Myofascial Melt…What is it?
You might have seen Myofascial Melt massage on my services menu and wondered what type of massage that is? This is a type of slow focused massage technique that allows me to target tension in your body in order to “melt” that tissue into a more flexible and relaxed state. I start by performing a visual assessment of your posture and look for chronic holding patterns which helps me to see where your web of fascia has shortened and tightened.
What is fascia?
Fascia is another name for the fibrous connective tissues that you have all over your body. It literally weaves through, is part of, and connects to every type of tissue and organ in our bodies.
It also helps to separate individual muscles within their groups so that they can work independently, and it provides a lubricated surface which allows the muscles to move smoothly against each other.
If you’re inactive for a long time, because of a sedentary lifestyle or have had an illness, injury or emotional trauma, your muscle fascia can start to stick together. This can stop your muscles from moving freely and gives you a tight, stiff feeling. In some cases, this can also limit your mobility. This sticking together and shortening of the fibers can create an immense pressure on your nerves and blood vessels which contributes to your pain and inflammation.
How is it released?
Myofascial Release is a gentle but firm technique which does not force the fascia to move, but instead helps to free up stiff fascia and reduces tension or restriction.
In this type of massage, I feel and stretch slowly down into the tissues, all the time feeling for a glue-like texture which means there’s a ‘sticky’ fascia. In order to create the sustained tension on the tissues, no lotions or oils are used. It’s a very precise massage technique that involves using a gentle yet direct pressure for five to eight minutes while I wait for the tissues to soften and release.
The massage should give your fascia a chance to return to its normal resting length which will feel a lot better, ease any pain or stiffness and allow blood and nerve impulses to flow more freely through the released area. This release allows you to move more freely and helps you to rebalance your posture.
Who benefits from Myofascial Melt Massage ?
If you have issues with your posture, chronic pain, fibromyalgia or past trauma or injury, this type of therapy could be useful. Since most of us have had some type of inury during our lifetimes, this technique is useful for everyone. If the fascial tissue is holding your body in the wrong position, your muscles will struggle to keep you in the correct alignment. Your connective tissue then starts to work harder and this can lead to other problems. A combination of bad posture and gravity lead to extra stresses on your body that can be relieved with myofacial release.
If you have scar tissue from previous injuries, some myofascial techniques might relieve some of the discomfort. In scar tissue, the tissue is laid down in a random pattern, which can cause it to pull on the surrounding tissue. Using fascial therapy can help to release some of the pain and stiffness caused by scar tissue dysfunction.
If you have any questions about how Myofascial Melt can help you, I would be happy to explain in more detail. When sceduling a Myofascial Melt appointiment, arrive a few minutes early as I will do a postural assessment in order to develop a treatment plan before you enter the therapy room for your treatment.
Why Use Essential Oils in Massage ?
Also known as aromatherapy massage, a massage using essential oils not only smells wonderful, but has many physiological benefits as well.
There are two main reasons why I may use essential oils in your treatment.
- They smell nice – but aromas are well known to trigger emotions in the part of your brain that deals with memories, which is why certain scents can take us back in time triggering happy memories. Some scents, like citrusy or lavender oils have a very similar effect and just inhaling them as you’re enjoying your massage makes you feel good.
- The essential oils used in massage can have beneficial effects on different areas of your body and health. Some blends like DoTerra’s Aromatouch contain several essential oils known to help reduce muscle pain and promote relaxation
Essential oils and pregnancy
If you’re pregnant, you should always tell your massage therapist before an aromatherapy massage because although essential oils are safe in the vast majority of cases, there are a few specific essential oils that are best avoided in the first trimester of pregnancy.
Essential oils and pain relief
Using essential oils such as wintergreen, peppermint and copaiba in a massage is ideal if you’re experiencing symptoms like inflammation or pain. There are several other essential oils which can give you even more relief than a basic massage.
Essential oils and stress relief
For some people, just breathing in the gorgeously relaxing scent of lavender essential oil can calm you down, while others might find it too strong and stimulating. Lavender essential oil is great for pain relief and widely used in stress-busting massage treatments. Other people may actually prefer lighter scents like citrus or something more invigorating like peppermint.
Aromatherapy is optional and complimentary
It is very important to let me know if you have any allergies or asthma as some oils can trigger an allergic reaction or irritate asthmatic airways. If I know that you have a personal preference or medical reason to avoid aromatherapy, I will schedule your appointment during the part of the day when no essential oils have been used.
As always, I use essential oils to enhance your experience and will use them as requested at no additional charge to you. I just love using aromatherapy and believe in the many benefits they offer and want to share them with you.
I am currently studying aromatherapy in order to learn more about their benefits and uses. Please feel free to ask me questions or let me know if there is an oil that you would prefer that I use during your session and I will order that for your next session.
What’s your favourite aromatherapy oil?