Unwinding the fascia
The human body is held together by layers of soft connective tissue called fascia. Myofascial release is a gentle therapy in which the therapist applies extremely mild pressure for a sustained period to stretch the fascia until the tissue softens, or “releases”. The technique is used to relieve chronic pain and immobility caused by extreme tension in the connective tissue due to physical trauma, surgery or habitual poor posture over time. Areas of focus often are the neck, jaw and back but this technique can be used anywhere on the body as required.
Clients privately undress down to their underwear. You lie comfortably on a table, covered with a sheet if you prefer. Unlike Swedish massage, no oil or lotion is used. The technique requires some mild friction so I can warm and stretch the fascia. I apply gentle but firm pressure using my fingers, palms, elbows, and forearms to the affected area for at least 1-2 minutes with each stroke. The fascia must be released gradually in ever deeper layers. As the fascia slowly releases, areas of muscle that are tight and bound up become softer and more mobile. The steady, slow, gentle pressure stretches the connective tissue, relieving chronic pain and improving functionality.
Some people may experience emotional releases in addition to a physical release if it is part of their therapeutic process. But everything stays in the safe environment of my office.