How is a human like a cube of jello? A large percentage of the soft tissues, including muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia is collagen, a protein known for its ability to response to force and pressure to change shape. And what is jello made of? That’s right, collagen.
Collagen is that stretchy stuff that enables tissues to move, keeps them pliable, and keeps them soft enough to respond to our need to move and breathe and step up into the world. It also enables tissues to return to an initial form – gives them a way to “remember” the shape they had before movement and compression.
When I see how much force the jello can take as it compresses against the surface, it gives me a sense of wonder that so much of our bodies have these proteins. We are made to move, and each cell in our connective tissue echoes that ability. Fascia and connective tissue are like the jello cube – allowing movement and compression, absorbing energy of force, and returning to a semblance of its initial shape.
Maybe you want to know more about how your body moves, or just see a cool video of jello. Watch the video, either way. I never realized a jello cube could be so mesmerizing.