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What is Myofascial Release?

Myofascial Release is a physical and manual therapy used for the effective treatment and recovery of soft tissue and fascial tensions and restrictions. The word myofascia is derived from the Greek word "myo", meaning muscle, and "fascia", meaning band.

The fascia surrounds, fills, and protects all tissues, tendons, muscles, bones, ligaments, and organs in the body. It is the connective tissue that holds the body together. The fascial system is a softening and supporting mechanism that allows the body to move safely without restriction or pain.

In an ideal condition, the fascial system is relaxed and rippled. Whereas in a system that is causing pain and restrictions, the fascia has lost its flexibility and is dehydrated, stiff, and stuck.

Myofascial release is considered the "missing link" in massage and bodywork and is effective in treating pain and trauma. It is a specialized treatment that releases restrictions in the fascial network, allowing rigid and stuck areas to become soft and mobile. The effect is one of relief throughout the body.

How is Myofascial Release performed?

Myofascial Release is performed on a massage table and no oil is used. Massage oil will not allow the therapist to work with the fascia because grip is needed to sink into the deeper layers.

The main factors that separate Myofascial Release from other massages are the rhythm and lightness of touch. The therapist works slowly, the hands are placed on the skin, and after about a minute, the fascia begins to move while the therapist performs a gentle stretch. The length of the stretch is dictated by the fascia, not the therapist. It may be another 3 minutes, during which time there is a release of collagen fibers that can be felt, between the skin and the muscle.

Myofascial release is usually gentler than other massages; at first, it may be hard to believe that anything is happening. However, some clients may feel the fascia moving during treatment. Many report that the effects of Myofascial Release last longer than other massages, such as Swedish or deep-tissue massage. The intention of the therapy is to release fascia that has become stuck or blurred, which brings a sense of relief and the body becomes looser and more relaxed.


The fascia, like the muscle, has the ability to contract and relax and plays an important role in joint mobility and stability. The fascia acts as a model of tension and integrity where tension and resistance depend on each other for stability. This massage aims to allow the client a deep sense of relaxation. Energy is stimulated to flow freely and nourish the body. Fascial areas that have become restricted due to poor postural habits or overuse will become looser, and the body more open.

Myofascial Release promotes the philosophy that the mind and body work together to maintain wellness. The body has the ability to remember postural positions, actions, and emotions without the mind remembering to do so. The body wants to heal itself and the fascial system wants to release itself. The fascia is active by nature, it responds to internal and external forces applied on it by facing resistance to protect itself. This is where Myofascial Release comes in, which works with sustained pressure, where force is responded to by a returned force. This allows the fascia to lengthen and restore itself to a healthier position.


  • 1 massagem (60 minutos ): 59€
  • Pacote com 4 massagens: 219€

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