Deep Muscle Massage, (DMM), with Myofascial Release Techniques
Deep Muscle Massage with Myofascial Release. The term myofascial release is derived from the Latin words myo (muscle) and fascia (elastic band).
In practice, myofascial release is usually a gentle therapy, consisting of a mixture of light stretching and massage work. I will apply hands-on massage strokes in order to release tension from the fibrous bands of the muscles, bones, nerves and joints, by unblocking any scar tissue or adhesions due to injury in the muscles and surrounding tissues. I mainly use light to moderate traction and twisting strokes to apply the appropriate tension on the soft tissue, and to achieve a full reflex range of the muscle. (*See end of page).
Typically, painful muscle spasms occur when our muscles lack adequate blood flow. When this occurs, lactic acid accumulates in the muscle. Anyone who has worked out will be familiar with the formation of lactic acid in muscles – it accumulates in, and causes soreness in muscle tissue following a strenuous workout. DMM is applied on this same principal. It disperses the lactic acid, so the deficient muscle can begin to accept a clean supply of oxygen and blood flow.
This slow and subtle technique can be used to unblock fascia and muscle throughout the body restoring total physical harmony.
The theory behind Deep Muscle Massage is that when chronic knots (also referred to as adhesions) exist within the deep muscle tissues, the body’s natural balance is thrown out of kilter. Until the natural balance is restored, injured fibrous tissues can cause chronic joint and muscle pain, poor posture and coordination, as well as a plethora of other health ailments.
Deep Muscle Massage aims to relieve the chronic tension throughout the muscles and fibrous tissues within the body. Its known to greatly increase flexibility and range of motion, and it’s also known to greatly improve posture and restore the body’s natural harmony.
If I locate a muscle in spasm I will concentrate the hands-on treatment to this area by applying continuous pressure for about 30-seconds with my fingers, knuckles or even elbows.
What does Deep Muscle Massage do?
As well as those things listed above DMM encourages the lymphatic and circulatory systems to work better. This promotes the release of hazardous toxins in the body, and it also encourages the body to repair any damaged cells.
Deep Muscle Massage has been known to help heal minor muscle strains and connective tissue injuries, in addition to helping soothe more serious
muscle conditions – such as Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease and even to lessen the symptoms associated with Muscular Dystrophy.
Afterwards clients often talk about the total release of body tension they experience. This is why the treatment is often recommended to soothe a plethora of pain-associated conditions including migraine headaches, menstrual cramps, menopause-related pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis, Fibromyalgia, whiplash and muscle spasms.
This therapy has also been effective in treating patients with sloppy posture, chronic fatigue, severe tension and anxiety, as well as repetitive stress injuries of the muscular-skeletal system.
What happens during a Deep Muscle Massage?
A typical full body session will include work on your back, arms, legs, feet, hands, head, neck, and shoulders.
*N.B. Sometime the Deep Muscle Massage strokes need to be applied with more pressure in order to stimulate the deeper muscles and surrounding tissues. This is often uncomfortable, compared to a traditional relaxation style of massage. I will only massage as deeply as you are comfortable with. This means that you must keep me informed about any pain at all times during the session.
After a few sessions of DMM, clients will often claim that the pressure was painful, but in a good way. Some clients will experience some muscle soreness following a neuromuscular therapy massage. However, like with exercise, the muscle soreness will disappear within a few days and the clients body will feel more relaxed for typically about a week following the treatment.
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60 minute Session £45
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