Myofascial release is a technique specifically aimed at facilitating positive change within the connective tissue in the body known as fascia. Fascia is a pervasive tissue in the body, representing a three-dimensional network from head to toe. Fascia thickens and forms adhesions when there is trauma caused by repetitive motion, injury, or sitting in one position for long periods of time.
Healthy, flexible fascia means better circulation, better tissue nutrition, and better movement within the body and muscle systems. Poor function in the fascia will cause pain and stiffness. To manipulate the fascia, your Psoas therapist will perform tests of range of motion, incorporate subtle pulls, use a variety of stretches, and apply gentle pressure to the joints and attachment sites of muscles. This work requires a therapist skilled in perceiving minute changes and adapting the level of fascial manipulation based on the changes that occur within the tissues themselves.
This work can be very relaxing, and is appropriate for a wide range of clients, from geriatrics to athletes. As with other massage techniques, Myofascial Release is used at Psoas in conjunction with other modalities to provide the most effective therapeutic session possible.