After doing fascia release with clients for a few months when I first got started (way back in 2008!), I noticed a pattern:
Muscle JUNCTIONS tend to get more restricted, or contain the most adhesions (or “knots”) and dense areas of stuck fascia.
For example, where your hamstrings meet your IT Bands, or flexors meet your extensors (in your forearms). Then there are the smaller muscle bundles within a muscle group (for example, your quad has 4 distinct muscle bundles) and those junctions are usually where fascia bunches up and sticks together.
This is a simple fascia release “rule,” but it can yield much faster and longer lasting results.
Give it a try right now: pick a technique to try from the bloc (you can use the search function to search for terms like “quads” or “forearms”).
When you begin compressing the fascia, or as you begin movement, rotate towards the outer edge of whatever muscle group you’re working on.
I can almost guarantee it’ll be more tender/sore/intense to compress and release.
And, please keep in mind that while this is a general rule and is often true, there are exceptions. Sometimes the muscle belly itself is the most fascially restricted. As always, get to know your body, your fascia and find out what works best for you.
Did you try it? Leave your comment below sharing what you discovered!