What is Myofascial Release and how does it work?Myofascial Release (MFR) is a whole body, hands on approach to healthcare. It is a deep and gentle form of stretching that has a profound effect upon the body. A slow gentle pressure allows the body’s tissues to reorganise and release physical restrictions and the body’s unconscious holding patterns.
Myo means muscle and Fascia means band, Fascia or connective tissue is a 3D continuous web that extends throughout the body. It is composed of two main types of fibres promoting strength and flexibility.
Fascia surrounds, infuses and protects all the other tissue, & organs in the body, When healthy, the fascial system is relaxed providing a supportive cushioning mechanism allowing us to move safely without restriction or pain.
Following all physical and emotional injury and poor posture, the fascia scars and hardens in the affected area and along the tension lines imposed on it.
As the fascial system binds down, internal structures including bones and muscles, become pulled out of alignment creating a cascade effect of tension and pain, it is not uncommon for patients to complain of a symptom in one area of the body that may have originated elsewhere. As the body tries to compensate for these restrictions, further imbalance and tension occurs. This is one of the main reasons we experience on-going physical and emotion discomfort when the whole body remains untreated.
The Body Remembers (muscle memory)The body and mind are one and the same and have the subconscious ability to associate postural positions, actions and emotions to a memory. It also subconscious constructs and memorises habit and bracing patterns in order to protect its self from physical and emotional pain and discomfort. This creates further fascial restrictions, inhibiting the free flow of the subconscious mind throughout the body. Therefore the experiences we are compensating for become locked within the fascial system, with out our awareness of it. This maintains the body/mind dysfunction and increases pain and discomfort, without awareness there is no choice.
MFR releases the restrictions and so resolves the physical and emotions content of the injury/trauma restoring health and well-being.
Watch an interview with John Barnes the father of modern day MFR