Myofascial Release

Myofascial Release quite simply means the releasing of muscle (myo) and connective tissue (fascia). 

The fascia is described by one of the founders of Myofascial Release (John F. Barnes) as akin to a web that covers all muscles and internal structures in the body. 

The enormity of this web within the body and the impact it has on our daily lives cannot be underestimated. Fascia has only in recent years been recognised as being either fully or partly responsible for a myriad of pain patterns and conditions.  These include Fibromyalgia, back pain, sciatica, chronic pain, headaches and migraines, neck pain, whiplash, sports injuries, jaw pain and carpal tunnel amongst many others.

For people living with chronic pain who are a medical anomaly their myofascial pain patterns are not detected on scans or blood tests etc as fascial restrictions cannot be identified using this type of testing. Chronic pain sufferers are then pushed form pillar to post trying in desperation to find an answer to their debilitating condition.

Some other problems that can beset the fascia are accidents, poor posture, stress, repetitive use of the body, emotional upheavals in life and surgeries including the resultant scar tissue.

What is truly incredible is that tissue has memory and stores physical and emotional pain and sensations over many years or an entire lifetime unless it is released.

How can Myofascial Release help me?

This amazing body work is like no other as it seeks to very gently alleviate pain over several weeks of treatment. Myofascial release eases restrictions and imbalances within the fascia which in turn will increase your sense of wellbeing. With restriction comes pain and limited movement and a reduced quality of life.

Unlike deep tissue massage, myofascial release works on the nervous system using a lighter touch. Once the fascia and muscle being worked on softens the touch will adjust accordingly.

What to expect from a treatment

Just as it took time for your pain to increase (sometimes over many years) it can and often does take time for your body to release the pain patterns that have become so well established. 

I would usually recommend 4 to 6 weekly treatments to alleviate any pain conditions. Sometimes the body can feel more uncomfortable following a treatment as the fascia relaxes and the imbalances begin to realign. It takes time for the body to adjust to changes. 

Myofascial release works long after your treatment has ended.


1 hour Myofascial Release treatment   £50

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