What is myofascial release massage?

Myofascial release massagemyofascial release massage specifically addresses tightness, soreness and pain associated with your body’s fascia. Your fascia is a web of connective tissue under your skin that attaches, stabilizes, and separates your muscles and other internal organs. It is a densely woven network of tissue that covers your entire body from head to toe. When functioning normally, fascia is able to stretch and move without causing restriction. When your fascia is injured or compromised in some way, it can become inflexible, which can cause tension throughout your entire body. This tension puts pressure on your muscles, bones, nerves and blood vessels, causing pain and a loss of mobility. Myofascial release techniques not only address the pain and stiffness, but work to reverse the damage to your fascia causing the pain in the first place.

The goal of myofascial release massage is to stretch and loosen your fascia so that it and your muscles, bones, etc. can move freely, eliminating pain and restoring mobility. This goal is achieved through a gentle use of pressure and sustained stretching of the affected area. Progress is measured by the reduction of pain and increased function and mobility. In some instances, myofascial release massage is beneficial prior to surgery or sports competitions, to help improve muscular and skeletal alignment.

myofascial release massageMyofascial release massage includes applying sustained, slow, gentle traction and pressure on your skin at differing angles to facilitate stretching. The technique works to break up adhesions in your affected fascia and relax muscle spasms and stiffness. This is sometimes slightly uncomfortable, but the long-term benefits outweigh the short-term discomfort!

This type of massage is helpful if you’re experiencing a loss of flexibility or function after an injury, or if you’re dealing with ongoing pain in your back, shoulders, hips, or any other soft tissue area. Myofascial release massage is often used to treat conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome, TMJ, migraines and fibromyalgia. Fascial pain can sometimes cause anxiety, depression, or insomnia, which can contribute to your overall pain levels, so it’s important to address the underlying cause of the pain as quickly as possible to avoid these side effects as much as possible.

If you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms or conditions, myofascial release might be a good option:

  • Restricted motion or “pulling” from tissue tightness that causes you to favor and/or overuse one side of your body (shoulder, hip, etc.)
  • Painful pressure on muscles or joints
  • Any body pain including back pain or headaches.
  • Bladder problems
  • Birth injuries
  • Bulging and/or herniated disc(s)
  • Bursitis
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Cervical & Lumbar Injuries
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Endometriosis
  • Emotional Trauma
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Plantar Fascitis
  • Pudendal Nerve Entrapment
  • Sciatica
  • Scoliosis
  • Shin Splints
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Tinnitus
  • TMJ syndrome
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Whiplash

If you’re experiencing pain from any of these conditions, contact Rogers Relaxing Massage Therapy LLC today to find out how myofascial release massage can help you!

Schedule an appointment online or call 802-388-2376 or email rogersrelaxingmassagetherapy@gmail.com

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Massage is a Great Fathers Day Gift!

Are you searching for the perfect Father’s Day gift?

Last month we talked about how great massage is for all kinds of Moms. Father’s Day is Sunday, June 18th, so it’s time to talk about all the great reasons your Dad should get a massage too!

Massage for Fisherman Dads is a great idea!Reasons why massage is a great gift idea for Dad:

  1. He’s going to the LCI Father’s Day Fishing Derby. If all goes well, he’s going to have sore muscles from pulling in “the big one.” Even if the big one gets away, Dad will appreciate the release of endorphins that comes with a massage – it helps reduce stress as well as pain.
     
  2. He’s doing all that yard work. Lawn mowing, gardening, home improvements, pool maintenance, you name it… chances are your Dad’s out there working hard this time of year. He might be overdoing it, too. A massage would really help with those sore muscles. Roger is a Paingoway Specialist, which means he’s an expert at using massage to relieve pain.
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  3. He’s running a marathon (or a half marathon, or a 10K, or a 5K). Massage helps athletes prepare for and recover from strenuous workouts of all kinds.
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  4. His golf game could use a little help. Massage can help improve flexibility and range of motion.
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  5. Show Dad you appreciate him with the gift of massage therapy!He does a lot for you! Maybe he helped you move out of your dorm room recently, for example. Return the favor with a gift certificate for a Rogers Relaxing Massage.
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  6. He’s a little sad. You’re graduating and moving out, and his life will never be the same. Oh sure, he’ll joke that he can’t wait to turn your bedroom into a man cave, but we know he’ll miss you. Massage can help alleviate the effects of depression and anxiety.
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  7. He has a stressful job. Stress and tension can build up and cause health problems – don’t let this happen to your Dad! Massage can help reduce muscle tension from sitting at a desk all day, or relieve sore muscles from hard physical labor. It can also reduce blood pressure and cortisol levels, and improve concentration.
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  8. Massage is relaxing and rejuvenating – you don’t need to have a “problem” that needs fixing as an excuse to get one. Dads can be a pretty selfless bunch sometimes – always thinking of what their family needs first. It might not occur to him to invest in his own self-care – that’s where you come in!
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  9. New fathers can benefit from the stress relief of massage therapyFather’s Day isn’t just about celebrating your own Dad. Is there a new father in your life? Chances are he’s not getting a lot of sleep right now – new babies are a lot of work for both parents! Get him a gift certificate for a massage. He’ll get a chance to relax and rejuvenate, and he’ll be better able to sleep – when and if the opportunity arises!

