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Are you struggling to get rid of cellulite or stubborn pockets of fat? Do you suffer from hair loss and thinning? Ever wondered how would it feel to reverse signs of ageing?

IMfit can achieve powerful aesthetic change to the skin and body through Fascial Contouring. We work with the Superficial Fascia of the Hypodermis (lowest layer of the skin) and the Deep Fascia within and between the muscles to rejuvenate the skin, correct postural imbalances, and release trapped fat. How? By removing adhesions in the fascia that inhibit proper blood flow, nerve conductivity, and in some cases, muscle function that can lead to inflammation, toxin storage, and/or weight gain.

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The Problem: As fascial cells replicate the new cells use their mechanoreceptors to gauge local tissue density and will do its best to match its morphology based on the surroundings. When scars first formed in a region it was due to a trauma (whether surgical, direct force or otherwise), in the early stage of managing the damaged area the body elicits a healing cascade to ‘patch the hole’ and minimize the damage to the area, and the cells in charge of managing the injury at this stage have no regard for over and underlying tissues ass well as tissue directions, and so they aggregate This concept of scar tissue development and proliferation is akin to spiderman shooting gobs of web to patch holes and assist with structural integrity. 

The issue now is that as scar tissue matures it becomes more contracted and dysfunctional, think of the implications of having a dam setup in an area where the water used to run freely, this causes many problems relating to nutrient delivery, waste removal, and tissue communication. Tissue function is also compromised because now several ‘layers’ of tissues are adhesed to one another (think velcro) meaning that as one layers is engaged the others get tugged as well. An example of this is with an appendectomy or cesarean section, where 3-4 abdominal muscles, and visceral tissues are all cut through, and as part of the uninterrupted healing process these layers all become ‘velcroed’ to one another. This dysfunction means that when one layer engages for movement not only is that muscles’ ability to contract and function limited but it also tugs on the other associated tissues causing restriction, constriction and congestion in the area.


“The scars of resulting mature wounds are relatively acellular and avascular.”

(Ian A. et al., 2012) 

“…myofascia provides structural integrity effecting blood supply and venous return and neural entrapment. Dense fibrotic fascia stifles the gliding relationships of superficial to deeper structures resulting in tethered tissues and, possibly, pain.” (John Sharkey, 2018)

IMfit Solution: Fascial Contouring™ allows us to assist in not only relieving adhesions between tissues but also in assisting with remodelling collagen by changing the cell expression based on the mechanical stimuli presented which encourages a more functional and appropriate density for the tissues. 

Intentional Movement™ assists in supporting a more appropriate alignment and orientation for the fascial sheaths.

“…hyaluronan lubricates the collagen and elastin. It is the hydraulic fluid that keeps muscles and joints gliding and sliding rather than getting stuck.” 

-Stecco et al. 2011

“The fibroblasts also synthesize and remodel all of the collagen depending on the tension between the cell and the ECM. When the tension outside the cell is low, there is not much collagen production. When under high tension, the fibroblast will increase collagen production and cell proliferation (Grinnell 2007)” 

– Lesondak, 2017

Reference

  • Ian A. Darby, (2012). Hypoxia and Hypoxia Signaling in Tissue Repair and Fibrosis Zerina Lokmic, in International Review of Cell and Molecular Biology.
  • John Sharkey. Biotensegrity-Anatomy for the 21st Century Informing Yoga and Physiotherapy Concerning New Findings in Fascia Research. J Yoga & Physio. 2018; 6(1): 555680. DOI: 10.19080/JYP.2018.06.55568
  • Lesondak, D. (2017). Fascia: What it is and why it matters
  • Stecco C, Stern R, Porzionato A et al. (2011) Hyaluronan within fascia in the etiology of myofascial pain. Surg Radiol Anat. December; 33 (10) 891–896.).

The Problem: The body can have a difficult time eliminating waste, which can occur for a variety of reasons such as obstruction and congestion in or around drainage channels (ex axillary and inguinal regions), there develops and imbalance in the nutrient/waste exchange. This surplus of metabolic waste that cannot get effectively eliminated gets stored in the tissues. To ensure that they do not cause systemic toxic effects on the body these waste products get encapsulated in fat sacs formed by the body, and these sacs are further encapsulated by a fascial envelope. 

