MYOFASCIAL RELEASE and ME
MYOFASCIAL RELEASE is a lifechanging bodywork that I discovered when I took my first class with John Barnes in1991. The work was controversial at the time, because the sceptics claimed there was no way to prove that MFR was helpful, no objective measure. But John suggested "just try it," and that's what I did.
I tried it on almost every client that came to me at the Sports Medicine clinic where I worked, and saw for myself how effective it is. I immediately changed my hands-on approach to my clients, letting go of no-pain no-gain, and using MFR instead. Myofascial Release is gentle but deep, subtle but penetrating.  
It uses minimal force, holding positions for a sustained period of time (several minutes) to allow hydration of the connective tissues, which is felt as a softening and lengthening by both the therapist and the recipient.
There are often deep feelings of letting go and relief after an MFR session; a sustained relaxation occurs.
 
I arrived at MFR in a roundabout way: I started out as a dancer, training and performing ballet and modern, and hearing about Physical Therapy along the way. Eventually I studied and became a PT, working for about a year after graduation before I took the first of many MFR courses. (All while still dancing.) After 15 years at the large Sports Medicine clinic, in 2005 I left to work independently in my own private practice, Dance Sport PT, using MFR and the movement skills I learned through years of dance and yoga. I remain a licensed Physical Therapist, and have been a certified hatha yoga instructor since 2009. I have worked as an assistant instructor to John Barnes in several of his courses over the years, refreshing my knowledge and exposure to his healing message.
 
In Dance Sport PT I see about 20-25% dancers while the rest of my clients come from all walks of life. I use MFR on all of them. By offering my clients MFR, plus highly specific and individualized exercises, I am able to facilitate permanent and dramatic changes in their pain and level of function.
Over the years of using MFR, I have seen how useful it is for so many different types of injury and disease: back and neck pain, postural issues, headaches, fibromyalgia, scoliosis, and all types of overuse and repetitive strain injuries.
I also believe that MFR is proactive; even if not in pain, MFR can be used to optimize and maximize our physical freedom, truly move ahead into full health and awareness, and lessen the effects of wear and tear on our bodies. I love receiving MFR for my own good health.
For more information about MFR, please go to myofascialrelease.com.
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