MRF is a gentle massage technique that addresses the horse's muscles, joints AND fascia.
Fascia is a layer of tough, supportive tissue surrounding muscle that resembles a giant spider web. Fascia is a very dense covering that is found over every part of the body, from muscles, bones and nerves to arteries to all the internal organs (brain, lungs, heart, etc.). The entire amount of fascia found in the body is actually connected. The fascia is a single structure that spreads from ears to toes as one continuous sheet of very strong connective tissue which provides a tremendous amount of support for the body.
This is one of the reasons that MFR is so effective, since all of the fascia is connected in the body, adhesions found anywhere in this web of fascia can affect the body. The fascia is meant to be pliable and freely moving. However, the body's myofascial tissue can be become tight and restricted after trauma, an over-exertion injury, or simply from years of poor posture. This can lead to a decrease in range of motion, a noticeable stiffening of joints and an obvious decrease in performance.
MFR is performed by essentially maintaining a very light contact over a sight of myofascial restriction. This light contact allows the deeper muscle and fascial layers to actively release, without any interference from the bodyworker. MFR done correctly CAN NOT injure the horse, it is a completely non-invasive technique because the bodyworker simply holds the tissue that is restricted. This is done until the tissue "leads" the bodyworker to the next tight and restricted location, or until all of the adhesions are actively released.