After two and a half years of diligent studying, massage therapist and reflexologist Elisha May has obtained her Advanced Clinical Diploma in integrated Myofascial Release, passing with a Distinction.
Following on from her achievements, we interview Elisha to find out more about Myofascial Release and its efficacy.
Firstly Elisha, what is Myofascial release?
“Myofascial Release (‘MFR’) is a specialised form of bodywork that is used to remove restrictions in the body’s soft tissue and fascial network. ‘Myo’ means muscle and ‘fascia’ means band.
“Fascia is a connective tissue that surrounds, supports and helps to define the muscles and other parts of the body. It forms a three dimensional network that extends in a continuous web throughout the body – from the top of your head to the tips of your toes. It has its own ability to contract and adhere after injury.”
What causes the fascial network to contract or adhere?
“To support habitual posture, whether caused by sitting or standing badly, chronic tension or a position adopted while watching TV or sleeping, the body will slowly contract the fascial network.
“Scar tissue formed after an injury or surgical procedure can also act as a point of tension that pulls throughout the body and can have far reaching effects. For example, abdominal surgery can create scar tissue that sets up lines of tension that contribute to low back pain and impact throughout the body, including the reduction of the range of movement in the shoulder. A twisted ankle from many years ago might still be pulling on the network to contribute to a neck ache.”
How can Myofascial Release help remedy the restriction caused by contraction or adherence of the fascia?
“The Myofascial Release approach seeks to release contractions in the fascial network and help to restore freedom of movement. An MFR practitioner works with scar tissue, restrictions and adhesions throughout the fascial network of the body. Working on one area can have far reaching effects.”
What does a Myofascial release session typically entail?
“A Myofascial Release session uses long, sustained pressure to engage the fascia and encourage it to relax, break down adhesions and return to its full potential. Myofascial techniques are gentle and safe and are highly effective in reducing pain and restoring motion, structural balance and optimal function.
“They are usually performed skin on skin and without any form of lotion so that the therapist’s hands connect to the deeper layers of fascia and do not slip on the skin. For this reason, you should not apply any moisturisers or body lotions on the day of a Myofascial Release treatment.
“The Myofascial Release approach has a number of additional areas that can be worked on to relieve specific issues. Your therapist will explain more about what these involve and whether these are suitable for you during your treatment.”
To find out more, or book in and see Elisha, please get in touch.