Fab Fascia Facts - ✅ Day 2 ❄️ What is #myofascial release?
#MFR is a gentle, no-invasive technique that works to release tension and adhesions in the #fascia.
When fascia becomes tight or snagged, the body compensates, tissues and muscles adapt by over-working, weakening or tensing.
In order to release and unwind, fascia requires:
🔥 Warmth - ever noticed how bendy you feel after a warming #yoga class?
🧚🏼♀️A light touch - fascia tenses under force. The more rapid the force, the more it will thicken. 👐 Gentle, sustained pressure - no pummelling, that will simply cause it to tense even more.
💦Plenty of fluid - to enable slide and glide
MFR works by applying light pressure to the skin - fascia’s outermost surface - and waiting for a sense of the tissues yielding or changing consistency. Once the fascia has ‘let you in’, applying gentle pressure along the line of fascia will enable it to release, lengthen and regain its elasticity. The same result can be felt from an active, eccentric stretch.
There are many devices available that claim to release fascia. Using something like a foam roller or deep #massage may provide short-term relief, as it increases blood flow and can mobilise the tissues. However, if the casing that runs in and around the muscle (i.e. the fascia) has not released, it’s like trying to squeeze into an item of clothing that’s too tight. Like cornflour solution, fascia yields to gentle, sustained pressure, but will solidify to resist force.
Pummelling tight shoulder, tightening the pelvic floor to strengthen it (#Kegels) or wizzing up and down on a foam roller could actually be causing more tension in the fascia, rather than releasing it and letting the body find balance. 👉🏼Join me tomorrow to learn some basic self-MFR techniques to help your #core work more efficiently and reflexively 👈🏼 #restoreyourcore #yoga#restoreyourcoreteacher #yogateachertraining