How is Myofascial Release Different?

In its normal healthy state, fascia will stretch and move freely / fluidly without restriction. However, fascia can become dense and stuck due to over / under use, injury and trauma. Symptoms include inflammation, scar tissue, trigger points, stiffness and poor posture. All of these things can result in chronic pain. Myofascial Release (MFR) is a specialised soft tissue therapy that works with the body’s connective tissue known as fascia. Fascia surrounds and connects everything within our bodies including muscles and nerves. MFR techniques stretch and release the soft tissues of the body using slow sustained pressure, without force, restoring …

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ScarWork for Abdominal Scars

Since training in Sharon Wheeler’s ScarWork, I have been busy working on people’s scars. These pictures show a scar from abdominal surgery 10 years ago before and after just 3 x 30 minutes of ScarWork. The tissue around the scar has softened, the dip of the scar is less pronounced and the lower abdomen is less distended. In this young girl’s own words, she doesn’t feel so much like she has a double tummy. Needless to say we are both very happy with the results so far! ScarWork treatment is gentle and painless. The practitioner uses a range of gentle …

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Myofascial Release can help Fibromyalgia symptoms

There is so much I could say about the British Fascia Symposium 2018… “It was FAB”… doesn’t quite cut it! I’ll share some info through the week, for now I’ll just share this pic of Carol Davis, Vice Chair of the Dept of Physical Therapy at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in Miami, Florida. Carol gave a fantastic talk explaining that for anything to get in or out of the cells in our body it must pass through the fascia the cell is embedded within. It is important for fascia to be fluid. When fascia is congealed, …

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Advanced Clinical Diploma in Integrated Myofascial Therapy

This is my happy face!!  After hours of workshops, assignments, researching the theory of pain, a clinical paper on fibromyalgia, case studies and a practical exam, I have finally received my diploma certificate having passed with Distinction!!

Weekend appointments in 2017!

Due to an increase in requests for weekend appointments I will now be taking appointments for the last Saturday of each month! Please call, text or email for availability.

The pectineus is connected to the diaphragm

If you ever find the day after a squat/leg workout (or cycling, sprinting, horse riding etc) you feel so sore you can’t really walk or stand or breath properly – this may be a tight pectineus. Pectineus shares fascial connections with the psoas. The pectineus is one of your many groin/ adductor muscles. The difference between this muscle and other groin muscles is its proximity and connection to the psoas and illiacus. These three muscles are intertwined within their fascial fibers. If one muscle is dehydrated and tight, the others will follow suit. In addition, the psoas is connected to the diaphragm in a similar …

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Shoulder stability for climbers – from a Myofascial Release perspective

It was my pleasure recently to write an article for Jurassic Climbing Academy on shoulder stability which is vital for any climber whether young, old, experienced or starting out. Head coach at ‪#‎JurassicClimbingAcademy‬ , Paul Jackson, has recognised that to be a great climber you need not only great climbing skills, you also need to look after your body both inside and out.   Many of us have a very mechanical view of our bodies. However, by viewing the muscles and bones as the body’s structural support system, we confuse muscular strength with structural stability. Fascia. Our structural stability is in fact provided …

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Pain is not the start of the story

One of my Myofascial Release mantras is “Start at the site of pain then work outwards to find the root cause”. If I am feeling pain in my body,  I want to work out the cause, not simply mask the pain and carry on as if it were not there. Pain is the body’s way of calling out there is an issue to be resolved. Similarly, if I was to take my car to a mechanic because the “check engine” light was on, I would hope my mechanic would not just put a piece of black tape over the light. If pain is …

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British Fascia Symposium 2016

This weekend I went along to the British Fascia Symposium 2016 in Worcester. There I met people who had travel from far and wide, including the USA, the Cayman Islands, Argentina and Italy. We all went for the same purpose, to learn more about the latest scientific research on fascia. What is fascia?? Fascia literally covers and joins every single part of us together, from the finest level of detail, our cells, our organs, muscle to our outer most layer, our skin. Why travel to the symposium?! Well there is an ever increasing body of research into fascia that is …

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