The following blog is from Michael Hamm, a licensed massage practitioner and certified craniosacral therapist practicing at Seattle Healing Arts and Halcyon Studio, with a focus on orthopedic injury and trauma recovery. His website, Neurofascia, states that “Neurofascial bodywork is any integrative method of treating nerves and associated tissues.”
Hamm shares that he’s focused on determining the spatial relationships between major nerves and deep fascial planes; one of his projects is creating a 3-D map of the neurofascia.
Michael teaches anatomy, research literacy, and technique in Seattle and throughout the country, and he also works with and supports the Massage Therapy Foundation in its role of education, research, and advocacy.
Learn more about neurofascial release and the nerve-fascia interface through his blog.
Image courtesy of: Massage Therapy Vancouver City
“When one uses a term like ‘neurofascia’, or professes to practice with a ‘neurofascial approach’, one makes peace with the fact that these are not in themselves very specific terms.
The Nervous and Fascial systems are everywhere in the body, and are both subdivided into every level of the body’s complexity. Therefore, any therapist could be doing anything and plausibly say they are working with nerve and fascia.
I paraphrase a cantankerous Leon Chaitow when I say: ‘There’s only five or six things we manual therapists can do to the tissues.’ We can press down, we can percuss, we can scoop, stretch, twist, and pop. What matters is our intent.*”