The intention of this sometimes uncomfortable, but highly effective, therapeutic technique is to loosen the tension within the tightened and sensitive fascia or soft tissue in the body. The muscles can then be free to move efficiently without pain.
Our muscles, tendons, ligaments, and bones form a fascinating matrix, which our fascia weaves in between, creating a supportive system of contractile tissue. This web-like structure is held together by essential tension, necessary for these parts to function effectively. However, an excess of this tension can lead to dysfunction or discomfort in our movement patterns. It can create particular areas of excess strain, which we call knots or pressure points. In Myofascial Release, specific pressure points are worked into, easing tension, tightness, and pain across a broader area. This allows our muscular system to become more elastic and pliable once again!
I have a set of exercises that I've presented to hundreds of clients over the last five years. In these workshops, I guide participants on how to access and relieve pressure points in the body. I then take it one step further by balancing this work with moments of relaxation, so the full release can settle in. As Myofascial Release can be uncomfortable, attention to the breath is encouraged, as well as bringing more awareness into the nooks and crannies of the body. I invite participants to become embodied practitioners and to take home what they’ve learnt.
To participate, you will need a tennis ball (or an orange or something similar, that’s not too hard or soft), two pillows, a blanket, and a space of 2 metres x 2 metres where you can lie down comfortably and still see the screen of your device. Most importantly, you will need to be able to hear instructions. It is best to fully immerse yourself into this practice, find an area where you will be undisturbed, so put your phone and children on silent. Give yourself some time and space to relax!
When I am thinking about how best to teach Anatomy, I'm often using the question "what is the form and shape that creates the structure of this part of the body?". However (and I'm frank here) anatomy can be boring. For me, there is no story to it, so I find it difficult to relate to the components as they can appear separate. As characters of a story described out of context, unrelated to others.
For me, what's much more relatable and more available to understand is the purpose or "Job" of a set of the bodies parts. The study of our bodies components to collaborate and function as a whole system is known as physiology. This quality of creative interrelationship of the bodies parts, is essential to our wellbeing, in particular the ability to create balance in the body.
Between every two pines, there is a doorway to a new world.