JFB Myofascial Release techniques allow the fascia to release and disengage from the underlying tissue, which in turn improves function. Fascia is a densely woven covering, penetrating every muscle, bone, nerve, vein, artery as well as internal organs; it surrounds every cell in the body. When it loses its pliability due to trauma it hardens and compresses underlying tissues. The therapist’s responsibility is not to force change, but allow for subtle, yet very effective myofascial releases. It is a whole body approach, not a fragmented approach, everything is connected and is treated as such.
Advanced Integrative Manual Therapies
John F. Barnes Myofascial Release Approach - Manual Medical Therapy
Manual Lymph Drainage
Manual lymphatic drainage is a very gentle type of treatment technique that engages the lymphatic system. It is an advanced type of manual therapy (or medical massage), but it is quite different than classic massage. MLD is most notorious for reducing swelling caused by fluid build-up after cancer treatment. MLD can reduce edema (swelling) following an injury; it can also reduce fluid retention due to inflammation or a disease process. It is used to decrease pain, restore movement, and allow for optimal tissue healing. MLD drains excess fluid from the tissues, while also having a detoxifying effect. Although It is most often used to address medical conditions, it can benefit a healthy person as well.
The Lymphatic system is our recycling center and plays an integral role in the immune functions of the body. It is our first line of defense against infection and keeps our body’s waste products and fluids in balance. When this system becomes blocked, our fluid thickens and swelling in the blocked area occurs. The swelling is often internal and cannot be seen or felt. The lymphatic system’s network of tissues and organs can be affectively stimulated by utilizing the specific techniques of MLD. When applied properly it will increase the lymphatic flow, stimulating a malfunctioning or fatigued system and clearing up blockages in areas that have are stagnant. It can either be used on specific areas or there can be a total body-balancing approach. By innervating specific areas with MLD, the entire body can be positively affected, and imaging studies have shown that we can increase the speed of flow by about tenfold.
MLD improves health-related quality of life symptoms. In October of 2017, the first MRI of the brain showing the lymphatic channels was obtained. It indicated that the lymphatic vessels of the brain also drain into the same area as the rest of the body. So, when you innervate the other areas, are we also draining the brain? Good chance!
There are different types of approaches to MLD; they include: Vodder, Földi, Casley-Smith, to name a few. But, they are quite similar and they all look to attain the same goal.
MLD is used to treat a variety of conditions, such as: lymphedema, burns, fluid retention, lymph node removal, allergies, chronic fatigue syndrome, chronic mastitis, headaches and is a commonly requested therapy following liposuction.
It is also believed to aid in the healing of fractures, torn ligaments and relieves fluid congestion, swollen ankles, puffy eyes, headaches and swollen legs during pregnancy. Chronic conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, sinusitis and fibromyalgia may also improve after receiving MLD. Chronic and acute pain sufferers have found MLD very helpful as well.
MLD is implemented by specially trained therapists, known as a Certified Lymphatic Therapist (CLT). A practitioner must be certified, and the course is open for Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Licensed/Registered Massage Therapists and other Licensed Healthcare Professionals. At a minimum, 135 class hours are required for certification.
Physician Prescribed Manual Therapy
Specifically designed to resolve conditions that have been diagnosed and prescribed by a Physician. It is a manual therapy to the PRIMARY area of the client’s chief complaint; it may apply the technique of Neuromuscular Reeducation, Trigger Point Therapy, etc. Effects: reduce pain, establish normal tissue tension, create a positive tissue environment, and normalize the movement of the musculoskeletal system
This type of massage focuses on treatments of injuries, pathologies and rehabilitation. The target tissues may include muscles, tendons, ligaments, skin, joints, or other connective tissue, as well as lymphatic vessels, or organs of the gastrointestinal system.
Trigger Point Therapy
A trigger point is an area that refers pain sensations to other parts of the body. This therapy applies pressure to these points to deactivate them leading to immediate release of tension and improved muscular functioning. This is based upon the research and manuals of Dr. Janet Travell. This is only done by our Advance Medical Therapists.
Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT)
NMT is used for pain relief and specific problems. Structural and postural imbalances are identified through an initial postural assessment. These are then addressed through systematic and site specific massage. 5 principles of NMT: (Postural Distortion, Biomechanical Dysfunctions, Trigger Points, Nerve Compression/Entrapment, Ischemia). Only done by our Advanced Medical Therapists.
