It is highly innervated and contains many different chemical messengers. Due to new research the fascial system has been considered the most richest sensory organs in the body. It responds to repetitive movement patterns, stress, trauma, injury, surgery or psychological disharmony at a cellular level by stiffening in an attempt to protect us. Unfortunately, sometimes these attempts have trouble being processed in the body and remain in the stuck position restricting range of motion, interrupting communication and causing pain or discomfort in the body. Proper hydration, nutrition, exercise, manual therapy and peace of mind help it become viscous and fluid again.

“Fascia is a tensional, continuous fibrillar network within the body, extending from the surface of the skin to the nucleus of the cell. This global network is mobile, adaptable, fractal, and irregular; it constitutes the basic structural architecture of the human body”

Dr Jean-Claude Guimberteau

With myofascial release the goal is to find out where the fascia is stuck, restricted or stiffened and facilitate it back into a fluid mobile state. An assessment for fascial tension consists of a postural scan and movement. This helps the therapist find exactly where the tension is being held in the body. This type of therapy can feel like a deep stretch and it can create a burning sensation.

The therapist marks the point of tension, engages the system, then loads it and listens for the fascial systems response to unwind. Once this process begins the clients awareness, breath and movement are used to help integrate the releases that are happening. Once the treatment is over it is helpful for the client to practice proper nutrition, hydration, exercise and emotional awareness to keep it in a fluid state. It may take a few manual therapy sessions to facilitate the fascial system back into a functional state, but if the client is proactive it can happen quicker.

If the fascia is stuck or stiff due to a traumatic experience or emotional holding the client could have an emotional release rather than a physical one. It is always a goal of the therapist to hold space for this type of release.  This type of manual therapy is usually slower than massage; it can be deep or superficial. Communication during the session is essential for the therapist to treat the body effectively, so there may be conversation throughout to better facilitate the client into a state of healing.

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