New DVD on Fascial Fitness, MASSAGE MagazineThe new Fascial Fitness DVD overviews both theory and practice in the new field of training our “biological fabric.” Any movement “trains” fascia, but this DVD give us the opportunity to be informed and specific in training the fascia as well as the muscles, nerves and core.

Long the Cinderella of our body tissues and relegated to the role of packing material, research is now revealing the important regulatory functions of the fascia in overall biomechanics. Created in close cooperation with international scientists by experienced movement educators and bodyworkers, this DVD outlines 10 strategies leading to fascial fitness, translated into a unique form of movement instruction.

Whenever a football player is not able to take the field because of a recurrent hamstring tear, a tennis star gives up early on a match due to his knee giving out, or a sprinter limps across the finish line with a torn Achilles tendon, the problem is usually neither in the musculature or the skeleton. Instead, it is the structure of the connective tissue–ligaments, tendons, joint capsules, etc.–that have been loaded beyond their usual capacity. Focused and intelligent training of this fascial network could be of great use to athletes, dancers and in rehabilitation. Until now, sports trainers have mostly focused on the classical triad of muscular strength, cardiovascular conditioning and neuromuscular coordination. Taking the connective tissue network into account can produce fewer injuries, faster healing and more balanced fitness development.

This DVD contains 10 essential points of theory, put into practice with fascial release stretching techniques along with tips for everyday exercises, injury prevention and fitness programs.

About the authors

Dr. Robert Schleip, Ph.D., is director of the Fascia Research Group at Ulm University, Germany. He has been a Rolfing and Feldenkrais teacher since 1992 and is research director of the European Rolfing Association. He was co-initiator and organizer of the first Fascia Research Congress. He is author and editor of numerous articles and research publications.

Divo Muller, H.P., is a Somatic Experience practitioner and one of the first international authorized Continuum Movement teachers in Europe. She is the author of numerous articles and DVDs, all of which teach a specially designed movement approach for women. Divo teaches regularly all over Europe as well as in Brazil and in New Zealand.

Schleip and Muller and their German Fascial Fitness team are coordinating with Kinesis director Tom Myers and his team to bring the research information in practical form to movemment and manual therapy practitioners worldwide. This DVD marks a major milestone in this effort.

The DVD is available in the U.S. at, by phone at (888) 546-3747 or e-mail at