Myofascial release (MFR) is a specific type of massage that’s great for helping physical and emotional pain as well as addressing things like bad posture. `Myo’ means muscle and ‘fascia’ refers to the band of tissue that surrounds your muscles.
On the day of the treatment I was asked to avoid using coconut body lotion (find out more at http://www.amazon.com/Nutria-Virgin-Organic-Coconut-Oil/dp/B00E4K41Q6 ) – MFR is done on dry skin to allow the therapist to feel and stretch the ‘fascia’ underneath the skin without their hands slipping. Treatment is best done in your underwear and you may be asked to stand up first so your therapist can spot any problems at a glance.
I was impressed when my therapist, Ruth Duncan, immediately identified an imbalance and explained that I had a tendency to carry more weight on one side than the other. I’d badly broken my right ankle several years before and, without realising it, had been overcompensating on my left ever since.
Ruth worked on my hips, legs and shoulders, placing both hands on my skin, applying a little pressure and then gradually pulling them apart to elongate the fascia and restore it to its natural length. Although it wasn’t as relaxing as a conventional massage, I left feeling calm and relaxed.
I also felt that my balance had been corrected. MFR is a really restorative treatment and I’d definitely do it again.
Anxiety, worry and stress can create tension in the back. Muscles tighten and the effects of life are reflected in the pain experienced. If you remove the emotion, the pain can ease up and sometimes vanish.
Hold a piece of amethyst and take three deep breaths. As you breathe out, let your entire body relax. Then breathe in the violet colour from the amethyst gently into the painful area. Try to acknowledge and then release any negative emotions.