Is Myofascial Release therapy for me?
- ● Are you tired of your pain dictating the activities of your life?
- ● Are you ready to be well?
- ● Are you open to a new approach to your health care?
- ● Are you willing to invest in your health and well-being?
- ● Are you willing to be an active partner in your healing journey?
- ● Are you ready to break up old patterns that holding you back?
If you answered ˝yes˝ to the above questions, you are a great candidate for MFR and we look forward to working with you.
What to expect on your first MFR session?
You can expect your MFR treatment to be in a safe and nurturing environment. You can expect to be listened to – as you are the one who knows your body best. We will assist your body in finding it’s way to optimal health through release of fascial restrictions.
During the first session we will go your medical history, postural analysis, mobility assessment, treatment and self-treatment instruction. You will receive about 60 minutes hands-on treatment. The cost for 90 minutes session will be $120. Please arrive ten minutes before your appointment to complete the client intake form. Myofascial Release treatment sessions are often very relaxing. Clients are guided to keep their awareness in their body. Feedback from the client regarding their body’s feelings and sensations may be needed in order to achieve the most possible results.
Often the reduction of pain and increase of range of motion is experienced during or after the treatment. Some clients may experience a temporary increase in pain or symptoms after the treatment. Please do not be alarmed, this may be the healing crisis period that is often followed by a significant improvement. The healing crisis can last up to three days. When restricted fascia is released, metabolic waste products, toxins, are released into the interstitial spaces which may cause muscle soreness. Please drink plenty of water to flush your system from toxins and to minimize the unpleasant symptoms.
What should I wear during a MFR session?
Since Myofascial Release is a hands-on modality contact with bare skin is necessary. Women could wear, either a two-piece swim suit, a bra or sports-bra and undergarment or loose-fitting elastic waist shorts. Men could wear loose fitting elastic waist shorts, boxer shorts or bathing trunks.
NO LOTION POLICY Please do not use any lotion on the day of your session, as the therapist’s hands need to be able to grip to the tissue opposed to slide on the skin during a massage session.
How many sessions will it take?
The number of sessions that one would need is very individual. Several variable have to be taken into consideration when answering this question such as your condition, how you respond to the treatment, your goals and if you are willing to do self-treatment at home.
Everyone responds differently to MFR and on their own time. Many feel changes in symptoms after a couple of sessions while others require a number of treatments to achieve their state of well-being. Clients are encouraged to have a follow-up session as soon as possible after the initial visit to continue the progress made during the first session.
Listen to your body. Be understanding, acceptant, and gentle with yourself on this healing journey. Remember that it took time and events for the restricted fascia to form and for your condition to develop. Healing is a process, not a one time event that happens over night.
What does a release feel like?
To the therapist, the fascial release can feel like taffy stretching or butter melting. The release happens very slow and is sometimes subtle.
To the client, a fascial release has been described to feel like waves of warmth or pulsing in the releasing area. Sometimes when a release occurs, you will feel some therapeutic pain in another area of your body that requires the therapist’s attention. Be aware that sometimes an emotion or a memory will come up during the treatment. Memories of past traumas, injuries and accidents are stored in the restricted fascia. When fascia is released, these memories are released as well. Please continue to have communication with your therapist about what you feel and experience in your body.
Does MFR hurt?
Yes and no. Myofascial Release does not force. The restricted fascia exerts pressure of up to 2,000 pound per square inch and can not be forced. Myofascial release is a very slow, intentional technique. The practitioner applies sustained moderate pressure into the area of fascial restriction and then waits for the release. Once the piezoelectric response starts to take place the fascia begins to shift and to release. During the release, the client could feel a tingling sensation or a mild burn, but never intense pain.
At anytime during the session you can ask the therapist to ′ease up′ the pressure. You, the client, know your body best and are always in control of pressure. Your therapist has been trained to help you soften into the restricted areas so a deeper release can occur and the holding and bracing patters that no longer serve you are discharged from your system.
What is a healing crisis?
Some clients may experience a temporary increase in pain or symptoms after treatment. Please do not be alarmed, this may be the healing crisis period that is often followed by a significant improvement. The healing crisis can last up to three days. Please remember that healing does not happen in a linear fashion.
When restricted fascial is released, metabolic waste products, toxins, are released into the interstitial spaces which may cause muscle soreness. Please drink plenty of water to flush your system from toxins and minimize the unpleasant symptoms.
What happens in my body when fascia releases?*
On the molecular level the Myofascial system is organized as organic crystalline. A crystal produces a small electrical charge when sustained pressure is applied. During Myofascial Release Treatment when your therapist applies pressure into the connective tissue she can generate electrical fields. In all likelihood here is where the nervous system gets involved. A tight and restricted tissue is not only dehydrated, but also has low electrical potential. The fascia barely moves, and has less strength and power.
The application of Myofascial Release principles increase the electrical potential which attracts water molecules, thereby rehydrating the ground substance. This phenomenon is often called the motility response of the tissue, which can be one of the first effects of Myofascial Release. Further, this approach to the fascial work helps to rearrange and organize the Fascial network – which includes the collagen fibers. This reorganization to a healthier, more moveable tissue occurs through a higher brain function. *http://barnesandcrackle.squarespace.com/myofascial-release/
How is MFR different from Swedish massage?
The goals of Swedish massage is to relax the muscles, to detoxify the body, to reduce stress and to improve health by providing temporary relief from chronic pain. However, massage does not seek to alter or change the structure of fascia. Massage is wonderful for all of the above-mentioned reasons, but unfortunately massage does not address the fascial restrictions and until these restrictions are released chronic pain returns time and time again.
Who is John F. Barnes?
The John F. Barnes′ Myofascial Release Approach is considered to be the ultimate mind/body 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, is an international lecturer, author and authority on Myofascial Release. He is a physical therapist and is considered to be a visionary and teacher of the highest caliber. Elena Diaz CMT has been trained by John F. Barnes.
˝ There is an infinite, vast sea of vibrations (love and light), a loving force, that helps guide, and gives us life and healing energy.˝ – John F. Barnes