Dads of all kinds are an important part of our lives, and Father’s Day is a great time to remind them how much we love them. It doesn’t matter if he’s a tough guy or a big softie (or both), any father can benefit from the relaxing, stress relieving, pain reducing, invigorating benefits of massage therapy. So if you’re looking for the perfect gift for your Dad, or any of the Dads in your life, consider a gift certificate for Rogers Relaxing Massage Therapy.

Order a Rogers Relaxing Massage Therapy Gift Certificate for your Dad today!

Moms Who Deserve a Massage this Mother’s Day

Moms who garden deserve a massage for Mother's DayThe Gardening Mom

If your Mom’s a gardener, she’s working hard this spring starting seeds, prepping the soil, hauling compost and generally having a ball getting her hands dirty. Gardening is a labor of love, but it’s hard work! All that digging, lifting, bending and repetitive motion can cause sore muscles. This year, let Mom grow the flowers and get her a gift certificate for a Rogers Relaxing Massage. She’ll be more able to enjoy the fruits of her labor when she’s relaxed and rejuvenated.

The On-The-Go Mom (CEO, Mom’s Taxi)

Is your Mom the type who is always on the move? Keeping a family on track and on schedule takes a lot of effort. Maybe she spends a lot of time driving kids around to soccer practice, football games, dance recitals, violin lessons, riding lessons… you get the idea. While the kids might get plenty of fresh air and exercise, she ends up spending a big part of her day in the car. All that driving is tiring and can cause muscle stiffness – help her work out the kinks, restore circulation, and get a boost of energy with a relaxing massage.

The Hard Working Mom

Whether your Mom is behind a desk or spends the whole day on her feet, there’s no better way to show your appreciation for her hard work by helping her relax with a massage. It doesn’t matter if she wears heels or a hard hat during the work day, a trip to Rogers Relaxing Massage can help improve concentration and energy levels so she can take on all the challenges her profession presents.

Athlete Moms deserve a massage on Mother's DayThe Athlete Mom

Is your Mom an athlete? The kind of person who is always looking for a new adventure? Maybe she runs, practices yoga, plays hockey, loves to hike or goes to the gym religiously. She’s in great shape, but that doesn’t mean she won’t benefit from a massage – quite the contrary! Your active Mom will love the relaxation, relief from sore muscles, and increased range of motion a massage can provide.

The New Mom

The first years of parenting are an incredibly special, memorable time – and exhausting. New Moms face special challenges, long hours and lost sleep, and they wouldn’t want it any other way – most of the time! If there’s a new Mom in your life you’d like to celebrate this year, the relaxation and stress relief offered by a massage is a thoughtful and considerate gift.

Moms-to-be deserve a massage on Mother's DayThe Mom-to-Be

Don’t forget about the Mom-to-Be in your life on Mother’s Day. Massage offers a lot of benefits to the expectant mother: it can help with sleep, improve mood, increase circulation and decrease nerve pain. Massage can even assist with shorter, easier labor and shorten maternity hospital stays!

The Grand Mom

There’s more than one way to be a Mother, and there’s probably more than one person in your life who you’d describe as “like a mother to me.” Show your Grandmother, Stepmom, Mother-in-Law, or that special motherly person in your life how much you appreciate them with the gift of a relaxing massage!

The Stressed Out Mom

Is your Mom stressed out? Maybe your little brother is driving her crazy? Show her who the “good kid” is with a gift certificate for a massage – she’ll be much more relaxed when you tell her what you did to the car. 😉

The Injured Mom

If your Mom’s recovering from an injury, massage is a great way to help speed the process. From alleviating pain and soreness to feeling rested and rejuvenated, massage is useful at almost any aspect of the recovery process.

Your Mother deserves a massage gift certificate for Mother's Day!YOUR Mom!

After all, who among us hasn’t been a “pain in the neck” once in a while? The truth is, any Mom can benefit from massage. It’s an ideal gift, really, one that shows you care about their health and happiness. Chances are your Mom shows you how invested she is in your well being in a lot of ways, both large and small. Mother’s Day is a chance to repay the favor.

Get a Gift Certificate from Rogers Relaxing Massage Therapy for the Mom in your life today!