Practical Fascial Release methods for Movement Professionals

Self Myofascial Release using 7 and 8 inch Body Working Balls in a group situation

Introduction

Fascial Release is not new - way back in the 1930s Ida Rolfe theorised about the fascia or connective tissue and by the 1960s shebelieved that fascia tightens as a protective mechanism also that by releasing the adhesions and scar tissue holding muscle, fascia, the skin  and tendons locked into spasm, the body can be corrected and free motion returned. 

Prior to the last decade, soft tissue manipulation was the domain of the Physiotherapist, Chiropractor, Osteopath or Massage Therapist with skills such as Rolfing.

But as with many disciplines, including Pilates, it was the Sports conditioning Professionals within the past 10 years who brought 'Self manipulation' of tissue to the Popular forefront.   Conditioning coaches like Mark Verstagen introduced to European National football teams 'Self Myofascial release' using foam rollers and this transferred to the fitness industry.

Then alternative therapists such as Yamuna Zake developed systems to induce body integration using different size and weights of balls to release the fascia:

"The ball becomes the hands of the therapist and the person’s weight creates the traction, movement and release on the ball"

 Exercies therapists, particularly from Mind Body disciplines were attracted to Yamuna's work and found that her 'Body Rolling' techniques combined seamlessly with Yoga, tai Chi and Pilates and that the effectiveness of the Yoga, Pilates or Tai Chi on the structure and integrity of the body was improved by the release of the fascia.

Today we are familiar with release becoming a primary part of a conditioning strategy

  • Release, Align and Strengthen (Yamuna Zake and later Carolyne Anthony)
  • Release, Rehydrate and Restore (Susan McLaughlin)
  • Stretch and Release then Strengthen and Stabilise (Ellie Herman)
  • Release, Realign, Relieve (Dr. Aliya Visram)
  • Reconnect, Rehydrate, Rebalance, Release  (Sue Hitzmann)

Building on Yamuna Body Rolling alternative self-release techniques have been designed that use alternative props among these are 'Trigger Point' therapy and The MELT Technique.  At the same time new accessories such as Spikey Balls and rollers add to the toolbox. 

No longer is fasscial release solely the preserve of the Body Working professional.  Instead the Exercise professional is able to improve his/her effectiveness by employing a range of different Myofasial release techniques to prepare the body for the exercise to follow.

Objectives

By the end of this course Students will :

Recognise changes in body position and Posture as a result of releasing the fascia

Understand how fascial constrictions increase over time if not released

Be able to identify the ideal accessories to use to release the fascia for different body parts.

Be able to teach self-release strategies to their group or one-on-one participants

Understand and compare and contrast the difference betweeen different methods such as 'Body Rolling', Trigger Point, The MELT Method, Prickle Ball etc. sufficiently to pursue further training in these areas if desired.

Be able to work one-on-one with a client using a combination of their body weight and a suitable Body Working accessory to assist the release of the fascia

Understand the importance of time and breath to facilitate a release

Take away a Release strategy which dictates an order and combination of releases to meet a particular objective.

Understand the correct positioning of a ball, Roller or prop and the range of movement that is safe.

Understand contra-indications for the techniques taught and populations that are not recommended to undertake specific releases. 

 

Self Myofasial release using Prikle balls

Prerequisites

This practical workshop is suitable for all levels of Fitness Instructor, Pilates Instructor, Yoga Teacher Dance Instructor, Physical Education Teacher,  Sports conditioning coach or other movement professional.  it is also appropriate for movement related medical practitioners such as physiotherapists, Chiropractors and Osteopaths.

Massage Therapists and Body Workers may also find this workshop adds techniques and knowledge to their toolbox.

Duration

7 hours

Further Details

Myofasial Release is not a new concept it has just come to prominence recently.   Practitioners like Ida Rolfe date back pretty much as far as Joseph Pilates.  Ida Rolfe began working on clients in the 1930s and by 1971 had founded the Rolfe Institute of Structural integration :  The primary goal of Rolfing is to improve the alignment and movement of the body, in accordance with Ida Rolf's ideas about optimum human function  Rolfers manipulate the fascia until they believe it is operating in conjunction with the muscles in a more optimal relationship.

Assisted Myofascial release using a foam roller