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Fascia is a thin casing of connective tissue that surrounds and holds every organ, blood vessel, bone, nerve fiber and muscle in place. Fascia has nerves that make it almost as sensitive as skin. Fascia are similar to ligaments and tendons as they are all made of collagen except that ligaments join one bone to another bone, tendons join muscle to bone and fasciae surround muscles or other structures. When stressed fascia tightens up, this can lead to blockages and physical pain.

There are 3 types of fascia:

-Superficial Fascia, which is mostly associated with the skin.

-Deep Fascia, which is mostly associated with the muscles, bones, nerves and blood vessels.

-Visceral (or Subserous) Fascia, which is mostly associated with the internal organs.

In the context of bodywork, we are primarily interested in deep fascia, a layer of dense connective tissue that interpenetrates and surrounds the muscles, bones, nerves, and blood vessels of the body. This fascial layer can be visualized as one piece of wrap that literally coats all our inner body parts, providing a tensional network of support and structure for the body. The fascia system is fluid and when it is in optimal operation, the fascia is relaxed and supple, allowing muscles to glide back and forth smoothly.


Laurence practices a technique called M.E.R. (Myofascial Energetic Release). This is a unique wellness bodywork technique created by Satyarthi Peloquin. It helps relieve pain by releasing the body's natural ability to rebalance itself through breath, touch and movement through muscular fascia.

M.E.R. technique is a unique combination of manipulations of soft and deep tissue, release of joints, energy work and breathing. This work frees up the person's physical and emotional patterns, activates his or her natural capacity for self-healing and thus alleviates pain.

M.E.R. technique treats the person as a whole (body, mind, emotions) and an important place is given to study of this to help the person understand what creates spasms in the tissues (emotional repression, negative beliefs, dysfunctional habits,etc).

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