A fascia is a thin, elastic band or sheet of connective tissue that wraps most structures within the human body, supporting and protecting them. It attaches, encloses, stabilizes, and separates muscles and internal organs and generally acts as a shock absorber by creating tissue spaces. It plays an important role in cellular metabolism, respiration, elimination, and fluid and lymphatic flow.
Myofascial Release is a gentle bodywork that evaluates and treats the fascial connective tissue system which can become restricted by inactivity, overuse, trauma, or infection, often resulting in muscle tension and pain. Fasciae are major areas of inflammation, and dysfunction can have far-reaching effects. The Myofascial Release therapist applies gentle, sustained pressure into the direction of the restriction by following the motion of the tissue, supporting the release of barriers. Relieving these restrictions promotes flexibility, full range of motion, strength, aligned posture, and fluid movement.
At Massage Therapy Center Palo Alto, these therapists provide Myofascial Release bodywork.