Myofascial Release Therapy
Myofascial Release (MFR) is a safe and highly effective bodywork technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure into connective tissue restrictions to help eliminate pain and restore range of motion. The fascia softens and the therapeutic release happens after the therapist holds this gentle stretch for at least 3 minutes. Pressure varies from light to deep depending on the client's needs. It is a "wholistic" form of therapy that treats the locations of restrictions that are causing discomfort, as well as the symptomatic areas of pain. This requires skilled and sensitive hands, which will follow the tissue in a three dimensional fashion for a full release.
Physical trauma, emotional trauma, postural habits, inflammatory responses, and/or surgical procedures create myofascial restrictions that can produce tensile pressures of approximately 2,000 pounds per square inch on pain sensitive structures that do not show up in many of the standard medical tests. The John F. Barnes Myofascial Release Approach is considered to be the ultimate therapy that is safe, gentle and consistently effective in producing results that last. John F. Barnes, PT has trained over 100,000 therapists and physicians in this work. He is a physical therapist and is considered to be a visionary and teacher of the highest caliber. All of my training has been received directly from John Barnes and his highly skilled instructors. I have also mentored with John at one of his treatment centers in Sedona, AZ. I will continue to attend trainings as long as I am engaged in this work.
Pain, trauma, injuries and restrictions can manifest in our bodies as many different symptoms. These are some of the more common conditions I have seen in my clients:
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Headaches and Migraines
TMJ (Jaw pain)
Scar Pain and Adhesions
What Is Fascia?
Fascia is a specialized system of the body that has an appearance similar to a spider's web or a sweater. Fascia is very densely woven connective tissue, covering and interpenetrating every muscle, bone, and nerve, as well as all of our internal organs. The most interesting aspect of the fascial system is that it is not just a system of separate coverings. It is actually one continuous structure that exists from head to toe without interruption. Understanding this, you can begin to see that each part of the entire body is connected to every other part by the fascia, like the yarn in a sweater..
Fascia plays an important role in the support and function of our bodies. In the normal healthy state, the fascia is relaxed and wavy in configuration. It has the ability to stretch and move without restriction. When one experiences physical trauma, emotional trauma, scarring, or inflammation, however, the fascia loses its pliability. It becomes tight, restricted, and a source of tension to the rest of the body. These traumas also have a cumulative effect on the body when the fascia hasn’t been treated. Fascial restrictions can exert excessive pressure causing all kinds of symptoms producing pain, headaches or restriction of motion.
Pain; the word itself brings up a negative thought. When we feel it in our bodies, we want to get rid of it. The truth is that pain often has a message for us. Even injuries can be trying to get our attention. Physical or emotional trauma, suppressed emotions, stress, and false belief systems are some of the main causes of our pain. These can also be cumulative over time and one seemingly innocent incident or physical move can set the body into a painful condition.
Awareness As A Tool To Healing
The Barnes Myofascial Release Approach not only helps relieve pain by releasing fascial restrictions, but also increases your awareness on a physical, emotional, and spiritual level. These aspects of ourselves cannot be separated. The awareness that comes through receiving treatments is an invaluable tool in helping you to heal as a whole person. The healing that happens through Myofascial Release is the most authentic healing I’ve encountered in my life.
Keys To Freedom
We all know that when we’re in pain we feel as if our freedom has been taken from us. We want to feel free in our bodies, in our minds, and in our hearts. With the Myofascial Release Approach we focus first on the physical issue with a goal of alleviating tension in the body. Some clients connect to their deeper cause of pain immediately and for others this happens over a period of time. When we become aware of this deeper cause, we can begin to shift these subconscious holding patterns in our bodies causing fascial restrictions and generating pain.
If this resonates with you, this may be the bodywork you’ve been looking for….
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Dana Eakins, LMBT