I still remember watching John Barnes‘ video in massage school on how to do MyoFascial technique. And when I took my first seminar with him in 2010, myofascial release 1, I wanted to learn more. So a month later I took the fascial-pelvis course. I always say that as healers we learn the techniques that work for us. When it came to my own pain, MyoFascial release is the only thing that has ever worked for me. I then took Myofascial Rebounding in 2016, the women’s health seminar in 2018, and Myofascial Unwinding is 2019.
Myofascial Release is a safe and very effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure into the Myofascial connective tissue to eliminate pain and restore motion.
Trauma, inflammatory responses, and/or surgical procedures create Myofascial restrictions that can produce tensile pressures of ~2,000 lbs per square inch on pain sensitive structures that do not show up in many of the standard tests (x-rays, myelograms, CAT scans, etc). Sessions are hands-on treatments during which therapists use a multitude of Myofascial Release techniques & movement therapy to treat each individual’s unique needs. This treatment also promotes education in proper body mechanics & movement, self-treatment instruction, enhancement of strength, improved flexibility, and postural/movement awareness.
Self-care and body awareness are very important in MyoFascial Release. I highly recommend the Self Care Self Love Myofascial Mini-Series. There are many things you can do in between your sessions to improve your healing. Such as restorative and yin yoga. Plus there are many self-treatment videos on YouTube and there is a myofascial stretching book. I also recommend you do Myofascial unwinding every day!
Whereas muscles often respond to the firm strokes of massage, fascia is thought to respond to a much milder touch. And unlike a typical chiropractic manipulation, which focuses on improving the motion and function of a particular joint, myofascial release works on a broader swath of muscles and connective tissue. The movements have been likened to kneading a piece of taffy–a gentle stretching that gradually softens lengthens, and realigns the fascia.
The therapist will first ask about your complaints and closely inspect your posture as you sit, stand, walk, and lie still. The bones in your neck, chest, pelvis, back, or other areas will be felt and the skin stretched to feel for areas of tightness. Then Myofascial Release Treatment session is performed directly on the skin without oils, creams or machinery. This enables the therapist to accurately detect fascial restrictions and apply the appropriate amount of sustained pressure to facilitate the release of the fascia. The stretch may be held for three minutes, and sometimes for up to ten minutes, before a softening, or “release,” is felt. The release indicates that the muscle is relaxing, fascial adhesions are slowly breaking down, or the fascia has been realigned to its proper orientation.
Fascia is a specialized system of the body that has an appearance similar to a spider’s web or a sweater. Fascia is very densely woven, covering and interpenetrating every muscle, bone, nerve, artery, and vein, as well as all of our internal organs including the heart, lungs, brain, and spinal cord. The fascial system is not just a system of separate coverings, it’s actually one continuous structure that exists from head to toe without interruption. In this way, you can begin to see that each part of the entire body is connected to every other part by the fascia, like the yarn in a sweater.
Trauma, inflammatory responses, and/or surgical procedures create myofascial restrictions that can produce tensile pressures of approximately 2,000 pounds per square inch on pain sensitive it is thought that an extremely high percentage of people suffering from pain and/or lack of motion may be having fascial problems, but most go undiagnosed.
With the safe environment and open focus of the therapist, your body may undergo the process of unwinding. Myofascial Unwinding is a spontaneous movement of the body via the mind. With unwinding, you will achieve tremendous fascial releases three-dimensionally.
Myofascial Unwinding is an inherent self-correcting process that helps to bring bracing holding patterns, memories, emotions or sensations into the conscious awareness and release them. All those represent past trauma and the process allows the body/mind and nervous system to learn, to shift, and to heal enabling integration and wholeness.
Myofascial Unwinding is a wonderful way for the body/mind complex to free and correct itself and create space for healthier and positive changes.
That is a picture of Dan Sage, John Barnes, and me from the workshop in 2018. To learn more about myofascial Release, please watch the below video which is a clip from an hour video called Fireside chat.