Saran wrap has several important features in common with connective tissue, which I would like to explore with you.
When it first comes off the roll, it’s smooth, relaxed, and flowing. It may stay that way as we carefully wrap it around objects such as bowls, fruits, vegetables, or sandwiches. Then we move the object around, squeezing, twisting, and accidentally dropping it, thus introducing one or several disturbances to the saran wrap. This results in distortion of the saran wrap, making it stick together in some places and coming apart in other places.
So it is with connective tissue.
We don’t have to do any outrageous activity, or have any big accidents, in order for the connective tissue to become distorted or “gunked up”. Poor posture, twisting of the ankle, bumping into things, inflammation due to infection, autoimmune diseases, emotional upsets, mental stress, and even medications can cause “traffic congestion” in our connective tissue. We need to remember that blood and lymph vessels (your immune system’s infrastructure), as well as nerves and meridians move through this land of connective tissue. Moreover, white blood cells, nutrients, chemical messengers, and toxins move in and out of the cells and blood/lymph vessels through the connective tissue.
The connective tissue varies from almost liquid (blood), to hard as bone, depending on the amount and type of fibers within the ground substance (see the EIGHTH INSTALLMENT). The higher the fiber content, the denser the connective tissue. The denser the tissue, the less movement is possible. Furthermore, the tissue becomes denser in a disorderly fashion, creating many smaller and larger obstructions anywhere in the body. While traffic is flowing smoothly in some areas, it comes to a halt or at least very congested in those “hot spots”, impeding nerve conduction, blood circulation, energy distribution (via the meridians), and the immune system.
Wherever the body experiences stress or trauma, the fibrous content increases to hold the body in the position of injury in order to stabilize it, or to keep you from doing more of the activity that caused the injury or stress. The same happens with repetitive stress from work, exercises, or hobbies. The connective tissue will form around the posture your body takes on when doing these activities. That’s why it’s so important to take breaks and do some stretches or move in different ways in between those activities. POOR POSTURE creates MORE POOR POSTURE creates CONGESTION via connective tissue restriction. The connective tissue ultimately may become or feel like a straight jacket or prison.
You feel restricted, bound, and like something is tugging or pulling you in different places. However, you most likely won’t remember the many incidents that led up to this way of feeling in your body. (click pictures for larger image).
For a synopsis of craniosacral therapy, see Craniosacral Therapy — In A Nutshell.