British Fascial Symposium 2018

British Fascial Symposium 2018

Week 17a - Saliency - Awareness

BFS LecturePosted by Allissa Harter Sun, April 29, 2018 11:20:30

“Fascia: where it lives and what lives in it.”

Blog #17a - söndag den 29 april 2018
“Saliency - Awareness
count down to Week #19, 13 of May 2018 - British Fascial Symposium lecture

Alex Honnold is a regular guy. An normal guy who likes to use his body to climb upright structures without safety equipment like a rope or a harness. If Bud Craig would image his brain, perhaps Dr. Craig could predict what would be seen. Alex Honnold has a purpose, a passion. The very definition of a Saliency should be Alex free climbing.

Alex has a lean figure. Muscle is needed to help him maneuver up the cliff face. One could make a strong argument, that more is needed than muscle to navigate a cliff face for hours. Coordination, balance, preparation, staying in the present moment are MORE important than muscle. All the information from his skin, his fascia, his body, MUST be in continuous conversation. Disconnecting from his body, could be deadly.

We are a few hundred years from the theories of Rene Descartes "mind-body dualism." The theory was well accepted as the “Thinking of the Day”. It was about the nature of the mind being separate from the body. It was possible, therefore, to exist without the other.

A Royal Swedish Navy ship was dispatched by Swedish Queen Christina. The Swedish vessel picked up Descartes and 2,000 book in October 1649. It is reported Queen Christina of Sweden and Rene Descartes met a handful of times, but they did not approve of each other.

A gut reaction is communication between the Enteric Nervous System and the brain. This was impossible with the dualist theory. Descartes’ mechanistic view to Queen Christina was - well, mechanical! Perhaps Queen Christina was more instinctual, more attuned to Interoception. She was well schooled in a time where the “Thinking of the Day” was a woman’s brain may explode if she went to school to learn.

Thank goodness she listened to her gut and selected listening to Olaus Rudbeck (see Blog #3) in 1652 instead of Descartes.

Thank you for reading,
Allissa from Iowa, Living in Sweden

Free climbing Yosemite's El Capitan without ropes or safety gear (in 3 hours 56 minutes)
ABC News - Published on Jun 6, 2017
Alex Honnold climbs to the top of El Capitan without ropes. The achievement was documented by National Geographic Documentary Films.

The ascent of Alex Honnold
CBS News - Published on Jan 1, 2012
Mountain climber Alex Honnold seems to defy gravity by scaling sheer, steep rock faces with no rope and apparently no fear. Lara Logan reports.