Derived from Latin words myo (muscle) and fascia (elastic band), myofascial release massage is a gentle therapy that helps loosen up strained muscles and promotes greater motion in your body. Myofascial release massage is a labor-intensive therapy that can be used both as a preventive measure or a healing therapy to cure muscle-related injuries.
What Is Myofascial Release?
An effective hands-on technique, myofascial release is a soft-tissue therapy that includes a mixture of stretching and massage. Surprisingly gentle, a trained myofascial release therapist identifies the sore spots of tight muscles in your body and applies a combination of stretches and pressure on that area to loosen it up for you. The idea is to apply enough pressure to release tension from the soft connective tissues and muscle fibers of your body, and eliminate the soreness.
Since use of common massage ointments, like oil and powders, come in the way of identifying the sore spots in the body, a myofascial release massage is performed hands-on minus oil. This way the therapist can apply the right amount of stretching and pressure required to unlock the tension. An unconventional massage therapy, myofascial release is a highly effective healing process.
Who Benefits from Myofascial Release?
Myofascial release massage is aimed at relaxing and loosening up the strained muscles. It is a highly intensive massage that promotes healing of muscle pain and injuries. Therefore, if you have few identified scar tissues, muscle cramps, and other pain-related injuries like Fibromyalgia, then you are an excellent candidate for a myofascial release massage.
This treatment can also be used for other pain-related issues like back pain, headache, migraine, menstrual cramps, arthritis and others. This is because the massage helps release the toxins trapped deep inside the tissue fibers. Again, all of this is done through gentle stretching and pressure.
Myofascial release massage is also a recommended therapy to prevent or treat your day-to-day problems like stress, depression and body posture.
What to Expect during the Therapy
A professional myofascial therapy lasts for about an hour. If you are going to this session for the first time, it is recommended that you go through less-intensive massages to adjust your body to the pressure.
The therapy includes slow strokes over the identified tight spot of muscles in your body. The therapist will apply gentle pressure to heal the scar tissue, with his hands moving in a kneading fashion in the direction of the muscle fibers. Through the stretching, muscles are loosened and elongated. The result is instant relaxation, and you may even fall asleep.
Myofascial massage therapy is a constant effort to maintain the correct body posture. Therefore, a single treatment is not sufficient to cure a muscle injury. It is only through repeated therapy sessions that your body learns to reject pain and coordinate to maintain an agile posture which translates to a healthy you.
So, if you are suffering from any pain-associated problems, myofascial release massage therapy might just be the answer for you.