“Mechanistically, cellulite is likely caused by excess adipose tissue retention with fibrous septae that sequester fat in discrete packets along with vertically oriented fascial bands that are anchored to the deep fascia, giving the skin its distinctive puckered, irregular, “orange-peel” appearance (Alster & Tanzi, 2005; Romero, Caballero, & Herrero et al., 2008)– Jameson et al. 2019

IMfit Solution: Fascial Contouring™ (FC) uses targeted compression and tension techniques to change the signalling of the mechano-receptors (sensory nerves) around the fascial cells allowing those pockets to breakdown and release their trapped waste. The next phase of FC serves to help guide the released metabolic waste from the interstitial/extracellular spaces and towards the lymphatic drainage zones such as the inguinal region (groin) or towards the axilla (arm pits). 

Intentional Movement™ helps re-educate the muscles and fascia to move and distribute force more efficiently throughout the body. This practice empowers individuals to be able to maintain an open channel for cellular waste removal. By engaging and activating your body in a way that maintains tensional and expansive qualities, the need for dysfunctional fascial ‘crutches or support beams’ is mitigated allowing for continued relief from congestion around the drainage zones.

Fibroblasts are both spooling out more collagen where necessary and secreting collagenase, a collagen-eating enzyme, all based on signals of pressure and vibration, like a cellular public works department – building, knocking down, and cleaning up the collagen matrix.” 

-Lesondak, 2007

References:

  • Lesondak, D. (2017). Fascia: What it is and why it matters.
  • T Bart Jameson, A. D. Black, Matthew H. Sharp, Jacob M. Wilson, Matthew W. Stefan & Swetanshu Chaudhari | Udo Schumacher (Reviewing editor) (2019) The effects of fascia manipulation with fascia devices on myofascial tissue, subcutaneous fat and cellulite in adult women, Cogent Medicine, 6:1, DOI: 10.1080/2331205X.2019.1606146
    • Alster, T. S., & Tanzi, E. L. (2005). Cellulite treatment using a novel combination radiofrequency, infrared light, and mechanical tissue manipulation device. Journal of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy : Official Publication of the European Society for Laser Dermatology, 7(2), 81–13. doi:10.1080/14764170500190242
    • Romero, C., Caballero, N., Herrero, M. (2008). Effects of cellulite treatment with RF, IR light, mechanical massage and suction treating one buttock with the contralateral as a control. Journal of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy : Official Publication of the European Society for Laser Dermatology, 10(4), 193–201. doi:10.1080/14764170802524403

 

The Problem: As fascial cells replicate the new cells use their mechanoreceptors to gauge local tissue density and will do its best to match its morphology based on the surroundings. When scars first formed in a region it was due to a trauma (whether surgical, direct force or otherwise), in the early stage of managing the damaged area the body elicits a healing cascade to ‘patch the hole’ and minimize the damage to the area, and the cells in charge of managing the injury at this stage have no regard for over and underlying tissues ass well as tissue directions, and so they aggregate This concept of scar tissue development and proliferation is akin to spiderman shooting gobs of web to patch holes and assist with structural integrity. 

The issue now is that as scar tissue matures it becomes more contracted and dysfunctional, think of the implications of having a dam setup in an area where the water used to run freely, this causes many problems relating to nutrient delivery, waste removal, and tissue communication. Tissue function is also compromised because now several ‘layers’ of tissues are adhesed to one another (think velcro) meaning that as one layers is engaged the others get tugged as well. An example of this is with an appendectomy or cesarean section, where 3-4 abdominal muscles, and visceral tissues are all cut through, and as part of the uninterrupted healing process these layers all become ‘velcroed’ to one another. This dysfunction means that when one layer engages for movement not only is that muscles’ ability to contract and function limited but it also tugs on the other associated tissues causing restriction, constriction and congestion in the area.


“The scars of resulting mature wounds are relatively acellular and avascular.”

(Ian A. et al., 2012) 

“…myofascia provides structural integrity effecting blood supply and venous return and neural entrapment. Dense fibrotic fascia stifles the gliding relationships of superficial to deeper structures resulting in tethered tissues and, possibly, pain.” (John Sharkey, 2018)

IMfit Solution: Fascial Contouring™ allows us to assist in not only relieving adhesions between tissues but also in assisting with remodelling collagen by changing the cell expression based on the mechanical stimuli presented which encourages a more functional and appropriate density for the tissues. 

Intentional Movement™ assists in supporting a more appropriate alignment and orientation for the fascial sheaths.

