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MYOFASCIAL RELEASE (MFR) is a form of soft tissue massage that works with the connective tissue (fascia).


MFR uses specific techniques that differ from the traditional deep tissue or sports massage and there are two main techniques used, direct and indirect MFR, both of which, also incorporate trigger point work.

Direct MFR (also known structural integration and similar to Rolfing) involves applying pressure directly to the area of the body that is experiencing tension or discomfort to correct any structural imbalances. It is more intense and can be uncomfortable, but it can be effective for releasing deep tension and areas that are stiff. 


Indirect MFR is a gentler approach that involves working with the natural movement of the body (a.k.a unwinding). This approach is more comfortable and suited for people who have conditions that make direct pressure uncomfortable.


The therapists combine both techniques in a session that is tailored to suit.


What is Fascia?

Fascia is a fluid-filled, 3-dimensional web of connective tissue that is composed of collagen and elastin fibres that run through and between every single cell in the body. It surrounds, infuses, and protects every tissue, nerve, bone, and organ in the body and is designed to freely glide and move.


Formally disregarded as packing tissue in the medical field, it has more recently been recognised as playing a significant role in immune health, communication, pain, movement, and function.  It forms a continuous network that connects and communicates between different parts of the body. Therefore it is no surprise that restrictions on fascia in one area can have an effect somewhere else.


However, trauma, injury, surgery, and repetitive posture can lead to fascia restriction which lays down thicker, fibrous, tissue that over time can reduce the range of movement of the affected joints, leading to pain and compensation patterns.  


What does MFR treat?

Everybody can benefit from MFR, however, it can be particularly helpful for: -


Fibromyalgia - thought to be a myofascial pain condition, indirect MFR is effective at reducing widespread pain and fatigue.


Crohn's disease, IBS & Acid reflux - can be exacerbated by tension causing restriction in the stomach, colon, and associated organs. MFR helps to relieve symptoms.


Asthma and other lung conditions - visceral MFR helps free up the lung tissue, ribs, thorax, and diaphragm to allow ease of breath.


Chronic pain - fascia contains around 250 million nerve endings which means it has about 50 million more than our skin! By working with fascia we desensitise the nervous system and turn down the 'volume' of chronic pain. How long this takes depends on several variabilities, however, the desensitation aspect of MFR and manual therapy tells the brain it's 'safe' so it reduces the protective response of pain signals.


Scars - surgery, and injury lays down scar tissue as part of the healing process that binds to other tissues under the skin and causes restriction. MFR frees up the restriction of scar tissue to help restore function and range of movement.


Compartment syndrome/plantar fasciitis/Achilles tendinopathy - where the fascia becomes tight and restricts lymph and blood flow, MFR helps to improve tissue health and facilitate healing.


Body alignment issues - structural MFR is a body balancing treatment that corrects imbalances that affect the structure (bones/joints) without the need for forceful adjustments and where the body feels stuck



MFR is available with Danielle, Lee, Katerina, and Zuzana.


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