The goal of Myofascial Release is to eliminate pain and restore function and well-being.
The John F. Barnes’ Myofascial Release Approach is a safe and very effective hands-on technique done without oil or lotion that involves applying gentle sustained pressure into the myofascial connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion. It may also include a gentle pulling on the body with the goal of inviting the fascial system to soften and lengthen. The method is performed on the parts of your body that are the most restricted to achieve a whole body structural release and realigning. Often the part that has the most pain or symptoms is not the part that is causing those problems. By addressing restrictions in the whole body, permanent structural change is achieved, preventing further problems in the future.
The fascia is a web of connective tissue that surrounds and supports our bodies. Its health and flexibility is key to our well-being and our ability to perform our daily activities. When it becomes injured through trauma, whether physical or emotional, it tightens down in response. Over time, the many tight areas pull on the rest of the interconnected fabric much like when you pull a thread on a sweater you will see the effect in other parts of the sweater. This restricted pattern causes our bodies to move in misalignment.
Over time, restricted fascia can create pain and may cause an inability to do things that we used to do. The fascia requires a different kind of analysis and treatment than muscle or bone. Memories, emotions and toxins may get locked into restricted places. When they are released, we have an opportunity to let go of all of those things we’ve been holding onto that are related to the injury or trauma, creating a very holistic and profound experience of healing.
Fascial restrictions can create bizarre symptoms such as pain, tingling, or burning some distance from the originally affected area as the strong fascia binds down on pain sensitive structures like nerves and blood vessels. The body loses its flexibility and orientation in space and becomes compromised so it needs more energy just to stay upright and function. As this process continues the immune system may become compromised, stress may not be as easily managed, and chronic pain and disease processes can set in.
For these sessions please bring a swim suit, swim trunks, or shorts and for women a sports bra or other suitable top.
Upledger CranioSacral Therapy is a gentle, hands-on technique that enhances the functioning of the craniosacral system — the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect your brain and spinal cord. Any imbalance or dysfunction in this system can cause sensory, motor and neurological disabilities.
CranioSacral Therapy reinforces the body’s natural healing processes, and is increasingly used as a way to bolster resistance to disease. It is effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and other physical dysfunction.
Please wear comfortable clothing to your session as you will remained clothed for this therapy.
CranioSacral Therapy can also be combined with other manual therapies to help restore your body to optimal function and comfort.
Customized massage includes therapeutic and Swedish massage techniques to reduce pain, tension, and relieve stress on all levels. I use a combination of methods to address muscles, fascia, and tendons to specifically target areas of pain, restriction, and/or dysfunction. Additional techniques may be utilized including soft tissue mobilization, acupressure, medical massage, muscle energy technique (MET), and positional release therapy which combines gentle stretching with Jones Strain/Counter Strain during which joints are passively put into a particular position of comfort that allows for interruption of a strain reflex or inappropriate nerve activity.
I also offer sessions focused mainly on Swedish Massage, which uses a system of long strokes, kneading, friction, percussive, and vibration techniques on the more superficial layers of muscles to promote general relaxation, improved blood circulation and range of motion, and relief of muscle tension. This massage is ideal for decreasing muscle tension and promoting overall relaxation.
Reiki is a compassionate, energetic healing art developed in Japan during the 19th century. Also known as the Usui System of Natural Healing, Reiki involves a gentle laying on of the hands and promotes stress reduction, relaxation, and healing. Reiki treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind, and spirit. Effective when used alone, Reiki can also be combined with other modalities such as therapeutic massage to enhance the healing effects of a session.
Yoga is an ancient system of physical postures, breathing practices, and meditation designed to integrate body, mind, and spirit that originated in India. Yoga sessions are offered to those who simply want to learn this ancient system and gain its many benefits including increased strength and flexibility, decreased stress, improved digestion and circulation, and enhance breathing. Yoga therapy is appropriate to help you work through a specific dysfunction. Lori teaches group yoga classes through Boulder Valley Parks & Recreation and is a former Guest Yoga teacher at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health.