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Myofascial Release - is it still massage?!

January 6th, 2014

Over the past 4 years I have been learning more and more about Myofascial Release, and seeing how it has changed so many of my client’s lives. Literally! It is starting to become quite big within the world of bodywork and advanced practitioners are now using it within most of their treatments.

So what is Myofascial Release? Myofascial Release is ‘a specialised physical and manual therapy used for the effective treatment and rehabilitation of soft tissue and fascial tension and restrictions’.

 Myo means Muscle and Fascia means band. Fascia surrounds, infuses and protects every tendon, muscle, bone, ligament and organ of the body. Research has shown that fascia has the ability, like muscle, to contract and relax and plays a major role in mobility and stability of joints. It also provides a cushioning and supportive mechanism allowing us to move safely without restriction or pain.

Following all physical and emotional traumas and through poor posture, fascia scars and hardens in the area and along the tension lines. This causes the fascial network to lose it’s cushioning mechanism and internal structures become pulled out of alignment.

Fascial restrictions do not show up on Cat scans, MRI’s or X-rays, therefore many people may be suffering unresolved physical or emotional pain due to undiagnosed fascial trauma. Traditional healthcare treats the symptoms and Myofascial Release, with it’s whole body approach treats the cause at a deep level.

The treatment itself uses slow and gentle techniques to release the fascial scarring. It can be used for treating small or large areas, depending on the desired outcome. It can be used to work the area around scar tissue which may gradually soften the adhesions in the area, which can improve the appearance over time, and also help improve the way the muscles work and the range of movement in joints. Fascia cannot be forced, so the technique requires sustained gentle pressure to allow the fascia to elongate naturally and return to its normal resting length.

The techniques can be used as a stand alone treatment, or used throughout a session, combining it with other techniques, like trigger point therapy and stretching. Within my massage treatments I tend to decide what the client’s body needs and cater the session towards that.

For more information please do contact me, or book a treatment and give it a go!


Tanya James

Advanced Clinical Sports massage Therapist

07887 534508

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