Myofascial Release (MFR)
Fascia is a continuous sheet of tough connective tissue that holds us together and helps the body move in coordinated patterns. Fascia is an interconnected 3D web of connective tissue that gives our body its shape, structure and functionality. In a healthy hydrated state, fascia is able to stretch & move without restriction.
Trauma such as injury, illness, surgery, physical or emotional stress, will cause the fascia to tighten and dehydrate resulting in fascial restrictions. This can exert enormous force (2000lb per square inch) and is a major factor of muscle pain and restricted movement. Over time restrictions often lead to troubled sleep, irritability, fatigue, poor posture, numbness & tingling, headaches, weight changes, depression, increased cortisol levels, all of which leave us more susceptible to illness and injury.
Myo = Muscle | Fascial=fascia | Release=release
Myofascial release is a very soothing and effective hands on technique. Gentle sustained pressure into fascia literally melts the tissue releasing restrictions throughout the whole body. A release may trigger emotions or an urge to lift and move the limbs around – this is known as fascial unwinding. Immediate benefits have been described as ‘feeling loser like the blood can get through again and like the straight jacket has been removed.’ Myofascial release is usually incorporated within a clinical massage treatment however a full treatment and is particularly helpful for:
- Chronic fatigue
- Postural imbalances
- Emotional Trauma