Myofascial Release (MFR) is a form of hands on connective tissue
work which addresses the body, mind, spirit, and soul. Over time,
the connective tissue of the body becomes tight and constricted,
holding onto and storing memories due to trauma, stress, injury,
surgery, inflammation, and poor posture, all of which can lead to
pain, imbalances, decreased function, and a poor quality of life.
Myofascial Release Therapy combines the art and science of healing
by creating a safe and sacred space for physical and emotional
releases, which lead to more freedom and balance within.
A myofascial release therapist assesses the body for any areas that are hot, hard, or tender, which can indicate fascial restrictions. Once these have been identified, she uses her hands to first sink into the depth barrier of the tissue, like sinking into clay or sand, until she reaches a restriction. Once there, she creates a sustained stretch of at least three-to-five minutes, waiting for a sensation of“butter melting” or “taffy stretching,” which indicates a release. She then picks up the slack and moves into the next barrier or restriction. The sustained pressure creates a release or relaxation in the tension of the body’s tissues, allowing for more freedom of movement, more range of motion, and improved cellular health. Females bring shorts and a sports bra, men bring shorts.
“If it’s an issue, it’s in the tissue.” A very wise person once told me. We as humans tend to hold onto “things” in our bodies, minds, and spirits. Myofascial Release allows for us to let go of these “things” to which we so tightly hold. The gentle yet firm sustained pressure and stretch that is applied to the facial system allows for a release of the more dense and fibrous collagen tissue.This release leads to an expansion of this tissue, creating more room and allowing for rehydration of the cells and tissue. This rehydration creates improved fluid and cellular exchange and results in a more efficient release of toxins. Pain is reduced, range of motion increases, postural alignment improves, and function is restored.