Myofascial release is a form of connective tissue manipulation frequently associated with John Barnes, P.T. This technique aims to release tension in the fascia, the continuous network of tissue that surrounds and supports muscles, organs, and bones. The therapist uses a variety of methods to facilitate softening and movement in the fascia, and may use craniosacral therapy as well. No oil is used in myofascial work, because the therapist does not wish to glide over the tissues as in many forms of massage. Rather steady, sustained contact is applied with fingers, palms, forearms or elbows to mobilize and stretch the fascia, thereby releasing fascial adhesions or other disruptions. The touch used is very gentle, but release of the fascia has the potential to bring about profound improvement in posture, mobility, and comfort.
On the internet: www.myofascialrelease.com
Therapists with training in Myofascial Release: Sheri Bergen, Bonnie Gardner