Fascial Fitness

How to train your Connective Tissue network

with Robert Schleip PhD

The first and only training DVD program for the development of supple, flexible and strong connective tissue!

This DVD will provide a theoretical along with a practical introduction to the new field of Fascial Fitness. In close cooperation with international scientists, sports trainers, movement educators and manual therapists, this new theoretical understanding has been translated into a unique form of practical movement training.

We've always been training single muscles, Fascial Fitness is the future: it will train the endless fascial web in our bodies! Recently it has been proven that the fascial web that surrounds and connects throughout the body means a lot for the fitness and health of every sportsman. A well trained and well integrated fascial net optimizes peak forces as well as the coordination of detailed movements. It's not the joint receptors giving information about how the body behaves kinesthetically, but the many receptors located in the fascia. That means, not the skin is our biggest sensory organ, but fascia.

With fascial training you can push your limits of performance. Fascially trained sportsmen will say: "I could give 140% and had lots of fun with it." An integrated fascial training will lead to - better performance - less injury - more fun and variety

Running time: 60 mins. Includes a 20 pages colour booklet!

Fascial Fitness Workshop with Dr. Robert Schleip & Divo Muller will be in Sydney 16-19 Jan 2014. Check it out!




DVD Contents:
  1. Theory
  2. Practice: Fascial Release, Fascial Stretch, Rebound Elasticity, Fluid Refinement
  3. Tips for Everyday: Daily Exercises


The Four Areas of Fascial Fitness

1. Soft-Tissue Stretching

Stop with boring, single muscle stretches and start to play around creatively feeling your connected Fascial Net. With easy (and sometimes only varied versions of well known) exercises, it is possible to stimulate the whole Myo-Fascial system.

2. Rebound Elasticity

Rebound Elasticity is the future of most effective muscle-training. More power and more Flexibility! Rebound Elasticity is highly efficient and builds up well proportioned bodies in less time than common muscle-training.

3. Fascial Release

Most effective and up-to-date is this trend called fascial release - a quick and easy-to-feel possibility to treat your own body. The myofascial structures are given pressure with a roll, so that adhesions are dissolved and the tissue gets softer. This will normally lead to a reduction of pain, more flexibility and a better sense for your own body.

4. Fluid Refinement . Fascia does not only give a form to our body, but is also the biggest sensory organ.

Read an Article in Men's Health magazine

Article in Running Times

Read an article on Fascial Fitness by Divo Muller & Robert Schelip


About the author

Robert Schleip PhD, is an International Rolfing Instructor and Fascial Anatomy Teacher. Robert has been an enthusiastic certified Rolfer since 1978. He holds on M.A. degree in psychology and is a Certified Feldenkrais Teacher since 1988.

Robert is a "born-again scientist", while he was teaching Rolfing in early 2000, he began to question the theory behind myofascial release. He found there was a lack of scientific basis in the explanation of fascia and myofascial release. So he began to research in the area of fascia and turned to the scientific literature on fascia. He discovered that some of the Rolfing and myofascial release dogma were not well founded. 

The literature also provided another insight: fascia is highly innervated, and this might explain why manipulating the tissue could release and ease pain. Robert knows that there were many gold mines waiting. So he stopped teaching bodywork and pursued a scientific career.

But it wasn't easy, 10 professors turned Schleip down before one at Ulm University gave him a chance, but no lab space. Robert spent his first year conducting experiments in his kitchen and in a storage room he rented from a nearby pharmacy. He began to study the ability of fascial tissue to contract, a property that could play a role in stiffness and lower back pain.

He earned his Ph.D. with honors in 2006 at the age of 52, and shortly thereafter established the Fascia Research Project at Ulm University and has a lab of his own. He's continuing his work on fascial contraction which won him the Vladimir Janda Award for Musculoskeletal Medicine. He was co-initiator and organizer of the first Fascia Research Congress at the conference center of Harvard Medical School in Boston, USA in 2007, and the second fascia research congress at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in 2009.

Visit Robert Schleip's website containing lots of articles www.somatics.de 

Visit Fascia Research Group www.fasciaresearch.de

See Also the new Fascial Fitness Workout DVD