“…hyaluronan lubricates the collagen and elastin. It is the hydraulic fluid that keeps muscles and joints gliding and sliding rather than getting stuck.”  (Stecco et al. 2011)

“The fibroblasts also synthesize and remodel all of the collagen depending on the tension between the cell and the ECM. When the tension outside the cell is low, there is not much collagen production. When under high tension, the fibroblast will increase collagen production and cell proliferation (Grinnell 2007)” 

– Lesondak, 2017

References:

  • Ian A. Darby, (2012). Hypoxia and Hypoxia Signaling in Tissue Repair and Fibrosis Zerina Lokmic, in International Review of Cell and Molecular Biology.
  • John Sharkey. Biotensegrity-Anatomy for the 21st Century Informing Yoga and Physiotherapy Concerning New Findings in Fascia Research. J Yoga & Physio. 2018; 6(1): 555680. DOI: 10.19080/JYP.2018.06.555680
  • Lesondak, D. (2017). Fascia: What it is and why it matters
  • Stecco C, Stern R, Porzionato A et al. (2011) Hyaluronan within fascia in the etiology of myofascial pain. Surg Radiol Anat. December; 33 (10) 891–896.).

 

 

The Problem: When an area of the body gets restricted and congested due to chronic inflammation, misuse, and/or disuse, that zone starts to lose its ability to effectively receive nutrients and remove waste. Think of the difference between a swamp and a free-flowing river. As tissues become more stagnant they accumulate waste and become more toxic and dysfunctional. As this congestive and restrictive effect continues to develop, we eventually get to a point where an internal tourniquet starts to develop and some of the tissues beyond (distal) to that site become compromised. Think of  a pipe getting gunk accumulating inside it’s walls, not only is it harder to make deliveries but there is also a back-up or even backflow that can occur. Our speculation is that by removing the tension around the base of the skull and the scalp this allows for improved blood and lymph flow, as well as nerve conduction which allows for improved or restored nutrient/waste exchanges and communication in the tissues. Perhaps this is connected to why we have had early success with hair regrowth with some of our clients. We also acknowledge that there is a hormonal component which can  cause hair loss. It seems that some hair loss is more so connected to congestion and restriction based on our findings

“Indeed, it is already known that changes in HA  concentration are associated with inflammatory and degenerative arthropathies (Temple-Wong et al., 2016) and that defects in fascial gliding can compromise the entire functionality of tissues and can generate pain (Bordoni and Zanier, 2014)” –Stecco et al., 2018

IMfit Solution: Fascial Contouring™ (FC) uses targeted compression and tension techniques to change the signalling of the mechano-receptors (sensory nerves) around the fascial cells to release obstruction and congestion through the scalp. Our speculation is that by removing the tension around the base of the skull and the scalp this allows for improved blood and lymph flow, as well as nerve conduction which allows for improved or restored nutrient/waste exchanges and communication in the tissues.

“The fibroblasts also synthesize and remodel all of the collagen depending on the tension between the cell and the ECM. When the tension outside the cell is low, there is not much collagen production. When under high tension, the fibroblast will increase collagen production and cell proliferation (Grinnell 2007)” –Lesondak, 2017

Reference:

  • Lesondak, D. (2017). Fascia: What it is and why it matters.
  • Stecco, Carla & Fede, Caterina & Macchi, Veronica & Porzionato, Andrea & Lucia, Petrelli & Biz, Carlo & Stern, Robert & De Caro, Raffaele. (2018). The Fasciacytes: A New Cell Devoted To Fascial Gliding Regulation. Clinical Anatomy. 31. 10.1002/ca.23072. 
    • Temple-Wong MM, Ren S, Quach P, Hansen BC, Chen AC, Hasegawa A, D’Lima DD, Koziol J, Masuda K, Lotz MK, Sah RL. 2016. Hyaluronan concentration and size distribution in human knee synovial fluid: Variations with age and cartilage degeneration. Arthritis Res Ther 18:18.
    • Bordoni B, Zanier E. 2014. Clinical and symptomatological reflections: The fascial system. J Multidiscip Healthc 7:401–411.

Fascial Contouring

Our flagship service, Fascial Contouring is a hands-on therapy where we can rejuvenate the skin, release trapped fat, and correct postural imbalances giving you a more youthful appearance. For a more detailed description of this unique and powerful service, please see the above link.

Duration 60-120 minutes each. Please contact us for a free consultation.

Fascia Facial

Our Fascial Facial targets the neck, face, and head. We start by working with the fascia surrounding the collar bones, up through the face, and into and around the scalp, to remove restrictions and increase blood flow and hyaluronic acid production. We then work on the deep fascia of the upper back, neck and shoulders to encourage relaxation and release. Finally, we flush the tissues and apply a red-light laser to stimulate collagen growth.

Duration, 60 minutes each.

Fascia & Lymph Rebalancing

During this treatment, our facilitators will release adhesions in the superficial fascia of hypodermis (lowest level of the skin) and target the lymph drainage zones to restore fluidity and balance to your system. We cover the entire body, after minimizing compression in the lymph drainage zones to encourage circulation and flow throughout the body.

Duration, 60 minutes each