Myofascial Release is the whole-body hands-on approach to healing the fascial tissue in the body. Fascia is a specialized system of the body that resembles a 3D spider web suit. It is very densely woven—covering and interpenetrating every muscle, bone, nerve, artery, vein, and internal organ. It runs continually from head to toe without interruption. That is why, much like a crocheted sweater, a snag in one area of fascia can cause a pull elsewhere.
In fascia’s healthy and natural state, it is a fluid-like system. Trauma (whether physical or emotional), can cause the fascia to harden to protect the surrounding tissues, resulting in a host of physical issues. These myofascial restrictions can produce tensile pressure of up to 2,000 lbs per inch!
By incorporating gentle prolonged holding, myofascial release works to release the fascia to its natural, fluid-like state, promoting increased range of motion, flexibility, improve circulation and decreased pain.
Myofascial release enhances healing potential of both acute and chronic pain. Fascia cannot be forced (as in traditional massage). Instead, it responds to gentle pressure applied slowly, over time, to allow the fascia to elongate and return to its natural state. Without incorporating the fascia into bodywork, results are often temporary and incomplete.
Back pain • Bladder issues • Birth injuries • Bulging disc • Bursitis • Carpal tunnel syndrome • Cerebral palsy • Cervical & lumbar injuries • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome • Chronic pain • Degenerative disease • Digestive issues • Endometriosis • Emotional trauma • Frozen shoulder • Herniated disc • Headaches • Jaw Pain • Migraines • Menstrual problems • Myofascial Pain Syndrome • Neck pain • Osteoarthritis • Pelvic pain • Plantar fasciitis • Tingling or nerve problems • Scars • Scoliosis • Shin splints • Sports injuries • Tennis elbow • Tinnitus • Tongue Tie, Whiplash ... and much more
In a typical massage the therapist may glide across the skin without engaging the fascial tissue. Myofascial Release works directly with the fascial tissue, holding the areas for several minutes to release the tension. Without this type of contact, the body can not begin to heal from injuries or trauma.
A Myofascial Release therapist is utilizing the mind, body, spirit connection to enhance the healing of the client. To do this, the therapist is engaging the client in the process to connect them back to their body and empower them in their healing journey.
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