Myofascial Release (MFR) is at the cutting edge of modern bodywork and is an exceptionally effective tool for working on pain problems and soft tissue injury’s.
I use MFR as a remedial tool and have found that it often has profound effects when nothing else seems to work.
MFR is performed as a series of holds and stretches, often staying in one position for a period of time until a shift or release is felt in the fascia.
MFR is performed without the use of oils and therefore will often take place at the beginning of a session or if appropriate at a separate appointment.
What is Fascia?
Fascia is the incredible connective tissue that spreads throughout the entire body in a three dimensional web, it extends from head to foot without interruption.
The fascia serves a vital function in that it permits the body to maintain its normal shape and allows for and supports movement. Fascia supports, contains, separates, protects, envelopes, and becomes part of the muscles, bones, nerves, organs and blood vessels, from the largest structures of the body right down to the cellular level.
Until recently there has been very little known about the fascial system because during anatomical dissections the fascia or connective tissue was cut away in an attempt to separate and observe the muscles, organs and bones of the body. There is now a wealth of information and evidence arising about the importance this vital system plays in our overall health and the interconnectedness it creates through every structure and system of our anatomy. What this means for bodyworkers is we are now able to work with the body on a truly holistic level. By releasing restrictions in the fascial system we can have an effect on any and every other part of the body.
In a normal, hydrated healthy state, fascia (collagen, elastin and ground substance) glides and moves without restriction. Trauma be it physical or emotional, surgical procedures and inflammatory responses can cause fascia to dehydrate and as a result the fibres become hard and shorten putting pressure on the adjacent structures and due to its web like structure a restriction in one part of the body may affect every or any other part. Restricted fascia causes pain, imbalance and discomfort and decreases cardiovascular flow, which in turn slows down our body’s healing capability.
An MFR release is a different experience for everyone, and may be experienced emotionally as well as physically. During an MFR session the therapist is asking your body, what do you want to do? and how can I support you in doing that? Releasing restrictions in the fascia is simultaneously working the muscular structure and is often experienced in the same way in that a softening of structures and a feeling of more space having been created in the body is felt by both client and therapist.
Each myofascial release treatment is performed directly on the skin without the use of oil which enables the therapist to accurately detect fascial restrictions and apply the appropriate amount of sustained pressure to facilitate the release of fascial restrictions and adhesions. At your treatment you will be encouraged to relax, breathe deeply and bring your attention into your body or area of discomfort we are working on. The therapist will then work through a series of holds and light stretches until a shift or release is felt.
If you are one of my MFR clients and are interested in finding out more about this fascinating therapy then please click here for further reading and resources.