Myofascial Release Therapy (MFR)
The MFR technique is very different to a traditional oil massage that works on muscles, tendons and the ligaments of the body. Myofascial Release is a specialised physical therapy that affects and releases the restrictions within the fascial network.
What is fascia?
Fascia surrounds, infuses and protects every other tissue and organ of the body. It provides cushioning and support so that we can move freely without restriction or pain. The two main components of fascia, elastin and collagen, allow it to be very strong and very flexible. Fascia is responsive to internal and external forces and has a protective function. Fascia becomes hardened, forms scars and develops tension lines in response to trauma and poor postural habits.
What happens during a treatment?
With MFR my role is to feel and stretch slowly into the fascial network. My purpose is to feel where the fascial restrictions are and slowly and patiently move through them. Patience is required as the fascia cannot be forced and will only respond with resistance if force is applied. This means that a gentle, sustained pressure may take more than 90-120 seconds to begin to have an effect and often takes 5 minutes before the tissues begin to release and unwind. The treatment follows a postural assessment, where I will observe and record your alignment and any restriction patterns that I see. This is a useful guideline to observe changes over time from this very powerful therapy.
I trained in the UK with Ruth Duncan and also traveled to America to train with John Barnes, who developed and is the leading authority on MFR.
Following treatment, one client said recently, “I feel so liberated.” and below is a testimonial from a client who received MFR following chest surgery –
“I just wanted to write and express my gratitude to Sally for all the help and support that she provided to me over the course of my treatments. I found the sessions rejuvenated and energised me through the physical manipulation and assisted reintroduction of feeling and sensitivity in my chest area as well as addressing the psychological trauma that was also present by using some marvellous coping strategies. Sally is a kind, caring and warm personality who encouraged and helped me overcome some real difficulties during my recovery and I will always be grateful.” – SK, Great Wakering
Many women suffer with symptoms such as incontinence, pelvic pain and menstrual cramps and are told that the cause is unknown, or that nothing more can be done to help.
Whereas it is always important to see your doctor for investigations, diagnosis and to explore treatment options, if you have unexplained problems, are still suffering, or conventional treatments aren’t helping then Myofascial Release may be for you.
Restrictions anywhere in your body can cause irritation and inflammation, which leads to discomfort, dysfunction and pain. In the pelvic area everything is in such close proximity and scar tissue, old injuries and tight muscles put a lot of strain on pain sensitive structures, leading to problems for many years if left untreated.
Some of the conditions which may be helped by Myofascial Release are:
- Pelvic pain syndrome
- Pudendal nerve entrapment
- Chronic interstitial cystitis
- Irritable bladder
- Menstrual cramps
I have trained in specific Myofascial Release techniques for women’s health with Nancy Stewart, a specialist and teacher from America. Please contact me if you have any questions or would like to book a treatment session.
Please note that any consultation time is given free of charge and you will need to allow extra time for this.
A thorough consultation can take anything up to 30 minutes on your first visit and is likely to take approximately 10 minutes for subsequent appointments.
If your time is limited please let me know.