Benefits of Myofascial Massage

Myofascial massage has many benefits – and very important ones! But 1st, here’s a definition of the myofascia in the body: it refers to the fascia that surrounds muscles. OK but what is fascia and why does is surround muscles? Since the early 2000’s, fascia has been the buzz of the manual therapy community – it has become probably the most studied aspect of massage, osteopathy, chiropractic, PT, etc.
We’re going to go deeply into the benefits of myofascial massage but it will make more sense if we grasp the knowledge of what fascia is and how it relates to muscles.

What is Fascia?

In the old days, everyone thought fascia was simply the soft flexible covering of muscles. In fact, early dissection techniques focused only on muscles – and therefore, the fascia was cut away, pushed to the side and not considered at all. Everyone was looking at the muscles and what they do. Well, a lot of what they do is dependent on fascia!!
Fascia is the soft, thin, stringy tissue that connects . . . connects everything in the body! Yes, EVERYTHING! It not only surrounds muscles but also the organs, bones, nerves, blood vessels and even cells! So, it’s obvious that fascia is very important when getting a massage. A skilled practitioner knows how to treat fascia correctly. For more information about fascia work, contact me:

But Why is Fascia so important?

Because fascia connects sooooo many tissues in the body, a massage practitioner has to know that working on 1 part of the body will affect the other parts also. The effect may be small or it can be extensive – but it’s there. Massage practitioners must have knowledge of how fascia exists in the body and that it affects the whole body – in order for the bodywork to be successful and powerful.
Fascia can be compared to a spider web. Because the web is completely connected, a spider on 1 part can feel when a fly lands on another part. The human body’s fascia is similar – we get affected when 1 part changes. Sometimes we don’t recognize or feel the shift but it’s there!

How Does the Change in Our Fascia Affect Us?

I’m going to talk about the benefits of myofascial massage in a minute but . . . 1st, more about fascia!! When fascia changes inside our bodies, it pulls on other parts of itself in the body. That changes things and that effect is called compensation. It means that the body is adjusting to the revision made to it. But, if the body shifts, how does that affect us?
Every change makes some kind of response within the body’s structure. If a proficient bodyworker knows what this compensation is and can continue the work to advance structural integration for the synthesis of the whole body, s/he can work with the fascia to continue the global integration of the body! This is by far the best benefit of myofascial massage you can get!

Benefits of Myofascial Massage

Well, the main benefit is that your body will be more in tune with its best performance! Fascia work will bring the body back into a more optimal state of function. But, without fascia work, do we still feel OK? Yes, kinda that’s right – but the reason we do is because the body has such an incredible ability to adjust/compensate to every “bump in the road.” We can feel OK/pretty good even if we are feeling less than our optimal.

Here are some benefits of myofascial massage:

  1. less pain
  2. better mobility
  3. reduction of soreness and increased muscular recovery after exercise
  4. decreases overall stress in the body
  5. positive attitude in life
  6. a greater knowledge of what’s happening in the body
  7. better sense of psychological freedom.

What You Can Do to Keep Fascia Healthy

It’s important to keep fascia healthy because it’s such an influential part of the body. The benefits of myofascial massage are many but we can take an active role in maintaining those benefits – by doing this:

  • stay physically active; fascia benefits greatly from movement to keep its elastic quality
  • stretch frequently; again, this keeps fascia pliable and resilient, so very important!
  • maintain good posture; when we slump or bend forward for a longer period of time, fascia takes on that shape – then it’s harder to correct.

To work with fascia from a therapeutic approach, a massage practitioner needs to have experience as well as a thorough knowledge of human anatomy. Affecting fascia in 1 area will affect it in another . . . like the spider web concept mentioned above [in the heading “Why is Fascia so Important”]. You can contact me and we can discuss more details: 831-818-6916 Or fill out a contact form on my website.

More Benefits of Myofascial Massage

The most obvious benefit is that you will feel better!! And . . .

  1. reduced stress
  2. quicker recovery from aggravating conditions
  3. reduced soreness
  4. better relaxation

Also, myofascial bodywork usually doesn’t hurt – moving fascia can actually be harmful if done too vigorously. A skilled practitioner knows how to stretch fascia to get the best benefit.

Fascia can be compared to food wrap, that thin elastic wrap we use for food. If the wrap is stretched too hard or too far, it doesn’t “come back,” it gets permanently stretched. Fascia can do the same with lack of experience.
Now that you know the benefits of myofascial massage, please contact me and we can talk further about your situation. And if you want to have a session and see the benefits, that will give you a lot of experience of my work. You can also get $20 off by booking on my online scheduler.

Here’s a good article about fascia: What to Know About Myofascial Release Therapy