Myofascial Release Therapy
What is Myofascial Release Therapy?
Firstly: Different practitioners bring their own style, knowledge, and experience to their work which can have a significant effect on their client's experience.
Myofascial Release Therapy is a manipulative and body-based method of complimentary medicine. Successful healing through Myofascial Release Therapy is achieved by manipulating your Fascia (The now widely understood continuous and interconnected body-mind-emotion matrix) utilizing a multitude of manual and movement techniques.
What is the Goal of Myofascial Release Therapy?
These techniques aim to promote independence through therapy and education in proper body mechanics and movement, the enhancement of balance and strength, flexibility, and postural and movement awareness
Where do Fascial Restrictions come from?
The body holds all experiences, including physical stress and emotional injury, as well as delights and exuberant experiences, storing them in the fascial memory which informs and direct the “here and now” responses to life.
Are All MRT Treatments the Same?
Because fascial restrictions occur as a result of your experiences, I look at each person as a unique individual and each case is different. Depending on your personal situation, it may take one or several sessions to get the desired response, especially if your symptoms have persisted for months or years.
Your treatment may include manipulative (touch) and non-touch methods, such as breath work, movement and respiration techniques.
The central purpose of non-touch bodywork therapy is to enhance healing within the body by helping the individual to develop body-mind awareness, which is a crucial component in activating natural inner healing processes of your psyche, which in turn will improve your body’s ability to heal itself physically. The result is enhanced blood and lymphatic circulation, longer and more relaxed muscles, more even structural support, and more efficient nervous system communication.
The Touch Method:
once fascial restrictions have been identified, I will apply a gentle force and follow the fascial tension three dimensionally with my hands to the restrictive barrier. This three dimensional fascial barrier is held with a constant gentle force until a release is felt. I can then go through several layers of fascial restrictions until the tissues around that structure relax.
What Can an Expected Outcome of MRT?
After a successful treatment, you will experience decreased pain, fascial tension, and joint stiffness. There will be improved postural alignment, mobility, flexibility and range of motion.
Even though you may feel that you are experiencing less your their initial pain and are moving better after a treatment, you may still feel aches in their body for several days afterwards as your body adjusts to the changes. This reaction goes away with subsequent treatments and does not occur with every client.
What is Visceral Manipulation?
Visceral Manipulation, developed by French Osteopath, Jean-Pierre Barral, is a very specialized Fascial Release Technique that focuses on the fascia that surrounds the internal organs of the body in the abdomen.
What is the Purpose of VM?
The treatment is performed in order to relieve tension in the viscera caused by adhesions that form between normally separated organs. These adhesions can come from trauma, surgery, infection, inflammation and/or stress. When one organ can’t move in harmony with its surrounding viscera due to abnormal tone, adhesions or displacement, it works against all the body’s organs and structures. That chronic irritation, in turn, paves the way for disease and dysfunction.
What can be Expected from VM Treatment?
I use very gentle oscillatory manipulations into the adhesion/restriction until a release is felt. These releases can relieve abdominal pain, release the diaphragm, allowing it to move more deeply and freely, improve organ blood flow by softening the hardened tissue, and potentially improve the functioning of individual organs and the systems the organs function within; the structural integrity of the entire body.
John Barnes talks about Myofascial Release, Part I