Book Club: Fascia – What it is and why it matters.

Welcome to the second installment of the Book Club. Join the conversation as Holly Wallis shares her thoughts on David Lesondak’s “Fascia: What it is and why it matters”. Share your thoughts about this book and the latest fascia research.


This book is a good overall review of the fascia and the latest theories. I particularly enjoyed the explanation of Tensegrity from an architectural perspective. This provided a clear structural picture of how this concept works that could be easy for clients to understand. I also liked the section on the Glia as well as the discussion of the second brain as this relates directly to some of the conditions that we work with and the roll of the fascia in a global system.

I thought that some of the worldwide historical perspectives of the myofascial system* were missing or grossly underrepresented especially as they relate to movement. Lesondak mentions Raymond Dart’s work but then otherwise spends quite some time on Thomas Myers concepts (Anatomy Trains). Although Robert Schleip (Fascial Fitness) co-wrote the Foreword, his work was only discussed at the end in little more than a page.

Overall this book has good topline information, and otherwise is a stepping stone into further reading about some of the ideas discussed.

What did you think?

How do you use fascia concepts in your teaching?

* A thorough history of the myofascial theories as they apply specifically to movement is discussed in Body Harmonics’ Myofascial Lines of Movement workshop. Watch for this course to return to ReActive Movement in early 2019.

Until next time, keep reading!
Yours truly, ✍

Holly Wallis, Certified Movement & Rehabilitation Specialist, PMA®-CPT
Director of US Operations, Body Harmonics Pilates & Movement Institute
Studio Director, ReActive Movement, 6200 LaSalle Ave, Oakland, CA 94611

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Join us again on Mon, April 30 for a discussion on the next book: “Centered” by Madeline Black.
Spoiler alert: if you don’t already own this book, you will want your own copy for ongoing future reference.

Please share your book suggestions. Holly is always looking for new reads to add to the pile.

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