Just a massage or something more – here’s a brief introduction to myofascial release therapy.
If you haven’t heard of myofascial release therapy, then you’ve really been missing out!
Many of us have suffered from some form of pain or discomfort in the body, whether it be back pain, headaches or constipation, but in the modern worls we are told to treat the symptoms, rather than the problem itself.
Learning about fascia may be the long-term solution you’ve been looking for, and I’m not writing this because I’m paid to promote it, but because I have felt the incredible changes that my body experienced after doing just a few sessions and I would like to share it with the world!
What is fascia?
If you’ve ever cut a piece of chicken, you would have have noticed that many bits are enveloped in a white, thin layer of tissue that’s very hard to break. Our bodies have pretty much the same thing, it is also known as connective tissue and it surrounds most structures in the body, protecting them. If we didn’t have this layer, our bodies would simply fall apart without anything holding it together.
Why is fascia important?
Fascia should generally be quite soft and stretchy, however when we get stressed, or experience something traumatic, or get an injury, the soft tissue in our bodies can contract and harden. When this happens, it can create abnormal pressures on certain parts of our bodies, crushing nerves, blood and lymphatic systems and can create a lot of pain.
What does a myofascial release therapist actually do?
Fascia restrictions don’t show up on x-rays or CAT scans, so you need a specialist trained to feel it to soften it up. A therapist will use his hands or even elbows to put large amounts of pressure on affected areas of your body to release the tension.
This is not just a simple massage, I can’t even describe what it’s like, you’ll just have to try it! But I’ll tell you this, the therapist will touch you in places where you’ve never been touched before…I mean they will put your hands into your ribs and touch your stomach or go deep inside your armpits…what did you think?! 😉
Also, don’t expect him to touch your head if you have a headache, since everything in our body is connected through this tissue, it may be that fascia hardened in your lower back that then “pulled” something near your head that is causing the pain.