WELCOME to my blog, I am writing from the perspective, of a Fascial Release Therapist. Having been on my journey as a bodywork therapist since 1994, I feel I have some useful and funny snippets to share with you. The majority of what I share will be applicable to any bodywork therapist…………….so read on………….

My experience of working with myofascial release has been challenging but profoundly rewarding, as I witness first-hand the dramatic and positive improvements made to my patient’s lives as they let go of what no longer serves them. It is a privilege to witness them shift their physical and emotional holding patterns through gentle hands on bodywork.

As we know, physical, emotional and mental health are completely intertwined, yet are so often seen as separate issues. How many very stressed people do you know with a pathology a diagnosis of, for example IBS or similar? Through skilled Fascial Release we can address these often long held pathologies, bringing greater health to our patients.

Initially in my blog, I will look at the “myo-fascial” system. I will show you dynamic techniques and their safe and effective application during treatment, teaching you the therapist how to read signs and signals, learning how to effectively dialogue with your patients to facilitate change. I will also look beyond techniques………….

I will look at you the therapist, what you bring to the session; I cannot over emphasise how important it is for us as therapists to be mindful and present in order to effectively treat patients. I will be guiding you through ways to be more present, to enable you to work effectively and safely with patients who may have suffered trauma (I will be sharing my understanding of stress and trauma and how it is held in the body in a later blog ). I will be sharing insights from my own practice and from other professionals who have influenced me over the years.

I will then share with you some patient experiences, as well as clinical observations, as to whether patients are “in” their body; what they present with as they walk through your door. We will float the question: do they feel safe?

We will then look at patient responses during treatment and their ability to engage with their felt sense; as Peter Levine says in Waking the Tiger “Body sensation, rather than intense emotion is the key to healing trauma.”

I will finally look at pathologies, diagnosis and misdiagnosis. The help and the hindrance of “labels” for both us the therapist and for the patient. Remembering that a diagnosis is just a name for a group of symptoms. Sign up & read up to learn more than you thought possible……….!

Emma Gilmore, Advanced Clinical Fascial Therapist, tutor and blogger! With over 22 years’ experience in the field of bodywork.