Myofascial release style massage works with the body’s connective tissue to encourage it to release and reduce tension and restrictions.
To understand Myofascial release it is useful to know about fascia.
Fascia is a connective tissue that runs throughout the body from your head to your toes. It is like a web of tissue that can be found around your organs, muscles, blood vessels and glands. It is a three dimensional dynamic structure that in health can move and stretch without restriction. There are times when the fascia tighten and almost stick and clump together. Poor posture, trauma, stress and inflammation can all lead to restrictions in your fascia. This restriction then puts pressure on the structures related to the fascia such as nerves, muscles, blood vessels and bones. These in turn all become restricted too.
Imagine you are wearing an all-in-one body suit which allows you to stretch and move, this is how healthy fascia behaves. Imagine now that parts of that body suit have lost their stretch and become tight and immobile. Imagine another area has been gathered up and pinned into a tight ball of fabric. Imagine another section is rough and coarse. Now try to move as freely as you first did. Your muscles need to work harder. Your blood flow is restricted. Your joints are under strain. Eventually you start to feel aches and pains, fatigue and tension. This is how restricted fascia can feel. It is exhausting!
Releasing this tight fascia allows your body to adjust back to a point of mobility and comfort. Gentle sustained pressure and stretching allows the restricted fascia to release and circulation to improve.
The results vary, but for some people the release is immediate and freer movement is restored. It may take a number of treatments for some people, but progress should be seen after a three or four sessions.
By Kathy Casey