Therapy in theForest, LLC
Practicing John F. Barnes Myofascial Release (JFB MFR) in Portland, Oregon
Even for a person without substantial symptoms, JFB MFR can be very beneficial. Fascial restrictions affect you in ways you may not be aware of or you may consider them unchangeable or contribute them to aging. By removing restrictions, everything you do can be done with greater ease and comfort. For example, you'll find that you can stay in better posture easier or that you can touch your toes again! It is about quality of life! JFB MFR also helps with developing greater body awareness which is essential for well-being. When you are not used to being connected mind-body, negative changes can go unnoticed. Many people who are injured physically or emotionally disconnect. It is like a restaurant without a manager: open for business, but nobody is minding the business. The kitchen gets dirty, the waiters do what they wants, food quality might go downhill, if you watch any reality TV you have seen all the things that happen without someone paying attention and taking charge. Taking charge in your case means getting enough sleep, exercise, water and regular, healthy food. But it also means getting treatment, doing self-treatment, stretching, learning what your structure needs. John Barnes teaches for all of us to do daily self-treatment, even if it is just 5 minutes per day and then a longer session on the week-end. As MFR therapists we emphasize teaching you how to do that. Receiving MFR is a learning process in itself. The person being treated is very active with their attention during treatment. You begin to learn a lot about yourself. Sometimes it can be difficult, sometimes you need to move through things that can be hard to let go of. Your body can be very convinced that it is not OK or possible to get rid of certain restrictions. This is especially true is they got there in response to pain. Pain is very convincing! When we are in pain, we often learn to hold the painful area still. This is good short-term when something needs to go through basic tissue healing. But it often becomes a longstanding holding pattern. If it stays that way for years, just imagine how used to it your body is! Then when the restriction goes away, your body has to reorganize and find how to operate without that road block. This can make you sore for a while. This is "healing crisis" After getting rid of large amounts of restrictions, life just is more enjoyable.
Also focused on Pelvic Physical Therapy, primarily using JFB MFR