Monday, 7 November 2016

Myofascial Release

Further training - last week I attend a brilliant course on Myofascial Release techniques [1] 

Put simply Myofascial release is a total body treatment that works to open up restrictions and scar tissues. These restrictions could form as a result of injury, stress, repeated movements at work or sport or poor posture? Our bodies’ fascial layers lay down adaptive patterns depending on our personal lives, our sporting activities, our work, how we sleep, any traumas or scar tissues.

Some of you may have heard of the term fascia, or heard me use and explain it in the past as it is a relatively new way of understanding how our bodies move, carry tension, distribute force and impact and it is very much at the forefront of scientific and sports research in my area of work.

Fascia is a connective tissue and it knits our entire body together 3 dimensionally. Fascia enfolds and embraces all of our soft tissues, bones and organs so no part of our body moves or exists in isolation.

When we are healthy fascia provides support and cushioning and allows us to move freely but with any physical or emotional trauma fascia tightens and restrictions can occur in other parts of the body. This can make us prone to injuries and can cause pain, numbness, tingling, stiffness and headaches.

Myofascial Release treats all of the above and it is not just about where the restrictions are but where they might be coming from. I will integrate these new techniques alongside my existing soft tissue ones and I know this will allow me to be more effective and efficient with my treatments to restore good balance, movement of mind and body.

The course will be the first of a few, focusing in the future on the Pelvis and its imbalances.

[1] Integrated Myofascial Release, Level 1 with the Myofascial Release UK school.