What is Myofascial Release?
Myofascial Release is a sustained pressure and kneading manipulation that gently stretches you. It is a very effective technique that provides sustained pressure into area requiring treatment which helps to restore motion and eliminate pain. This stretch is held for a couple of minutes until a softening or release is felt. It gives the benefits of a deep tissue massage without the pain of hard pressure. This therapy utilizes kneading manipulation that gently stretches tissue found along the direction of the muscle fibers, it softens, lengthens and realigns fascia.
The theory of Myofascial Release requires an understanding of the fascial system (or connective tissue). Fascia resembles a body stocking that is very densely woven, covering and interpenetrating every muscle, bone, nerve, artery and vein as well as all of our internal organs including the heart, lungs, brain and spinal cord.
The most interesting aspect of the fascial system is that it is not just a system of separate coverings. It is actually one structure that exists from head to foot without interruption. In this way you can begin to see that each part of the entire body is connected to every other part by the fascia, like the yarn in a sweater. Any trauma, be it physical, emotional, mental or even spiritual will cause a distortion in the form of this fabric.