"Movement, harmonious activity, unimpeded flow of bodily fluids, unimpaired nerve transmission, and the free range of motion of muscles and joints are all connected to health and life. When movement ceases, life ceases."1
Fascia is a thin tissue that surrounds every muscle, nerve, blood vessel, covers all our organs, and lines body cavities. This 3-dimensional web-like stocking envelopes the whole body with no separation from head to toe, from skin to core,2 holds us together, responds and transmits forces throughout the body as a whole.
Our body is very adaptable, fascia responds to postural and emotional holding patterns, injuries, inflammation, surgeries, prolonged sitting, limited movement, and age thicken the tissue, anchor it to adjacent structures, and create sore spots called trigger points. These restrictions are transmitted through the fascia and, though not always near what feels like the source of pain, they limit muscle and joint movements, and can contribute to widespread muscle pain.
In a Myofascial Release Treatment (MFR), the therapist locates areas that feel stiff and fixed instead of elastic and movable. Using light, sustained pressure and with no or very little lotion the therapist stretches the tissue, slowly lengthening the fascia and releasing restrictions. Myofascial Release:
relaxes and lengthens the muscles
increases flexibility and range of motion
reduces pain and improves posture
increases sports performance
reduces nerve and organ compression
Anna utilizes MFR as part of the treatment and depending on the individual needs of each person she might use a combination of techniques to reduce muscle tension, pain, or postural imbalances.
Tips for a healthy fascia
As we age fascia loses its elasticity, it is very important to keep it pliable
Take 10 minutes and do a whole body stretching every day.
Engage in varied whole-body (functional) movements and activities that challenge the body in new ways.
1. Finando & Finando. Trigger Point Therapy for Myofascial Pain
2. Shultz, L. & Feitis, R. 1996. The Endless Web. Berkeley, CA. North Atlantic Books
Anna is a miracle worker! As a very active person and former competitive athlete, she has been amazing in helping me through the knots, tightness, and other muscular issues that seem to pile up a lot more now that I'm on the wrong side of 30. In particular, Anna has helped me through two particularly acute episodes of piriformis syndrome, and I now swear by getting regular bodywork from her. Her complete knowledge of anatomy and impeccable technique are unmatched in my experience. She always finds the areas that are tight or out of balance and applies the right therapeutic technique to resolve the issue. Anna has my wholehearted and unwavering endorsement as the best massage therapist in Boston!"