My #1 TIP For Maximizing Your Efforts with Fascia Release (This Helps You Do Less + Get More Benefit)

Want to maximize the time you spend releasing fascia, and minimize your chances of spinning wheels, hitting walls and feeling frustrated?

You *HAVE* to do this one thing.

I rarely tell people they have to do anything…no one likes being bossed around! But honestly, this is THE most common mistake I see people make that, once corrected, yields such different (massively better) results and “data” from your body.

Watch the video for the full scoop. Instead of writing a bunch on this topic (for now), I want you to FEEL my conviction when I share with you this one powerful tip. 

This MUST-DO has been a teaching staple in my private practice with clients, with online Skype clients, with in person students and online students alike.

Leave your takeaway below, and make sure to let me know if you’ve been making the mistake I talk about. Then, share your commitment to doing less and reaping more rewards by practicing this ONE powerful thing. 

  • Loula Athans says:

    Totally guilty of this – and this video came at the perfect time. I generally operate in an overall state of being in a rush. Must get everything done as fast as possible because there is so much more to do. This is relevant to my own fascia release- I feel like EVERY area on me is a crucial spot, so I aim to try and release as much as possible, in as little time as possible (especially since I only have precious seconds between clients/ jobs/ life stuff..). It is also relevant to my own practice as a manual therapist. Clients often run back to back so I am under pressure to watch the clock, yet I am usually running over and trying to fit everything in one session. If I don’t get time to fit everything in (ie. the whole body) I feel like I have not done a good enough job, and clients will be dissatisfied. I incorporate a lot of Elisha’s techniques into a session- usually with my elbows and forearms rather than feet (although I do regularly ‘step’ on calves in the kinetix ‘style’). Often clients will be rushing through the movements -especially with calves, and I have generally let them do this- particularly if they come in with a lot of ‘ground’ to cover. Today however, whilst a client was rushing ineffectively through the foot circles, I could no longer ignore the feeling that I was wasting our time, so I stopped trying to hit all the hot spots in the calf. I allowed his breathing to return to normal, and using his verbal feedback and deliberately slower breaths we focused on just one or 2 key spots that were of bearable intensity, rather than the “worst” ones. The result was that he stayed fully present with me for the full 40 seconds, actually felt the benefit of slowing down, and I felt that I had not wasted my efforts, thus could confidently move onto other parts of his body. We were both satisfied with what had been achieved, and he was happy to come for a second visit to address whatever we did not get time to cover.

  • Linda says:

    Slowing down message was so relevant for me yesterday. Thank you.
    I slipped, then right knee hit cement floor in my garage. Keeping in the moment, noticing true details, instead of the mental drama of what if’s, worries, fears – well, without your message…. my low road may have prevailed.
    Today, pain is still present. Recovery well in place.
    Again, thank you, Alicia!

    By the way, Mia Esquivel let me know of you….
    best to you, Linda

  • Bethany Cincotta says:

    Yes! I too, want to rush. Thanks for the reminder to take it slow and be mindful. This could also be a metaphor for life in our busy, hectic world. And I’m so excited because this is working! After over a year of dealing with shoulder pain, I have more rom in my shoulders and less pain in my legs. Thank you, Elisha!

    • You’re so welcome Bethany! I’m so happy to hear you’re getting results 🙂 (And slowing down!)

  • Julie Shaw says:

    This makes so much sense! When I did a mindfulness course we talked about mindful movement and how sometimes fear holds us back. The thought of ‘that might be painful’ or ‘I know that will hurt’ for example, stops us from even trying to do something. I certainly was guilty of this and wouldn’t even try a lot of exercises in my Pilates classes. After the mindfulness course I started to ‘ try things’ I had been stopping myself doing and guess what? I could do them if I took my time! I am now getting stronger and this is the approach I am taking with fascia release. Thanks Elisha ????????

  • Sharon says:

    I agree, it does make sense. I will definitely be more mindful when I try to release the fascia tension I’m feeling in my neck and shoulders. Great advice.

    • Galit says:

      Thank you sei much. Im still in the theory part of the 101, but as a pilates and movement teacher I couldn’t agree more…
      It’s something I always say to my trainees… not only to slow down, but also not to get “heads on” into an excercise. Start slowly with a small range of motion. Check yourself. Then you’re body isn’t overwhelmed when you get to the full range of motion. It learned the movement without being stressed, it feels what’s safe for it to do. A lot of the injuries are trying to do what your body’s nit able to do, but how would you know if you dived into the pool without checking how deep is the water?…
      Finally, Kathnell mentioned Breathing, which you also di in your course. It’s a vital thing to any activity and breathing right has so many advantages while breathing “wrong” had a lot of danger (like shallow breath/ breath stop or over- forced exhalation that might result in hernias due to reverse abdominal pressure and so on). I’d love it if you address this issue more in depth… thank you so much! I enjoy your insight and inspiration every day for the past month!

  • Kathnell here–one of your 101 students–glad I watched this video again–a very important reminder for most activities in life–it also reminds me to slow down and BREATH–something I tend to forget when focusing deeply on something–the 101 course is great–I’m off to work with my rollers and basketball-have a great evening–Kathnekk

  • Ginger Carpino says:

    Makes so much sense! Super good advice. Thx!

  • Dave Bohler says:

    Makes sense. I’m just starting to use your techniques for optimization, and definitely want to hurry past the pain. It’s like my Tai chi – we go slow in order to feel our internal energy and internal sensations.
    Definitely going to apply this tip.

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