Myofascial Release / Structural Massage
60 MINUTES ~ $120
90 MINUTES ~ $165
What is fascia?
Fascia is the connective tissue that envelopes and supports muscles, bones, organs, nerves, and vessels down to the cellular level. As a whole, fascia constitutes the body’s organ of structure, forming a complex, continuos and ubiquitous network from scalp to toes and skin to marrow. It is a moveable framework that supports, separates, and suspends individual organs. It is what defines and gives the body its shape. It has been said that if everything were to be removes from the body except for its fascial network, it would nevertheless retain tis full and distinct shape, much like the material left when all the juice is squeezed from an orange. Ida Rolf, the inventor of the Rolfing technique, has said that this fascial system is a plastic medium subject to both gravitational laws and and physical manipulation.
Malfunction of the fascial system due to trauma, poor posture, or inflammation can bind down connective tissue, placing abnormal pressure on other body components, and may require physical manipulation to relieve. As Ida Rolf states “Our ignorance of the role and significance of fascia is profound. Therefore, even in theory, it is easy to overlook the possibility that far reaching changes may be made not only in structural contour, but also in full manifestation through better organization of the layer of superficial fascia that envelopes the body. Experiments demonstrate that drastic changes may be made in the body solely by stretching, separating, and relaxing superficial fascia in an appropriate manner.”
Myofascial release is a manual therapy technique often used in massage. The technique focuses on pain believed to arise from myofascial tissues. Theoretically, myofascial pain differs from other types of pain because it originates in “trigger points,” which are related to stiff, anchored areas within the myofascial tissue. During myofascial release therapy, the therapist locates myofascial areas that feel stiff and fixed instead of elastic and movable under light manual pressure. These areas, though not always near what feels like the source of pain, are thought to restrict muscle and joint movements, which contributes to widespread muscle pain. The focused manual pressure and stretching used in myofascial release therapy loosen up restricted movement, leading indirectly to reduced pain.