Myofascial is a merging of 2 words: myo, which refers to the muscles, and fascia, which refers to the connective tissues. MyoFascial Release (MFR) is a combination of massage techniques that aim to reduce the tension and soreness in the body, to allow for more (comfortable) range of motion. These techniques are based on the various trigger points in the body. When the tissue is massaged, endorphins are released into the bloodstream, which reduces pain and tension. Endorphins are the body’s own natural painkillers and they play an important part in experiencing happiness. That is why they are also referred to as happy hormones.
There are 2 different methods:
- Directly -> in this method, you apply direct pressure to a certain area. The pressure is more significant than in the indirect method. Gently you start to reach deeper into the tensed tissues until you experience a certain sense of relaxation or release.
- Indirectly -> in this method, you apply mild pressure, just enough to help the slightly more superficial tissues relax. This is what we do in Yin Yoga.
In Yin Yoga, we use various poses to apply stress to certain areas of the body. These are also called the target areas. In doing so, we aim to stimulate the blood flow and circulation in that area. This improves mobility, function, and hydration.
MyoYin is the combination of MyoFascial Release and Yin Yoga. These two techniques can be practiced separately, but they can also complement each other. This will allow for an even deeper sense of relaxation. It can also help to make the yin-poses more accessible. We use several types of balls, varying in size and toughness as well as different techniques to massage the target areas and prepare for the yin yoga poses.