What is Myofascial Release.

The John F. Barnes' Myofascial Release Approach® is a safe and extremely effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle and sustained pressure into restrictions to alleviate pain and restore flexibility and function.  This is NEVER forced, we go to the barrier (the restriction) and wait for the release.   It includes Structural Release, Unwinding, and Rebounding. 

STRUCTURAL RELEASE is myofascial release that is performed by a trained practitioner who does NOT use force, oils or lotions. A JFB/MFR Therapist uses gentle sustained pressure at the collagenous barrier to allow the fascia to soften and lengthen and achieve resonance.  Therapists will hold these pressures for a minimum of 5 minutes which creates a viscous flow and what is called the piezoelectric phenomenon: gentle pressure allows for fascia to elongate and re-hydrate.  Trauma, inflammatory responses and/or surgical procedures create fascial restrictions that can produce tensile pressures of approximately 2,000 pounds per square inch on pain sensitive structures.  The nature of the fascia is to hold its shape and therefore the time competent of holding the positions for 5 minutes or more is critical and cannot be rushed.  Research is now confirming another benefit of longer hold times, after 5 minutes the body releases interleukin 8 which is a powerful natural anti-inflamatory.  

REBOUNDING is a  technique that uses the energetic properties and fluid dynamics of the body as a therapeutic adjunct to structural release and unwinding. It is an oscillatory, wavelike technique that helps to calm, loosen, and "confuse" the neuro-motor system to free the body of bracing and subconscious holding  patterns, allowing it to move more freely.

It is an effective tool for increasing the effectiveness of myofascial release.

UNWINDING is the movement facilitation technique led by the person's own mind body to unique positions in space called 'still points'. These still points are previous positions of trauma where fascial restrictions were formed.  During Structural or Rebounding techniques, sometimes the body will feel the spontaneous urge to move.  If the body is able to allow these movements, the body's intelligence will move itself into a specific position that is needed for a full release.  We can help to remove gravity, offer resistance and most important keep the person safe. Myofascial unwinding can decrease pain, increase range of motion, eliminate subconscious holding/ bracing patterns, increase proprioceptive awareness, and increase overall functional mobility.

We work together with you towards discovering the areas of restriction in the body that can lead to progressive pain patterns, unresolved stress, inflammation, motor dysfunction, poor posture, compromised athletic performance, and an overall decline in health and wellbeing.​​

The use of John Barnes Myofascial Release allows us to look at you as a unique individual. Our one-on-one therapy sessions are hands-on treatments during which we observe you as a whole person.  Our goal is to get to the root cause of discomfort and restore the body to a healthy balanced state.  We also provide independence through self treatment education, and postural awareness.