Jeanette Laskey and Maury Stephan are very proud to open our own clinic specializing in the John F. Barnes approach to Myofascial Release (MFR) therapy in Suwanee, GA.
Benefits of Myofascial Release Massage Therapy
There are many benefits of MFR therapy and we’ll outline just a few here as well as answer some questions about the John Barnes’ Myofascial Release method of massage and therapy.
What Is Myofascial Release?
Myofascial release is a non-injurious safe technique, of therapy that does not use oils, creams or machinery. In this hands on technique, the therapist applies a gentle, sustained pressure connecting with the Fascial system which has that reduces mobility and be causing pain in the body.
What Is Fascia?
Fascia is a three dimensional web within your body. It surrounds every cell and the multiple layers within the skeletal muscular system as well as the organs, which are made up of smooth muscles. It is also surrounds the bones, nerves, veins and arteries, and even the brain.
Fascia is composed of an Elasto-collagenous complex which has three parts:
1. Elastin– The most elastic part of the complex makes up the core of the complex.
2. Collagen– Extremely tough fibers that give support to the structure. They coil around the elastic fibers in a relaxed, wavy configuration.
3. Ground substance/Matrix– A semi-liquid or gelatinous-like component that transports metabolic material through the body and also acts like a cushion.
A healthy Fascial system allows for openness resulting in freedom of movement, both external movement as you freely move within the world, as well as internal movement of your cells and bodily functions. Trauma, whether minor or extreme, physical or emotional, may cause the fascia to adhere within itself and cause restrictions. It becomes a never ending downward spiral of tightness. Restrictions can cause up to 2000 pounds/square inch of pressure within your body. Do you ever feel like you are wearing a straight jacket inside your skin?
Myofascial Release Techniques
Cross Hand Structural Releases:
In order to, tune into a client, the therapist begins by placing her hands on the client, remaining still and applying gentle pressure. As she connects with the client’s own body and energies, the tissues soften, and so begins the gentle stretching, releasing and following of the fascia, teasing apart restrictions.
A technique in which the therapist may rock and shake the whole body or targeted areas, helping the fascial system reacquaint itself with the fluid nature of the body. It may be fast and rigorous, or slow and rhythmic or some combination of all. Rebounding may leave the client feeling lighter and more fluid.
Unwinding is a natural process in which there is a release of energy within a targeted area, or through the whole body. You may have seen your pets unwind, as they wriggle and thrash about. You, too, may unwind as you hold a prolonged stretch. Unwinding only occurs when you willing let go and take your mind out of the equation. An MFR Therapist is there to assist and support you as your body unwinds to allow healing. Emotional releases may occur, since the body stores both physical and emotional traumas.
The Benefits of Myofascial Release Are…
- Back Pain
- Pelvic Pain
- Neck Pain
- Disc Problems
- Chronic Pain
- Women’s Health Issues
- Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Carpal Tunnel syndrome
- Jaw Pain (TMJ)
- Painful Scars
- Myofascial Pain Syndrome
- Compartmental Syndrome
- Sports Injuries
Myofascial Release techniques involves the application of gentle, sustained force until the tissue is released. It’s a slow process that requires time because there are layers and layers of tissue to be released before the therapist can reach down to the deep tissue.