Get the Most of Your Myofascial Release Therapy Sessions
Published on: February 19, 2021

Published By: Southwest Physical Therapy

Get the Most of Your Myofascial Release Therapy Sessions

Myofascial Release Therapy Sessions

The healing potential within you is optimized, and your response to each treatment is maximized when you practice any or all of the following that is focused on enhancing the treatment sessions.

Look and feel for areas of your body that capture your attention by scanning your body before, during, and after treatment. You may feel pain, heat, tightness, tingling, tension, etc., or see reddened areas. At your next treatment session be sure to report any findings to your therapist. This will provide your therapist with important information about areas that may need extra attention or treatment.

Allow your breath to the area being treated or to sink into your area of pain. Visualize a tube going right to that area and breathe through the tube into the part of your body being touched or stretched or into your pain. So that you don’t force your breath it is also valuable to notice the difficulty of connecting your breath to your body or the lack of breath.  Simply see if you can allow it to flow to that part of your body.

Through feeling and observing, not thought, sink your awareness into the pain. To create more connection in this area, allow the area to feel like sinking sand. You can do this by feeling the inside of your body. Scan your whole body while in that same area to feel the connections to other areas. Ask yourself where it connects internally. Like taffy pulling or butter melting, allow those areas to soften. In this area imagine more space. Provide your therapist with feedback.

During treatment, your body may feel the urge to move. Any spontaneous motion should be allowed to occur by you. Your own inherent self-healing wisdom in your body is this motion. We don’t all know how to find it but everyone has this. Through the motion, you will be guided and protected by your therapist. So trust it! What it needs to heal itself is known by your body. You are not required to lie still for this treatment approach. To move in any way be engaged with your body’s urges.

A natural response to this treatment are emotions. Allow to surface any emotions you may experience during or after treatment by being willing to tune in. Until we are ready to release them, our bodies hold emotions in our fascial system like a storage tank. The body sometimes holds them in a form we call pain. To help your structure release and achieve optimum health, we encourage the full expression of all emotions. You need not understand them, so the why of these emotions shouldn’t be analyzed by you. Therefore you must not judge them as bad or good emotions, because they all have wisdom!

As they are being released from your tissues, memories or images may float into your consciousness during or after treatment. It will aid in their ability to guide you through your healing process if you consider sharing these experiences with your therapist. Even though the sharing sometimes facilitates deeper healing, you are never required to share anything and the ability to release and find insight in total privacy is one of the awesome aspects of MFR.

Throughout your treatment, your therapist may ask you questions. Allow the response to come from the area of your body being worked on when you answer and not from your head. Of any emotion or of your response that may surface you do not need to have an understanding. Since there is no wrong or right answer, even if you feel it doesn’t make sense you should trust whatever comes up. To not answer any question is always your option, so never force an answer.

In everyday life, you should listen to the messages you give yourself. The “should have’s”,  “I can’ts” “I never’s”, etc. Try to switch them to something more specific that feels right for you or a positive message such as: “In every way, I’m getting better and better every day!”. A big step towards shifting disempowering self talk to something that will provide better results is being aware of it.

It is not straight away that people improve. The frustrating aspect of healing is that. It is in a zigzag fashion that progress occurs. We call it a healing crisis when you have a setback or a flare-up. A normal part of your healing process is just that. This is why their pain persists and when most people quit. The frustration of the ups and downs is something you should allow yourself to experience and feel. Then return Your eyes can then be returned to your goals/intentions. Similar to the downhill, uphill, around corners, and in circles of a roller coaster ride — healing and life are a journey. For greater health, this is the body’s way of clearing out deeper levels of restrictions!

In as much detail as you can imagine, visualize your goal. Feel what it would be like once the goal is already accomplished. Allow it to be not something that you think you have to or should do but something that you truly want and enjoy doing. Your part has now been done by you. Allow yourself to now open to a greater force working in your life. We are meant to listen, reassess and redirect our adaptable goals according to what shows up for us.

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