JFBMFR & CST Techniques
Nicole specializes in John F Barnes Myofascial Release (JFBMFR) and Craniosacral Therapy (CST) to assist the client’s self healing process.
What is Fascia?
The fascia (also called connective tissue) is a very densely woven, three-dimensional sheath that covers and interpenetrates every muscle, bone, nerve, artery and vein as well as our internal organs including the heart, lungs, brain and spinal cord. The fascia is actually one structure that exist from head to foot without interruption; picture the entire body wrapped in one continuous spider web or sweater made of yarn. Because of the interconnection, when fascia is restricted in one area (due to trauma, inflammation, surgery, habitual poor posture or repetitive stress injuries) it can put tension on other parts of the body in far away areas. Fascial restrictions can exert tremendous tensile forces on pain sensitive structures – up to 2000 lbs per square inch! Interesting enough, fascial does not show up on any of the diagnostic test including x-ray, MRI’s, CAT scans, myelograms, etc. But most of us have seen fascia when cutting up raw chicken, the thin, slimly transparent film around the meat – that’s fascia.
Muscle provides the greatest bulk of our body’s soft tissue. Because all muscle is enveloped and ingrained with fascia, myofascial release is the term for this specific technique (‘myo” means muscle). Muscle tissue responds to relatively firm stretch (for example deep tissue massage) but this is not the case with fascia. Even though fascia has great tensile force, it will soften and begin to release or unweave under a small amount of pressure. Another important aspect of MFR is holding the stretch long enough to obtain long term effects, usually 3- 5 minutes or longer. This length of hold is usually missing in other traditional therapies and the reason most clients only get temporary relief.
For more information about JFBMFR, please visit the John Barnes’ Myofascial Release website at www.myofascialrelease.com or click on the “Links and Article” section of this website.
What is Craniosacral Therapy?
Craniosacral Therapy (CST) works with the craniosacral system, which is embedded in the fascial system. It extends from the skull to the sacrum and includes the membranes and fluid surrounding the brain and spinal cord. Imbalances of the craniosacral system can be caused by fascial pulls from outside the system or by restrictions within. Indirect MFR techniques use the fascial system as a handle or lever to engage and realigned the cranial bone and other osseous structures, thus allowing the body to self correct.
Craniosacral therapy is a gentle yet powerful form of bodywork that effects the client physically and mentally. Physically it enhances the function of the central nervous system and the musculoskeletal system and returns balance and mobility to the entire body. Mentally it promotes mental clarity and flexibility.