self-Myofascial Release Workshops
with Melissa Milne LMT
The first installment of our Self-Myofascial Release Workshop (aka foam rolling) will focus on the back and upper body. The second will focus on the back, from a different perspective, and incorporate specific hip and leg muscles.
First off let’s talk a little about what myofascial release is. The fascia in myofascial is a very thin tissue in the body that wraps our muscles, tendons, ligaments, organs, nerves, and lymphatic system. When we want to relieve tension and decrease pain patterns, releasing the fascia has more benefit than releasing knots or specific muscles. We can work on a knot or a tight muscle for days (weeks… months…) but that same pesky discomfort can return within hours. That’s because we’re only releasing one small part of a system of tension. The body literally cannot contain tension within one muscle or a portion of a limb. In order to keep the tight muscle or limb from getting damaged further, the body subconsciously spreads the tension to neighboring muscles and structures, through the bridge of the fascia/connective tissue. In order to successfully impact a chronically tight muscle, knot, or tension pattern, we need to release the fascia that binds that tension to neighboring structures. We ALL have fascial tension! When we know how to follow its path, we will be able to get more benefit than just working on one spot.
In the upper body myofascial release workshop, Melissa will teach us how to address shoulder, upper back, chest, and neck tension. We will learn to release the pecs, lats, deltoids, rotator cuff muscles, rhomboids, and erectors…as well as some other muscles that no one ever talks about! Releasing the muscles in the shoulder girdle and chest can significantly improve issues like frozen shoulder, knots and tension in the upper back and shoulders, bicep and elbow tension, chronic neck pain, and tension headaches. If we have time, we’ll also give some attention to the triceps, biceps and forearms.
In the lower body workshop, Melissa will again incorporate the back muscles that affect chronic hip and leg issues, as well as focus on the glutes, deep lateral rotators, tensor fascia latta (TFL), the IT band, quads, hamstrings, adductors, and calf muscles. Releasing the fascia connected to these muscles can significantly help with low back pain or disc issues, sciatica, hip pain, knee stiffness and pain, plantar fasciitis and ankle or calf issues. Releasing the fascia can also help with bloating in the lower limbs, because fascial tension creates pressure on the lymphatic pathways that is hard for the lymph system to flow past.
While we will be addressing specific muscle tension, keep in mind that we’re addressing it from a massage therapy and myofascial perspective. Our muscles are in relationship with one another, either working to create strength and openness or to create tension, pain, and mobility issues. These workshops will help students become more empowered in their self-care practices, by gaining helpful knowledge and understanding of the way the body works to either create discomfort or create freedom.
We have space for 20 participants
Prerequisite: Participants should be capable of moving around and supporting their body weight on the ground.