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Myofascial Release Massage

Myofascial Massage techniques are generally summarized in 2 main categories of passive (client stays completely relaxed) or active (client provides resistance as necessary), with direct and indirect techniques used in each. Direct Myofascial Release seeks for changes in the myofascial structures by stretching, elongation of fascia, or mobilising adhesive tissues. The practitioner moves slowly through the layers of the fascia until the deep tissues are reached. The indirect method involves a gentle stretch, with only a few grams of pressure, which allows the fascia to 'unwind' itself. The gentle traction applied to the restricted fascia will result in heat and increased blood flow in the area. This allows the body's inherent ability for self correction to return, thus diminishing  pain and restoring the optimum performance of the body.

The indirect Myofascial Release technique, according to John Barnes, is as follows:

  • Lightly contact the fascia with relaxed hands.
  • Slowly stretch the fascia until reaching a barrier/restriction.
  • Maintain a light pressure to stretch the barrier for approximately 3–5 minutes.
  • Prior to release, the therapist will feel a therapeutic pulse (e.g. heat).
  • As the barrier releases, the hand will feel the motion and softening of the tissue.
  • The key is sustained pressure over time.  

Fascia is the soft tissue component of the connective tissue that provides support and protection for most structures within the human body, including muscle. This soft tissue can become restricted due to  overuse, trauma,  or inactivity, often resulting in pain, muscle tension, and corresponding diminished blood flow. Although fascia and its corresponding muscle are the main targets of myofascial release, other tissue may be affected as well, including other connective tissue As in most tissue, irritation of fascia or muscle causes local inflammation. Chronic inflammation results in fibrosis, or thickening of the connective tissue, and this thickening causes pain and irritation, resulting in reflexive muscle tension that causes more inflammation. In this way, the cycle creates a positive feedback loop and can result in ischemia and somatic dysfunction even in the absence of the original offending agent. Myofascial techniques aim to break this cycle through a variety of methods acting on multiple stages of the cycle.


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Myofascial Massage is best suited for chronic muscle contraction, certain forms of muscle pain, restricted and limited movement, this therapy is for specific areas. Myofascial Massage is for all ages and may be repeated daily till results are achieved. I find my clients actually enjoy the process of "unwinding the body" and feeling their body returning to its normal state of balance. I also notice that breath becomes more deepened and more relaxed. Often the client does not realize the holding of the breath is actually holding back the deeper relaxation necessary for the body to heal. This technique slows down and relaxes the overall "body - mind" of anyone suffering with pain and becomes a welcome relief to individuals living an active full lifestyle. (paddlers, kite surfers, surfers all have thanked me for this work)
A word on Scoliosis... recently I have had the opportunity to address clients whith whom this condition is causing discomfort. a 60 or 75 minute SPINAL MASSAGE specific to the articulations of the spine can have a diminishing effect on the pain symptoms of this condition, along with muscle reeducation with a trainer or physical therapist Scoliosis can be helped.


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