Myofascial Release Massage
Myofascial Release in Brighton
The ‘myo’ in this word means muscle, the ‘fascia’ is the name given to the connective tissue within the body, and ‘release’ is to ease or let go.
Fascia plays a crucial role in the support of our bodies. It surrounds and attaches to everything inside of us and so provides stability within us by creating a constant pull. Everything within our body is held in suspension within the matrix of the fascia. In an ideal state, nothing within it touches, there is space between cells, bones, vessels, nerves and organs for moving freely. Recent research has proven that most of the pain we feel is coming from the fascia within our bodies. Because it is a three-dimensional web throughout the body, any change within it is amplified to the surrounding areas and deeper tissues.
If our body is represented as a tent, our bones can be thought of as tent poles, which are unable to support anything without the constant pull of the guy ropes (or fascia) to keep the needed tension to allow the tent (or body) to remain upright. In the normal healthy state the fascia is relaxed and wavy in configuration. It can stretch and move without restriction.
After physical trauma however, the fascia loses its pliability. It becomes tight, restricted and a source of tension to the rest of the body. Trauma, such as a fall, sporting injury, whiplash, surgery or just habitual poor posture over time and repetitive strain injuries affect it and hence the way our body moves.
The use of myofascial release techniques in massage tend to be very slow and work gently into areas of restriction, allowing the fascia to release and ‘melt’ layer upon layer, easing any restrictions. The results are much more profound and generally long lasting than just working with muscles or bones.
This is a great method for treating any chronic pain conditions and for restoring alignment and mobility.