What is Myofascial Release

What is Myofascial Release

MFR assists you in regaining your posture, restoring range of motion, reducing or even eliminating chronic pain and illness and restores function and activity to your life. Myofascial Release (MFR) uses gentle, sustained pressure on myofascial restrictions resulting in a piezoelectric charge which returns viscous, traumatized myofascial tissue to its elongated, relaxed and fluid state.

Forces of over 2000 pounds of pressure per square inch are the results of Trauma, inflammatory responses and/or surgical procedures on the myofascial network of your body. MFR engages these traumatized tissues in a way that effectively frees the tissue of such crushing forces. No other massage modality has the lasting effects that MFR can achieve.

What is Fascia


Elastin, collagen and a liquid crystal, polysaccharide gel complex known as Ground Substance make up the Myofascial network. Your myofascial network is akin to a 3 dimensional spiderweb that surrounds each muscle fiber, bone and organ in your body.

The Greek word for muscle, “Myo” and the latin word for connective tissue, “Fascia” come together to give us this word. Myofascial Therapy engages this Ground Substance over a long period of time (5 minutes or more) to effect deep and lasting changes to your structure, releasing tension held over time and allowing the Ground Substance to liquefy and become more mobile.
In a normal healthy state the fascial system maintains the body in equilibrium through a delicate balance of tension and elasticity.  The fascia is relaxed and wavy in configuration and has the ability to stretch and move without restriction, while still supporting the alignment of bones.

The John F. Barnes approach to myofascial therapy is what I use coupled with other forms of bodywork learned over my 15 years as a therapist.

The spectacular Video below by Dr. Jean Claude Guimberteau from 2014 is the most relevant and scientific study of fascia and its ground substance to date. This is the basis of what I work on as a therapist when I do John F. Barnes Myofascial Release therapy and Cuppping.


What should you Expect out of your treatments

  • Arrive about 10 to 15 minutes early to fill out paperwork and chat with me
  • Please bring with you, or wear comfortable gym shorts or a bathing suit and for women a sports bra that can open in the back or that I can reach under in the back is good. If you are comfortable just in your underwear, that’s fine too.
  • Be well hydrated when you come in
  • Make sure not to put on lotion since I’ll need friction in order to engage the tissues. If I’m slipping on your skin, I’m not effectively treating you.
  • Expect to feel things you’ve never felt before; you might not “feel” anything that I’m doing, you might feel your whole life at once. Be open minded to the possibility of feeling better after each treatment.
  • As your body unwinds each treatment will be DIFFERENT than the previous. Keep from comparing one session to another, that sabotages the good work we do and disappoints you in the process
  • Have fun with your sessions and treat them as a way to be curious and playful about your healing process

What can Myofascial Release Therapy help resolve in my body?

Many of the chronic health issues we face are related to trauma and dysfunction in our myofascial network. MFR focuses on the causes of your symptoms and aims to resolve the symptoms through resolving the cause. You can’t put out a fire if it is being fed with fuel, you can’t cap a busted pipe if the water hasn’t bee shut off. The same is true of your body: Making the pain go away isn’t resolving the issue, making the tremors, nausea, sleeplessness, restlessness, lack of range of motion, inflamation or any other symptom isn’t resolving the underlying reason that you have these symptoms. For any of these issues:

  • Fibromyalgia
  • Concussions and other traumatic brain injuries
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Autism
  • Post Surgery recovery
  • Diabetes
  • Bi-polar Disorders
  • Depression
  • Spinal and back pain
  • Scoliosis
  • Sports injuries

We focus on what the body wants to unwind and release in the Ground Substance of your fascia. We also focus on bringing your awareness back into your body and actually FEELING into the issues you are going through to bring out your body’s innate ability to unwind and heal. We use gentle, sustained pressure to engage the barriers and restrictions while utilizing props and the removal of gravity in the area we are working to affect change.

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