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Banish Muscle Knots - Trigger Point Massage

Updated: Apr 23, 2023

On April 22, 2023 I led a workshop on Myofascial/Trigger Point Release at The Yoga Common NYC.

It was a full house! We worked on many different areas of tightness and discomfort.

Myo = muscle Fascial = Fascia (connective tissue)

Myofascial Release concept:

  • Through not moving the body as fully as nature intended, some of the connective tissues get extra connect-ey and sticky

  • Muscles and connective tissues stick together and don’t have the range of motion they should have

  • Tightness, discomfort, reduced range of motion

  • All fascia is connected like a web through the whole body

  • Ease in one area can refer through the fascia to the rest of the body

  • Tightness or pain in one area can refer through the fascia to another part of the body (referred pain)

Trigger Points

  • Hyperirritable spots

  • Palpable nodules in the taut bands of skeletal muscles/fascia

  • Direct compression or muscle contraction can elicit jumping muscles, tenderness, twitching, response and referred pain --pain that show up in a different place in the body than the actual trigger point

Massaging with foam rollers and rubber balls can help to release these spots and facilitate more ease, range of motion and pain reduction.

For more information, here is my Slides presentation I used in the workshop.

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