People often asked me “Don’t you get bored of massaging bodies?”or “Do you mind looking at feet?”
The answer is simple: No. I do not get bored as I love my job.
I will not lie, I do get tired and my back hurts sometimes. Yes, I do feel sad some days or perhaps not as jolly as usual.
But as soon as my client walks through my door, I forget about it all and see only that person. Each person is unique. From the moment they walk in, I start building a picture of their frame of mind – their mood, stress levels and body tension – from the way they smile, speak and hold themselves. I feel privileged as they let me get a glimpse of their life with the good (holidays, success, family) and the bad (illnesses, worries, grieving, pain).
I have learnt a lot through the past few years (much more than they teach you at school) about massage techniques and also about myself:
– Body and Mind cannot be separated (you can’t ignore one to treat the other).
– Massage is not just about kneading muscles, you need to be aware of most common medication, conditions, have good people skills and recognise when someone just needs to be listened to.
– Being sensitive is not something to be ashamed of, it actually adds to the treatment.
– You can show empathy without getting emotionally attached (although it is the hardest for me).
– You cannot care about others without looking after yourself first.
– Don’t judge a book by its cover (someone looking very directive is often hiding a very anxious personality).
– Trust is a crucial component to any treatment.
And as much as it pains me to admit it, I do not own a magic wand. I had to learn to accept that you cannot cure serious conditions but you can definitely help alleviate symptoms and help people going through difficult time.
Myofascial Release (MFR) is fast gaining recognition as the missing link in traditional healthcare. But what is Myofascia Release therapy?
What is Myofascia?
Myo’ means muscle and ‘fascia’ means band. Fascia is a 3D continuous web of elastin and collagen fibres surrounded by a viscous fluid called the ground substance. These two fibre types allow it to be very strong yet have a high degree of flexibility whilst the ground substance is a fluid transportation medium and acts a slide and glide mechanism between structures.
Fascia surrounds, infuses and protects every other tissue, tendon, muscle, bone, ligament and organ of the body. In healthy conditions the fascial system is relaxed and wavy in configuration. This provides a cushioning and supportive mechanism allowing us to move safely without restriction or pain.
Research has proven that fascia, like muscle, has the ability to contract and relax and plays a major role in mobility and stability of joints.
What conditions might benefit from myofascial treatment?
Fascia is affected by injury or trauma (anything physical or emotional), inflammatory processes and habitual poor postures. These can impose a “straight-jacket” of force, resulting in a myriad of symptoms distant to the site of the original injury. (e.g. pain, headaches, anxiety and other symptoms.)
MFR can help with headaches, back and neck pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, muscle pain and spasm, fibromyalgia and sciatica, TMJ syndrome, poor posture
Myofascial Release is a safe and very effective manual therapy that involves applying gentle, sustained pressure into the myofascial connective tissue restrictions. As gentle pressure is applied slowly, the fascia begins to “release” or elongate. This amazing hands-on technique helps to soften and open up (or “release”) these restricted areas, eliminating pain, restoring motion and improving function.
What can I expect during my treatment?
MFR is a manual, hands-on technique that is very different from traditional massage therapy. It is performed directly on the skin, and usually no creams, lotions or oils are used. This enables the therapist to accurately detect connective tissue restrictions and apply the appropriate amount of sustained pressure without sliding across the skin, in order to facilitate release of the fascia. MFR utilizes a prolonged pressure over specific areas where restrictions are located and uncovered. At times treatment can be quite gentle, and you may think that nothing is happening. Other times deeper restrictions may be uncovered, bringing about a variety of sensations( both emotional and physical) as these restricted areas release.
People often ask me why I became interested in massages. I hope this will give you an insight on why I am so passionate about holistic therapies.
I hope you will enjoy reading it.