What is Fascia?

Fascia is tough connective tissue that surrounds every cell in the body like a three-dimensional spider web. It surrounds muscles and joints like a sheath of cling wrap, but it has 10 times more sensory nerve endings than muscles. It provides support and flexibility to all structures of the body. When it becomes stiff and tight from trauma, inflammation or repetitive motion, it can cause pain, limited movement and can pull the body out of alignment.

What is Myofascial Release (MFR)?

Myofascial Release (MFR) is a hands-on technique involving the application of stretches and pressure to the fascia and muscles. It relieves tension and pain by releasing and lengthening the fascia, which allows muscles to return to their correct position, length and function. Not only is temporary tightness relieved, but long-held patterns of tension can be reversed. This allows muscles to stay lengthened and perform in balance with each other, helping to break habits such as poor posture and protective ‘muscle guarding’. Because of this, people often notice that their pain relief, improved movement and other effects are long-lasting.

What to Expect

The MFR therapist acts as a a facilitator, working with the patient, not on the patient, and uses no lotions and creams. The patient is attired in loose shorts and a sports bra or tank top. Please come to your session showered and do not use body lotion before your session.

Myofascial Release & Pilates

Often when starting a Pilates practice, you will notice restrictions that differ from one side of the body to the other. MFR combined with Pilates, facilitates a balancing in your body that will substantially benefit your fitness goals and increase your daily functionality.