Connective tissue is the soft tissue that surrounds, supports, protects, and connects each and every structure in the body. A body contains a continuous sheath of connective tissue, which is called “fascia”. This sheath provides the structural support for the skeleton and soft tissues (muscles, tendons, etc.).
Gravity, injury, illness, emotional trauma, and other stress factors affect the fascia, causing an imbalance in the connective tissue network. Fascia imbalance usually manifests itself as tightening, or shortening of the connective tissue sheath (which makes your body feel as though because the muscles are extremely tight). This is often experienced as pain, stiffness, discomfort, or decreased flexibility anywhere in the body.
When the fascia becomes chronically shortened, it loses flexibility and resilience so your body can’t relax completely, even when its’ “at rest”.
Connective tissue massage is the most direct way to restore length and flexibility throughout the entire muscular system, normalizing the tissue and bringing greater health through the fascial network.
HOW DOES CONNECTIVE TISSUE MASSAGE FEEL LIKE?
It Feels Great! Connective tissue massage is a distinctive sensory experience. No oils or lotions are applied to the body. The practitioner’s contact is generally broad, slow, and intentional. The approach is intense but no painful, which allows your body to relax during the session. Fascial shortening and restriction are released almost instantly with the conscious touch of the Connective tissue massage therapist, bringing an immediate and deep feeling of relief from tension.
THE BENEFITS OF CONNECTIVE TISSUE MASSAGE
The beauty of connective tissue massage is that it can be adjusted to individual needs and comfort that each client requires. That means most anyone can benefit from this work. For instance, connective tissue massage can:
- Enhance performance for athletes and dancers.
- Help injury patients rehab easier and faster.
- Improve posture and add more balance to the body.
- Relieve pain for chronic pain sufferers.
- Help improve tendonitis, scoliosis, sciatica, TMJ, and carpal tunnel syndrome.
- Be an adjunct therapy for sufferers of arthritis, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, multiple sclerosis, ALS, and other neuromuscular disorders.
- Improve range of motion, increase energy and enhance well-being.
- Reduce acute or chronic structural compensations (which could develop following a trauma).