The term “connective tissue” refers to tissues which surround, protect and support all of the other structures in the body. Connective tissue is the matrix which “connects” or binds together, the body’s organs, muscles, bones and all other systems. Fascia, a specific type of connective tissue, is a continuous sheath which provides structural support for the skeleton and soft tissues (muscles, tendons, etc.). It can be negatively affected by gravity, injury, illness, emotional trauma or other stressors. Each of these factors can cause distortions in the connective tissue network. This imbalance usually manifests as tightening or shortening of the fascia. This tightening of shortening causes the fascia to lose flexibility and resilience and the individual is unable to relax. The shortening can be experienced as pain, stiffness, discomfort, or decreased flexibility and resilience anywhere in the body.
Myofascial massage works to restore length, flexibility and plasticity to fascia. It works with very little, or without any, oil. The practitioner begins by hooking directly into the fascia with a downward pressure, using fingers, palms, knuckles or elbows. The contact is generally broad, slow and very mindful as the practitioner slowly stretches the fascia back to its normal state. Usually there is an immediate sense of relief. If the client has chronic pain, then receiving these therapies can sometimes cause discomfort both during and after the session. The therapist works with you, not on you, knows ways to minimize discomfort and is careful to ensure that the work feels right to you.
Myofascial work can be helpful both in preventing, and rehabilitating from, many types of injuries. It may be useful on or around a specific site of injury. Because it relieves fascial strain and tension around joints, it is ideal to reduce structural compensations which could otherwise develop following trauma. This can mean a faster and more complete recovery and help to minimize the body’s vulnerability to future injury. Finally, the sense of well-being that ensues from a session can include more energy, increased breathing capacity, an enhanced self-awareness, and relief from pain that manifests in a wide variety of symptoms.
- Relieves Tension
- Stretches Connective Tissue
- Hastens Elimination of toxic wastes
- Improves Circulation
- Relaxes Muscle Spasms
- Increases the Blood Supply & Nutrition to Muscles
- Alleviates Muscle Pain
- Assists in Overcoming Fatigue
- Reduces & Prevents Muscle Tightness from Exercise
- Quickens healing of injuries