Myofascial release is a series of massage techniques used to release the fascial network.
Fascia is a form of connective tissue that provides support and protection for most other structures within the human body including bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments and organs.
In its harmonious state fascia is wavy and moves fluidly, however when the body undergoes a mental or emotional trauma of any kind, or through continuous poor posture the fascia hardens and forms scars. These in turn place huge pressure on the fascial system which pulls internal structures out of alignment often resulting in pain.
Releasing restrictions in the fascial network allows all the other structures to slide back into their natural position relieving tension and associated pain.
Myofascial release is gaining in recognition due to scientific research that has been undertaken during recent years, and the discipline as a whole is often heralded as the ‘missing link’ in traditional bodywork.
What can you expect from a typical myofascial release session?
Myofascial release is different to more traditional forms of massage and involves the recipient moving more frequently and participation in stretching. For this reason it is recommended that you wear good fitting underwear or sportswear (shorts / cropped sports top) for your treatment session.
Your initial treatment will be preceded by a thorough consultation session, this can take anything up to 30 minutes dependant on your reasons for seeking treatment and how detailed your medical history is. It usually involves a full postural assessment carried out in your underwear.
You will then proceed with the treatment, the full details of this will be discussed during your consultation.