Myofascial release massage therapy
What is myofascial release massage therapy?
Myofascial release (MFR) massage therapy is a manual technique during which your massage therapist will apply gentle, but sustained pressure. This is a soft tissue modality which releases your fascia; a thick membrane which lies just under the surface of your skin and wraps as a band around your muscles and internal organs.
When you are sedentary, so for example at night when you sleep, fascia will grow harder. Whilst this has some positive effects such as maintaining posture, if the majority of your time is spent, in for example a poor posture, then this will be difficult to correct unless your fascia is released.
During your myofascial release massage, your therapist will target areas which are tight and works to loosen the fascia and release your muscles, organs and bones from restrictive and often painful positions.
Myofascial massage is an oil free massage that uses a series of slow moves to gradually stretch and release your fascia from under the surface of your skin.
Below are some of the common conditions that may respond well to a myofascial release (MFR) massage therapy:
*Back pain/ disc problems/ Sciatica/ Scoliosis
*Whiplash/ Neck pain
*Migraines/ neurological dysfunction
*Postural irregularities and poor posture
*Chronic fatigue syndrome
*Carpel tunnel syndrome
*Jaw pain (temporomandibular joint disorder)
What is myofascial pain syndrome?
Myofascial pain syndrome is a chronic pain . It is caused by your myofascial tissues which become tight and then sensitive and as a result you could experience many of the disorders in the list above because these tissues surround and support the muscles throughout your body.
Is there a consultation process?
Yes. We’ll always email you a booking confirmation which will include a link to a consultation form that you need to complete and submit before your myofascial massage. Please do this so that your massage therapist has time to review it prior to your appointment. The form allows you to detail any conditions you have such as aches and pains, allergies etc. The details of this form are confidential between you and your massage therapist. You will need to sign the form to say that you are happy to go ahead with the treatment.
When you arrive we’ll chat through this to fully understand what you would like to get out of your myofascial massage treatment and establish any areas that will require additional treatment. We will then decide on a treatment plan and may decide to include some elements of deep tissue massage and/ or nerve reflexology.
To book, please follow the online booking form below or contact us now
Where will I be treated?
Your myofascial massage will be in a comfortable, calm treatment room with soft lighting.
After your consultation, your therapist will show you to your treatment room where you will undress to your lower underwear whilst your therapist is out of the room. You will then lie on the bed, cover yourself with 2 luxury towels & only then will your therapist re-enter the treatment room.
Who will treat me?
Charlton will be your myofascial release therapist, here are what our clients say about him:
“A very relaxing massage, it really eased the pain in my shoulders after just one hour – no mean feat considering it had been there for 6 months prior!”
What will happen during the treatment?
During your myofascial massage therapy, your body will be covered at all times with soft towels, with the exception of the area you are having your myofascial massage on of course — this is a manual therapy and so this area will need to be exposed while it’s being worked. Your modesty will be maintained at all times throughout your massage treatment.
What do I do during a massage therapy treatment?
Make yourself comfortable. If your therapist wants you to adjust your position, he will either move you or will ask you to move as necessary. Otherwise, change your position anytime to make yourself more comfortable. Many people close their eyes and relax completely during a session; others prefer to talk. It’s up to you. It is your myofascial release, and whatever feels natural to you is the best way to relax. Do not hesitate to ask questions at any time.
During a massage your body releases toxins. This process can mean that your body temperature can change at any time, so please do say if you become cold.
Is myofascial release therapy painful?
This is a therapeutic massage so some myofascial release techniques can be painful. For instance if we’re doing skin rolling then this can burn a little, but it’s only temporary and the relief following the treatment is immediate. It’s important to note though that this isn’t all of the session, only a small part. Some sections are incredibly relaxing.
How will I feel after a myofascial massage?
You may feel tired or relaxed after your myofascial massage, however, most people will then feel they have a new lease of life with their muscles feeling far more free than they can remember.
You may experience some aches and pains for around 24 hours after your treatment as the body flushes the toxins that have been released out. In order to speed this process along, drink lots of water after your myofascial release.
Is myofascial release massage therapy covered by insurance?
Some insurance companies cover this, it depends on the policy you have. If in doubt it’s always best to contact them prior to having a session. Providing a receipt for insurance companies is never a problem.
Why would I not be able to have a myofascial massage?
There are a few conditions which mean a myofascial massage would not be the best holistic therapy for you. In this instance, we wouldn’t be able to treat you with a myofascial massage, but there are plenty of other therapies that would be more suitable and we can help and advise you in making the best choice.
Contact us now on 07941 668456 or book using the online form below
What conditions are not suitable for myofascial massage?
Infection (systemic or localised) including if you are suffering from a fever
Recent fractures, severe osteoporosis or advanced degenerative changes, osteomyelitis
Acute rheumatic conditions (not general)
Acute circulatory conditions
If you have any of the above but they are located in a different area to where you would like to be treated with your myofascial release massage, then please let us know prior to booking and note on your consultation form.
Please Note: This is a totally safe and complementary treatment (it does not replace medical treatment). If you are in any doubt at all, please consult with your GP prior to treatment.