NEW Science: Fascia, Fasciacytes, Hyaluronic Acid and Cellular Hydration

Want to tap into the fountain of youth?

Do you remember how GOOD you felt as a kid, how fast you healed, how light and free you were as you rode your bike around town, climbed trees or chased your friends in a game of tag?

When we were young, we ALL had plentiful stores of the ingredients necessary to feel light, buoyant and free. As we age, the system responsible for maintaining that youthful feeling (not to mention appearance) loses its natural stores; but that doesn’t mean we’re doomed to age with pain, stiffness, aches and no energy.

We can RESUPPLY, and the amazing thing is we can do this endogenously.

New science out of Italy (from Dr. Carla Stecco among others) has identified a cell that has been named a ‘Fasciacyte.’ The fasciacyte lives inside the extracellular matrix, within the fascia, and it is this cell that is 100% devoted to fascial GLIDING.


Fasciacytes synthesize hyaluronic acid; and HA imbibes the water you drink, creating a water rich ECM (extracellular matrix) that is your primary water storage system. From here, your cells will pull water into themselves FROM the ECM. So intracellular hydration (which is essentially what hydration really means) is dependent on a water-rich ECM or fascial matrix.

So how do you get properly “hydrated?”

Fasciacytes are ONLY activated by compression and shearing of fascial fibers that have gotten glued or stuck together, either in ropes or adhesions (“knots”).

This means, in order to restore your water content and actually hydrate yourself at the cellular level, you need to compress and shear as much fascia as possible over your entire body.

Drinking more water won’t cut it (you’ll just pee it out). Taking HA or electrolyte supplements will most likely just create EXPENSIVE pee.

Most modalities that target fascia (like myofascial release or MFR, fascia stretch therapy, Rolfing and SI) are primarily using pin and stretch. Pin and stretch activates fibroblasts, which synthesize collagen (NOT hyaluronic acid).

Share your takeaway below! I’ve definitely noticed I don’t need to drink as much water to stay hydrated, so long as I’m keeping my fascial system relatively released and open. Let me know if you notice this too!

  • Barb Murakami says:

    How does one properly sheer?


  • Sharon Nisch says:

    Thank you Elisha! I appreciate you getting back to me.

  • Sharon Nisch says:

    Hi Elisha, My outtake on this video on producing the maximum benefits to release the hyaluronic acid into the fascia etc is that it will take press and shearing techniques not the pin and stretch techniques on fascia. My question to you is this, is it possible for me, and me alone, to truly get to the point where I can press and shear on myself, or do I need to have someone ‘step on me’ or work with me on the pressing piece of these techniques. I don’t have someone to actually work with me, so please be honest with me if I should probably be seeking out someone to help me if I want to maximize the benefits of pressing and shearing my fascia.
    Sharon – Danbury, CT

    • Hi Sharon – I believe it’s possible to release a lot of fascia on your own using foam rollers, balls etc in the compress and shear method that I teach. EVERY technique on this blog and YouTube channel teaches you how to do that. Kinetix (having someone step on you) will always be more effective. But that’s because of the added weight and the person you’re working with being an intelligent tool rather than an inanimate object. Self fascia release though can definitely increase your HA and water levels when done right.

  • Beatrice Dick says:

    Please remind me which video explains in depth and demonstrates the difference between “pin and stretch” and “compres and shear” I want to watch it again and make sure I’m doing this right! I think it was part of a three-session class sent to us bvia e-mail. I also would like to watch again the one where you explained how your friend helped you get over your achy knees.


    Beatrice Dick

  • Bart says:

    Hi Elisha,

    I absolutely love your content! Do you have any pointers on helping to heal an AC shoulder separation injury? I have been quietly trying to manufacture my own spin on pinning and shearing muscle facia around the injury site as I totally agree with what you do my friend! It’s just that your information is still very new to me and some of the areas I’m trying to pin and shear (rotor cuff area, pec minor, traps etc.) are pretty hard to work with! Maybe I’m going about it all wrong? I do find adhesions though. Just not sure if I’m shearing correctly. Would be great if you could give me some direction if you have delt with this issue in your experience.
    Otherwise keep up the good work mate! Your a legend! Need more crew like you in this world!

  • Nina says:

    So I have a sort of chicken and egg ?.Does dehydrated/unhealthy fascia cause muscle imbalances or do muscle imbalances cause unhealthy/dehydrated fascia? So ultimately what I’m asking is, is it enough to just do the fascial work, or do you also have to do exercises to balance out muscles ( ie, imbalanced glutes) in conjunction with fascial work?

    • Hey Nina – muscle imbalances are not so much about the fascia as your daily habits, sports, and one side dominance building up a fascial imbalance over time. EVERY human being has restricted fascia, due to stress, trauma, accidents, falling, sports, habits etc. Strengthening your glutes would be great, but it won’t do anything to rehydrate your fascia. Hope that makes sense!

  • Good information–I will read Stecco’s research–Thank you–Kathnell

  • Barbara says:

    Great stuff! I’m still in the MBB course and look forward to the exciting things in 101.
    Thank you, Elisha!

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