We spend a lot of time studying the fascia of the musculoskeletal fascia – and who could blame us? – but over the next few weeks we’ll be delving into the visceral fascia. In this lovely illustration from Nature, we can see the Dura Mater, or “tough Mother” forming the outermost of the three meningeal layers, as well as its relationship to the skin, cranium and the brain itself. I think of this is the “communication layer” for the Cranio-Sacral Therapist as it has such a strong affiliation with the periosteum of the cranium as you can plainly see. Continuous around the brain and throughout the spinal cord, it forms a tough outer barrier to protect the hydraulic functions of these delicate neural tissues. Careful dissection can see this structure completely isolated, and its texture always surprises and amazes me! For “security reasons” I was unable to post the full picture of the image that appeared on Facebook, but this is a more than acceptable alternative.