Myofascial Release is a safe and very effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure into the Myofascial connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion. You may be thinking, "How would gentle pressure make me feel better?" At times, the body needs traditional deep tissue techniques. Other times, the body welcomes a gentler, slow compression to move through each individual layer of fascia (connective tissue), right down into the deep adhesions (stuck together tissue). When layers of adhesions are released, the fascial tissue becomes mobilized and viscous, allowing freer body movement and a more relaxed nervous system.
CranioSacral Therapy is a gentle, hands-on approach that releases tensions deep in the body to relieve pain and dysfunction and improve whole-body health and performance. With this technique, to release fascia, hands may be placed anywhere on the body, but emphasis is placed on the top of the spine, the head/cranial bone and the base of the spine, sacral bone. The goal is to release stuck tissue, fascial adhesions, which will then allow the relief of sinus pressure, migraines, and chronic an acute holding patterns throughout the body. Your body may also respond by being able to sleep deeply.
What is fascia? Fascia is an all encompassing three dimensional web of connective tissue found in the body. If everything in the body except fascia was removed, you would see the outline of everything that has been removed. Fascia surrounds every vein and capillary, each muscle fiber, then surrounds these muscle fibers to create muscle bellies. Fascia wraps tendons and ligaments which meshes into bone. It wraps your eye balls and makes a sling for your liver to hang off your ribs. Because sensory neurons are found in the fascia, working it allows the nervous system to reboot. This in turn allows for old thought patterns, no longer needed or wanted, to be released. It is with the understanding that fascia is everywhere, that pain in your elbow could be caused by that time you stubbed your toe three months ago. Each minor or major injury, surgery, or trauma, creates pulling patterns in the body. Working to release and put slack into the fascial system may help reduce or eliminate chronic and acute pain and may allow you to move freely.
By addressing fascial restrictions and soothing the nervous system, it is possible to live a pain free, active lifestyle.