Myofascial Release Therapy
Myofascial Release is a gentle and effective hands-on technique that involves applying sustained pressure into myofascial connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion. Whether from conditioned postures, trauma, inflammatory processes, or surgical procedures, fascial restrictions are commonplace and can place a surprisingly large amount of pressure (around 2,000 lbs per square inch) on sensitive structures.
These restrictions can be painful or painless but have a knock-on impact on the rest of the body because the fascia system is a whole-body system. A session will often start at "the place that hurts," and we will follow sensation and other clues to look for the cause elsewhere. Like a snag in your favorite sweater, a pull in one corner causes a pull in another.
MFR is performed directly on skin without oils, creams, or any tools. With gentle pressure, we move in the direction of restriction until we feel the barrier and then wait, without force, for movement. Once there is movement, we follow until the next barrier.
Like Rolfing, receivers wear underclothing during the session, and the session will start with a visual assessment. We all have imbalances and compensations, and this visual assessment helps us know where to start treatment.
As the receiver, you are asked to pay attention to the sensations you feel, how they change, and where new sensations arise. No two MFR sessions are the same. There are common patterns of fascial restriction but ultimately we follow the tissues and feel what is happening in your body today.