Many people ask me "What is Myo... something Release?". Most people don't have a clue what it is or if they do they know very little about it. So let me tell you why I have chose to make Myofascial Release my focus in treatment and why I think that it is a great tool to use in helping people feel their best.
I was first introduced to MFR in the last few months of my massage therapy training. This was a time where we were introduced to many of the different modalities out there that we could take in order to further our practice and find new ways to help our clients. Of all the things that we learned about MFR was the thing that really stood out to me the most.
When I was young I suffered with depression. As my mental health got better, my back began to cause a whole lot of problems. For two years I went through many tests and saw many doctors for them to finally tell me that they saw I had a fusion of my last vertebrae to my sacrum. They figured it must have been there since birth but couldn't tell me why it decided to rear its ugly head only once I turned 15. For the first time since being told I would just have to suffer with the pain and disfunction all my life, the instructor that came in to teach us the MFR said to me: "What if it wasn't permanent? What if it hasn't been there since birth? What if there was something you could do to change it?".
At first I was a little annoyed about the fact that he kept disregarding me when I said, "but they saw it on the x-ray", but it really gave me a new hope that maybe there was something that could be done about it. I have always had this little voice in my head that kept saying, "you just don't know what it is yet, but you will find a way to make yourself better. You don't just have to accept the 'death sentence' the doctor gave you just because they are the doctor." My hope grew more and more every day in class as I watched people unwind on the tables in front of me and through emotional releases and physical unwinding of the body my classmates were starting to feel better.
The lightbulb went off in my head! There was something inside of me saying, "THIS is what you have been searching for! THIS is what you are going to use to heal yourself as a whole being! THIS is what your purpose is to share with others so they too can have to power to heal themselves!" See, the MFR principle is to treat the person as a whole. That means (yes) BODY, MIND and SPIRIT!!! It was all coming together to me that I could not expect to heal my body if my mind was not well. Yes, at this time I would say that I was no longer depressed, but I had by no means really resolved WHY I had been depressed in the first place. Like most people I just pushed it down and moved on. My introduction to MFR was my wake up call that it is NOT GOOD ENOUGH to just try to make my body keep pushing through. It is NOT OK to push our mental health to the wayside.
When I was on the table being treated with Myofascial Release for the first time, I had the most beautiful realease of emotion that I was not expecting. At first I wanted to hold back for fear that I would be judged by my peers, but there was just something inside of me that as uncomfortable as it made me, this would be nessesary to make me feel better. And it did! That evening I had the most relief I have ever had in my back. I am still a work in progress and I have a long way to go but I have already experienced more shift in my pain level in receiving MFR treatments than I ever have with just massage. Ever since I have been receiving regular MFR treatments I have noticed that I am not in desperate need for my treatment each time like I would be with massage because the affects are more perminent and seem to last longer. I have also had several clients claim the same thing!
So give it a try! Come see what I am talking about! Experience the whole body healing that you know you diserve and need in order to feel better! I look forward to meeting with you and answering any questions you may have!