Treatments Used During Your Session
The John F Barnes' Approach to Myofascial Release®
Myofascial Release is a hands-on therapeutic technique which focuses on restrictions in the myofascial tissue. Myofascial tissue covers, supports, separates, and connects each muscle within your body. The tissue may develop restrictions - areas that are fixed or stiff rather than elastic or mobile - as a result of injury, trauma, or other factors. These restrictions can cause or contribute to localized or widespread pain, as well as limited range of motion. The John F. Barnes' Approach to Myofascial Release® involves applying gentle and sustained pressure into the myofascial connective tissue restrictions to help in eliminating pain and restoring motion.
Jamie Liptan, LMT, a Myofascial Release Therapist with the Frida Center for Fibromyalgia in Oregon, discusses fascia and the John F Barnes' Approach to Myofascial Release in the following video.
What To Expect
We will begin by identifying the muscular, fascial and soft issue restrictions in your body which may be contributing to pain or discomfort, postural imbalances, and limiting your range of motion in affected areas. These restrictions are often the result of injuries, trauma, or structural holding patterns combined with the impact of the stressors and demands of daily life. We will develop a personalized treatment strategy together utilizing one, more, or all of the treatments listed below tailored to your unique needs and goals to optimize whole body health, wellness, and mobility.
Trigger Point Therapy
Trigger points, or muscle knots, are areas within the muscular tissue that have become hardened and densely packed as a result of injury, overuse, or other factors. Trigger points often produce localized or referred pain (pain in another area of the body) and/or limited range of motion. Using Trigger Point Therapy, the dense fibers or knots can be released using direct and sustained deep pressure to relieve pain and improve range of motion.
Structural Integration Techniques
Structural Integration techniques - soft tissue manipulation or mobilization - focus on the connective tissue, or fascia, of your body. The techniques work to lengthen, stretch, and soften this tissue to restore postural balance and ease of movement, while producing the experience of feeling more at home in your own body.
Deep tissue is a specific massage approach that focuses on the deeper layers of muscles, tendons, and tissues in your body. This approach helps to relieve chronic muscle soreness, pain, and tension while promoting a reduction in inflammation (toxin build up). While it is generally deeper than traditional massage, it is not painful.
Traditional Swedish Massage
Traditional Swedish massage is a set of gentle therapeutic massage techniques which focus on relaxing your muscles, tissues, nervous system, whole body and mind to restore or improve overall blood circulation, increase range of motion, reduce inflammation, and lower stress.
Stretching muscles which have been warmed and stimulated by massage or other physical activities has many benefits. Stretching prompts an increase in blood flow and circulation throughout the body, further lengthens and relaxes muscles, restores flexibility and muscle balance, reduces inflammation, improves posture, and relieves tension and tightness. Active stretching occurs when you control the muscle stretch yourself, whereas passive stretching is when the therapist stretches the muscle for you. During your session, passive stretching may be utilized to support a deeper muscle stretch by controlling the intensity of the stretch as you relax. You may also be asked to perform a stretch while firm, direct pressure is simultaneously applied to further lengthen the muscle by mobilizing soft tissues.