The Massage Fix
Myofascial Unwinding, or Myofascial Release, is a technique that can be used alone, or blended seamlessly with other approaches into any massage session. it is firm, but gentle and works in three different stages:
Structural release involves applying gentle, sustained pressure into areas of tightness, restriction, or pain and waiting for your body to release. Never forceful, pressures are applied to gently reach the barrier of the tissue restriction. At first, you will feel an elastic or springy give, but the tissue will just spring back once the pressure is disengaged. Why? This ‘fool’s gold’ is the elastic component of the tissue giving way. The only way to experience a lasting change in the tissue is to wait. Additional time spent holding the pressure (beyond 3-5 minutes for each restriction!) enables your connective tissue to fully ‘melt’ and lengthen. Beyond 5 minutes, your body will begin producing interleukin, which is a natural anti-inflammatory! This response is only elicited when pressure is sustained and uninterrupted – no rubbing, poking, manipulating, or bouncing!
Everyone has an innate ability to self-correct tension, postural imbalances, and tissue restrictions through natural, intuitive movement! When you first wake up in the morning and have that urge to yawn and roll and stretch a bit before hopping out of bed, you are experiencing a snippet of your body’s self-correction mechanism. With the help of a therapist to support your body and minimize the effect of gravity, your body can stretch and move for more than a quick snippet which takes the unwinding to a deeper level to thoroughly clear your body of stress, holding patterns, and tension!
Think of the gentle wave that moves through your body when you’re floating on a raft in the water? Doesn’t it feel soothing and luxurious? We are approximately 75% fluid, and when rocked, an internal wave of motion and energy begins to form and move through the fluid inside our bodies. If the rocking is gently sustained and continued over time, as with rebounding, this fluid motion perpetuates and begins to reach and affect the solidified areas of our bodies. This wave gently starts to invade those tight, restricted areas giving opportunity for softening. With rebounding, every cell of your body can be reached, even the denser structures such as your bones, by this profound fluid wave. Rebounding is also helpful for accessing and clearing out those habitual holding and bracing patterns which hang out in our bodies due to a buildup of stress and trauma.