Myofascial Release and Myoskeletal Alignment Techniques stimulate the stretch reflex in muscles thereby "tricking" the tissues into realignment and resetting the muscle to a fully rested state.
Osteopathic theory proposes that fascia, muscle and other soft tissue can become restricted due to overuse, trauma or inactivity. This can result in pain, tension, decreased blood flow and nerve compression.
Therapists may use knuckles, elbows or other tools to slowly stretch the fascia and mobilize adhered tissues. The practitioner moves slowly through the layers of the fascia until the deep tissues are reached. As Ida Rolf, biochemist known for structural integration, says: "Put the tissue where it should be and then ask for movement."
Sessions are usually very relaxing, although specific areas may be quite intense. Communicate with your therapist. More pressure is not always better.