Have you ever had a very painful massage experience? Like you thought the massage therapist had it in for you?
While pain can be normal or even necessary in a massage, if you find yourself tensing your muscles against pain, then that’s a sign that there’s too much pressure. For a massage to be effective, your muscles need to be relaxed. That’s where Myofascial Release (MFR) works best.
Despite the complicated name, it’s simply a massage technique where we begin with gentle open palm strokes and build up to firmer strokes using elbow or thumb. This creates a gradual increase of pressure so as to reduce that pain we were talking about before.
After MFR, my clients always get up from the table feeling looser or freer in the tense spots they were complaining about beforehand. This is because MFR does what it says it does. It releases the fascia that surrounds all the muscle (myo) fibres in your body and eventually brings functionality back to those muscles that have felt restricted.
MFR uses longitudinal strokes (with the fibres of the muscle) and cross fibre frictions (across the fibres of the muscle) which help break up fascia so it’s not restricting the movement of the muscle.
To learn more about other massage techniques go to http://www.amt.org.au/massage-and-you/types-of-massage.html
When all of this is put together it makes for a great feeling afterwards, like a weight has been lifted off your body.
MFR is appropriate for most people and can be varied according to body-type, age and stage of development. Whether you are a super active 20 something who works out, a 40 something running marathons or a 70 something playing golf, or anything in between MFR could help you to feel more mobile, flexible, relaxed and pain-free!
If you feel that MFR could be for you and you need a release in those tired or painful muscles, CALL Body in Balance on 9509 4657 today and book in an appointment with Phil.
To read more about massage at Body In Balance Caulfield North go to http://www.bodyinbalance.com.au/massage/