Myofascial release is a type of therapy that aims to release tension and restrictions in the fascial system of the body. The fascial system is a web-like connective tissue that surrounds and supports muscles, bones, organs, and other structures in the body. Many studies now show fascia to be found in our cells also.
Myofascial release involves gentle sustained pressure and stretching techniques that aim to soften and lengthen the fascia, allowing for greater freedom of movement and reduced pain or discomfort. It is believed that releasing tension in the fascia can also have a positive impact on the emotional and mental well-being of the individual as we now know that the cells in our body hold information and memory which could be limiting us in the mental and emotional realms.
After 25 years surfing the fascial web in thousands of clients, I am so excited that science is showing us the complexity of this internal web! I have both personally and professionally felt unwinding happen at the most microcosmic level, allowing the person to access deep insight, information, trauma either for the release of stored emotions, or for a powerful reframe of a life event more aligned with the current reality.
As a practitioner I use many tools to assist fascial release from touch, to sound, to breath, to movement. Signs of release are often as subtle as change of breathing, small nervous system responses, heat, tissue change, or autonomic response. Some people will have conscious insight, memory recall, or emotional release in the form of tears or laughter. Many find themselves simply able to drop past tension into a deep state of relaxation and conscious awareness.
Overall, myofascial release is a non-invasive, hands-on therapy that can be used to treat a range of conditions, including chronic pain, muscle tension, headaches, and stress-related issues. It is often used in conjunction with other forms of therapy, such as massage or physical therapy, to provide a holistic approach to healing and wellness.