Myofascial Release

Myofascial Release Therapy in Weston Super Mare

Myofascial release therapy (MFR) is a form of bodywork, a therapeutic approach, that has evolved with increased understanding of the body. It’s a whole body, hands-on approach to healthcare. It is a mild and gentle form of stretching that has a profound effect upon the body. A slow gentle pressure allows the body’s tissue to reorganise without force, release physical restrictions and release the body’s unconscious holding and bracing patterns.

The principles of the techniques are rooted in fluid dynamics which enable a change in the state of the fascia. Essentially, I apply a light, sustained pressure for about five minutes and follow the changes in the tissue. This means lines of tension in the fascia around the body are eliminated which reduces pain and discomfort. MFR is an excellent way to manage pain in a natural and non-intrusive way.

MFR treats the body as a whole 3D structure rather than focussing on areas in isolation. Rather than treating for a particular symptom I look at the body as a whole to create total body balance and function. As an example: if you have a repetitive shoulder injury that doesn’t respond to treatments such as osteopathy or physiotherapy, I would seek to bring other areas of the body into balance.

Ellie performing myofascial release at her studio in Weston Super Mare

Benefits of Myofascial Release

MFR is a lovely treatment to receive and is often very relaxing for the whole of the body. As well as general relaxation, there are a number of benefits to treatment:

  • Elimination of general pain and discomfort
  • Reduction in scar tissue
  • Promotion of relaxation and wellbeing
  • Improved joint range of motion and muscle function
  • Increased proprioception
  • Emotional release
  • General increase in health

To share my own experience, my body felt lighter, more mobile, some of my non-specific aches and pains disappeared after treatment. I felt like my body had changed shape as the tissues relaxed and most of all, receiving it is amazingly relaxing, both physically and mentally.

Everyone can benefit from MFR! If you’ve been experiencing long term discomfort and not had success with conventional medical approaches then MFR may help.

Conditions That Respond Well to Myofascial Release

MFR works as well for general rebalancing and postural issues as it does for specific conditions. Here are some of the conditions that respond well to MFR:

  • Chronic pelvic pain syndrome
  • Hip pain and pelvic imbalances
  • Lower back pain
  • Scar tissue including from cesarean sections, mastectomy
  • Fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue
  • Sciatica, piriformis syndrome and
  • Frozen shoulder, rotator cuff pain
  • General chronic pain
  • Neck and shoulder pain and tension
  • TMJ and jaw issues
  • Headache, tiredness, brain, fog, eye strain

Myofascial Release In Practice

MFR is quite different to massage. It’s very gentle and the hands remain in one position for up to five minutes instead of moving across the muscles. Another difference is that there is no oil or lotion on your skin. There is more interaction between us as I find out what you’re feeling and where the sensations are occurring. You’ll be in shorts and sports bra or vest top for the ladies and shorts for the men because you will need to move around on the table a bit more.

To find out more about what to expect head here. If you have questions or specific requirements please get in touch. If you’re ready to feel relaxed and pain free you can book your appointment online now.

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