I came across Laura Bergmann through former guest Betsy Hartley who told me she had heard Laura speak and was blown away at the work she is doing to help people get moving again. Laura is a Fascia Warrior. She is on the front lines of a field of work that has largely been untapped in the world of exercise physiology.
What is fascia? This is how Laura describes it on her website: A Magical Matrix Of Awesome!
Fascia is a sensory organ. Fascia is very densely woven, covering and interpenetrating every muscle, bone, nerve, artery and vein, as well as, all of our internal organs including the heart, lungs, brain and spinal cord.
Laura stumbled into this field through her own physical struggles, from people telling her she couldn’t do things like run, so she decided to figure out how she COULD. Multiple degrees and many triathlons and marathons later, Laura is one of the leading fascia workers in our country. She’s not only trained to help our bodies heal, but she takes a holistic approach that includes our emotional and spiritual selves.
Today you’ll hear about all of this and more:
- Therapy animals
- Oxytocin: how this hormone is important to multiple aspects of our lives
- Getting to the root of the issue: the pain is usually just the side effect and not the cause
- Cellular life is dependent on…water (Cell life)
- Fascia Fascia Fascia
- Treat your body when you know something’s not right; not after it all blows up
- Become your own advocate
- Hardware vs Software (anatomically speaking)
- Body awareness is the key
- The Aging Athlete: Why Less is OK
- Do your best TODAY!
Laura is a very motivational person. I believe that Laura is driven by a pure and total belief in the work she does – in her case, it started with patient zero – herself. She found something wonderful that helped make her life better and she learned how to share this gift with so many others. For more on Laura or to work with her directly, please visit her website and follow her on social.
Laura recommends some resources for all who are interested in learning more!
Fascia What Is It And Why It Matters, David Lesondak
Functional Fascia Training with BlackRoll, Lutz Graumann
Fascial Fitness, Robert Schliep
Functional Atlas of the Human Fascial System, Carla Stecco
She is available to teach a master class for trainers, coaches, regular public, and practitioners on self myofascial release and corrective exercise homework and training fascially. Contact her for more info.
Check out BlackRoll tools for self fascia work. She uses them on herself so highly recommended!
Allright that’s it for today. You know what time it is. It’s time to get out there and run this world. Have a great workout and we’ll see you next week!