Myofascial Release

When we experience pain, tightness, or a limited range of motion, releasing the fascia of the body can often bring significant and lasting benefits.

Fascia is connective tissue that surrounds every muscle, nerve, blood vessel, and organ. It holds these structures together and gives them their characteristic shapes. Fascia can be thought of as winding throughout the body in a continuous sheet. This continuity can explain why tension in one area of the body influences freedom of movement and function in other areas. For example, fascial restrictions can explain why tightness in a hip might develop into a shoulder problem, or why a surgery or injury can have such lasting and widespread effects.

Myofascial Release is a hands-on therapy that targets both the muscles (myo) and the fascia. It uses a variety of techniques to promote pain relief, freedom of movement, postural balance and deep relaxation as restrictions are released.

What Can Myofascial Release Help?

You may experience some significant relief and reduction of symptoms from these and other conditions with a series of Myofascial Release sessions.

    Back and Neck Pain
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Postural Imbalances
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headaches
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Sciatica
  • Shin Splints
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Hip, Knee and Leg Pain

Your Session

At your first appointment, your therapist will take a detailed history. The goal of intake is to begin to understand your body, and find clues to where areas of restriction may be found. The work is generally performed as other massages; you will undress to your comfort level and relax on the table, fully covered. If there are modifications needed, your therapist will discuss them with you in advance. We often joke that watching Myofascial Release is like watching paint dry. The work moves slowly as the therapist senses the tension in the fascial system and waits for the releases. There isn’t much to see while so much is going on under the surface. Often the therapist is working with an area that seems “distant” form the source of pain or restriction.

After your session we suggest that you take it easy for the rest of the day, stay well hydrated, and listen to your body’s cues.

How many sessions, and how frequently you would come are questions for your therapist after they have* some history and have worked with you. As a general recommendation, we do suggest that you plan for 3-4 sessions to start and get an idea of how your body is responding to the therapy.

If you have any further questions or concerns, please feel free to give us a call.

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Alchemy's Myofascial Release Therapists

Lynne Brummitt, MA, LMT, BCTMB

Lynne Brummitt, MA, LMT

Lynne is a seasoned massage therapist and professor with over fifteen years of experience. Lynne graduated from the Baltimore School of Massage in 1998, she also holds a BS in psychology from Virginia Tech and a MA in Exercise Physiology from the University of Maryland. In addition to her private practice, Lynne has been a professor at the Anne Arundel Community College Therapeutic Massage program since 2001. A few years ago she became full time faculty and last year was promoted to Chair the department as well.

As you can imagine, a massage therapy instructor really has to be good at what they teach, Lynne is. She is a highly experienced therapist who combines her training in Swedish, Deep Tissue, and Myofascial massage to create the session that is most therapeutic and supportive of her client's needs. Lynne is also certified in Claire Marie Miller's Integrative Reflexology (our favorite style), which she can add to your massage session.

Learn more about Lynne.

Jaclyn Melsopp, LMT

Jackie Melsopp, LMT

Jackie is a New York native, former rugby player and yogi. She became a Yoga Teacher in 2010 and a Maryland Licensed Massage Therapist in 2013.

Jackie began her career in massage therapy with only a gut feeling and it’s been decision she’s never doubted. She specializes in Myofascial Release and deep tissue massage. She enjoys working with all the different bodies that have found their way to the table with her. Each body carries with it a different story, we have been shaped and influenced by the life we have lived. Our bodies often hold on to emotions and life’s experiences, therapeutic massage allows us a time and space to drop out of our heads and into our bodies. Body work can help us feel and connect rather than analyze and judge what is being expressed by our bodies.

Learn more about Jackie.