What is Myofascia?
Myo = muscle
Fascia = connective tissue
That's all well and good but "what's connective tissue?", I hear you ask?
Picture a lamb chop (sorry vegetarians). Picture that gladwrap-like substance within the meat that kind of separates layers or sections of the chop...well, that's fascia! And just like in a chop (which is muscle), it is inside US.
In fact, everything under our skin is wrapped in fascia. Every every cell, every muscle fibre, every individual muscle, every organ and gland. Blood vessels, lymphatic vessels and nerves are all wrapped in fascia.
For years (if not centuries), scientists have literally thrown out the fascia - they call it a "clean dissection" - in order to examine the tissues and structures underneath. And for good reason, it seemed. In an inanimate body (that's the polite way of saying dead!), the fascia is a dense, inert substance.
What has only recently come to light is the fact that in a living body the fascia is a dynamic network of fluid-filled tubes.
Fascia is a whole body system of it's own and is intricately linked with all other body systems.
Some scientists are calling it the neurofascial system because it is so important for nerve conduction.
Why does fascia need releasing?
Fascia gets STUCK. Through dehydration, trauma, injury, surgery, overuse, poor posture and immobility. It is meant to separate parts of our body, allowing structures to slide and glide and thereby function optimally and with ease.
Myosfascial release techniques, applied gently and slowly to the skin, encourage these layers of fascia to separate from the structures they have become adhered to, thus creating SPACE in the body. This allows all body systems (think about all the different structures I told you were wrapped in fascia) to operate at their best.