Fascia - connective tissue - is the tissue that surrounds, permeates, sustains and connects our organs, muscles and joints. Some parts of the connective tissue are naturally thougher, other parts are more flexible. Normally, the muscle tissue, also known as myo-fascial or "deep tissue", is relaxed and somewhat elastic. When we move the fascial layers can slide along each other. Under the influence of poor posture, stress, overload, (former) injuries and trauma the connective tissue can become firmer and gluing the layers together. It feels like wearing a 'jacket' that is too tight. This can lead to pain during stretching and moving and loss of flexibility.
Fascial release is a form of self massage. It is practiced according to a specific direction and sequence reflecting the neuromuscular system. The principle is simple: You roll over a ball or roller from the origin of the muscle to the attachment. This relaxes and lengthens the muscle in the direction of the attachment. Time and the weight of your body are your most important 'tools'. As you become more familiar with the technique and feel, you can work more easily and more deeply. Thus dissolving blockages, you'll let your energy flow freely and achieve a deep relaxation.
Working with the respiration is essential for the achievement of your goal: lengthening of muscles and myo-fascia, space in the joints, balance between body parts. By directing the breath in the place where the ball makes contact will release your body from inside out.
During fascial release the ball or roller acts like a bridge between body and mind. You'll recognize and interpret body signals. You'll learn to react appropriately and respond to the needs of your body. You 'll understand the connections between physical stress patterns. While your body learns to relax, your spirit gets involved in this process and thus comes to rest.