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What is Myofascial Release Massage; Elevator Talk!

Updated: Mar 26

Most folks who call me at Dynamic Myofascial Release to set up their first appointment have never experienced a (John Barnes’) Myofascial Release Massage session before. What I will hear is that they had Myofascial Release in the past, and it hurt! That’s NOT what this is. The John Barnes method of Myofascial Release is much more gentle.

Here's my explanation!

“Our fascial system is our connective tissue system. It’s the ONLY system that can directly affect every other system in the body. Think of every part of your body being surrounded by a 3-D web that covers/permeates your brain, bones, muscles and tendons, heart, kidneys, lungs, gall bladder. You name a body part...there is fascia in and around it!

Your whole-body, head to toe fascial “web” holds everything together. Everyone’s facial system is unique to them, at that particular moment in time. It’s not our skeletal system that holds us upright, it’s our fascial ‘web’ that holds our skeletal system upright.

I'm guessing as a kid you heard the song..."Your knee bone is connected to your thigh bone". Well, there is a lot of truth in that song! We're all "connected" and standing upright because of our FASCIA!

For example, I may have my hands on your low back and you feel a sensation in your calf and say “that’s where my pain always is”, or I have my hands on your shoulders and you feel tingles in your foot. It’s at these moments in the session when people say “WOW, that’s so cool!” and they ‘get’ that everything’s connected, because they FEEL it in their bodies. That’s the fun part! No two sessions are ever the same because your system is ever changing: as fascial restrictions are released, the system resets itself, and resets itself, and on and on.

This work is ALL about feeling… NOT at all about thinking

A common example is: A client comes to me complaining of chronic knee pain. It's possible that I never even touch her knee the entire session. She’ll return for another session and say “My knee feels good, and it doesn’t hurt when I go down the stairs now. But you never touched my knee”. It may be because her pelvis had an anterior tilt, and possibly that made her leg feel like “it was longer” and putting more weight onto it, which in turn puts more pressure into her knee. Maybe her SYMPTOM was knee pain, but the LOCATION of her “problem” was NOT her knee.

Many people that seek out Myofascial Release Therapy at Dynamic Myofascial Release in San Diego tell me they've seen a bazillion healthcare practitioners like MD's, Chiropractors, Acupuncturists, Physical Therapists, Dry Needling practitioners, and NOTHING gave them long lasting relief. Often I hear I am their last hope. Myofascial Release provides lasting relief. If you have more questions, you can reach Karen Burg at for more info. If you're ready to make an appointment, you can do so here: Dynamic Myofascial Release

Talking about Myofascial Release in an elevator
Talking about Myofascial Release in an elevator

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