Myofascial release is the three-dimensional application of sustained pressure and movement into the fascial system in order to eliminate fascial restrictions and facilitate the emergence of emotional patterns and belief systems that are no longer relevant or are impeding progress.  As the therapist releases the fascial restrictions, the muscular, skeletal, nervous, and circulatory systems are affected.  This removes pressure and enhances pain relief, improving the quality and quantity of motion and function.”

Barnes JF.  Myofascial Release—the search for excellence—