Shedding Light on Myofascial Release

June 19, 2023

Our Natural Somatic Processing System


As a Licensed Massage Therapist that has been practicing since 2017, Myofascial Release is a technique that has completely changed my approach to bodywork.  Not only are there numerous scientific studies to back the work, I have seen profound change in so many of my clients over the years.  I hope the following information will help to shed some light on the therapy and inspire you to try it for yourself.


The Nature of Fascia


As the science and medical fields continue to explore the nuances of the human body, there is one system that has more recently been acknowledged.  The fascial system.  Think of the fascia of the body as a pliable but structured container for all of our other body systems, down to the cellular level.  Fascia runs through and around every muscle fiber, bone, and cell that we have.  Much like a spider’s web, it has an enormous amount of tensile strength (2000 lbs per square inch) for how intricate and delicate it appears.  Not only does the fascia act as a container for our bodies, it acts as a shock absorber, protecting our structural integrity during and after any physical trauma.  


As necessary as the fascia is, it can also be the root to many of our chronic issues.  Restrictions in the facia can be caused by physical trauma, surgeries, and even intense emotions.  Our fascia will act as a record keeper of our lives, good and bad.  It has memory and can form and reform areas of restriction even if we physically try to work the problem out.  Facial restrictions can cause chronic pain, chronic misalignment and many other mysterious symptoms that we can’t seem to find the cause of.


One of the main reasons behind the facias’ amazing memory is its direct link to our subconscious mind.  There have been numerous studies done on the role of the fascia and how it interacts with our other body systems.  One observation is the connection between the fascia, the nervous system and subconscious mind.  If our emotional and traumatic memories are stored in the subconscious, then engaging the fascia is a way to tap into those memories and allow them to process.  Once processed, we can retrain the tissue to its optimal structure.  



How to tap into the Fascial System



If you have never participated in Myofascial Release before, it is tricky to describe the experience.  When there is fascial engagement, there can be a very distinct feeling.  Varying sensations of pressure, twitching and emotional release have all been observed.  Some people report feeling tension or release in completely different parts of the body than the one being worked on.  Falling asleep as you are being worked on by your practitioner is a common occurrence as well. 


The sensation is similar to a stretch, but not quite. The stretching and compression is held for far longer than what would be considered a normal stretch time.  The longer the fascia is being engaged, the more noticeable change to the tissue.


Once you have had myofascial work done, your practitioner can help guide you on how to unwind yourself between sessions.  Our bodies have the capability for intuitive self correction and healing.  The intention and environment are important pieces in giving ourselves a safe space to process what it needs to.  Body awareness is one of the most helpful byproducts of getting facia work, or any body work for that matter.  Above all, fascial work is a whole mind, body, and spirit experience that, if given time, can allow for noticeable and permanent change.  


Read the articles below for more in-depth information about Myofascial Release and the fascial system. 


What is Myofascial Release?


Fascia Research from a Clinician/Scientist’s Perspective


The Awareness of the Fascial System


Understanding the Process of Fascial Unwinding



The Author

Chelsey Gilbert

Chelsey graduated with an Associates of Applied Science in Massage Therapy in December of 2017. She began practicing massage right away, gaining valuable experience working with chiropractic patients. Chelsey has also had experience in more spa-like settings, mobile massage and wellness centers. Not long after practicing massage, Chelsey decided to attend a John Barens Myofascial seminar. This modality quickly became her favorite tool to utilize with clients. She realizes continuing education is an important part of maintaining current skills and growing as a practitioner. Massage modalities that Chelsey may use in a session include: Swedish Massage, Myofascial Release, Deep Tissue Techniques, Reflexology or Acupressure or Cupping. Chelsey is passionate about working with clients that are looking to overcome chronic pain, stress and create positive change in their bodies. She may also give some basic self-care tips to use between sessions to help clients to maintain the benefits of her bodywork sessions. When she is not hands on with clients, she is at home spending time with her significant other and children, exploring outdoors, or enjoying creative projects.

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