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What is a Myofascial release massage?

Myofascial release is performed directly on the skin without oils or lotions and works at the fascial level to remove restrictions built up sometimes over years. Due to the nature of this tissue, it doesn’t release in the same way as muscle but instead requires a long slow sustained pressure. Scar tissue, inflammatory responses, postural habits and trauma may lead to fascia restrictions. When these occur over sensitive structures such as nerves this can create pain in the body. Even where no pain is felt in our daily life, these restrictions can create a general sense of fatigue in the body.

Georgina

Oxford

“Jennie is fabulous and I would highly recommend both her myofascial release massage and core strengthening classes. I have suffered from lower back issues and tense muscles ever since I can remember (especially post children). After a double myofascial massage session, I can really feel the difference and, for the first time in years, I am waking up without lower back pain. Jennie was able to find and unlock many areas of hidden tension which has probably been building for years. “

Woman having a scar tissue massage

What is fascia?

Fascia in its most simple terms is our internal 3-dimensional webbing. When healthy it allows slide and glide, movement of fluid to and from our cells. When restricted, the same way putting on a tight jacket limits our arm movement, so too can the fascia. 

What can a Myofascial release (MFR) massage help with?

– Fascial restrictions can develop anywhere in the body, including surrounding our organs, limiting our overall mobility and creating pain when pressing on sensitive structures: Here is a by no means exhaustive list of some of the symptoms MFR can help with

  • Back pain
  • Hip pain
  • Bladder problems (urgency, frequency, incontinence, overactive bladder, leakage)
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Emotional trauma
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Headaches/ Migraines
  • Neck pain
  • Pelvic pain
  • Plantar fascitis
  • Scars
  • Tinnitus
  • vulvodynia
  • Non-bacterial prostatitis (chronic pelvic pain)
  • Pelvic organ prolapse
  • Diastasis recti

Massage services

Abdominal/visceral and back massage

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This massage is a great option to help close a stomach muscle separation (diastasis recti) or heal a pelvic organ prolapse by working on restrictions in the torso and reducing pressure on the abdominal midline and pelvic floor.

Pelvis including the lower back and upper thighs

Creating balance in the hip complex, possibly from compensations developed in response to injuries years ago. A fantastic massage for Hip, knee, lower back and pelvic floor concerns.

Neck/ shoulders/ arms/ chest

A lovely massage improving mobility in the wrists and shoulders as well as improving ongoing headaches.

Lower legs

Usually combined with the upper legs and potentially the pelvis to tackle, hip, knee and foot complaints such as plantar fasciitis.

Postnatal massage

Targeting those sore spots to provide relief and much-needed rest and recovery for a new mum.

Depending on the areas of concern and the points of restriction highlighted in an assessment, several areas of the body listed above may be covered. The above is simply to provide you with an idea of the possibilities for your tailored massage.

Depending on the areas of concern the massage may be partnered with a separate exercise/movement session with homework provided.

All massage sessions are £59

(For initial appointments, please allow up to 90 mins. Follow up massage sessions are 60 mins, however, please do allow yourself additional time for changing).

With old restrictions developed over many years after the initial releases in the first session, the nervous system will try to tense everything up to ‘feel familiar’ once again, even if the old normal brought about discomfort. Although most people feel instant relief, it can take several sessions for the fascia to release to the point that the nervous system can no longer ‘pull’ the body into its old pattern. Ideally, these would be on a weekly basis with homework carried out between sessions. Depending on the presenting pain, a combination of massage and exercises can be extremely effective. Please contact me to discuss a plan of care for your individual needs.

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