Myofascial therapies address specific injuries and chronic pain. They differ from general massage in that the contact is slow or still and little to no oil is used. Pressure can vary from very light to very strong. They are most effective when coupled with attending to body mechanics, ergonomics, self-care techniques, body awareness and breath. When I was first injured, these techniques helped me most.
Myofascial Release stretches and unwinds restrictions in the web of connective tissue that contains your muscles and forms your ligaments and tendons. It feels like stretching taffy or allowing tangled rubber bands to unwind. This work can relieve discomfort so long-standing you have forgotten what it is like to be comfortable.
Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy involves detective work. The pattern of symptoms and postural distortion show the hiding places of small, specific areas of muscle that do not work properly, triggering pain and limiting movement in unexpected places. Steady, direct pressure on the right points can unlock a whole system of dysfunction.
Craniosacral Therapy generates the most profound and restorative rest I have ever seen in any person or experienced in myself as a client. It brings a sense of ease and flow both overall and to specific areas of need. The contact is gentle, still, and precise, and has a quality of feeling “just right.” I’ve often heard, and often said, that it feels like magic.
Massage is also available. It’s regular, plain old, oil-based, full-body Swedish/deep tissue massage. Don’t ever hesitate to ask for this if it’s what you want! It can stand alone, or incorporate the other approaches as needed.