Myofascial Release – Direct
MFR refers to the manual massage technique for stretching the fascia, releasing bonds between fascia, integument, and muscles. It involves applying shear compression or tension in various directions or skin rolling. It is used to treat chronic pain, injuries and general aches. The goal is to eliminate pain, increase range of motion and equilibrioception.
Offers a beneficial touch to cancer patients without making their conditions worse. The focus of oncology massage is generally on creating a gentle, nurturing environment for the patient, allowing the patient to relax. Note: Oncology form is required to be filled out before your session. Oncology Massage Intake Form
A prevention and treatment for breast cancer. This technique is used to clear toxin build up and addressed to facilitate lymph flow. It can also be used to assist in recovery from mastectomies and breasts surgeries.
Manual Lymph Drainage for the Breasts and or the chest area is also available.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage targets the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue. The massage therapist uses slower strokes or friction techniques across the grain of the muscle. Deep tissue massage is used for chronically tight or painful muscles, repetitive strain, postural problems, or recovery from injury. People often feel sore for one to two days after deep tissue massage.
Although NYS does not require additional training or certification to practice pre-natal massage, we do! Our therapists must undergo additional training in order to do a pregnancy massage. Pregnancy massage will reduce stress, decrease swelling, relieve aches and pain, and reduce anxiety. A woman in any of these categories should obtain a release from her primary care provider before receiving a massage
Guidelines (established by the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology) before receiving a massage:
- High risk pregnancy i.e. used of fertility method to get pregnant/difficulty in getting pregnant naturally
- Miscarriage in the 1st trimester
- Cardiac disorder
- Pregnancy health problems
- Multiple pregnancy
- Age under 20 or over 35
- Illegal drugs use
Note: Special tables with removable belly and breast recesses are available.
Relaxation and Wellness Massage Therapies
Swedish Massage Therapy
This is the most common type of massage therapy in the United States. A collection of techniques designed for relaxation, using massage oils and long, slow strokes. Many of the therapeutic effects include increased circulation, increased flexibility, removal of lactic acid and toxins, relaxes nervous system, and stimulates the skin. Techniques can be modified to treat injuries and muscular related problems.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage targets the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue. The massage therapist uses slower strokes or friction techniques across the grain of the muscle. Deep tissue massage can often be used for relaxation sedating the muscles in addition to the mind.
Sports massage is specifically designed for people who are involved in physical activities. For athletes and people who often work out. Focused on preventing and treating injury and enhancing athletic performance. Effects: Loosen muscles and increase flexibility.
A therapy that uses Essential oils (scented plant oils) to address specific need. These oils can be relaxing, energizing, stress-reducing and balancing. An example of an essential oil commonly used is Lavender.
Although NYS does not require additional training or certification to practice pre-natal massage, we do! Our therapists must undergo additional training in order to do a pregnancy massage. Pregnancy massage will reduce stress, decrease swelling, relieve aches and pain, and reduce anxiety. A woman in any of these categories should obtain a release from her primary care provider before receiving a massage.
Note: Special tables with removable belly and breast recesses are available.
Treatment that produces an effect similar to suffering. Remedies are made from diluted mixtures of plant substances, when given in full strength may cause the problem or imbalance. This is not the same with naturopathic massage. Our homeopathic massage oil contains 8 different remedies at 30x strength. Effect: Relieve discomfort from pain stemming from various causes.
Hot Soothing Stone Massage
Heated, smooth stones are placed on certain points on the body to warm and loosen tight muscles and balance energy centers in the body. The massage therapist may also hold stones and apply gentle pressure with them. It is good for people who have muscle tension but prefer lighter massage.
Application of pressure to certain points of the foot that corresponds to organs and system in the body. It is very relaxing and good for people who stand all day.
Ashiatsu Barefoot Deep Tissue Therapy
(ashi means foot, and atsu means pressure). With the use of overhead system of hand-held bars for balance, the therapist massage the body with clean, soft feet applying deep compression and long, flowing strokes. Effects: Structurally change chronically tight muscle tissue, invokes state of deep relaxation.