All muscles, arteries, bones, organs, etc. are held together by a Saran wrap kind of tissue called fascia. Developed in the late 1960's by John Barnes, Myofascial Release works by the manipulation of the fascia that connects and surrounds muscles. The therapist looks for areas that feel restricted, instead of elastic and movable under light manual pressure. Because the fascia is body-wide, a tension or trauma in one part of the body can affect another part, leading indirectly to reduced pain. The fascia responds to the trained touch of focused manual pressure and stretching used to loosen up restricted movement, helping to release the adverse effects of inflammation, tensions and trauma.
*Description provided be American Massage Association.