Fascia, explore a healthy balance

door | jul 1, 2024 | Fascia, Health | 0 Reacties

Fascia release treatment: an ancient wisdom, newly discovered

Fascia release treatment, a technique deeply rooted in both holistic naturopathy and traditional medicine, is gaining popularity as an effective way to address pain and dysfunction. Below, we explore what fascia release can do and who it might be suitable for.

The deep-rooted history of fascia treatments

The fascia release techniques we use today are not new. They have been an integral part of various medicinal traditions for centuries. In Asian medicine, for example, fascial tissue is often stretched very effectively. Cupping, one of the oldest fascial therapy techniques, also finds its origins in ancient Egypt and China.


The effects of fascia release

Fascia, the connective tissue that envelops every muscle and organ, often plays a key role in pain and dysfunction. During a fascia release treatment, restrictions in this tissue are removed gently but effectively. The ‘deep release’ patients experience indicates the immediate impact of this technique. Menno van Dam, an expert in this field and a teacher at Esoterra, has developed his own technique, which I have personally found to be particularly effective.

Who is fascia release suitable for?

Fascia release can be particularly helpful for a wide range of complaints and conditions. It is worth considering if you:

  • Frequently experience pain in areas such as the lower back, neck, or shoulders.
  • Have long-term pain complaints that do not heal spontaneously.
  • Are hindered in your sports performance by recurring injuries.
  • Have not received a clear diagnosis from X-rays, CT, or MRI scans.
  • Deal with ‘unexplained pain.’
  • Seek a treatment focused on the cause rather than just the symptoms.
  • Find that pain does not go away or worsens with regular exercises.

More than symptom treatment

Fascia release goes beyond merely treating symptoms. It targets the underlying tissue and structures responsible for pain and movement limitations. These treatments can provide clarity about the true nature of your complaints and pave the way to recovery.


Fascia treatment in massage therapy: a deep approach

In the world of massage therapy, the treatment of fascia plays a key role in promoting health and well-being. Fascia therapy, often based on the principles of osteopathy, views the body as a holistic system where each part affects the whole. How do massage therapists work with fascia?

Treating fascia: a holistic approach

In osteopathy and fascia therapy, the therapist uses hand techniques to detect and correct abnormalities in bone positions, tissue tensions, and organic or neural disorders. This approach aims to restore a healthy balance in the body, allowing the natural self-regulating forces to flow freely again. This process is often seen as a ‘reset’ of the body system.

The role of the massage therapist

Massage therapists apply fascial manipulation, a form of manual therapy that views the fascia in the entire body as an interconnected unit. They understand that changes in tension in one area can affect other parts of the body. During a session, the therapist focuses on finding and treating crucial points related to pain perception. These points are often located in the deeper fascial layers, sometimes far from where the client actually experiences complaints.

Treatment techniques

In fascial manipulation, the therapist uses specific, targeted techniques to make the ‘gelatinous’ fluid in the fascia more liquid again. This helps to regulate myofascial tensions along certain chains. Clients often describe it as if the fascial tissue ‘melts’ under the hands of the massage therapist. This ‘melting process’ contributes to reducing pain and improving overall mobility.

The approach of a massage therapist in treating fascia is profound and refined. By addressing not only the symptoms but also the underlying causes of pain and dysfunction, they offer a comprehensive treatment that goes beyond traditional massage techniques. This holistic approach can play a crucial role in restoring balance in the body and promoting long-term well-being.

Space for your nervous system

For example, a massage therapist can apply gentle pressure to the stiff tissue layers and wait until the tension in the tissue decreases. In soft fascia release techniques, the therapist can apply a combination of traction, compression, and rotational movements to layer all available planes of myofascial tissues into a restrictive barrier. Additionally, 3D strokes and stretching can be given around the blockages to release the fascial fibers.

By giving your nervous system space again, your self-healing ability is activated. And to that, I bow deeply to you.

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