This massage uses specialized pressure and strokes including facial sculpting, facial cleaning, cross fiber friction, ischemic compression, deep circular compression and T-bar.
Myo-fascial release is an effective, hands-on technique that uses sustained pressure to reduce restrictions in the connective tissue system. This method is effectively used to eliminate pain, restore motion and change shape and structure of soft tissue. The theory of Myo-fascial Release requires an understanding of the fascial system (connective tissue). The fascia is a specialized system of the body tissue that creates shape and structure of soft tissue. It is the packaging system of the body that surrounds and interweaves every muscle, bone, nerve, artery and vein as well as all of our internal organs including the heart, lungs, brain and spinal cord.
The most interesting aspect of the fascial system is that it is not just a system of separate coverings: It is actually one structure that exists from head to foot 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. In a normal healthy state, fascia has a flexible, elastic configuration. It has the ability to stretch and move without restriction. When we experience physical trauma, scarring or inflammation, fascia loses its pliability. It becomes tight, restricted and a source of tension to the rest of the body. Traumas, such as a fall, whiplash, surgery or just habitual poor posture over time and repetitive stress injuries have cumulative effects on the fascial system. Tight or restrictive fascia can exert excessive pressure, producing pain or restriction of motion, which may affect flexibility and stability and is a determining factor in our ability to withstand stress and strain. There are many varieties of myo-fascial release work that you may come across in your exploration of bodywork, including myo-fascial release, rolfing, hellerwork and aspects of neuromuscular therapy.