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Myofascial Release (MFR) is a gentle form of bodywork that releases restrictions in the fascia which encases the muscles, the fibers within the muscles, the cells, right down into the bone. Fascia is therefore like a 3-dimensional web that is woven throughout our body, and when restricted, can pull on other parts of the body. When the fascia is restricted, it can place up to 2000 psi (pounds per square inch) on nerves, muscles, organs, the systems within the body, causing pain, numbing, tingling, lack in range of motion.
Myofascial restriction can feel like tension with or without pain within what we know as the muscle. It can feel like pain in one side of the body versus none in another. It can feel like a loss of range of motion, perhaps in twisting the spine to back up the car. Restrictions around joints can feel like pain in the joint, or a twisting in the knee. It can also feel like tightness and shortening in the neck.
After treatment, clients have a range of responses from feeling taller, more relaxed, able to breathe easier to name a few. Others can feel like a decrease in pain in the chronic are, a shift in pain to another part of the body. For some, the first few days may feel "crampy" or you may come down with cold-like symptoms or even feel cold temperature-wise. These are all a part of something called "a healing crises" and simply is how the body is responding to a subtle reorganization in structure. As things re-orient, these symptoms often dissipate. If one finds themselves in a healing crises, it is best to see if you can set up an additional treatment session to keep the shift moving. The overall results are usually in the positive direction.
John F. Barnes is a Physical Therapist and Licensed Massage Therapist who has trained hundreds of thousands of healthcare workers over 40 years in a specialized form of MFR. The application is gentle, sustained, and works on many planes from the physical to the energetic and subtle body.
- Back Pain, Neck Pain
- Migraines, Headaches
- Sports Injuries
- Neurological Dysfunction
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Carpal Tunnel
- Jaw Pain (TMJ)
- Scoliosis, Kyphosis
- Myofascial Pain Syndrome
CranioSacral Therapy (CST)
CranioSacral Therapy is a gentle, hands-on approach that releases tensions deep in the body, to relieve pain and dysfunction and improve whole-body health and performance.
Using gentle pressure, CST releases restrictions/tension in the soft tissues that surround the central nervous system through cranial plates, the spine, and the sacrum.
Restrictions/tension can impede healthy performance of the central nervous system, and potentially every other system with which it interacts.
CST is increasingly used as a preventive health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease, and it's effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction.
By balancing the environment around the brain and spinal cord and enhancing the body’s ability to self-correct, CST is able to alleviate a wide variety of dysfunctions, from chronic pain and sports injuries to stroke and neurological impairment.
- Chronic Neck and Back Pain
- Migraines, Headaches
- Stress and Tension-related Disorders
- Motor-Coordination Impairment
- Brain and Spinal Cord Injury
- Chronic Fatigue
- TMJ Syndrome
- Central Nervous System Disorders
- Learning Disabilities
- ADD / ADHD
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Yoga exists in many styles and names and has become very popular in the U.S. over the last few decades. Each style or modality offers different benefits and risks. A medical doctor or other healthcare practitioner may encourage a practice of yoga, but may not know of the many different styles nor what may be appropriate unless they are a practitioner themselves and have done a level of self-study. It is therefore the responsibility of the client/patient to step into this practice asking questions and feeling for what is the appropriate modality and pace for oneself.
Many new practitioners will avoid yoga because of messages and beliefs that they are not "flexible at all or enough". Others will begin as if it is a new sport to be mastered. At either end of being restorative or active, personal expectation can get in the way as we have become a results-oriented culture causing any of us to push to hard, over-effort, or to get lost in the momentum of a practice.
Energy Unwinding teaches on the spectrum of what is available to each client/patient. For many new to the practice, if there are physical, possibly myofascial restrictions, a more restorative and passive form of yoga may be recommended with a few poses to practice at a time. As a new yogi begins to gain familiarity, flexibility, and strength, they will be instructed as appropriate to the bodies ability to excel at each stage.