Myofascial release has taken the “hot” seat in the anatomy world in this recent couple of years. It has been in the past been neglected as not so important, as seen as only a tissue in the body. The fascia is, in fact, one of the most fascinating discoveries and a big integration into what I teach in both my Yin & Yang yoga classes! Let me explain what it is, how it works and most importantly how it’s going to help you release tension and impact your life!
What is fascia & Myofascial
Fascia is a connective tissue that supports, connects and separates different types of tissues and organs in the body. Think about fascia is this one continuous interconnected matrix that exists from head to toe without interruption, like a bodysuit under the skin. Myofascial is fascia (connective tissue) that wraps around the myo (muscle).
How does fascia work
The main functions of fascia are to connect and protect, but it actually does a lot more! Imagine how our bones and organs are being held in its places by this fascia and without it, everything collapses. Fascia has a protection mechanism in enclosing and storing fat as well as helping to fight infections and repair tissue damage.
Fascia acts as a communication channel as it houses sensory nerves and is known to be the largest sensory organ of the body. This body-wide intelligence holds more information and response faster than the nervous system. To add, the meridian system is contained within this fascia system where chi and blood flows. When there is tension in the fascia, it compresses chi in the meridian pathway.
In a healthy state, the fascia has a healthy collagen line up in a wave-like formation that can stretch and move without restriction. The waves can be affected by aging, physical or emotional trauma, overuse, infectious agents, scarring or inflammation. As the fascia loses its pliability, it creates tension and restriction, decreases blood flow and may cause pain.
Why you need Myofascial Release (MFR)
If you experience pain, have tension or restricted movement in the body, poor circulation or recovering from injury, then myofascial release may be what you need!
“Recent reviews of current research into the use of Myofascial Release (MFR) strongly suggest that this gentle soft tissue manipulation approach is clinically effective - whether self-applied or provided as part of therapeutic interventions” (Chaitow, 2017)
Myofascial release has an instant and effective result in:
Re-establish neural and myofascial glide
Restore elastic potential of muscles
Increase blood and lymphatic circulation
Increase hydration of tissues
Restore directional order to collagen fibers
Restore neuromuscular connection
There are different types of myofascial release techniques that can be used to manipulate the muscles and fascia, including trigger point therapy, bodywork like massage, acupuncture, cupping, yoga, and my favourite is using myofascial release balls (which I’m going to show you how amazing it is!).
If you suffer from head, neck and shoulder tension, I have created a FREE 20-minutes video of Self-Myofascial Release Practice for you! Simply sign up HERE! Get a taste of what it feels like to be tension-free, increase more circulations and range of motion in your body.
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