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To understand what Myofascial Release (MFR) is, you must first understand the fascial system and it's relationship to the rest of your body/mind.
The Facial system is a grand web of connective tissue which runs around and through all of the soft tissue structures of the body. From skin, to muscles, ligaments, tendons, bones, and internal organs and back again, this web is often described as the "glue which holds us together on the inside". In a normal healthy state, this tissue is like a supportive gel simply holding our organs and soft tissues together. However, when there is a disruption in that system such as a trauma from accident or injury, surgery, repetitive motion (or non motion), repetitive negative thinking patterns or beliefs, the tissue begins to harden and bind up upon itself and anything it is touching. These fascial bindings can then spread throughout the body like the web of a spider causing limit to range of motion in the joints, nerve like pains, disturbances in the digestive system and more. Bindings on the muscle tissue can cause certain muscle fibers to "lock" up causing a build up of lactic acid and eventually trigger points. As therapists, our job is to engage that system with gentle traction, and follow the bindings as they release turning back into the gel like state.
Preparation for an MFR session is similar to traditional massage therapy. You want to have plenty of water prior to and not too much food but not be hungry.
Because of the necessary traction to engage the fascial system, this technique is done without any oils (although oils may be used for additional massage modalities offered in the session).
The therapist will engage that system and follow your body's unwinding sometimes ending up in strangely blissful positions on the table. Through this process, the therapist can truly assess where you are holding tension, stress, and imbalance in your body. You may be given some homework such as specific stretches, baths, dietary changes, or even some strange energy changers like dancing, singing (in the car or shower if you prefer) and more! The point is to CHANGE the habits of your body and release you from the "Always feeling it here" cycle.
Sometimes during the unwinding process you will feel things stretching and pulling in places the therapists are not touching. It is also a common experience to feel as though you may fall off the table during certain parts of the unwinding process, however, the therapists are trained to get in your way. It would' be too good for business if we threw people on the floor so a little bit of trust goes a long way. Come on in and let the tension unwind from your body!
Ray of Light Holistic Health, Inc.