Myofascial Release (MFR)

Focused work for comfort, mobility and flexibility.
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Myofascial Release (MFR) massage is gentle, safe and highly effective in treating pain, improving mobility and gaining flexibility. You should see significant improvement within 1-3 sessions of MFR. Progress is gauged by the level of increased motion or function experienced, and/or decrease in pain. With over 10 years of experience providing MFR therapy (my favorite technique), my goal for you is lasting results. Please contact me if you want to consult about your condition.

How it Works

MFR focuses on releasing acute or chronic muscular shortness and tightness. Using comfortable tissue-stretching holds or long, very slow strokes, MFR softens muscles and a connective tissue called fascia. MFR is gentle, a self correcting process. Light to moderate, but focused and prolonged stretch and compression are applied to the body. It is usually done without oil, against the skin or over clothing. Current thinking, based on modern pain science, is that these long holds calm the nervous system down so it generates less (or no) pain and relaxes the “guarding” mechanism of tension.

Sunset over the sea.What is Fascia?

Fascia (fah-shah) is like a 3-D spider web of connective tissue that interlaces and wraps everything in our bodies, including the entire form under our skin. If you think of the body as a tent, the bones are the tent’s poles and the muscles are the fabric. The guy-wires that hold up a tent are akin to fascia. In part, fascia acts as the tensioner in the body to achieve cohesive posture. Without fascia, our muscles and bones and other structures alone would not support the body.

When healthy, fascia exists in a slippery state, allowing muscles to slide against neighboring muscles, bones, organs and so forth.

However, imagine a tablecloth laid out smooth, then grabbed in the middle … every part of the cloth is affected and pulls towards the gather. Our bodies can be similarly impacted: injuries, stress, trauma, overuse, inadequate breathing, dehydration, surgery and poor posture can make muscles and their surrounding fascia dense, causing tightness, pain, limited range of motion, diminished circulation and further dysfunction. MFR helps address these effects.

MFR is pain-free and deeply relaxing, improving range of motion and flexibility while decreasing pain and tension.

Myofascial Release can help with:

  • knots and “trigger points”
  • muscle spasms
  • chronic aches
  • complex pain complaints
  • fibromyalgia (one of the best treatments for this condition!)
  • TMJ disorder and jaw pain
  • swallowing, voice and breathing issues
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • back pain
  • injuries
  • headaches
  • menstrual problems
  • cerebral palsy
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • scoliosis and other postural issues
  • … and many other conditions.

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Hours and days may vary, to inquire please call or text 240-487-9387.

Monday: 9am-4pm
Tuesday: 9am-5pm
Wednesday: Usually closed*
Thursday: 9am-5pm
Friday: 9am-4pm
Weekends: CLOSED
*Occasionally open, please see schedule.

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What My Clients are Saying...

"When I leave a session with Marlene—I have the feelings of someone that just got fantastic news. I believe her touch encourages you to connect with yourself and at the same time let go of stress and let her help. I find in my sessions with her—she is attentive/knowledgeable and intuitive to the point where verbal communication is not necessary. She is truly talented.” — Gina Click
"Marlene Mayman has a unique and amazing gift of healing through the art of massage therapy. After just two sessions, she provided me with much-needed pain relief from a pinched ulnar nerve, as a result of whiplash. I had tried months of physical therapy with no success. I was so desperate to escape the numbness in my hand & arm and to my amazement she accomplished what others could not do. I feel so fortunate to have found the gift of Marlene… My husband sees her as well and we cannot sing her praises enough. Thank you, Marlene!” — Becky Stallings Schneider
"My entire upper body feels much improved. The most noticeable effect is the lack of pain in that little area near my shoulder blades. This is such a relief. I have been on the computer for long periods of time, and it has not been a problem. Also, my entire shoulder area feels more flexible and there is significantly less pain on that left side. Thank you so much for all of the hard work you put in to this.” — Alison Roeser
"I have suffered with carpel tunnel for many years. Marlene was able to improve my situation tremendously in a few visits. Marlene is not your average therapist; she is highly trained, committed to excellence and very professional in all she does. I would trust her and recommended her to anyone without reservation.” — Mac Caldwell

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