Treatments are performed directly on skin without oil, enabling the therapist to detect fascial restrictions and apply the appropriate amount of sustained pressure to facilitate release of the fascia. This sustained time element allows for the fascial system to reorganise without force.
Fascia is a continuous connective tissue system of the body that is collagenous and elastic, which extends without interruption from the top of the head to the tip of the toes; it surrounds and penetrates every tissue and organ of the body including nerves, vessels, muscle and bone. It has the ability to stretch and move without restriction. When one experiences physical trauma, emotional trauma, scarring, or inflammation, the fascia loses its pliability. It becomes tight, restricted, and a source of tension to the rest of the body.
Muscle forms the greatest bulk of the body’s soft tissue. By identifying which muscle’s fascia has become less pliable, we can explore where the pain originates from. Perhaps it might be lower back pain, however, even though the pain may be felt in the lower back area, it may be painful because of a gradual tightening of muscles and fascia at the neck which is pulling all the way down the spine.