What is Myofascial Release?
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Myofascial Release is a process of soft tissue manipulation and therapeutic intervention that utilizes the direct application of fingers, knuckles, and elbows on surface regions with underlying fascial restrictions to facilitate change within the myofascial network.
Differing schools of thought govern practice within the loosely termed area of Myofascial Release. It would be a gross misunderstanding to place all approaches into one basket as theory, practice, and application varies considerably between these diverse methods. Myofascial Release as taught through Techniques For Movement has a lineage which finds some genesis within the Myofascial Release taught at the Rolf Institute. Please note that at no stage is this program aligned with the Rolf Institute, nor does it resemble a direct protocol as taught within the Rolf Institutes curriculum.
The practice of Myofascial Release requires the practitioner to discriminate between other soft tissue approaches, and the use of Myofascial Release as a distinctive intervention process. Myofascial Release is as much a reflective process requiring the practitioner to be patient, still and quiet; the greater the ease within ourselves, the practitioner, the easier it becomes to fulfill our clients needs.
The practitioner is as much a concept as a title which reflects what we bring to the therapeutic relationship. Our combined practical skills that inform our practice, and influence the agenda we bring to the table is part of our unique story. This includes our broader philosophical beliefs of health and healing, to a more specific outcome based understanding of what the client requires for direct change to occur at a physiological level. The more we, as practitioners, are able to integrate the knowledge and choices that have brought us to the level of development we possess at the moment of intervention, the more likely effective change will occur within our clients.
The client is not only the physical person standing in front of you or lying underneath your touch. The client, like the practitioner is a concept, who comes with their own story, their own distinctive needs. Many factors inform why clients arrive at our doorstep. These may be from direct needs of pain management or improved performance, to the more abstract requirements that, while unclear to both the client and practitioner, may become just as important for fulfilling lasting change. The degree to which the abstract elements are integrated into the process, the greater the degree of possible change. It is important to respect and see that there is more at hand than just changes to soft tissue influencing the healing process.
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