Imagine a soft and squishy ‘garment 0f flesh’ (a ‘living wetsuit’) that surrounds, connects, penetrates, and supports your body’s skeleton of bones, your muscles, your nerves, your organs . . .

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The ‘Living Wetsuit’ is whole, and it is dynamically involved in all of the body’s processes of living …

The ‘living wetsuit’, is a simple and easy to understand way of describing a person’s whole and fascia-infused body structure. This ‘wetsuit’ refers to the soft and squishy ‘garment’ of flesh that we all wear underneath rather than over our body’s outer skin surface.

The living wetsuit analogy enables us to visualise our body’s naturally whole and alive structure. This ground-breaking way of describing the body uniquely recognises the importance of ‘fascia’ – the body’s pervasive, yet often overlooked, three-dimensional web of soft connective tissue. Our bodies would not be what they are, nor work as they do, without their fascia. Knowing what fascia is, and what it does in the body, is essential if we want to understand our bodies’ naturally whole and alive structure. Including fascia in our knowledge of human body structure (or anatomy) expands our understanding of how our bodies naturally work, and what happens then they are hurt or unwell. Knowing about fascia makes it possible for us to think about maintaining, improving, and, when needs be, regaining our bodies’ health in some powerful new ways.

In her The Living Wetsuit book, Sue Adstrum explores the fascinating relationship between anatomy, fascia, and health care. She explains that there is more than one way of understanding these things, all of which have evolved over time. She describes some of the crucial roles fascia plays in our body’s structural makeup and functioning, explains what happens when our ‘living wetsuit’ is unhealthy or damaged, and offers some practical suggestions about how might improve the ways we look after and heal our fascia-containing bodies.

A unique, engaging analysis on the intersections of historic, cultural and medical knowledge. The Living Wetsuit is an essential read for anyone who has a body.

An interesting, informative, accessible, and overall delightful read, The Living Wetsuit is an invaluable resource … for anyone interested in the human body and how to maintain it.

Mary Dalgleish
Vice-president of the Federation of Holistic Therapists (UK)

A brilliantly entertaining and informative read, Sue Adstrum’s ‘living wetsuit’ analogy gives us a way of understanding the body’s whole and alive structure.

Robert Schleip, PhD
Director of the Fascia Research Group, Ulm University (GER)

A ground-breaking and important book. Read it – and recommend it to your friends… Absolutely none of us can afford to be ignorant about this subject.

Carol M Davis, DPT, EdD, MS, FAPTA
Professor Emerita, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine (USA)

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Sue Adstrum PhD

Sue Adstrum PhD, MSc, DPH, DipGrad, Dip Phty

Integrative Anatomist | Physiotherapist & Bodywork Practitioner | Educator | Author
Auckland, New Zealand

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been fascinated by the many different ways people look after and help heal their own, and each other’s, bodies.

So, it’s hardly surprising that my life’s work has entailed studying, working with, and teaching others about these subjects – as body therapist (formerly a physiotherapist), anatomy researcher and writer, educator, and mentor, and now, as a book author, speaker, as well as an anatomy and health education consultant. My learning was considerably deepened through dealing with some of my own injuries and health issues, as well as those of my family and many patients.