is also an experienced ELDOA teacher – when translated from its native French, it stands for Longitudinal Osteo-Articular Decoaptation Stretching—a practice that she and I discuss at length during the episode. Much of this practice is focused on the body’s fascial system and repairing or instituting its integrity.
Nikki has committed her life and education to understand what it takes to achieve resilience and longevity in these human bodies. She is a walker of the talk and does not ask her clients to do anything she has not tested. She spent 8 years working in a physical therapy clinic with highly sought-after Dr. Mark Barnes, fascia and spine expert. She has spent the last 3 years studying with the world-renowned Dr. Guy Voyer, osteopath and creator of the ELDOA method which is currently used by professional athletes (such as Tiger Woods and Stephen Curry) for their own health and wellness. She is a holistic lifestyle coach through the CHEK Institute, a trained Pilates instructor through STOTT Pilates, and a NESTA certified personal trainer. She has also interned extensively with chiropractors, naturopaths, and acupuncturists.
ELDOA is a stretching technique that can expand the joints to increase fluid. Those of us who sit at desks often need this more than most. We explore what affects your fascia system, why it’s so important, and how to work it out better.
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