Fascia work is a special type of massage that falls under the technical term ‘subcutaneous reflex therapy’. The fasica, or ‘connective tissue’, in question is moved and massaged with the fingertips using stroking, dragging and pushing movements. This releases agglutination and improves blood and lymphatic circulation. This type of massage was developed in 1929 by Elisabeth Dicke.
This manual stimulation therapy normalises tension in the connective tissue, the inner organs, the muscles and the blood vessels. Tension, agglutination and contortions often lead to significant pain which can sometimes radiate to other parts of the body and seriously impair a person’s quality of life. Regardless of any type of pain, fascia work is also great for increasing the stability and elasticity of the connective tissue. Fascia can slacken for many reasons including lack of exercise, bad habits, long-term starvation and the natural ageing process. A study conducted by the University of Ankara also confirmed that this therapeutic treatment also has a positive effect on cellulite.
There are four different techniques in the area of fascia work. The skin technique requires the most attention from the masseur as the manoeuvrability between the epidermis and the subcutis is very low and only a little pressure must be applied. The subcutis technique involves the masseur feeling their way to the boundary between the subcutis and the fascia, moving the subcutis to its limit and then releasing the drag. The fascia technique requires very short actions from the masseur. Here the fingers are hooked onto the edge of the fascia and the muscle, and the therapeutic drag is released. The flat fascia massage does not used the typical drag technique and concentrates on working the connective tissue gently and linearly by moving the folds of skin and hooking in the thumbs. This method can also be used in preparation for the other three techniques.
The segment massage, a special form of fascia massage, concentrates on individual parts of the body. This is particularly useful in the erotic area of fascia work. Tensed up areas of the connective tissue in the pelvic floor can lead to sexual dysfunction. Massaging the affected area improves blood circulation and releases tension which has a positive, healthy effect on sexuality.
The build-up of the treatment is very strict. The initial step is limited to the pelvic floor region and is later built-up to include the entire back and belly.
The drag that the patients feel is described as a gentle cutting feeling, not as an uncomfortable pressure. The treatment lasts between ten and fifteen minutes and should be carried out twice or three times a week to retain the desired results.