Now’s the time to get started with myofascial self-care!
At this point of great uncertainty and potential threat to our health, it is more important than ever that we use our time at home to look after ourselves. Whether you are working from home, furloughed or self-isolating, your mind and body need you to practise regular self-care.
Myofascial self-care is a simple way of promoting good health and preventing the build-up of tissue restrictions that can lead to pain, anxiety, and other unwanted symptoms. It does this by working on three levels:
Physical – using myofascial stretches and exercises to release restrictions in muscles and fascia;
Physiological – to relax your nervous system and help prevent pain messages from building up;
Emotional – to help your mind-body release the memories and emotions stored in times of stress and anxiety.
With this level of mind-body engagement, myofascial release is more than just a technique, it is an entire therapeutic approach that can be practised at home just as effectively as receiving hands-on treatment in a clinic setting.
Start your daily practice now
Starting a daily practice of myofascial self-care now will help develop your long-term good fascial health. Fascia is an intricate and multi-layered self-regulating feedback system. Through regular myofascial self-care, you are feeding the system good messages which gradually help to overwrite old and unhelpful mind, body and emotional habits that may be maintaining your pain and other symptoms.
Myofascial self-care is based on the principle of the ‘slow fix’. The cells in your body are built to replace and renew themselves. It takes around 6 months of regular self-care to change your fascia. In this time you can remove restrictions, restore flexibility and return fluidity to your tissues. Just as your body has gradually become stuck, so it can gradually become unstuck.
This is the principle of slow fix, which may come as a bit of a disappointment to anyone looking for the elusive ‘quick fix’ solution. Quick fixes just don’t apply in the fascial world, but instead, working regularly and progressively with your fascia through simple stretches and exercises can bring the long-term reward of a pain-free life.
Committing to just 20 minutes of daily self-care can make a big difference over time. There are many different myofascial self-care exercises and stretches you can choose from.
As a cost- effective introduction to myofascial self-care, why not try our Living Pain Free online video programme. It contains over 40 videos of simple myofascial stretches, self-care exercises, and myofascial information, all for a one-time subscription of only £4.99.