What Is a Myofascial Release Massage?

If you suffer from muscular tension or pain, you are likely always seeking a way to manage your discomfort. There is one way, myofascial release massage, that has become very popular since the 1990’s. Here we look at what myofascial release massage is, and if you can benefit from receiving it.

What It Means

Though it might sound like a kind of scary facial surgery, myofascial release is actually a popular form of massage. Its name is based on the latin words for muscle (myo) and elastic (fascia). This form of massage is different than most others. It focuses not just on applying pressure and manipulating muscles, but on stretching. Myofascial release massage (MRM) is concerned with the sinews that connect your muscles, bones, nerves and joints. They are paid attention to, stroked and gently stretched to help relieve the tension held inside them.

MRM is based on the idea that you are holding tension and stress in your muscles, causing them to become stiff and tight. In this vein, it follows that a duration of gentle but deep stretches will help release this stored tension. This allows your muscles to become relaxed and pliant again.

How It Works

MRM is a very gentle therapy. It is also, ideally, custom tuned to you, the client. The session usually begins with a light, general massage. The therapist might use particular, twisting strokes when working your body, to cover the full reflex range of the muscles. The therapist uses this method to identify trouble areas in your body; places of particular tension that need to be addressed. When the areas that need work are identified, the therapist will begin to stretch your muscles. The stretching can be very intense, although it should never be painful. Sometimes the stretch needs to be held for a challenging amount of time, sometimes the therapist will press fingers into the muscles to help it surface.

Deep breathing is usually practiced in conjunction with the stretches. Sometimes the therapist will use tools, like traction devices, to help you achieve the most beneficial poses. Sometimes pain and soreness can result from the session, but will ideally fade within a day or two.

Who Should Get It

Myofascial Release Massage claims to be beneficial to a wide range of clients. If you enjoy a more proactive massage, with intense body work accompanying the relaxation work, you might enjoy MRM. It goes beyond the casual client.

People with specific health conditions can often benefit from the deep muscle work done in MRM. Individuals who suffer from fibromyalgia, back pain, and other muscle associated health issues are often sent to MRM specialists by their doctors. MRM is often prescribed as part of a pain management program, as clients often feel less daily discomfort after engaging in it. However, due to the intensity of MRM, if you have a pre-existing health condition, you should get a doctor’s permission before engaging in it.

Myofascial Release Massage is an intense form of muscle and tissue massage. It uses special stretches to release the tension held in your muscles and connective tissue. If you are struggling with pain, tension, or other muscular discomfort, talk to your doctor to see if MRM is right for you.


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