Fascia is the soft tissue component of the connective tissue that provides support and protection for most structures within the human body, including muscle. (thin white sheath that covers and connects all muscles and their fibers. think: the white webbing in a steak when you pull it apart) This soft tissue can become restricted due to overuse, lack of movement/inactivity, postural issues or disease, all of which lead to pain, muscle tension, and diminished blood flow.
The school of thought behind myofascial release massages is very different from traditional clinical massages like deep tissue; while deep tissue targets inconsistencies in the muscle fibers themselves, myofascial release targets abnormal pressure placed on the fascial network, creating adhesions, resulting in adaptive tissue restrictions on the body’s ability to move.
In other words, muscles don’t get tight or knotted, it is actually the fascia (that covers and connects the muscles) becoming adhered then causing abnormal pressure and dysfunction in the body… when the fascia is released (pulled, stretched and opened through MFR) the muscle automatically releases as well.
It works! Increasing space and mobility and restores balance between the body and gravity. MFR enables the body’s self-correcting mechanisms to alleviate symptoms and restore proper functioning.
Individuals that don’t benefit from deep tissue may want to try the myofascial route. Pro tip: Applied Pressure is the seamless combo of myofascial release and deep tissue all in one satisfying session.
"I’m not well known, but I’m everywhere.
I cover your body, support in mid air.
One day I am smooth, at night I grow fuzz.
Years ago no one knew what I was.
Surrounding every muscle, every organ, every cell
I allow every structure, every position, every movement as well
No beginning or end, one continuous sheath
When you bump your shoulder I can hurt your feet
Most people don’t think of me, but I am profound
Per square inch I exert 200 pounds!"
– Dena pretending to be Fascia, circa 2011