Myofascial Release is a specialised physical and manual therapy used for the effective treatment and recovery of soft tissue and fascial tension and restrictions. The word Myofascia is derived from the Greek word ‘myo’ meaning muscle and ‘fascia’ meaning band.
Fascia surrounds, fills and protects every tissue, tendon, muscle, bone, ligament and organ of your body. It is the connective tissue that holds the body together. The fascial system is a softening and supportive mechanism allowing the body to move safely without restriction or pain.
In an ideal condition, the fascial system is relaxed and wavy in shape. In a system that is causing aches, pain and restriction the fascia has lost it’s pliability and is dehydrated, hard and stuck.
Myofascial Release is considered the ‘missing link’ in massage and bodywork and is effective in treating pain and trauma. It is a specialised treatment that releases restrictions in the fascial network, enabling hard and stuck areas to become soft and mobile. The effect on the entire body is one of relief.
Research has proven that fascia, like muscle, has the ability to contract and relax and plays a major role in mobility and stability of joints. Fascia acts as a tension and integrity model where tension and resistance rely on each other for stability. This massage is aimed at allowing the client to enter a deep feeling of relaxation. Energy is stimulated to flow freely and nourish the body. The fascial areas that have become restricted through bad postural habits or over- use will feel looser, the body more open.
Myofascial Release promotes the philosophy that mind and body work together to maintain well-being. Everyone’s body has the ability to remember postural positions, actions and emotions without the mind reminding it to do so. The body wants to heal and the fascial system wants to release. Fascia is active in nature, it responds to internal and external forces applied on it meeting the resistance in order to protect. This is where Myofascial Release comes in. It works with the fascia, with sustained pressure, where the force is met by a returned force. This allows the fascia to elongate and restore to a healthier position.
Myofascial Release is performed on a massage couch, the therapist does not use oil. Massage oil will not allow the therapist to work with the fascia because there needs to be grip to sink into the deeper layers.
The main factors that separate Myofascial Release from other massages is the pace and the lightness of touch. The therapist works slowly, hands are layed onto the skin, then after around a minute, the fascia will begin to move while the therapist performs a gentle stretch. The time of the stretch is dictated by the fascia, not the therapist. It can be anything from 3 minutes, in this time there is a release of collagen fibres that can be felt, between the skin and the muscle.
Myofascial Release is often gentler than other massages, at first it may be difficult to believe that anything is happening. However, some clients can feel the fascia moving during the treatment. Many report that the effects of Myofascial Release last longer than other massages such as Swedish or Deep Tissue Massage. The intention of the therapy is to release the fascial that has become stuck or fuzzed, this brings a feeling of relief and the body feels looser and relaxed.
Liverpool Street is the nearest station, however I’m about half a mile away from Shoreditch High St, Moorgate, Fenchurch and Cannon Street Stations.
A few minutes walk from Liverpool Street Station, Bishopsgate Exit, cross the road at the traffic lights, you’ll see a Tesco’s on the other side of the road, turn left, past Boots and the next right, Middlesex Street, I’m on the right, opposite Nando’s.
15 minutes walk. Come out of the station, take a left on Bishopsgate, walk down until you see the Wooden Shades pub, lake a left, crossing the road onto Middlesex Street, I’m opposite Nando’s.
12 minutes walk, come out of the station, take a left onto Moorfields, then a right on to South Place, turning Eldon Street until you see Itsu, the road bends to the right, take a left on to Liverpool Street.
12 minutes walk, come out of the station, take a left on to Fenchurch Street, then at the junction take a right on to Bishopsgate, walk along on the right hand side until you see Dirty Dicks pub and take another right onto Middlesex Street, I’m opposite Nando’s.
17 minutes walk, come out of the station, take a right on to Walbrook,walk past Bank tube station, carry on until Threadneedle Street, then on to Bishopgate, cross over to the right hand side, past Dirty Dicks pub, next right on to Middlesex Street. I’m opposite Nando’s.