FAQs

WHAT IS JOHN BARNES' MYOFASCIAL RELEASE Approach (MFR)?

MFR is a hands-on approach to treatment of the whole body. Through application of gentle yet firm sustained pressure, in combination with stretch and motion, the therapist facilitates the unwinding of restricted tissue and helps to ease tensions in the body.

HOW DO RESTRICTIONS FORM?

Trauma (falls, accidents, physical and emotional abuse), posture, lack of motion, inflammatory reactions (autoimmune conditions, illnesses and disease), surgical procedures, and the effects of gravity on a misaligned body can create restrictions in our myofascial system.

These life experiences can solidify or tighten our connective tissue, creating symptoms of pain, decreased range of motion, fatigue, feelings of achiness and imbalance.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MASSAGE THERAPY AND MFR?

Massage therapy focuses on manual manipulation of soft tissue. It involves techniques such as kneading and gliding, to temporarily reduce tension and create a sense of relaxation. Myofascial Release uses sustained pressure to create a permanent change by rehydrating the fascia, allowing it to stretch and lengthen, ultimately relieving pain and restoring range of motion.

What is the Aroma Freedom Technique?

The Aroma Freedom Technique (AFT) is a simple, step-by-step process for gently dissolving negative thoughts, feelings, and memories and connecting a person to their inner guidance. It was developed by Dr. Benjamin Perkus, a Clinical Psychologist with over 20 years of experience in private practice and 17 years of experience using essential oils.

How does AFT work?

This 12-step process uses the principle of Memory Reconsolidation. When a memory is created, it is stored as a complex of image-thought-feeling-bodily sensation. Our implicit (emotional) learning is based on this memory complex. Introducing the aroma of specific essential oils at the right point in the process of recall can break apart this memory complex and thereby restructure the implicit learning connected with the memory.