Myofascial is the work of the connective tissue layers called "Fascia". "Myo" means "muscles" so putting it together, you are working the muscular fascia of the body.
What that means for you? Think of it as a self-massage technique. When you maintain your fascia through release techniques, you create health and strong fascial connections that allow you to have the BEST range of motion available in your body.
What does Myofascial work look like? There are so many different ways to work your fascia, and the best part is - we're discovering new ones EVERY DAY because we're still in the learning process of getting to know the fascia. It wasn't until recently that we even discovered that fascia was an important part of the body and not just something to cut through to get to the muscles underneath. But back to the question, fascial work looks like rolling around on foam rollers, blocks, and balls to get into the deepest layers. It also looks like holding poses and working into the elasticity of the connective tissue via a rubber band style of load and bounce techniques.
Does it hurt? Well, does a massage hurt? It varies depending on who your masseuse is and how deep they go. Same with fascial work. Rolling on the balls can be uncomfortable but it can be modified to your level of comfort. Sharp, shooting pain should NEVER happen when rolling out but a slight uncomfortable, burning sensation in various areas is to be expected.
Myofascial Workshop Info
Why should I offer a Myofascial Workshop at my gym or studio? Maintaining the pliability of the layers of fascia is essential to proper range of motion. Think about if you've ever broken a bone. While that bone is healing, you've got a cast of some sort around that area to keep that bone immobile to allow it to heal back into place properly. Once the bone is healed and you remove the cast, the area around that bone feels a bit stiff and tight. Why? Because the fascia has reset itself to allow for the immobility of that specific bone. It's reworked its fibers to set in a way that takes some of the pressure off the surrounding muscles so that the bone could heal in place properly without you have to constantly contract your muscles to keep that area perfectly still. Your body is pretty smart. Now take that example and instead of thinking about a broken bone, start to think about the ares of your body that you may not use as much during your daily life - areas like the space in between your shoulders, the outer part of your hip, the full rotation of your ankle. These areas that we tend to forget about, our body starts to tighten up the fascia in those spots since you've communicated that you don't use the mobility there as often. And since our bodies are smart, it's taken the work out of needing to keep those muscles in full range of motion and instead relies on the tightness of your fascia to hold everything in place. With fascial maintenance work, like rolling out on foam rollers or balls, you start to clue the body into waking those forgotten spots up. As you continually work the fascia in those areas, the fibers in the fascia will shift and change, allowing you to experience greater and healthier range of motion.
Is Myofascial work only good for "forgotten" areas? Nope! It's good for all areas and for all people! If you're a more mobile person who does regular exercise and stretching, you'll still benefit from the fascial maintenance work as well.
What do you (A Mobile Yogi) offer at your Myofascial Workshops? I offer a 90-120 minute workshop that goes over your whole body. Starting at the feet and working our way up to the head, we cover most all of the muscles in the body by rolling them out in various ways using fascial release balls and blocks.
Will this benefit my athletes at my gym/studio? ABSO-FREAKING-LUTELY! Even the most flexible of people to the stiffest can benefit from fascial work!
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"Michelle's MYOFASCIAL RELEASE WORKSHOP left me feeling relaxed, and it opened up parts of my body that really needed it badly. We were able to cover the entire body from head to toe! Michelle's knowledge of this release technique is very extensive. I can't wait to incorporate these tools into my practice at home!" - Kris R.
"Michelle Dickey's myofascial release class was my first introduction into understanding the body's fascia. I learned the importance of its function and relationship with the rest of the body. The 90-minute class was engaging, informative, and I left feeling rejuvenated! I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT!" - Connor G.