Myofascial Release is a safe, gentle, hands-on treatment that works with your body to untangle the restrictions that cause pain, tension and inflammation.
At Holisticare we specialise in John F. Barnes Myofascial Release. John Barnes is an American Physiotherapist, who developed this innovative and highly effective whole body approach for the evaluation and treatment of pain and dysfunction.
The treatment works with your body to open up restrictions and scar tissue, which can cause many symptoms that are not traditionally treated by physiotherapy. It is very effective for problems that have been there for years, as well as acute injuries.
Everything that happens to us from the time we are conceived is recorded within our fascial network (the myofascia). This is a continuous web of fibres that holds our cells in place and connects them all to each other, forming a bio-tensegrity system.
There is a gloopy substance between the cells and fibres, call the ground substance. This reacts to physical and emotional stress and becomes more solid, preventing your body from being able to adapt to things and leading to symptoms and illness.
The ground substance is thixotropic, meaning that it becomes more fluid in response to warmth and pressure. During treatment this comes from our hands and we use this reaction to feel where the restrictions are coming from and to gently release them.
As we never force our patients' bodies, it is very safe and enables us to truly follow what they need, getting long-term results. It also allows us to work very deeply without pain, so most of our patients find it a very relaxing treatment.
The first treatment always takes 1 hour, which includes assessment and treatment. We ask you to sign a consent form and you will be asked for your contact information and your full medical history. It can be helpful to bring a list of any medication you are taking. If you have a complex medical history you may choose to email it to firstname.lastname@example.org prior to your appointment, to save some time on the day.
We will then assess your posture and look at any movements that are restricted by pain or stiffness. It is common for symptoms to occur in a different part of the body to where the problem originates, so treatment may not always be where you are experiencing pain.
Myofascial Release is a hands-on treatment that works best on skin, rather than through material. You may therefore be asked to take clothes off down to your underwear, depending on the condition being treated. Some people prefer to bring shorts to change into – this is a personal preference.
Once the assessment is complete, we will discuss the treatment with you. The number of sessions required varies from patient to patient, even with the same symptoms, as the technique works with your body. As a general rule, the longer a symptom has been present, the longer it takes to resolve it. It may be possible to give you an idea of how many sessions you will require, but we cannot tell exactly.
It is very important to communicate with us how you feel your treatment is progressing and what your expectations are. Myofascial Release is not a 'quick fix' but if you are able to complete the course of treatment that your body needs, it is often possible to get long lasting results that enable you to manage even chronic conditions yourself.
During your treatment, you are encouraged to tell us what you are feeling. This helps us to follow your body and also helps you to work with your body day to day. However it is important to tell your therapist immediately if you want them to stop whatever they are doing.
Some people feel immediate benefits after the treatment, while others find that symptoms change over the next couple of days. Everybody will respond in their own way and we will help you to work with your body.
Occasionally, symptoms may get worse before they get better. This is a normal response to treatments like this that affect the whole body and is nothing to worry about. Drinking plenty of water can help, as can following what your body needs. Please feel free to call us if you are concerned about what you are experiencing.
Intensive Treatment: a bespoke programme for your individual needs
Imagine how it would feel for your symptoms to change in just 1 week.
The intensive programme is a one, two or three week programme designed to allow the patient to focus on their own physical and emotional needs away from the distractions and stresses of everyday life and includes 15 hours of Myofascial Release treatment over the course of 5 or 6 days (Mon-Sat).
Please note that the one week programme is only suitable for patients who are able to continue receiving Myofascial Release treatment regularly following their intensive week. If you are unsure how long you will need, please call us on 01279 718331 and we will be happy to advise you.
The programme includes:
- A free telephone consultation to discuss your needs.
- A full assessment of your medical history and your current condition.
- Hands-on evaluation at the start of the programme, which is monitored daily.
- 3 therapist hours of treatment daily, split into 2 or 3 sessions. Treatments can be spread over 5 or 6 days as our centre is open Monday to Saturday. Please let us know if you have a preference.
- At least one multi–therapist treatment* during the week.
- Treatment focussed on your individual needs and goals.
- Self-help instruction, allowing you to continue with the progress gained during your treatments.
- Preferential rates at local hotels and B&B's.
You will receive treatment from all of our Myofascial Release therapists throughout the week, allowing you to benefit from the experience and slightly different approaches of each of our team.
*Multi-therapist treatments are counted as treatment time x number of therapists. For example a 1 hour treatment with 2 therapists = 2 hours of treatment time.
Who is it for?
- Individuals looking for a physical and emotional breakthrough to change their acute or chronic pain or symptoms.
- People who have several different problems contributing to their symptoms.
- Anyone wishing to invest in their health and wellbeing.
- Anyone finding it difficult to fit treatments into their busy life will benefit by devoting a few days to treatment on an intensive treatment programme.
- People who find that a week is too long in-between treatments. This may apply to you if you find that returning to your usual routine and activities affects the benefits that you have gained during your treatment.
- Perhaps you live too far from Holisticare to have regular treatments. Booking an intensive treatment programme and staying locally (we can recommend some nice places), will allow you to benefit from having treatment every day and let you rest after each session, without having to worry about a long or demanding journey home.
- Patients who are pre or post surgery. An intensive treatment programme will help prepare the body for surgery and speed up the healing process once surgery has taken place.
What are the benefits?
There are so many benefits to having daily treatments. Here are just a few:
- Habitual patterns of movement and posture can be broken more easily.
- You will make quicker progress as restrictions do not have time to build up again in-between treatments.
- Having treatment every day encourages physical and emotional breakthrough.
- Anyone finding it difficult to fit treatments into their busy life will benefit by devoting a few days to treatment on an intensive treatment programme.
