What is fascia and myofascial release?

Fascia  is a thin layer of tissue that wraps every muscle, tendon, ligament, bone and organ.  It is what allows our body to move in any direction and in any position, without injury and with still maintaining the body part’s integrity and function.  It can be thought of as a hammock that gently cradles the body part during movement. When injured, the fascia tightens down and restricts movement to prevent further injury. The body can compensate for this restricted movement in the short term. This is beneficial as it prevents an acute injury from worsening.  In the long term, the restriction itself can cause further injury to the body in the surrounding areas.  Eventually, the body can no longer compensate for the injured and restricted areas of the fascia, and chronic conditions and pain can result.  Myofascial release is designed to gently open up the restricted areas of the fascia and restore normal movement.

From Wikipedia:

Fascia is the soft tissue component of the connective tissue that provides support and protection for most structures within the human body, including muscle. This soft tissue can become restricted due to psychogenic disease, overuse, trauma, infectious agents, or inactivity, often resulting in pain, muscle tension, and corresponding diminished blood flow. Although fascia and its corresponding muscle are the main targets of myofascial release, other tissue may be affected as well, including other connective tissue. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myofascial_release]

How is Myofascial Release different than massage?

Myofascial Relase (MFR) treats the fascia that surrounds all parts of the body.  When an injury occurs, the fascia tightens down to prevent further injury to an area.  In order to release the fascia and allow the body to start the healing process, gentle sustained pressure is required.  Most forms of massage and bodywork do not sustain pressure long enough to affect the fascia, and as a result, only provide temporary relief.

How is Myofascial Release similar to massage?

People want to relax.  Myofascial Release is a good way to achieve that goal.  At a minimum, the body will relax during a MFR session.  In addition to the relaxation, there are several soft tissue mobilization techniques that are similar to other forms of massage therapy.

Do you offer a more traditional massage?

Yes.  I still recommend myofascial release therapy, but I also practice traditional forms of massage.  The types of massage I perform tend to be more therapeutic in nature.  I address the muscular causes of pain instead of just treating the symptoms.  This makes for a better massage with longer lasting effects.

Do you offer Reiki or other forms of energy work?

Not as a stand-alone session.  I often incorporate subtle energy work during a session, but it is rarely on its own.

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