What is Myofascial Release?

Myofascial release (MFR) is a form of manual massage therapy that began in the U.S. during the mid 20th century.  It was developed from what was then a newly-formed field called orthopedics and a newly-discovered organ called fascia, more commonly known as connective tissue.

What is The SOHM Method?

At The Massage Cottage, Melissa Derbyshire practices a form of MFR that she developed herself over years for a variety of client needs.  It provides a much gentler experience than other popular approaches to MFR, resulting in less pain and better results.  Melissa now teaches these techniques by the name of “The SOHM Method” at the School of Holistic Massage and others in the Houston area.

What is The SOHM Method good for?

The SOHM Method of massage can cure many musculoskeletal injuries beyond the acute stage, and provides powerful palliative care for countless health conditions.

  • The SOHM Method of massage treats injuries like:
    • Whiplash
    • Plantar fasciitis
    • Tennis elbow
    • Tendonitis and Tendonosis
    • Post-surgical rehab
  • The SOHM Method of massage treats dysfunctions like:
    • Arthritis
    • Frozen shoulder
    • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
    • Sciatica
    • TMJ and jaw pain
    • Scoliosis
    • Herniated discs
    • Dysfunctional posture
    • Chronic neck or back pain
    • Tension headaches
    • Edema
  • The SOHM Method of massage treats the symptoms of painful conditions like:
    • Migraines
    • Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
    • Insomnia and sleep disorders
    • Depression, Anxiety, and PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)
    • Crohn’s Disease and IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
    • Ehlers-Danlos syndrome
    • Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s
    • Pregnancy, Perimenopause, and Endometriosis
    • Nerve pain and neuralgia
    • Poor circulation
    • High blood pressure
    • Lyme disease and Lupus
    • Psoriatic Arthritis
    • Cushing syndrome
    • Long Covid