The John F. Barnes Myofascial Release Approach addresses and releases the root-cause of the symptoms and dysfunction you are experiencing, in order to make permanent structural changes that allow you to heal more quickly, and return to a pain free, active lifestyle!
Phyllis Douglass is an Expert Level, John F. Barnes Myofascial Release Therapist (MFR). She practices an Integrative Mind-Body Release Therapy approach integrating MFR, Energy Healthcare, and other Advanced Manual Therapy techniques for structural realignment and rebalancing, and to assist the release of physical trauma, emotional distress, and negative energy patterns.
There is a quote by John Muir which states “When one tugs on a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.” That is so apropos to our physical bodies and the patterns of compensation that take place, in an effort to counterbalance a weakness. A weakness is not limited to physical injury or trauma, but can also be emotional, mental or spiritual in nature due to the way we respond to the world around us, through our personal filters. Our beliefs, thoughts, teachings, attitudes, and fears. If one part of the body is experiencing a challenge, then another part of the body steps up and gives a helping hand to keep you going. Leading busy lives, we often overlook the signs that our body is giving us until we begin to experience negative symptoms that effect our lives, our relationships, our work, and our peace of mind.
Myofascial Release Therapy (MFR) is very different from Massage Therapy, and is a highly effective form of advanced manual therapy that helps reduce or eliminate pain and increase physical mobility. MFR incorporates a variety of techniques most often consisting of slow, sustained compression combined with a specific method of stretching and releasing the fascia, that optimizes your body’s structural alignment.
Techniques include Myofascial Release, Myofascial Unwinding, Myofascial Rebounding, and CranioSacral Therapy as taught by John F. Barnes. Treatments may include movement reeducation techniques, stretching, and take-home functional movement training exercises. More in-depth information regarding the Myofascial Release Approach.
Your first session will begin with a hands-on assessment and evaluation addressing your posture, structural alignment, range of motion, gait pattern, flexibility and mobility to identify muscle strengths and weaknesses, and connective tissue restrictions.
Treatments are received lying down on a table clothed in garments that allow the therapist to see the body throughout functional motion and as the work progresses, to witness dysfunction, physical and autonomic reactions, areas of restriction, and perform fascial manipulation on the surface of the skin. No oils, gels, or creams are utilized. Appropriate garments include: gym shorts, sports bras, tank tops, two-piece swim suits, and swim trunks.
Do you suffer from TMJ? Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ) is most commonly due to fascial restrictions that are altering the alignment of the jaw. The symptoms of this condition can include tightness and pain of the jaw, headaches, neck pain, grinding of the teeth, difficulty opening the jaw fully and chewing. Myofascial Release Therapy is a very successful treatment for TMJ, and clients have received extraordinary results!
Are you a breast cancer survivor? Phyllis is a certified Pink Ribbon Breast Cancer Recovery Specialist, and has developed a program integrating Myofascial Release Therapy, Movement Reeducation and specific Pilates exercises, helping to release scar tissue and fascial restriction, stretch and strengthen the shoulder, chest, back, and abdominal muscles, improving range of motion to those areas affected by breast cancer surgery and any adjuvant treatments and reconstruction surgeries. It doesn’t matter if your surgery was recent or years ago!
Myofascial Release Therapy is very effective at releasing scar tissue and restoring flexibility and mobility to the affected area.
The release of scar tissue is a specialty and effective whether formed post-surgically or from injury. When we have a surgical procedure, the fascia is cut or torn and scar tissue is formed throughout the healing process. Scar tissue is a very dense and hard substance that is designed to hold our body together at the site of the surgery of injury. It serves us in this manner, however scar tissues draws up and pulls on other areas of the body, compresses the nerves, blood vessels, and underlying organs which affects physiological function and restricts physical movement. Over time this creates pain and dysfunction. Because the tensile strength of the fascia is upwards of 2000 pounds per square inch, this same amount of tension or pressure is exerted on underlying pain sensitive structures, when fascial restriction is present. Pain and symptoms can appear to be unrelated and experienced in distal areas of the body far from the affected area.
Meet Stan Shipcott, a client with Parkinsons who receives regular MFR sessions:
Results of Myofascial Release Therapy Include:
- decreased or eliminated pain
- feeling more balanced physically, mentally and emotionally
- increased energy
- reduced stress
- improved flexibility and strength
- enhanced functioning of ALL bodily systems
- release of scar tissue and subsequent associated physical restrictions
- optimized postural alignment
Initial MFR Evaluation / Consultation and Treatment $120 (1 1/2 hours)
Single Treatment: $95 (1 hour)
4 Treatment Package: $340 (4 – 1 hour treatments completed in 2 months)