How to treat a myofascial restriction?

There are many fantastic and profoundly effective techniques to access the facsial system, but today I am going to share with you on of my favourites. The Cross Hand Release has always been considered the “work horse” of myofascial release techniques. The Cross Hand Release is applied:

  • Skin on skin with no oil.
  • Use the whole palm of the hand on large surfaces, keep hands soft & responsive.
  • Cross Hand Release can be applied in ALL directions on the body.
  • Choose an area that is tight or restricted (here there is the most potential for change).
  • With soft, responsive, crossed, flat hands contact your patients body.
  • Feel into their system….. float the questions.
    • What is present beneath my hand?
    • Is it hard, tight, restricted, dense or soft, spacious?
    • Is it vibrational?
    • Does it change? Mentally record the change.
  • Wait….here, at what is called the “first barrier”.
    • Fascial restrictions will take 3-5 minutes to release, sometimes more……(more about this later).
    • Float the question, is it changing beneath my hands?
    • Float the question, what can I feel beyond my hands?
  •  Never force, but allow the body to yield to your hands, it can often feel like.
    • Your hands are sinking into their body, to what is known as the “second barrier.”
    •  Butter melting.
    •  Toffee stretching.
    • Clay yielding.
  • After some time:
    • If your hands are soft and responsive, you will notice change.
    • Perhaps a yielding and a softening of the hard, vibrational tissues.
    • Your hands may be dragged in a certain direction, follow the release.
    • Always come out of the techniques as slowly as you have gone into it.
  • With time and practice:
    • The therapist will feel for further restrictions within the patient’s body.
    • There is an art to this work, you need to be patient and work sensitivity.





  • Check in with your patient: “do you feel you are resisting me?” if “yes” reduce the pressure.
  • If in doubt back off.
  • Always move slowly and with care.
  • If you get better results after “backing off” make a note of this.
  • Don’t work too hard.

What the patient might feel:

Encourage your patient to feel into their system as you work, initially ask them to “bring their attention beneath your hands”. Ask them what they are feeling, encourage them to use descriptors. Some patients feel very little, still encourage them to feel, others may feel some of the following.

  • Heat, cold, burning.
  • Twitching, pulsing.
  • Itching.
  • Pins and needles type sensation (check in).
  • Immense weight of a body part or limb.
  • Lightness of a body part or limb.
  • Tightening or lengthening of a limb or body part.
  • Pain: shooting, dull ache, therapeutic pain.
  • Movement: local, systemic.
  • Increased space with in the body.

Always work with the utmost care and respect. Ensure you are fully insured before trying new techniques.