There is a raging debate going on in the Structural Integration community about whether the facial model is still scientifically valid or whether we should be focusing more on the nervous system. I personally believe our understanding will eventually integrate connections between the nervous system and fascia, and while current pain science has cast doubt on our previous understanding of how Structural Integration works, that doesn’t change the effectiveness of the work. The interesting journey will be in the evolution of our understanding around why it works. With greater understanding of the mechanism of change, we may develop more effective tools. I’m not passing judgement just yet. Whether or not fascia will still be center stage has yet to be seen. Meanwhile, there is a lot of interesting new research being done with fascia.
Here is the Washington Post article.