There is now on Youtube a very interesting video about the role of fascia in health The information certainly supports the Reich and Lowen tradition’s emphasis on the muscular system as a main point of limitation in emotional human functioning. Neither Reich and Lowen considered the fascia much apart from muscles proper. Today fascial dysfunction is so evident that the distinction may have concrete benefits in pointing to remedial practices such as deep tissue massage techniques that separate muscles etc..
However, in the above linked documentary, there is also a fascinating look at the conductive properties of fascia. As reported, conductive ‘spots’ exist in the fascial layer that correspond to points along the energy meridians of traditional Asian medicine. A barrier to acceptance in Western medicine for the meridian model is that the meridians do not line up with nerves. Western concepts of physiology are very nerve-centric, perhaps because nerves are extensions of the brain, and Western concepts of physiology are very brain-centric.
Another non-neuronal energy system is turgor and colloid. Reich researched this, but Lowen did not address it other than in a ‘diagnostic’ sense, perhaps because it wasn’t apparent how to work with turgor and colloid directly. The area truly has been orphaned with only the cosmetic industry taking interest but of course only in a specious framework of adding supplemental colloid from the skin inward rather than addressing the process from the core outward
A question occurs to me–do the fascia and turgor and colloid interact?