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Myofascial Release: The Opposite of A Deep Tissue Massage

The Myofascial release (pronounced my-fash-a) technique involves applying gentle pressure on different spots of your body, to trigger blood flow and energy movement. This is essentially the opposite of a deep tissue massage, where you need to consciously touch the skin ever so slightly, and focus on your connection between you and the patient. It requires a great deal of focus, patience and sensitivity to energy.

As foreign objects collide with our body, there is a natural response time where our brain decides if it needs to fight or flight. This is a subconscious program that plays in our minds; usually when we are being touched we don’t consciously feel in danger. This is felt within the Myofascial tissue that connects everything in our body. This is a web of thin tissue that weaves in between every cell in our body, connecting our physical body to allow consciousness to flow through it. 


By moving parts of your body in slow, fluid like motions, you are activating and encouraging energy flow, or Qi, through your body. When you get a ‘knot’ in your neck or arms, or shoulders, that can be diagnosed as a ‘Myofascial trigger point’ which is essentially stress on the tissues.  

Myo- is a greek prefix meaning muscle.  Collagen- is greek for glue, and sheets of collagen constitute the different layers of fascia. The fascia is a dielectric connective tissue that holds and glues the body together and lets everything move smoothly. Keyword here is ‘dielectric’.

A dielectric is a material that can be polarized and store electric energy in the form of a static field. Such as plastics, ceramics and collagen. Just imagine rubbing a balloon against your hair, charging it, then placing it against the wall. Continue reading