Twice a Month Workshops – Trigger Point Myofascial Release™

Pain is No Joke!
So you are in pain… now what?

Twice a Month Workshops – Trigger Point Myofascial Release™

Teaching Online Yin Yoga with zoom, as well as introducing Kundalini yoga to many students is to enhance one’s knowledge for their own power of the body-mind.

Trigger points are muscles held in a contracted state, better known as knots. With the use of simple tools, like supported fingers, knuckles, elbows, balls, and rollers, the value is to release tensions from these contracted tissues. It is of the utmost importance to hold a long stretch that will encourage the tissue to safely lengthen to bring the tissue back relaxed to its relaxed state. Holding postures longer, yet not too deep so the tissue can truly relax, is done best directly after a trigger point release.

Yin yoga is a perfect balance with its few chosen postures that are held for at least 3-5 minutes. Yoga provides stillness in the body as well as how it aids the mind to relax. It is commonly known that when the breath is found in rhythm with a relaxed mind, the body responds with a greater connection to help heal the once stressed out tissue. 

Monthly Workshops 
* Moon Series – Yindalini Yoga – $26.25
* Bi-Monthly Saturday’s Tigger Point Myofascial Release™ – $41.99

* Posture Clinics held the last weekend to finesse the trigger points of the month

Did you know that anyone can heal their body?

It’s a trade secret, but I’ll tell you anyway. All healing is self-healing.” – Albert Schweitzer

Healing is personal and when it is taken slowly it can be sustainable. 

The question remains though, “Do you know what your body needs?”

* Know this: gentle discomfort and chronic pains need your attention before it exacerbates into bigger problems. It is without constant care and therapy at the beginning of an event that we can get lost in our pain and want to give up. 

Often it will require many modalities to assist in healing. Let’s take a look at the definition of Kinesiology; “Kinesiology is the scientific study of human or non-human body movement. Kinesiology addresses physiological, biomechanical, and psychological dynamic principles and mechanisms of movement. Only this definition covers a multitude of needs to heal, and then there are other resources like physiotherapy, chiropractors, massage, and acupuncture treatments and so many others have similar purposes, to help you heal. 

Even if you have the money to pay for all these phenomenal modalities, wouldn’t it be an advantage to develop your self-reliance?

You can always start by asking more questions, like;

  • why is there is a pain in my body?
  • is it safe to self-treat?
  • who do I ask?

Do you stop and listen to what the body is telling you? Obviously, it takes practice to stop or to simply slow down, especially when life is very demanding. So how do you listen?

We’ve been told time and time again that we need to meditate… to slow down. Most of us do not know how to stop until the body shuts itself down by forcing a halt because the pain is too great to move. This stopping of the body causes even more issues because we have to constantly move. You will learn more why through the techniques on the fascia release, but first things first, slowing down enough so that we can focus and witness a fast-moving mind. How quickly our thoughts come and go from one story to the next.

Will you close your eyes after finishing reading this one sentence- breathe in nice and slow, and feel where the breath is flowing; is it your chest, or is it the belly moving?

Here’s a suggestion for learning how to sit. You’re probably sitting right now, but that is simply not good enough now is it?

–  are you leaning to one side or your ankles crossed over?

–  straighten out the spine by sitting at the edge of the chair

–  take the feet flat, hip-distance apart, knees directly above the ankles

–  lift the chest

–  shoulders relaxed

–  chin parallel to the floor

–  top of the skull reaching towards the ceiling

What I am really asking you to do is to tune in… quieten the mind, and breathe consciously.

Let’s Simplify.

Shiva Cor offers a combination of medicines and has taken Exercise Science to put together a unique set of Workshops and calls it, “Trigger Point Myofascial Release™”. 

💥 Yin yoga – is not restorative yoga. The sensations are often intense and generally focused on connective tissue stimulation, not typically total relaxation.

Students are encouraged to find an appropriate edge and remain still while using props to ensure that the posture is maintainable. This is never meant to hold the pain. Going deeper should not be the goal, as much as making sure the posture is appropriate for them. Your body needs a certain shape that will not necessarily look the same as another.

Yin yoga is the medicine used at the beginning, as well as following any trigger point release. Long stretching has been proven to lengthen the tissue and creates strength in the connective tissues.

💥Kundalini breath – incorporates specific movements for the spine, organized and/ or dynamic breathing techniques, meditation, and chanting of mantras. The goal with TPMR is to build the endurance in your lungs to help slow the mine down with conscious breathing.

