MYO vs. MASSAGE, WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE?
MYO - it's our way of saving about a dozen syllables, short for Myofascial Recovery Sessions at Functional Elements.
MYOs are 30 or 60-min sessions of targeted muscle pressure (using foam/calf rollers) and stretching. No weights. No cardio. Just you and your trainer focused on relaxing contracted muscles, improving circulation, expanding range of motion, and stimulating stretch reflex.
As we've introduced these sessions recently, the question has come up ... what's the difference between MYO and massage?
I would say MYO is a bit of a subtype of massage. The difference lies in the objective and how it is carried out.
MYO sessions at FE are prolonged pressure to tight muscles, sustained for short amounts of time. When this prolonged pressure is removed, it allows the muscle and fascia to soften and helps restore movement inside the muscle and fascia.
Fascia is connective tissue that surrounds muscle fiber and makes up approximately 80% of our body.
Our MYO sessions focus deeper inside the muscle than a typical Swedish massage. Swedish massage applies light pressure through rubbing and gliding strokes on the body. It’s main goal is overall relaxation throughout the entire body.
MYO focuses on problem areas. When fascia tightens, it constricts our muscle. It limits our ability to move; it restricts blood flow; it causes pain and decreases range of motion. Tightness of fascia can be caused by numerous things: overuse, disease, trauma, infection, and inactivity.
The aim of MYO is to relax constricted muscle, improve lymphatic and blood flow circulation, and stimulate the stretch reflex in our muscle.
FE has always emphasized the importance of recovery to our clients' overall health. MYO is simply a new, additional and very effective tool we can now use (and one that has been VERY welcomed by our clients who have experienced it to date).
As one client said following a session, "I feel 2 inches taller!"
If you have more questions about MYO sessions at FE, let us know.
Director of Training