The Two Great Unknowns
These are two of the most effective Massage Therapy Treatments ever introduced, yet very few therapists practice them. Clients call them “amazing” and “magical”, because of the relief in pain and restriction that they experience.
Myo – means “of the muscle”
Fascial – is referring to fascia
So Myofascial means, Release Fascia of the Muscle
Fascia is a connective tissue that is like a web all throughout your body. All your muscles and organs are wrapped in fascia and its job is to connect, stabilize and attach muscles to muscles and separate muscles and internal organs.
Fascia commonly gets restricted. When this happens, the fascia and all the tissues that it wraps get stuck together and the fascia pulls tighter and tighter around the muscle. Then it pulls other muscles into that restriction and you end up with an area of the body that’s very sore, very tight, and very hard to move.
What causes fascia restrictions?
These fascia restrictions are caused by overuse and repetitive use injuries. Computer use, manual labor, driving a lot, sports (especially runners and weight training people), injuries and surgeries cause fascial restrictions
And really any area of muscle tension that just never seems to go completely away is always going to have restrictions in the fascia
Because of the nature of fascia – regular massage techniques don’t work to release it.
Fortunately, we have Myofascial Release, which is an advanced and very specific form of massage therapy. Myofascial Release is very gentle and incredibly effective in releasing these restrictions.
What is Myofascial Release like?
Well there’s a lot to it – but basically Myofascial Release incorporates gentle pressure, sliding massage techniques and resisted stretching, paired with the client’s breathing. You will notice that it is more interactive than traditional massage, but still very relaxing and feels great! It is not deep tissue massage, but it has a very deep impact. This is because it is stretching the tissue into regaining its original range of motion. The method releases the tension pattern in the fascia. The fascia squeezing around the muscle is usually the reason why the muscle is tight to begin with. So Myofascial Release allows the muscle to be free to move again.
Cranial Sacral Therapy addresses issues affecting the head, neck, spine and sacrum. Great for releasing range of motion neck restrictions, headaches (99% resolution rate), TMJ, tension and overall stress.
Combining these therapies produces long term consistent results for shoulder/back pain, hip issues, Fibromyalgia, sports injuries, work related stress/tension, runner issues, and more (It’s a long list!)
Great relief for those who “hunch” a lot causing that pain in the back of the head and neck that radiates down the neck into the shoulders and gets worse as the day goes along. Many people experience this pain pattern which is caused by computer work, driving, texting, golfing, etc.
“I just had my first MFR-CST treatment with Jim. … lower back pain, neck and shoulders wound up like rubber bands…impossible to get a nights rest. After the treatment, everything felt amazing! Finally able to sleep! Tension totally gone. I truly cannot believe what this therapy did for me.”
Very truly, Christina 6/2017