What is Fascia and Myofascial Release (MFR)?
Lara Weithorn and Gary Casias both specialize in individualized sessions for anyone that lives with discomfort from everyday aches, to chronic and debilitating pain that impedes one’s quality of life. They primarily use the John F. Barnes Myofascial Release Approach, a powerful form of bodywork that focuses on releasing tension deep within the body through the three-dimensional connective tissue, or fascia, for therapeutic and long lasting results.
Every one has their own story
which is reflected in the body. Old injuries, traumas and postural patterns can result in aches and pains. MFR treats each person individually. Lara and Gary truly listen to every client and ascertain through extensive assessment the best course of action and healing program that is right for you.
Myofascial release is a whole-body approach that works with the all encompassing three-dimensional web within our bodies. This web, or what we call fascia does not show up on standard medical tests. MFR transforms your body to move more freely and connect you to your essence through structural work, rebounding and unwinding.
More about Fascia:
Most injuries are Fascial (connective-tissue) injuries, not muscular.
There are 10 times more sensory nerve endings in your Fascia than in your muscles.
Fascia forms the biological container and connector for every organ (including muscles). It runs Uninterrupted throughout the entire body. The body—and the Fascial net in particular—is a single connected unity in which the muscles and bones essentially float.
Fascia is capable of remodeling itself in a variety of ways depending on the demand we place on it; similar to muscles. Injuries, overuse, lack of use, and poor posture are just a few things that have a negative impact of our Fascial system; leading to feeling tight, restricted movements, compressed nerves, pain, and much more.
Change the demand—as we do in bodywork, yoga and personal training—and the Fascial system responds to that new demand. Manual therapy that focuses on the Fascia, such as Myofascial Release, and targeted movement education form a powerful method for:
~ restoring natural settings for posture and function
~ steering small problems away from developing into big ones later on
~ easing the long-term consequences from injury
~ and restoring and extending functional movement farther and farther up the age scale (1)
Myofascial Release is a very effective hands-on, soft-tissue technique that involves applying gentle, sustained pressure into the Myofascial connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion. We also encourage independence through education in proper body mechanics and movement, self-treatment instructions, enhancement of strength, improved flexibility, and postural and movement awareness.
Whether in a corporate chair massage, or a private session, the use of Myofascial Release allows us to look at each patient as a unique individual.
1. Meyers, Tom; "Fascial Fitness: Training In The Neuromyofascial Web"
~ Repetitive Stress Injuries
~ Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
~ Rotator Cuff Injuries
~ Shoulder Pain
~ Neck Pain
~ Back Pain
~ TMJ Disorder
~ Sinus conditions
~ Piriformis Syndrome
~ Joint Pain
~ Scar Tissue
~ Sports Injuries
Myofascial Release can increase freedom of movement, and reduce pain from: