What is Myofascial Release?
Myofascial Release is a technique which is used to assist with a variety of soft tissue or structural issues. The fascia is a thin tissue which covers all the structures in the body (muscles, individual muscle fibres and organs) and which creates a supportive "web" throughout the body. If the body receives any form of trauma (be that physical or emotional) it causes damage or tension in the soft tissue and this includes the fascia.
By encouraging the release of the trauma, damage or holding pattern in the fascia the natural healing process can be aided, pain is reduced and movement improves.
The process is not massage but involves various techniques and can include either a light stretch, traction or compression which is applied to the area required and, once the tissue begins to relax, the stretch or movement is maintained until the area has been completely released. These can be held for up to 5 minutes as I follow the release of the tissue.
Very often I will use myofascial techniques within a massage treatment simply because that will be the most effective way of dealing with a particular issue. However, should you be interested in exploring this method at a deeper level, I can also carry out treatments which work purely with myofascial release techniques.