💥 Trigger point myofascial release™ – finding a pain sensation on a specific area and then apply gentle pressure on the pain spot without activating pain. This can be tricky and requires listening to the body’s needs and breathing consciously to notice the sensation is now able to apply more pressure. This can take up to 1-5 minutes.

After a successful release, a stretch must happen directly after specific to the tissue that was just treated. The stretching component may require some movement of the tissue to help strengthen before you stretch for a length of 1 to 5 minutes. 

Step One… Land!

Getting comfortable in your seat becomes easier with conscious breath. It really doesn’t matter how long you can sit, would it be for 1 to 60 minutes. This process is here to slow your thoughts down long enough to increase your awareness. In time, it will include no fidgeting. 

As you breathe in and out through your nose, slowly, for at least 4 – 6 seconds each way the body relaxes and calms the mind to a point of becoming more receptive. Yes, this can be termed meditation. Simple, right?

Now that you’re ready, allow your body and mind to share with you, in a non-judgmental way, (hence no thoughts). There are several different ways to meditate (I hear there are over 200), and the goal is not to get hung up on the fact that you are actually meditating. All you are doing is slowing your breath and perhaps experiencing some greater awareness. 

Now let’s take a closer look at some key elements when learning how to listen to the body talk.  

Step Two: Posture Why is our posture so significant? To me, this is an obvious answer, but not everyone may understand the importance of having a healthy posture, and more importantly, how to achieve it. 

When developing a better posture often takes time. Dealing with the old stuff and healing weaknesses and tension in the tissues is only part of the journey. Repetition and persistence come with knowing how and what to do about it, hence, learning.

When it comes to the pain many different issues are caused by poor body mechanics. Remember what I said earlier about breathing? Take a look above at the way people stand. You can imagine the difficulty in breathing when the airway is not as open in most of the postures shown. Practicing a couple of ways of doing things properly won’t take too much time, however, creating a new way to move, sit, sleep, drive, the way you walk, gate. 

But so what, as long as you are learning and creating subtle changes everything can transform, in time. Ultimately, our body mechanics differ from one person to the next. An important thing to note is that trigger points usually come from chronic activity. A lot of times it is because our less-than-best posture creates these points, or better understood as pain and knotted tissue. 

This particular trigger point above would cause a headache over your left eye and sometimes at the very top of your head.
Letter A is a muscle fiber in a normal resting state, neither stretched nor contracted
Letter B is a knot in a muscle fiber consisting of a mass of sarcomeres (a basic unit of a muscle) in the state of maximum continuous contraction that characterizes a trigger point. The bulbous appearance of the contraction knot indicates how that segment of the muscle fiber has drawn up and become shorter and wider. 
Letter C is the part of the muscle fiber that extends from the contraction knot to the muscle’s attachment (to the breastbone in this case). These overstretched segments of muscle fiber are what cause shortness and tightness in a muscle.
Normally, when a muscle is working, its sarcomeres act like tiny pumps, contracting and relaxing to circulate blood through the capillaries that supply their metabolic needs. When sarcomeres in a trigger point hold their contraction, blood flow essentially stops in the immediate area.
The resulting oxygen starvation and accumulation of the waste products of metabolism irritates the trigger point. The trigger point responds to this emergency by sending out pain signals.SCM

SO What Are Trigger Points (TrPs)? The most simplified answer to this question is Trigger Points are knotted muscles. They are the little balls you feel in your muscle belly or tissue. Pick a sore spot and touch it with your fingertips, for example when you rub your neck and shoulders. These TrPs are contracted tissues that are mostly accessible to touch, they are also measurable under a microscope. The most amazing point here is knowing you can release the knotted muscle yourself, and upon that release, there can be immediate pain relief! Check out how to find trigger points.

Basically, the brain is not even aware of the tensions that are being held within your tissue… until there is pressure on the area. With trigger point massage and/ or self-care, feedback reaches the brain immediately to send a message to the muscle to relax. Sound simple?

Sure it is, but more truthfully, there are many studies and a couple of encyclopedias with a lot of complicated information. This is one reason why I am compelled to help people find their way in creating their healthy pain-free body. 

This is good news! With a little bit of knowledge and self-care practice, you will be well on your way to a better, pain-free body and life. Knowing that pain is simply a message, and YOU are LISTENING. Now, you will have the confidence in knowing what to do about it!

Simple things like purchasing your own Trigger Point Workbook from amazon, and/ or taking a few hours in a trigger point class or workshop can give you a kick start to know what to do about your own issues. 

Let’s start by having your pain relief become Permanent Relief.