Myofascial Release

Myofascial Release (MFR) is offered as a sole treatment or can be integrated with massage and other techniques. Tia Cherneski has been trained in the John F. Barnes style of myofascial release, John Barnes is considered the pioneer and founder of  Myofascial Release work. 

Fascia is the connective tissue that surrounds our entire anatomy and sinks into every structure including muscles, bones, nerves, organs, and blood vessels.  Trauma, poor posture, inflammation, surgeries, infections all can cause restrictions in the fascial system resulting in pulls, strains, and pressure on any or all of these body components. Over time and with further restrictions, the fascia begins to tighten and lose its adaptive capacity and pain and dysfunction can spread to areas far from the original injury.  Eventually the fascial system can become so restricted that it mimics a “straight jacket” on our system causing pain, discomfort, and widespread symptoms.

MFR  treatments address the whole body, with the understanding that everything is connected through this fascial web.  Two symptoms may initially feel unrelated to each other, but with MFR you may develop the awareness of how your hip, for example, may be connected to a strain in your neck or perhaps the discomfort in your jaw could be coming from a previous injury you had to your shoulder…. The MFR approach “treats the symptoms but looks elsewhere for the cause”. The path of tensions and restrictions in this continuous fascial web are followed during a session like a road map with a goal of releasing the restrictions and creating more freedom, space and equilibrium in the body.  

MFR sessions differ from most other massage techniques because it’s performed directly on the skin without oil or lotion. MFR can be used alone or combined with craniosacral therapy, massage or other techniques. If you are getting only myofascial release, men are asked to wear shorts and women, shorts and a sport bra or bathing suit .  This allows access to as much of the body as possible while providing the freedom and comfort to move during the session.

For people that have a long term pain condition that has not responded to other therapies may want to consider booking several myofascial sessions fairly close together as this has proven to be very effective.  

For more information about the John F. Barnes Approach to Myofascial Release (MFR)  please browse through the articles on the MFR website.