The fascia is the interconnecting sheath surrounding the muscles, nerves, bones, organs and in fact every cell. Fascia is distributive - strain moves across and along the fascia beyond muscular borders. It changes states, is plastic and elastic and is the tissue of support/shape. It has the ability to actively contract under certain conditions. Although still inadequately researched, it seems to hold an electrical charge which may facilitate a form of communication in the body. As a result of these properties, postural irregularities or tensions in the fascia network may reflect underlying habits and emotional blockages. The interconnectedness of the myofascia network may also explain why a release in one area may affect another seemingly unrelated area of discomfort.
Fascia, showing the extra cellular matrix, Glucosaminolglycans and mucopolysaccharides (left). This mucous liquid is the lubricant (sliding action) in the fascia. When the fascia becomes held, the liquid aspect seems dryer. Hydrogen bonds then form between the collagen which holds the fascia fixed.
Myofascia release is a technique used to work body structural dysfunction, posture, accompanying pain and restriction of motion. The myofascia release is applied by using the thumb, fingers, fist or elbow in a slow ironing fashion to stretch and loosen the fascia thereby releasing the hydrogen bonds. The release works either the whole length or across the muscle, with the pressure consistent and deep. It is a slow gliding action, with the practitioner feeling and checking on the appropriate depth for the client.
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