Fascial massage is a type of bodywork that focuses on the fascia, a connective tissue that surrounds and supports muscles, bones, and organs in the body. The fascia is a continuous web-like structure that provides structural integrity and plays a role in various bodily functions.
During a fascial massage session, a therapist applies gentle pressure and stretching techniques to the fascia to release tension and improve its flexibility. The goal is to address restrictions or adhesions in the fascial network, which can occur due to factors such as injury, inflammation, or repetitive movements.
Fascial massage techniques may involve slow, sustained pressure or gentle stretching movements, targeting specific areas or working across larger regions of the body. The therapist may use their hands, fingers, knuckles, or specialized tools to manipulate the fascia and promote relaxation and improved range of motion.
Benefits of fascial massage can include:
Pain relief: Fascial massage can help alleviate chronic pain, muscle soreness, and stiffness by reducing tension and enhancing circulation.
Improved mobility: By addressing fascial restrictions, this type of massage can enhance flexibility, joint mobility, and overall range of motion.
Enhanced athletic performance: Fascial massage may help athletes optimize their performance by promoting better muscle function, reducing the risk of injury, and aiding in post-workout recovery.
Stress reduction: The relaxing nature of fascial massage can help reduce stress and promote a sense of well-being.
Postural alignment: By releasing tension in the fascial system, this type of massage can improve postural alignment and balance.
It's worth noting that fascial massage can be a great addition to your regular massage therapy treatments. Reduction of the tension in your fascia allows your RMT less restricted access to the underlying muscles.
Unsure if its right for you? Ask your RMT whether fascial massage would be a good addition to your treatment plan.