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Good Myofascial Release textbook?

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Just like the title says, can anyone recommend a good book for someone learning Myofascial Release? I just started a course tonight and forgot to ask the tutor for his recommendation!

Regardless of what he says anyway, it's nice to hear from others on here about what books they like.

Thanks in advance.


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I've yst to start my Myofascial release training but below is some suggested reading by a tutor I know who teaches MFR. I hope it helps.

The following are a short selection of books for preparatory and further reading;

John F. Barnes ‘Healing Ancient Wounds’ – Really easy to read, not a text book, but an account of how and why myofascial release works, with plenty of case histories from both patients’ and therapists’ perspectives. From the front flap: “Healing Ancient Wounds: the Renegade’s Wisdom explores the intricacies of intuitive awareness and the dynamic mind/body healing principles of Myofascial Release”.

Peter Levine “Waking the Tiger” – A different and essential approach to very gentle, simple post-traumatic stress resolution, integrating physiological and emotional responses to trauma without the need to ‘relive’ or for cathartic experiencing.

John E. Upledger “Your Inner Physician and You” – a good introduction to craniosacral therapy.

John E. Upledger “SomatoEmotional Release” – Upledger’s path to discovery of this process over decades of research and practice.

Carol Manheim “The Myofascial Release Manual” – an excellent text book with detailed descriptions and photos of the main techniques and a full explanation of what Myofascial Release is.

Thomas Myers “Anatomy Trains – Myofascial Meridians for Manual and Movement Therapists” – an explanation of the anatomy and function of the myofascial system in the body, and its role in healthy movement and postural distortion. Easy to read, continuously illustrated. Very good for revising anatomy, too. Focuses on structural integration, the direct approach, but useful for all MFR.

R. Schultz and R. Feitis “The Endless Web: Fascial Anatomy and Physical Reality”. A fully illustrated guide to understanding how (myo)fascia works and its supportive role within the body’s anatomy.

R. Feitis and L. Schultz (editors) “Remembering Ida Rolf” – does what it says on the tin: Recollections and anecdotes about this amazing pioneer and therapist by her students.

All these books are available from

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What an excellent list! Thank you so much for taking the time to reply.


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One additional recommendation is a DVD set well worth the investment:

Deep Tissue Massage and Myofascial Release: A Video Guide to Techniques Starring C.M.T. Art Riggs Certified Advanced Rolfer

Art's work is no less than phenomenal, and although this dvd set combines deep tissue massage and myofascial work, the knowledge he conveys is incredible.

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I'll add Fascial Release for Structural Balance by Thomas Myers and James Earls, I'd recommend this over Anatomy Trains. It was only published late 2010 so wouldn't be on a list from before then.