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Myofascial Release

20 mins

Senior tutor, Ruth Boaler presents the Myofascial Release - with breathing and relaxation.

What is the Fascia?
All muscles are wrapped in 'fascia' - a connective web-like tissue matrix that runs in planes and sheets all through the body. This includes muscle, bone, nerve and artery, heart, lungs brain and spinal cord. Fascia has the ability to stretch and move without restriction. However, when we experiences physical or emotional trauma, scarring, or inflammation, however, the fascia loses its pliability. It becomes tight, restricted, and a source of tension to the rest of the body.  The following programme is designed to relieve the student of tension and discomfort and to restore balance to the fascia.

This session includes the following:

  • suggestions for when and where to practice
  • key benefits
  • when to use the myofascial release programme as a body prep
  • how to use the mofascial release programme for injury prevention

1. In the supine (lying on your back). This includes:

  • activating the relaxation response - preparatory movement
  • presented in 5 stages - arm raise, leg hugging with phase 1 and 2 with 'threading', the Cross - with additional stretch 1 and 2, shoulder twist and shoulder lock
  • a counter pose

2. In the prone (lying on your front). This includes:

  • quadrqcepts stretch (with and without a strap)
  • the Child - with optional stretch to the sides

This session ends in the Makarasana - the Crocodile, with emphasis on relaxing and releasing tension.  

Have a strap and a cushion available. 

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Members' comments:

24 Jan, 2024
KathyField's picture
Thank you once again Ruth and Annie - I’m finding it is helping my musculoskeletal condition to practice this class in the mornings - especially in the cold winter months. It gives a wonderful sense of release for body and mind and I’m ready to embrace the day ahead. Namaste
14 Nov, 2023
SunFlowersfab's picture
Ruth Very beneficial talking through the musculoskeletal areas moved in each posture. I only had enough time to get to the point where you moved onto the piriformis. Tomorrow evening I will complete. All the tutors on the Dru on line studio I appreciate. I do have my favourites. A nice combination of you and Annie together, the practical sequences certainly help shift emotions and physical tensions. I am living proof of that. Thanks
30 Jun, 2023
KathyField's picture
Thank you Ruth and Annie for this therapeutic session…..after a lot of standing in the last few days I hadn’t realised how tight I had become. This session was great for stretching out the muscles and fascia around the whole spine and releasing pressure on my lower back. Am going to build this into my yoga practice. Namaste!
22 Jul, 2022
JuliaS's picture
really lovely thank you.
2 Mar, 2022
Jadamski's picture
love this session but it has disappeared from My Favourites and can't seem to add it again!
3 Mar, 2022
Anouschka-DruTeam's picture
Thanks so much for your comment. The "my favourites" does seem to be working for most people now... I wonder if you log out and back in again does it then work for you?
16 Sep, 2021
JuliaS's picture
Really interesting. Really enjoyed.
19 Mar, 2021
Joannaca6's picture
Love this at the end of a day where I’ve been standing and walking a lot, to be able to stretch in this safe, guided way is super restorative I find. Thank you again. Ruth
19 Jan, 2021
Joannaca6's picture
This is such a lovely class for the end of the day Ruth, thank you and Annie both xx
8 Jan, 2021's picture
Beautiful! Lovely pace and will fit in perfectly with my class based on ahimsa. Thank you Ruth and all the team x
1 Feb, 2019
Carol Swindell's picture
Carol Swindell
Thank you Ruth for this lovely relaxing stretching session. Having fractured my shoulder 2 weeks ago, I am using this session to stretch my body very gently all be it with limited arm movement and caution. It is lovely to be able to some yoga.
3 Sep, 2018
JuliaS's picture
Thanku for this restorative and strengthening session. Loved the focus on the quads and on the breath into the abdomen.
23 Jul, 2017
jane.benn's picture
Thank you Ruth and Annie. This is a beautifully relaxing all-over health practice. Lovely to do myself, without relying on someone else for a myofascial release. Lovely before and after yoga postures.
11 Jul, 2017's picture
I'm really enjoying this! Thank you for this lovely restorative session.
27 Jun, 2017
Nicky's picture
Thank you Ruth and Annie, my body feels so much lighter than before this session. Xxx
15 Feb, 2017's picture
You are such a beautiful teacher, Ruth. Thank you for this. x
2 Dec, 2016
ajtaylor's picture
Lovely session. A gentle way to end or start the day. Thanks u both.
17 Sep, 2016
Jo's picture
Thank you both, beautiful and very informative, Jo xx
15 Sep, 2016
joyousjulie's picture
Thank you Ruth. I have been back to this a few times already and am incorporating it into my teaching. Great to do before posture or sequence work. And explanations useful. Lovely to see Annie too.
12 Sep, 2016
joyousjulie's picture
Thank you Ruth. Lovely movements and explanations. A very nurturing way of stretching throughout the body.
7 Sep, 2016
Linda Griffiths's picture
Linda Griffiths
Brilliant session Ruth ! Thank you xxx
5 Sep, 2016's picture
Dear ruth and Annie. Waaauw my muscles are rejoicing. Tilly from netherlands
4 Sep, 2016
Rosie Mead's picture
Rosie Mead
Loved this, thank you, feeling stretched and comfortable this morning.
3 Sep, 2016
Barbara Ruthotto's picture
Barbara Ruthotto
Dearest Ruth, wonderful! I feel really stretched and relaxed. Best preparation for a nice saturday evening. Thank you so much
3 Sep, 2016
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Rachel Mellish
Thank you Ruth, very informative lovely gentle session x
2 Sep, 2016's picture
Many thanks for this great class Ruth! I shared it with my student today in her regular one-to-one session and received some great feedback...she loved it! We especially liked the cross with added shoulder twist. A really effective movement and wonderful stretch.
2 Sep, 2016
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Alison Fernando
Thank you for this Ruth - just the ticket after working hard physically and mentally all day! Alison xx
1 Sep, 2016
Camilla Nova's picture
Camilla Nova
thanks heaps - that puts those wonderful stretches into context and a framework that consciously works on the facia... beautifully done :-)
1 Sep, 2016
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Lucy Bannister
Brilliant! Exactly what I needed and totally inspired for my classes too. Thank you Ruth and Annie :) x
31 Aug, 2016
Anouschka-DruTeam's picture
Hi Camilla, The class is going to be released tomorrow (1st September). Thanks.
31 Aug, 2016
Camilla Nova's picture
Camilla Nova
the video isn't working on this one... most upset... I'd love to see it... happy days... Camilla


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