— Using the John Barnes’ Myofascial Release Approach body-led principles of pressure, time and direction to allow the deepest, most authentic tissue release
Most of us at one time or another have received a “deep tissue” massage. It hurts so good and really “gets in there,” to release the tissue, or does it? We have been trained to believe that all deep bodywork hurts and we just have to endure it for the results. Most techniques described as deep tissue, or the painful, forceful old style of myofascial release, are giving temporary results and causing microtrauma, and with repetitive treatments, eventually causing restrictive scar tissue formation. Many clients even have bruising and are told this is normal and therapeutic! How can your tissue release when you are bracing against these invasive forces? Let me explain how JFB-MFR is the deepest, most effective bodywork you will ever receive.
There is a phrase used in MFR describing the way in which therapists address the receiver’s body: WAIT AT THE BARRIER. This means that as my hands slowly sink into the tissue, there is a point at which the body stops my hands – I feel an opposing force. This is the barrier. This is the place where the body feels safe with my hands. So if I want to go deeper right at that moment, I would have to push through this barrier and fight the opposing force with my force to achieve my definition of the ends. This does not feel safe to the client’s body, and so it goes into protection. However, waiting at the barrier allows me to truly connect with your tissue, allow a response, and follow the release three dimensionally.
With time and patience, layer by layer the tissue releases. It takes a minimum of five minutes for the piezoelectric effect to begin, that is, for the electric currents generated by the pressure upon the myofascial system to allow movement and release. As each layer becomes more pliable, the body allows deeper and deeper access. And since the entire fascial system is one continuous structure consisting of a network of tubules containing fluid with crystalline properties, the longer the therapist’s pressure follows the deepening release, the more areas of the body are affected.
As the tissue releases layer by layer, the therapist follows the direction of ease, taking up slack to continue pressure at the barrier. As the layers deepen, there can be an intense feeling – therapeutic pain – however, since there is no forcing of the tissue, this intense feeling becomes a guide to healing, and does not feel injurious. Myofascial unwinding occurs at this level, when the receiver’s body, feeling safe, spontaneously moves as the tissue releases, perhaps just regionally, such as the arm or neck, or sometimes growing into a full body compressive twist or lengthening stretch. This is the body’s self-correcting mechanism, and gives an extremely deep, powerful release, both physical and emotional.
Using the John Barnes’ Myofascial Release Approach, the MFR therapist is led by the client’s body in pressure, time and direction to achieve an authentic release of the myofascial system – when permanent change occurs.
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