Please Note: In order to particiapte in this class it is recommended that you bring one or more of the following.
1. Foam Roller
2. Lacrosse Ball / Spiky Ball or Tennis Ball
3. Theracane / Bak Balls
Fascia is the fibrous tissue surrounding each of our muscle fibres, organs, nerves and bones. Fascia attaches to tendons and bones to help us move. Poor movement patterns, injury and being sedentary can cause ‘knots’, or ‘trigger points’ in our fascia, restricting our movement and causing pain or stiffness. Self myofascial release with objects such as a foam roller or massage ball facilitate the ‘breaking up’ these knots in the fascia, allowing the muscles to relax and become more mobile. This technique also improves blood flow to the area, improving the hydration of the fascia and allowing it to become more malleable. If done alongside corrective exercise, this will allow for re-tensioning of the muscles in the body in order to create more functional movement patterns.
Benefits of myofascial release include:
- Increases joint range of motion, without effecting muscle performance in the way that stretching can
- Helps prevents injury
- Reduces stiffness
- Helps muscle recovery and prevent DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) after exercise
- Helps us to move better
- Reduces stress
Research article on benefits of MFR: