What is Myofascial Release?
Myofascial Release (MFR) has been hailed by John F Barnes as the missing piece of the jigsaw in massage therapy. If we have tightness in one area it’s going to impact elsewhere – if the scaffolding is unbalanced the structure can be weakened.
Myofascial Release (MFR) is a whole body, hands-on approach to healthcare. It is a mild and gentle form of stretching that has a profound effect upon the body. A slow gentle pressure allows the body’s tissue to reorganise without force, release physical restrictions and release the body’s unconscious holding and bracing patterns
Many conditions I treat have a link with emotional distress – could be caused through work, home, relationships, trauma, bereavement, addiction/addictive partners. You’ve heard of flight of fight…….
This is a gentle yet deep way to release muscle discomfort and unlock unbalanced emotions. Fascia is like a spiders web that permeates every muscle, organ and bone. This acts as a massive shock absorber and energy saving device to the body. When this is compromised then chances are muscle pains, strains or tension/emotional build up will occur.
Fascia is made up of many layers of connective tissue which allow slide, glide and functionality, allowing us to move, bend, twist etc. It is often underestimated how ‘stuck’ we can become emotionally and physically.
MFR is slow, gentle and relaxing.
No oils or creams are used. It does not use deep or long strokes. It is a manual hands on therapy concentrating on soft tissue dysfunction, pain and stress to an area.
Gentle pressure is applied to the painful area over the course of 2-5 minutes. During this time the underlying tissues ‘melt’ or ‘soften’ or ‘feel safe’ allowing the tissues to start to return to their original healthy position.
From a personal experience my neck was not responding to massage so I tried this, slept well, didn’t realise how full much stress I’d built up. I could move my neck. The rest is history! I qualified and now love giving the treatment.