Traumas to our body, inflammatory conditions, and surgical procedures cause restrictions in our fascial tissue. What is fascia? Fascia is one continuous sheet of connective tissue that penetrates and interpenetrates every muscle, bone, nerve, artery and vein, as well as, all of our internal organs including the heart, lungs, brain and spinal cord.
When there are restrictions in the fascial tissue, it causes you pain, headaches, adhesions, and lessened range of motion. Myofascial Release is a technique that involves applying sustained pressure into the connective tissue where there are restrictions; thus eliminating pain and restoring motion.
Frequently Asked Questions
How is Myofascial Release different then Deep Tissue massage?
In a Myofascial Release session, your therapist will not use any oil or lotions. The goal is to stretch and release fascial tissue and in order to get the best results, your hands should not glide over the tissue. Also, myofascial is a lot of stretching and pulling of tissue and not so much pressing into one certain area.
What is a ‘restriction’?
Every trauma we experience affects the fascial layer and causes it to re-structure itself in response. Its job is to help us function at an optimal level, and as it works to do this, it will toughen up around traumas, places we have injured or tend to use repetitively. Scars are facial restrictions, and poor posture over time can create or cause restrictions throughout your body. There are many different causes for restrictions that may show in a variety of places.