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This monthly dose is dedicated to myofascial release (MFR). In the first part of the video, we’ll look at how MFR can benefit your practice when it comes to athletic performance, flexibility, recovery, and pain perception. We’ll also dive into some recent research explaining how MFR works so you get an understanding of the mechanisms behind these benefits. In the second part, we’ll talk about how to apply MFR – which tools to use, which duration and speed are recommended in the research and how intense the work should be.

Click the links below to read the research referenced throughout this lecture:

Effects of MFR on Performance & Recovery
Effects of Foam Rolling on Range of Motion, Recovery & Athletic Performance
Effects of MFR on Pain
Mechanisms of MFR
Change of Stretch Sensation & Fascial Slide through Foam Rolling
Change of Pain Sensation through Local & Central Nervous System Mechanisms
Softer Tools Reach Deeper Tissue Layers
Comparison of Different Surface Patterns of Foam Rollers
Effects of Foam Rolling with Vibration on Range of Motion & Pain Perception
Duration of Myofascial Rolling
Speed/Velocity of Rolling

Additional Resources (YMO classes):

MFR & Mobility When You’re Sore
MFR Downshift to Calm
Personalized MFR
MFR Top Hits
Tutorial: Myofascial Release Sheering

Curated By:

Katja Bartsch

Lower-Body Pre-Sport/Yoga MFR

A favorite pre-sport lower body prep with a foam roller to hydrate the connective …

Myofascial Release

10 min

Tiffany Cruikshank

MFR: Soften Tension, Release Stress

Let go of tension, softening regions of the body that tend to tense in response to…

Myofascial Release

30 min

Rachel Land

Post-Run Recovery

What do you do after you run? This practice includes a series of go-to movements a…

Myofascial Release

30 min

Valerie Knopik

Lower-Body Boost for Hard-Working Tissues

New research shows that many of the soft tissue injuries we tend to think of as be…

Myofascial Release

30 min

Alison Heilig