What is Myofascial Release?
As a licensed massage therapist (since 2008) I've been trained in many modalities of massage. The modality that speaks most to the way that I sense life and give service is myofascial release. Myo means muscle, and Fascia is connective tissue. With MFR, we are releasing the connective tissue, which then releases the muscle(s).
"Fascial System: Fascial connective tissue establishes a soft container for all the other structures of the body. It both divides and integrates all other tides and provides them with semi-viscous lubricating surfaces so that they have independence of movement within established boundaries of the body as a whole. It is through the fascia that the movement of our organs provides internal support for the movement of our skeleton through space, and the movement of our skeleton expresses in the outer world the inner movement of our organs.
Through the Fascial system, we connect our inner feelings, with our outer expression”
-Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen
Sensing, Feeling, and Action
Myofascial release understands the Body is enveloped in a 3-dimensional sheet called fascia. Fascia was developed in utero BEFORE muscle and surrounds everything. It, quite literally, is the glue that holds. Everything is held together by this 3d sheet making all parts of the Body interconnected. Twist one part of Body's "sheet" (through typical movement, injury, or emotional patterns), and all other parts of the sheet must follow the twist; i.e. postural changes, that now effect movement patterns (even as deep as the movement patterns of breath.).
As referenced by Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen above, Fascia is also the container that holds and moves emotions that Body has not yet prioritized to process, move, and integrate. The presence of these emotions also "twists the sheet," and contributes to posture (and sometimes pain). (For me, there is a direct correlation also, between karma and Body; more on that when you come in for session!)
As I practice myofascial release, I can sense fascial needs and patterns with enough subtleties to both understand and unwind layers of over-protection using only heat from my un-oiled hand. This melts the acid within the fascia, like a warm hand melting butter, allowing for release and opportunity for processing, moving, and integration. If I were an artist taking my cues from something higher, my medium would be fascia, and the "something higher" would be the divine intelligence of each Body.
I love to educate on and calibrate people to sensing and receiving and even anticipating the work from the inside out, while I work. I find this has a deeper and more prolonged effect somehow on the body. My theory is that their sensing of the work from the inside out as well as from the outside in, helps the brain to more deeply understand, and eventually control the work. After all, I am only listening to the Body's own intelligence on how it would like to unwind from the space it once wound up-it knows everything about that sequence, and what's stored within it, because it was IT'S own movement. Once our human personality witnesses our body experiencing that sense, much about these long-held patterns begin to shift.
My intention with MFR is to assist the Body with it's own, intelligent release; into more physical and spiritual freedom, and alignment.
Have more questions? Give me a call and let's have a 15 minute (free) chat, to see if we’re a resonant match.
If my services aren’t what you’re seeking, It is my privilege to suggest another practitioner I trust.
Session Rates/Options :
1 hr for $125
1.5 hrs for $155
2 hrs $225
'Group Work' :
2 hours, sliding scale $65-$85
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Although I do not accept insurance, I am able to provide a receipt that you may be able to use
to request reimbursement from your insurance company or medical expense savings account.
You're welcome to call your insurance company and ask what they would need for you to be able to receive reimbursement towards bodywork/myofascial release. (Please note that claiming through insurance will limit our work together to only the mappable, physical modalities.)
Cancellation Policy: Please give me 48 hours notice of appointment changes. As a small business owner, I may need a touch of time to fill your paid space. If cancellation happens within 48 hours, I will kindly request 1/3 of your session rate.
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Please contact (847) 533- 0721 to schedule, or to see if this work is your next resonant direction!
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The gift that you have to energetically understand what I’m trying to communicate by going beyond the story is enormously healing.
There isn’t a “psychotherapist” that I’ve met that could compare. It was a perfect tie in at the end of our session to do the body work on the table. I could feel all of the beautiful work you were doing.
I come to you because of your true authentic heart (self). You channel “all that is” and are not afraid to refer out of your practice. Seeing you live in your truth opens me to my authentic truth.
It has been a long time since I have looked elsewhere. I really can not think of what I would want differently from you, except when you start channeling and speaking sometimes it’s comes at me to quickly and I miss out on the processing. (Bring a journal when you visit Erin!)
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