Myofascial Unwinding: Light at the End of the Tunnel
I am now fairly certain I can achieve a 100% myofascial unwind (or, at the very least, 95%), going all the way back to birth — and that I can teach it, even to Joe Blow off the street.
As far as I know, I am the only person on the planet to have achieved the following:
- Understanding muscle “knots” a.k.a. “myofascial trigger points” — exactly what they are, how they form, and how to actually get rid of them, permanently (else, as those of us who have regular massages know, they simply “reform” within a few weeks of each session. My last massage by the way showed, to my massage therapist’s amazement, no shoulder knots).
- Understanding fascial distortion and its general causes — and the role of yawning in both its creation and its correction.
- And therefore what yawning “is”, and how it can be hacked for all sorts of changes concerning fascia. The textbooks will need to be rewritten when I’m through with that one.
- The true cause of the large-scale myofascial winding which leads to the majority of postural deformations: sleeping in comfy beds. No, not sitting, computer work, poor walking/moving habits, repetitive actions or emotional habits (though those can all be really bad, too).
- And how to actually fix it, forever (until you do it again, which can then easily be undone).
I have tech for unwinding each “layer” of fascial winding:
- Flex & Rotate, for the deep yet large, superficial winds. You can read that post now and correct every myofascial “wind” that that tech is capable of correcting — which is a lot, and which is enough to significantly improve posture and muscle function. However, it won’t deal with the next few categories.
- Push & Let Unwind. Not yet written up. This gets to the fascial level below that F&R won’t easily get to.
- Intricate, complex winds (tech not yet named). This is where things like the video on this post may help, but my tech is a lot more targeted (and his tech is more about encouraging the nerves to descend rather than doing serious fascial unwinding).
- Fascial Nudge. This tech is mainly for dealing with the “sleeve” (the outer fascial “bag” of the body, much of which you consider to be your “skin”) — especially “adhesions” in this sleeve (bits of the sleeve stuck together), which, via my tech, are actually far easier to “unstick” than the current crop of experts and YouTube videos would have you believe. In my opinion, this step should be done after all the deeper tissues have been unwound — so, the exact opposite order to, say, Rolfing. I have not yet written this tech up, either. It is laughably simple and effective, and I dare not write it up lest some other bastard steals the credit.
What I’m describing above is easily identifiable with the muscles. However, F&R can, bizarrely, also be used to “unwind” fascia trained by repeated emotional stimuli, e.g. the contraction response trained by anxiety. So, F&R can be used as an emotional “unwind” tool, too (the power of which is immense). Used this way, it tangibly kicks out a LOT of heat, even from just a few F&Rs done on, say, the muscles used in an anxiety response. I mean literal heat. You can feel an anxiety response, F&R it (thus unwinding some of the “trained” fascia which facilitates that response) — then touch your abdomen a few moments later and feel heat pouring off it. Just from a simple flex and release of the muscles involved. So, I warn you before trying it, and don’t blame me if you freak yourself out. A tube of Voltarol will be a requirement for any programme I eventually make involving this tech — though I can confirm that inflammation is temporary, superficial, and utterly innocuous in my experience.
The other “emotional unwind” tool is:
- Currents. So this is when you take the “electrical current” from a yawn and use it intentionally to unwind the vertical fascial loops deep within the body which have been trained by both sitting and by chronic emotional contraction, and which severely impede proper breathing (not to mention encourage those emotions to repeat, kind of like they are your “life program”, in computer terms). I talked a little about how to do this starting in this comment (read the replies too).
So, besides returning one’s physical body to a more or less primal form (and effectively rendering posture training and other “compromise methods” obsolete, if these techs are taken to their final conclusion), I also now have the tech to work to undo the deep-layer “imprinting” of fascia deep within the body, and therefore helping to wipe the emotional slate clean, too.
So, I now have all the tech, and the question is what to do with it. I’ve effectively lost around 5 years of my life to this stuff, since not a single day went by when I did not obsess over solving these problems. As I said, I am, as far as I know, the only person on the planet to have wrapped this all together into a neat little package (and solved a load of other connected stuff, too, which I haven’t even gone into in this post). I have potentially invalidated entire fields of practice, since a) They are all so far incomplete and b) They mostly (conveniently) require the ongoing services of a practitioner. My tech is complete, and able to be done entirely by the user, by himself.
I would like to make some money off it all. Suggestions welcome.