Holistic Massage School Announces Upcoming Myofascial Release Course

Myofascial (my-o-FASH-e-ul) release is a manual therapy technique used in massage. The technique focuses on pain from myofascial tissues. These are tissues that wrap, connect, and support your bones, muscles, and organs. Myofascial pain differs from other types of pain because it originates in trigger points. These are stiff, anchored areas within the myofascial tissue that restrict motion.

A specialist in Myofascial Therapies, Healing Hands Instructor, Michael Tenenberg, HHP, CMT is a holistic health professional focused on creating lasting structural change through therapeutic massage. He has helped many people who experienced extreme pain create lasting physical change.

Myo-Fascial Meridians are imaginary ‘lines’ of bones, muscles and connective tissue that run throughout the body. In this course, students examine the lines of strain, tension, and compensation found in this body-wide network. They learn how therapy on a single muscle only offers minor, short-term benefits whereas restoring balance promotes immediate, long-term health.

How Does Myofascial Release Work?

Typically, myofascial release techniques take place during a massage therapy session.  Normal myo-fascia tissue should feel pliable and elastic. So, in myofascial release your Practitioner explores the myo-fascia tissue for stiff, taught, and tightened areas. The Practitioner will then begin massaging and stretching these areas. They use a variety of manipulations along with light manual pressure to release pressure and tightness. The process is repeated multiple times until the tension is fully released and pain is gone.

Whether the intention is to simply relax tense muscles, or to ease back pain, massage therapy with Myo-facial Release is a powerful healing combination. By integrating Myo-facial Release techniques, graduates gain a competitive edge when pursuing employment at massage clinics, spas, gyms, or medical settings.

Trigger Points on Shoulders
Trigger Point on Gastrocnemius (calf) Muscle









Who Benefits from Myofascial Release?

  • Anyone who experiences pain from repetitive over-use of a specific muscle or muscle group.
  • Anyone who does not have active burns, injuries, painful wounds, fractures, fragile or weak bones, deep vein issues or those taking blood-thinners.
  • People who have circulation issues in the deep veins of the leg. Myofascial release can be integrated with other treatments to reduce the pooling and pain caused by the insufficiency.
  • People who experience chronic headaches may also find relief from myofascial release. By gently massaging trigger points in and around the neck and base of the skull often eliminates headaches.
  • Patients with myofascial pain syndrome. This is a chronic pain disorder in which pressure on trigger points causes pain in the originating muscle and unrelated parts of the body.

When and Where do Classes Start?

  • This 100-hour course will be offered at the Escondido Campus location on May 4th running through July 6th.  It will be held on Saturdays from 9am to 4pm and on Monday nights from 6pm to 10pm.
  • Myofascial Release will also be offered at the Laguna Hills location on September 15th through November 21st. Classes are held on Sundays from 9am-3pm and Thursday nights from 6pm to 10pm.

Healing Hands has been serving residents throughout SoCal for over 32 years.  Having successfully prepared more than 8,000 Graduates for rewarding careers in Massage Therapy, we’re eager to do the same for YOU!  To learn more about Myofascial Release, or any of the other 40+ classes offered at Healing Hands, visit us at www.hhs.edu.  To schedule a classroom tour, call us at (949) 305-2722 / Laguna Hills, (760) 746-9364 / Escondido, or (858)0505-1100 / Kearny Mesa.