Myofascial release is authentic healing work to create powerful change for acute and chronic pain, dysfunction and restricted motion by reducing or eliminating fascial restrictions and adhesions. The goal is to relieve pain, restore whole body function and mobility, and improve overall cellular health. Because myofascial restrictions cannot be detected using any myelograms, x-rays or other imaging currently available, a fairly high percentage of people suffering with pain and restricted motion could be having undiagnosed fascial problems.
The John Barnes’ Myofascial Release Approach (MFR) is a hands-on technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure into the myofascial connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion. MFR addresses the fascia, a complex, continuous three-dimensional net that surrounds, penetrates and infuses every muscle, bone, organ, blood vessel and nerve in the body.
WHAT IS FASCIA?
Fascia is a three dimensional web made of hollow tubules filled with fluid carrying information in the form of thermal, electromagnetic and mechanical energy, making it a “piezoelectric” or “pressure based electrical” tissue. So gently stretching, twisting or compressing the fascia causes this bioenergy to flow, transforming the cellular environment, or extracellular matrix, into a more fluid state, and rehydrating the restricted fascia.
Since our fascia can solidify when it repeatedly functions as a shock absorber to physical and emotional trauma, over time, we can find ourselves in chronic pain — bound in a straitjacket of our own tissue. What starts as a physical restriction in one area, can eventually spread (through the pull in the fascial system) to restrict other areas, causing seemingly unrelated pain or dysfunction. This phenomenon can alter our emotional health as well, isolating us from others in the form of depression and anxiety. Healing occurs when we connect with the physical and emotional pain, as the MFR therapist engages the tissue with intention and care, allowing the restricted fascia to soften and lengthen, creating space and flow in our mind/bodies. This space and sense of ease in the physical tissue can also lead to a positive change in our physical and emotional selves.
ADRESSING THE SOURCE OF PAIN
As you receive JFB-MFR, you have the opportunity to reconnect with the flow of your body to be your best self, and to learn self-care techniques for your own home care program. Many other forms of therapy only address the symptoms, but MFR addresses the source of the pain, for a natural, whole body approach to authentic healing.
In addition to structural Myofascial Release, there are two other aspects to the John Barnes' Myofascial Release Approach: Myofascial Unwinding and Myofascial Rebounding.
For more information on unwinding, here is John Barnes' discussion titled "Myofascial Unwinding" and Functional Therapy Magazine's interview with Barnes.
For more information, watch this video which features John Barnes discussing Rebounding.
PARTNERING IN THE HEALING PROCESS
The MFR approach is not a mechanical protocol to "fix" your problem. We are partners in your healing process, and your underlying beliefs about your pain and your ability to heal yourself are important. There is no doubt that we can make ourselves sick (ie. stress, depression, overexertion), so why don't we make ourselves better? Because it can take time, mindfulness and intention, and this can be challenging.
MFR is really about you, with the therapist's help, accessing your intuitive, feeling side by way of your structure, to soften restrictions, relieve pain and dysfunction, and enhance the flow of communication or consciousness in your body for healing.
When you come for a session, I will be able to feel the texture of the tissue in your body, finding your fascial restrictions, and we will start there. Your role is to let go and feel into these areas without judgment and to breathe and be present. It is you meeting your body and listening to its signal - pain - and understanding that the pain is not harm, it is the signal that something needs to be addressed. I will help you find out what that something is. It almost always has a structural component, but also emotional content, and you are safe to experience that in whatever way your body needs to, to let it go.
I invite you to give MFR a try. Almost every therapist who practices JFB-MFR has a story of physical and emotional pain, me included, and it is the richness of our own experiences that fuels our passion for this work. If you keep up your self-treatment as well as coming for sessions, you can address the source of the pain. There is no limit to how you can help yourself heal if you allow it.
ABOUT MYOFASCIAL RELEASE
Metamorphosis Bodywork provides authentic, healing hands on MFR therapy sessions that use gentle sustained pressure into myofascial restrictions by releasing the fascia, a continuous three-dimensional net in and around everything in the entire body. By reaching deep inside, increasing tissue fluidity and flow, this safe, natural approach breaks up adhesions and restrictions in the myofascial complex caused by injury, poor posture, and stress, to eliminate pain, restore motion and improve overall cellular function.
2 or 3 times a week for a short period to address an acute injury, after doctor’s clearance for bodywork
Once a week, bi-weekly or monthly sessions to begin and continue progress out of chronic pain
Once a week, bi-weekly or monthly sessions to increase inner awareness, unwind the body out of subconscious holding patterns and contribute to personal growth
TWO THERAPIST SESSION
The effectiveness of a session can be exponentially increased with two therapists working in tandem. Two sets of hands can more fully release the fascial web, and add even more energy and flow to the bodywork.
MFR is a safe, gentle, effective therapy that produces results that last. It can be beneficial for many conditions such as:
CONDITIONS HELPED BY MFR:
Headaches or migraines
Post surgical dysfunction
Restless leg syndrome
Women's health issues
... and more
To understand why MFR helps so many conditions, consider what happens to nerves, blood vessels, joints, organs and even cells when their fascial web of support is distorted. Critical life-sustaining functions are interrupted or altered in a variety of ways, and your body begins to display symptoms. By opening the tissue and releasing the powerful compression or twisting of the restricted fascia MFR relieves the symptoms!