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Myofascial Release

You cannot change your posture without changing your fascia.

Myofascial release literally means releasing the connective tissue that is within the muscles. Fascia is a strong connective tissue that surrounds every part of the body. Its function is to suspend, support, protect, and keep separate all of our organs and tissues. It lies under the skin, permeates every muscle, and surrounds every bone, nerve, blood vessel, and organ. With incredible pressure and strength, it keeps us defined in the shape that we know as our body.

Tensegrity Sculpture similar to myofascial system in body

As in this sculpture by Kenneth Snelson, our body is held, not by the bones (steel beams), but by the tension of the connective tissue (cables). If one side of the structure becomes too taught, the muscles on the opposing side need to contract to keep us from falling over. This contraction can lead to spasms and pain.

We move through our lives in a variety of patterned movements. These patterns train our bodies to function and hold in a certain way. We may also develop emotional patterns and belief systems to accompany these physical patterns. For instance, our head may droop when we get sad or insecure. As our restricted fascia is released through massage, so are these restricting emotional patterns.

There are many styles of myofascial release, including Rolfing (from Ida Rolf) and the John Barnes technique. Myofascial release is simply working with the fascial system to release restricted patterns. Remember: you cannot change your posture without changing your fascia.

Many of our therapists at Siskiyou Massage specialize in myofascial release. Please contact us for more information or to schedule an appointment with one of our therapists.