Myo = muscle
Fascia = the main connective tissue in the body
Release = to let go, ease pressure
What is Fascia?
Fascia is the tough connective tissue in the body that holds us together. If you are a meat eater, then the fascia is the tough, white membrane that surrounds the juicy bits you are trying to get at. It surrounds every cell, muscle, bone, nerve, organ and blood vessel in the body, creating a three dimensional web which spreads from head to toe.
Normal healthy fascia is fluid, allowing full pain-free movement.
However, it is common to develop fascial restrictions due to accidents, postural imbalances, repetitive movement or emotional trauma. Over time these fascial restrictions can lead to pain.
What is Myofascial Release? (MFR)
There are many different hands on techniques used to release fascia; cross hand stretches, skin rolling, arm & leg pulls, directing the movement of the fascia & using client movement to help with release are just some. All approaches believe that the forces applied to the fascia during the techniques, change the density or arrangement of the fascial fibres causing them to release in a permanent or semi-permanent way. These releases take the pain off pain sensitive structures such as nerves and blood vessels and restore mobility to muscles & joints. The work is done without oil, can be quite slow and can feel a bit burny, hot, rippy or prickly. These are all signs of the fascial adhesions breaking up.
If you are interested in training your fascia to prevent injuries then this website may be of interest to you - Fascial Fitness