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.