What is John F. Barnes Myofascial Release? (MFR)
Myofascial release is a form of hands on manipulation of the body’s muscles and fascia. It involves a gentle, oil-free, sustained pressure to areas of restriction until a release occurs. Its main goal is to rebalance the body by reducing restrictions that have formed.
What is fascia?
Fascia is a 3 dimensional web of connective tissue that surrounds, supports and infuses every structure in our bodies including our bones, muscles, nerves, brains, organs and blood vessels. It is a continuous system that stretches from the top of our head to the tips of our toes and fingers. Since the fascial system connects every cell in the body, it therefore affects every system and function in the body.
Take for example an orange. It’s comprised of peel, the “white part”, and the pulp, (fruit). The “white part” of the orange is similar to fascia as it attaches the peel to the flesh of the orange, surrounds and permeates into all the smaller sections. Its function is to provide structure, separation and support.
How do fascial restrictions occur and affect the body?
A restriction is an area of the body that is in a state of “dis-ease” due to injury, poor posture, inflammation, physical and emotional trauma, surgery, guarding against pain and stress. The fascia will shorten, dehydrate, and ultimately cause pain or decreased function as it tightens around the surrounding tissues. An example of healthy fascia versus dehydrated fascia is a fresh steak versus beef jerky.
Fascial restrictions will pull on the body much like pulling the corner of a sweater. Over time this local toughening and hardening will make our bodies weaker setting us up for injury. As fascia is a continuous structure, fascial restrictions create a “fascial drag” that can send symptoms into seemingly unrelated areas of your body.
What to expect from an MFR treatment
Assessments catered to each individual
Techniques are applied within the body’s limits and never force the tissues
The body is treated as a whole
Treatments are done in shorts, comfortable tank top and/or sports bra/bathing suit top
Therapist will encourage the client to tune in to the treatment by being quiet and focusing on what they are feeling within their body
Read more from the Myofascial Release Therapy web site