For the last 4 months I have been watching Gil Hedley’s Anatomy of the Fascia DVD’s with my Aston-Patterning group. This is no ordinary perspective of the human body, this is a complete and honest look at the body from the very surface to the deepest fascial connections.
One of the things Gil observes in the body is that the body creates “Fuzz” or adhesions while we are sleeping or inactive. If we wake up and stretch our bodies like every cat does when they wake, we break up that fuzz. If we don’t move and stretch it out, it can accumulate. Injury is one way fuzz can accumulate, we are afraid to move our injured area and it can become more restricted. If fuzz continues to accumulate we may need help to break it up. Gil says this is a great reason to get regular body work. “The Fuzz” give an intuitive explanation into the Aston concepts of Functional Holding Patterns (tensions that can be stretched out on your own) and Structural holding patterns (tensions which need help to release).