First Training Principle of Fascial Fitness & Preparatory Counter Movement


I am recently back from Fascial Summer School in Ulm, Germany where I studied with top fascial researcher Robert Schleip and Fascial Fitness creator Divo Muller. These brilliant researchers have come up with 5 principles for training the fascia. I want to explore the first principle, preparatory counter movement. In this video post I’ll look at how to bring the non mover with less intelligent fascia up to speed. I explore some basic, simple fascia training exercises such as arm swing and leg swing to experiment with the feeling of the preparatory counter movement and the transition into the elastic recoil. Enjoy the video and let me know what you think!


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  1. Bonnie_221

    I thought this was great! Just learning to let go is so hard for most people – including myself!! I think it is important to learn how to be stable in our bodies (hip folds for instance). We need to learn to move our thigh bone while keeping the pelvis in a neutral position. There are tiny adjustments we make as we move through that hip fold with our pelvis to keep it neutral, but I think we can become too tense and then we lock up. Learning freedom of movement and “play” will be a wonderful addition to add for our clients! It comes back to a balanced body! Can’t wait to hear more! Thanks so much for sharing!

  2. KimberlyKotz

    Thank you for bringing this information back to us! I also appreciate that you’ve assessed the movements with clients and shared ways for us to “baby step” into the movements/concepts.

  3. JenniferGianni

    Hi Bonnie and Kimberly,
    I am so excited for your feedback. It is so exciting to share this information and see it grow. Please let me know if you try any of this with your clients and anything you come up with. Bonnie, you are so right about the freedom of movement and how this awareness can be translated into exercises like knee folds. And Kimberly, it is all about the “baby steps” ( thank you). It seems that those are much more impactful in the daily lives of our clients. Keep the feedback coming. We love it!

  4. Amy Pace_771

    Thank you so much for this wonderful information. I have been working on “playing” with these movements… Not thinking of it and just allowing my limbs to move in space… So much fun!!!!

  5. Frances_477

    It is kind for you to share this with us, thank you so much. I am looking forward to putting this into my class. It will make a breath of fresh air ! Looking forward to the other principles . Thank you.

  6. Liza670

    Jennifer, these videos on bringing Fascial Fitness principles into your Pilates work, and to your clients, are terrific! I’ve spent the past year and a half doing similar explorations after my initial FF training (I am a yoga teacher). The fascial research has really impacted how I and what I teach. Your enthusiasm is infectious, your suggestion spot-on, and I look forward to seeing more from you! Thank you for sharing your curiosity.

  7. JenniferGianni

    Hi Liz,

    Wow! Thank You. This is what I love about this site….We can all share our stuff with each other, appreciate it and allow it to support and inform what we do in our studios. Your comments mean the world to me.
    I am so excited by all the research that is out. It is so fun to translate it to what we do in the studio. I have a new article and video coming out within the next few weeks on more of what I am playing with in the studio. Really fun stuff. Would love to hear what you think. Please let me know.

  8. Jan847

    This is quite helpful. I am just beginning to study Facia. This brings simplicity to a complex part of the body that needs attention. Thank you

  9. Angelo

    Thanks Jan. Just finished shooting some new stuff with Jen on this subject. Hopefully it’ll be up soonish. Check back!