What is Myofascial Release Therapy?
Myofascial Release is a safe, effective, hands on treatment involving the application of gentle, sustained pressure to areas of fascial restriction.
Fascia is a thin layer of connective tissue that is woven through the body – covering muscle, bone, nerves, veins, arteries and internal organs. It creates a spider web which connects every part of the body to every other part.
In a normal, healthy state fascia is able to move and stretch without restriction. Through physical or emotional trauma, postural restriction, scarring or inflammation, the fascia can lose flexibility and become contracted, limiting movement and becoming a source of pain.
Cumulative effects can effect the comfort and function of the body on any level.
How it works
- No oil is used, enabling the therapist to anchor the tissue and achieve a slow stretch.
- While pressure is being applied, the client is often guided to move the body slowly in a particular way, in order to facilitate the release of the restricted tissue. Slow movement can effect release of connective tissue deep in the body.
- Myofascial release is often combined with other kinds of therapeutic massage in a single session. The work is done slowly and facilitated with breathing to give the nervous system time to integrate the changes.
- Restricted connective tissue can often prevent muscles from stretching out to their full length in spite of repeated, regular massage and/or a stretching routine.