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Old 08-29-2006, 07:30 AM   #17
Dojo: Shodokan
Location: London, UK
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 52
Re: Deep Breathing and its meaning

Hi Mike,

I was just thinking today about the fascia-related structures you've mentioned, described as a "suit" over the body.

Are you familiar with bench-press-shirts or similar? Bascially very tight shirts / clothing used to support the body during exercise. The bench press shirts seem to let people push more weight, because (I believe) the muscles are better supported. Is this one of the results of training the fascia-related structures?

I don't bench press, or own said shirts, but have worn similar shorts for aikido practise over the last few years. I got them as I thought they'd help with groin strains that were quite common for me... Anyway, they always felt like they did add stability to the hip region. (And haven't had a groin strain since.)

Anyhow, it would be cool if this muscle-support kind of thing is one effect from improving the tone of the fascia.


And by-the-by, the stuff collated in Oschman's books about connective tissue is fascinating. Thanks for the tip.

Dave Findlay.

Dave Findlay
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