Relax and unwind with a …
… hot bath? glass of wine? myofascial treatment?
The word ‘unwind’ goes almost unnoticed in everyday speech, but it’s worth pausing to consider it more closely. To unwind one has to be ‘wound up’ to start with. The use of the phrase ‘wound up’ to suggest physical tension or mental stress works because it somehow fits with our modern ideas about machinery, speed and the relentless pressure that many of us feel in everyday life. Unwinding appeals to us at a deeper level and promises return to a more natural physical and emotional state.
Myofascial release sessions can be very relaxing in themselves. But myofascial release therapists use the word ‘unwinding’ in a particular way to denote the various mind/body processes that can occur during, or sometimes after, a myofascial release session. These build on natural healthy patterns that already exist.
For example, humans naturally release some of our tensions every night through dreaming and movement. Most of us know the difference between a restless night and a relaxing night’s sleep. Myofascial therapy is partly about emulating and encouraging the healing effects of healthy sleep.
Some of the most common outward signs of myofascial unwinding are breathing changes, deeps sighs, and little involuntary twitches that clients experience during sessions. Sometimes these are accompanied by an urge to stretch out and to move. Clients can become self-conscious about these signs of unwinding; but not only is unwinding normal it is a good thing. Rather than resisting the signs of unwinding, I encourage clients to accept and allow their unwinding as part of their healing process.
As an individual body heals itself, restoring its natural balance and control, unwinding occurs at the body’s own pace and according to what it needs to assimilate and adjust. In my experience people who allow themselves to unwind benefit from a deeper, fuller recovery.
More about myofascial unwinding: Is myofascial unwinding all in the mind?