Myofascial Massage Therapy

 

Myofascial Release is a highly effective soft tissue therapy that aims at releasing areas of adhered connective tissue (fascia) within your body.  Once released of this " binding glue", layered structures like organs and muscles can recover the gliding factor they need to move freely and optimally. Created through repetitive stress, trauma and diseases, these areas of restricted movement within the tissue fabric can, over time, distort your posture, create pain and lessen your ability to move which affect your wellbeing. 

The role of fascia has been underappreciated since the early times of dissection in the Human Anatomy study.  It is now catching the interest of scientists (www.fasciaresearch.com) as the latest research show fascia to be:

        • organizing our body: giving it its shape, like a packaging material would do (saussage casing).
        • our organ of proprioception: the fascial web is sensory organ that gives us feedback of where our body is in space.
        • a source of pain and tension.
        • plays a crucial role in muscular force transmission: the fascia network wraps every muscles and organs and participate in every single of our movement.
        • fascia can form adhesions, develop perforations and produce complex tissue contractures.

 Worth every minute of your time to understand where your pain is possibily coming from...

Principles of myofascial release (Manheim, Carol J. (2008). The myofascial release manual (4th ed. ed.):

        • Fascia covers all organs and muscle of your body. These structures cannot be seperated.
        •  All muscle stretching is myofascial stretching.
        •  Myofascial stretching in one area of the body can be felt in and will affect the other body areas.
        •  Release of myofascial restrictions can affect other body organs through a release of tension in the whole fascia system.

 

Myofascial release techniques work even though the exact mechanism is still under scientific scrutiny (the body of fascia research has grown tremendously in the last 5 years).

Myofascial release can help re-hydrate fascia which will allow the body to be generally less stiff.
Myofascial Release can help the body to function at a higher level, whether you are someone suffering from chronic pain, constant stiffness and soreness, or a high level athlete looking to improve performance.

In each session, I assess postural pattern, investigate your daily activities and hobbies from which the pain may originate. With my palpatory skills and combined knowledge of fascial and musculoskeletal anatomy, I design a treatment plan unique to you and the symptoms/discomfort you presented. 

 

"Learn to be quiet enough to hear the genuine within yourself so that you can hear it in others”

Marian Wright Edelman