Health

How I Plan on Relaaaxing

NeurOptimal was a wonderful experience; thirty 40-minute sessions allowed my mind to relax and temporarily let go of irritations. Sometimes it wasn’t enough to break through my monkey mind, but I was always glad I went. And I loved the increase in lucid dreams.

Now I’d like to relax both mind and body, more specifically the areas of my body I may be holding tension, whether out of embedded habits (lip biting, skin picking), or subconsciously, due to past emotional trauma. I’m hoping to achieve this through Myofascial Release (MFR).

I’ve tried different forms of massage in the past, from the basic type you can find at your local spa (sans the happy ending, though one creepy guy did offer…) to deep acupressure, as well as Lymphatic Drainage Massage, CranioSacral massage and reflexology. I didn’t get much neck, jaw or head pain relief or release of tension until I found the incredibly gifted Kathy Grimsby of Balance Plus Physical Therapy in San Diego. But since I no longer live there, and I’ve yet to find a PT in Florida like her, I’ve been managing best I can with tennis balls, hot showers, and a foam roller. So not the same thing!

The following descriptions of Fascia and MFR are from MyofascialRelease.com:

Fascia is a specialized system of the body that has an appearance similar to a spider’s web or a sweater. Fascia is very densely woven, covering and interpenetrating every muscle, bone, nerve, artery and vein, as well as all of our internal organs including the heart, lungs, brain and spinal cord. The most interesting aspect of the fascial system is that it is not just a system of separate coverings. It is actually one continuous structure that exists from head to toe without interruption. In this way you can begin to see that each part of the entire body is connected to every other part by the fascia, like the yarn in a sweater.

Trauma, inflammatory responses, and/or surgical procedures create Myofascial restrictions that can produce tensile pressures of approximately 2,000 pounds per square inch on pain sensitive structures that do not show up in many of the standard tests. A high percentage of people suffering with pain and/or lack of motion may be having fascial problems, but are not diagnosed.

Fascia plays an important role in the support and function of our bodies, since it surrounds and attaches to all structures. In the normal healthy state, the fascia is relaxed and wavy in configuration. It has the ability to stretch and move without restriction. When one experiences physical trauma, emotional trauma, scarring or inflammation, however, the fascia loses its pliability. It becomes tight, restricted, and a source of tension to the rest of the body. Trauma, such as a fall, car accident, whiplash, surgery or just habitual poor posture and repetitive stress injuries has cumulative effects on the body. The changes trauma causes in the fascial system influences comfort and function of our body. Fascial restrictions can exert excessive pressure causing all kinds of symptoms producing pain, headaches or restriction of motion. Fascial restrictions affect our flexibility and stability, and are a determining factor in our ability to withstand stress and perform daily activities.

Myofascial Release is a safe and very effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure into the Myofascial connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion.

The use of Myofascial Release allows us to look at each patient as a unique individual. Our one-on-one therapy sessions are hands-on treatments during which our therapists use a multitude of Myofascial Release techniques and movement therapy. We promote independence through education in proper body mechanics and movement, self treatment instruction, enhancement of strength, improved flexibility, and postural and movement awareness.

Each Myofascial Release Treatment session is performed directly on skin without oils, creams or machinery. This enables the therapist to accurately detect fascial restrictions and apply the appropriate amount of sustained pressure to facilitate release of the fascia.

Well, I’m all for it and hope to be fully relaxing soon. Do you have experience with MFR? I’d love to hear from you.

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