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Myofascial Release


 Myofascial Release is an incredible safe and  effective technique where the therapist applies gentle sustained pressure into the Myofascial connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion. The process is slow, present, and connected; the effects are life-changing. Sustained pressure and elongation of the fascia allows motion and fluidity to be restored to stuck and injured tissues. 

Myofascial Release can also be used for trauma and emotional release and healing. Our tissues hold our histories and allowing the fascia to release and rehydrate, also releases stuck memories, energy, grief, and trauma from the body.  


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Myofascial Release is Good For:

*C-Section scars and other      surgical scars

*TMJ and other jaw pain

*Migraines and headaches


*Back pain

*Carpal Tunnel


*Pelvic pain

*Reproductive problems


*Stuck Emotions


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John Barnes Approach to Myofascial Release


Q: What is fascia?


A: Fascia is a connective tissue that surrounds and supports muscles, bones, and organs in the body. It plays a crucial role in maintaining the structural integrity and functionality of the body.  

The appearance of fascia is similar to a spider's web. Fascia is very densely woven, covering and interpenetrating every muscle, bone, nerve, artery and vein, as well as, all of our internal organs including the heart, lungs, brain and spinal cord. 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. In this way you can begin to see that each part of the entire body is connected to every other part by the fascia.

















Trauma, 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 tests (x-rays, MRIs, CAT scans, electromyography, etc.) A high percentage of people suffering with pain and/or lack of motion may be having fascial problems, but are not diagnosed.

(Adapted from John Barnes' article on the Myofascial Release Website)


Q: Why is fascia important?


A: Fascia  provides support and protection to the body's internal structures, helps with movement and flexibility, and plays a crucial role in maintaining overall health and well-being. When fascia is restricted, it can twist the body, upset digestion, cause injury oand pain, and create or activate disease as it cuts off portions of the body from healthy flows of nutrients and oxygen. When healthy, fascia supports us in living fully, vibrantly, and joyfully in our bodies!


Q: How can fascia hold stuck emotions and trauma?


A: Fascia can store emotional and physical trauma, leading to restrictions in movement and chronic pain. 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.

Trauma, such as a fall, car accident, whiplash, surgery or just habitual poor posture, repetitive stress injuries, and complex PTSD and related holding patterns have cumulative effects on the body.

The changes trauma causes in the fascial system influences comfort and function of our body. Fascial restrictions can exert excessive pressure causing all kinds of symptoms producing pain, headaches or restriction of motion. By releasing these restrictions through myofascial release, the body begins to unwind from years of painful holding patterns and allows the body to heal.


Q: How does a therapist release the fascia?


A: A therapist uses gentle, sustained pressure and stretching techniques to release restrictions in the fascia. This helps to restore movement, reduce pain, and promote healing in the affected areas.











Q: How Many Sessions Will I Need?


A: Repeated sessions close together are recommended to ensure that the fascia is effectively released and to prevent the re-formation of restrictions. Especially in the beginning of your healing you will want to book as many sessions as possible. Ask your therapist what is recommended for your condition, but on average they mights suggest 6-12 sessions in as many weeks for maximum effect, then ongoing bimonthly or monthly sessions to continue healing and maintain progress. Consistent treatment can lead to long-lasting results and improved overall well-being. 


Q: What conditions can myofascial release help to heal?


A: Myofascial release can help to heal a variety of conditions, including chronic pain, injuries, muscle tension, postural problems, migraines, pelvic floor pain and dysfunction, sexual dysfunction, lymphedema, MS, fibromyalgia, TMJ disorders, sciatica, carpal tunnel, depression and anxiety, stress-related issues, and so much more. It can also improve flexibility, range of motion, and overall body function.


Q: How is myofascial body work different from Swedish massage and other modalities?


A: Myofascial bodywork focuses on releasing restrictions in the fascia to restore balance and alignment in the body. It involves a more targeted approach to addressing specific areas of tension and dysfunction. Myofascial work addresses the root of the pain or other issue and allows the tissues to release more fully.  In contrast, Swedish massage and other modalities may primarily focus on relaxation and general muscle tension relief.

Q: What is a Healing Crisis?

See this article for wonderful information about a "healing crisis."

In summary of the above link that is so helpful to read, a healing crisis is what can sometimes happen when you are in the middle of healing through myofascial release. Occasionally you can have one to three days (usually not more, though this is not a rule) of feeling worse in your symptoms rather than feeling better. This happens because we are releasing deeper layers of fascial restrictions. Do not panic. Self treat with techniques your therapist has taught you and schedule another appointment as soon as possible. Text your therapist if you need additional support! 


John Barnes' approach to myofascial release offers a holistic and effective method for addressing physical and emotional imbalances in the body. By understanding the role of fascia, the benefits of myofascial release individuals can experience profound healing and transformation through this therapeutic practice.

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