myofascial release massage

Fascia is still a relatively unknown tissue of the body, but in the last 20 years or so, an increasing level of research and study into it has given rise to various massage techniques that can help release it when it gets stuck.

Fascia is a connective tissue that runs throughout the body like a 3-D matrix.  Its job is to cover and to define the different structures of the body, giving them form.  It wraps around every single structure and organ of the body, including the spinal cord and the brain.  It varies in thickness according to where it is and what its function is.  So, for example, there is a dense sheet of it in the lumbar area to stabilize the low back.  But by the time you get down to the fingers, the fascia is like a fine cobweb, to allow for infinite movement.

It’s made up of mostly collagen (form) and elastic (stretch), and it changes the proportion of these two according to what the body is doing.  So a sedentary person will have more collagen bias in their fascia than an active one, making them feel generally stiffer.

The defining indication for me that the fascia is stuck is when a client describes a pulling sensation – not as in pulled a muscle, but as a tight sensation in the body, distinct from tension; an area of the body perhaps doesn’t feel as ‘free’ as it could do.

Myofascial Release can be used within a normal body massage, or can be requested specifically for remedial treatments.  This is a much more involved treatment where the client needs to work with me in body movement during the massage for the technique to work.

prices

1 hour £49
1 ¼ hour £55  
1 ½  hour £65