May 11, 2016 / by Ann-Marie Giglio / No Comments

My clients often hear me talk about their myofascia tissue and how it’s actually in charge of the body. If you’ve ever had a situation that doesn’t quite get fixed despite massage and/or chiropractic adjustments, this may be what’s…Click Title to Continue behind the problem. Iris Mack, owner of Healing Touch of the Dove, is the professional I refer my clients to. Her process is not a massage. It’s more of a treatment. I call it “tissue work.” Here is Iris to explain it in her words:

So what is Myofascial Release? It’s like nothing you’ve ever experienced! It’s definitely not a massage.

It is a therapeutic release of the tight fascia which, after release, promotes healing of the body. Most people have never heard of myofascial release or the fascia. They don’t know what it is or its function.

Fascia is a tough, connective tissue that spreads throughout the body, actually from head to toe in a three-dimensional webbing without a break in the pattern; in other words, it’s ALL connected. It occurs along and between muscles, so it is called myo-(muscle) fascia.

Why would it need to be released? Because the fascia can bind down, “wind up,” or bunch up as a result of a variety of things: eating food you’re allergic to, taking medication, or any trauma to the body (such as stubbing your toe, hitting your elbow, falling, or having surgery. This can cause blood flow to be restricted to cells which impacts the organs and muscles in the body. It can also result in chronic problems from misalignment: you get “stuck.”

Stiffness and pain may be a by-product of the tight fascia. Fascia restriction doesn’t show up on the standard tests like x-rays, CT scans, or myograms. So how is it detected? Trained myofascia-release therapists can feel a thickness and a resistance in the fascia. With hands-on gentle pressure, the fascia restrictions can be moved and unwound.

People who have had myofascia release therapy have a hard time explaining their experience to others. Why? Because the fascia responds to trauma and stresses differently in each person due to her or his unique history and health. With myofascial release, each person’s experience will be distinctively their own.

Different responses to the fascia release will run the gamut from tingling, stinging, burning, to warmth or coolness, waves, or pain. You might not even feel anything until you stand up after your treatment. Your fascia will even continue to unwind for days after your treatment. Because so many toxins have been released in your body through the fascia work, you will need to rest and drink water after your session. Soaking with Epsom salts for no more than 15 minutes will also help.

So if you’ve been suffering from a “mystery” pain or problem, let Iris take a look at you. For more information, check out Iris’ webpage

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