Myofascial Release

Excerpts from John F. Barnes

Cranial fluid nourishes myofascia by moistening and carrying nutrients.

Myofascia surrounds all organs and parts of body / a silver cover that covers everything / all cellular tissue, organs / similar in structure to brain itself.

Lower back of brain expands and forces everything forward (head down) / makes new fluid / pumps down spinal column and some gets into body / as the cranial fluid releases into the body a collapse (head up) takes place – followed by an expansion etc.

"Fascia, an embryologic tissue, reorganizes along the lines of tension imposed on the body, adding support to misalignment and contracting to protect the individual from further trauma (real or imagined). This has the potential to alter organ and tissue physiology significantly. Fascial strains can slowly tighten, causing the body to lose its physiologic adaptive capacity. Over time, the tightness spreads like a pull in a sweater or stocking. Flexibility and spontaneity of movement are lost, setting the body up for more trauma, pain, and limitation of movement. These powerful fascial restrictions begin to pull the body out of its three-dimensional alignment with the vertical gravitation axis, causing biomechanically inefficient, highly energy-consuming movement and posture."

Myofascial release is a whole-body, hands-on approach for the evaluation and treatment of the human structure. The goal is to remove fascial restrictions and restore the body’s equilibrium.

Unacknowledged emotions can create restrictions in the myofascia. Individuals will complain of tightness of a body area to severe pain in the area. Once the individual is able to discuss / release the emotion out of their body the discomfort is often resolved or able to heal more quickly. It works by assisting the individual in making conscious those emotions and thoughts that are unconscious.

Myofascial Release: The Search for Excellence
John Barnes, 1990.