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My Fascination with the Fascial Web

The fascial web fascinates me.

I am fascinated by the body’s embryological formation, and how each new cell is woven into the fascial web.

At day fourteen of fetal life, three layers of cells arise to form the entire body. These ectoderm, mesoderm, and endoderm cells multiply within an expanding fascial web. Every cell in the body is connected to every other cell through the fascial system.

I believe an undiscovered communication system exists within each organ, from organ to organ, and from head to toe. A substantial trauma, restricting this fascial web, can cause diminished function. The Gillespie Approach can help return the web to health.


I am fascinated how the full body fascial web remembers all of its traumas back to conception. John Barnes P.T. first introduced this concept in the 1990s.

When you break a bone or have a whiplash injury, in time everyone believes that you are fully healed—well not completely in our world. The tight fascial web can still cause havoc with the emotional and physical memories of that trauma.

Our biggest issue is soft tissue birth trauma, where an untreated infant can suffer needlessly for a lifetime. Common sense dictates therapy at the golden hour, when fresh fascial restrictions are most easily resolved, to prevent many conditions later in life.


I am fascinated on how so many common infant conditions are rooted in the disturbance of the fascial web. I pinch myself sometimes. Historically, people probably knew that tighter babies had more difficulty, but no one really understood why.

I believe the fascial web holds the answers to many pediatric conditions. I am so grateful for the many pioneers in the fascial field—Andrew Still, Ida Rolf, Janet Travell, John Barnes, Tom Myers, and others. We stand on the shoulders of Giants.

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Dr. Barry Gillespie

Dr. Barry Gillespie founded Gillespie Approach–Craniosacral Fascial Therapy, which provides patients with a freely moving brain, spinal cord and fascial web, all critical to optimal health. Dr. Barry Gillespie also created the Baby Brain Score and discovered effective therapeutic techniques for newborns and infants. Read more about Dr. Barry Gillespie.

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