Myofascial Release as taught by John Barnes is unlike any form of therapy today because it focuses on treating the fascia, or connective tissue system, using gentle, sustained pressure that reduces the pull of bound tissues on pain sensitive areas. Deep and lasting pain relief is acheived when this pressure is held for a minimum of 5 minutes to allow broad releases to occur. This essential “time element” is what separates JFBMFR from the old forms of myofascial release (structural integration/rolfing) and other types of bodywork. Myofascial Release is a WHOLE body, hands on therapy that allows the network of fascia to unravel, eliminating pain and restoring motion throughout the body.
What is Fascia?
Fascia is a fluid-rich, whole body system that surrounds and protects all structures of the body including the muscles, bones, blood vessels, nerves and internal organs. Fascia travels from head-to-toe in a 3-dimensional, uninterrupted web. In its healthy state, fascia has the ability to stretch and move without restrictions. As a result of Inflammation, poor posture and movement habits, emotional patterns or physical trauma such as injuries or surgery, the fascia loses its pliability and begins to shorten and solidify. This causes enormous crushing pressures that spread over time dragging on the network of tissues to distant areas of the body. Because myofascial restrictions do not show up on any of the standard tests today like MRI's,
CAT scans or X-rays, they often go overlooked or undiagnosed.
Each Myofascial Release treatment session is performed directly on skin without oils, creams or machinery. This enables the therapist to accurately detect fascial restrictions and apply the appropriate amount of sustained pressure to facilitate release.
“Leslie is an excellent practitioner who attends to her patients' well-being as a whole. I have a history
of complicated lower back pain that was exacerbated by extended hours of sitting in the classroom during graduate school. After only a few brief sessions with Leslie, my pain was gone! She also made it a point
to address my mind and spirit during the treatment session, in addition
to my body. I would highly recommend her!”
Bridget S. OTR/L