- With complex conditions or multiple issues contributing to your symptoms, the intensive treatment programme allows the therapists to continue working with your body, and having daily treatment with no long intervals means you will see and feel changes within a shorter space of time.
- You have time to focus on you and your healing.
Frequently asked questions
Can I have extra treatments while I am with you?
Yes, you can add as many extra hours as you wish (subject to therapist availability). These hours are charged at our standard rates.
Can I have all my treatments with the same therapist?
Our intensive treatment programme is designed so you experience treatments with all our therapists over the course of the week. This is beneficial as we all have slightly different approaches. If you have a special request please call us on 01279 718331 to discuss.
Can I exercise while on the intensive programme?
Generally we advise avoiding anything that you know will increase your symptoms, however speak to your therapist for specific advice.
Can I go to work while on the programme?
It’s your choice, however we would ask you to think about planning your week to minimise stress and travel times so you get the best out of your sessions.
My usual therapist does not do Myofascial Release, can I still book an intensive programme?
Yes, Myofascial Release works well with many other therapies and we are happy to liaise with your regular therapist if you would like us to.
I am pregnant, can I still book an intensive programme?
Yes, Myofascial Release is safe through all three trimesters and can help with painful conditions, as well as being very relaxing and beneficial in preparing the body for birth.
I am having an operation, is it still ok to come for Myofascial release and if so how soon after my surgery can I come?
As Myofascial Release is safe, gentle and speeds up healing, we would recommend you come as soon as possible after discharge. We would also suggest booking a session or two before your operation to help prepare your body for surgery.
How much does the intensive treatment programme cost?
Prices start at £1100 per week.
What do our patients say?
“It has been an amazing week. By immersing myself in an intensive programme I have begun to learn more about the patterns of restriction and dysfunction in my body and how emotional and mental health and day to day functions are all linked. Whilst initially a little apprehensive working with four different therapists I felt it has worked very well. Each of the therapists had a different approach bringing out different challenges and helped me see and feel different behavioural patterns. Each therapist very much had their place in the process. Myofascial Release is the best treatment available. All the therapists I worked with are fantastic and both Jacina and Ali are so friendly and helpful on reception.. It’s a very friendly and safe environment to help heal.” Emma, London
“Absolutely amazing! The different perspectives each therapist brings to the treatment gives me the full treatment from every angle. It has been a week filled with therapy for my body, mind and soul. Nothing was neglected. Holisticare has an amazing team that compliments each other. Thank you! Will definitely be coming back for more treatment. You have a very loving and accepting space with wonderful people.” Jill, Denver, USA
“As a Physiotherapist, I found it fascinating that a technique so gentle could free up my spine and limbs, as well as clearing my head. I hadn’t realized I had become so stiff and immobile after my surgery over the past years and now I feel so much better after my Intensive Programme.” Margaret, Isle of Man
“A phenomenal experience. I had pretty much given up hope of sorting out my physical issues, but now my scoliosis is gone, my knee is so much better & my scar tissue is much improved. These things feel like miracles to me. Everyone here is so professional. I felt complete trust and was able to experience profound healing with the treatment. Holisticare is a very special place and Nikki and her team are amazing therapists”. Maria, Norfolk
“Wow! What an experience! Still getting my head around what a huge difference the treatment has made to my life. Very rarely take painkillers now for my neck and back, having got to the point of taking them 3-4 times a day before my treatment! I’m more flexible, less “body stress”, no headaches and a huge feeling of “wellbeing”! Thank you all. Also, I haven’t laughed so much in a long time!! I am much more self aware and “connected” to my body. Felt relaxed right from the start. The best thing about the intensive treatment programme is the massive reduction in pain and increased flexibility. I would absolutely recommend Holisticare because it actually works in improving pain and reducing stress.” Jen, Hertfordshire
“Wonderful! I have really enjoyed it and have been feeling the benefits from day 1. I have progressively felt better all week. It has been great to meet and be treated by all the therapists. The myofascial system obviously benefits from this type of intensive programme.” Chris, Hertfordshire
There are many women who live with symptoms such as incontinence, burning, pelvic pain and menstrual cramps. Some have had investigations and have either been told there is nothing wrong with them, or that they can't be helped.
It is very important to speak to your doctor if you have any unexplained problems. However, if you have done so and are still suffering, Myofascial Release may be able to help relieve your symptoms.
Restrictions anywhere in your body can cause irritation and inflammation. This is particularly true in the pelvic area, as everything is in such close proximity. Scar tissue, old injuries and tight muscles put a lot of strain on pain sensitive structures, leading to problems for many years if left untreated.
Some of the conditions which may be helped by Myofascial Release are:
- Pelvic pain syndrome
- Problems following pregnancy and childbirth
- Pudendal nerve entrapment
- Chronic interstitial cystitis
- Irritable bladder
- Scar tissue and adhesions
- Menstrual cramps
- Preparing your body for pregnancy
Nikki and Sally are trained in specific Myofascial Release techniques for women's health and their patients have experienced amazing results from this treatment.
Please call us on 01279 718331 if you have any questions about Women's Health treatment or would like to book a treatment session.
“Just the most lovely team of people – made me feel so at ease, non-judgemental, listening and helpful in every way. I have come away with a new pelvic floor/vagina! My body has changed and I am feeling in touch with it. My self-confidence will just grow and grow from this.” Wendy, Bath
Myofascial Release is one of the few treatments that is safe in all stages of pregnancy.
- Preparing your body to help it cope with the changes to come
- Treating your existing aches and pains to prevent them worsening
- Releasing the diaphragm tightness that develops if you have been vomiting
- Relaxing you so you are able to enjoy your pregnancy
- Treating any tightness or pains as soon as you notice them to prevent long-term problems
- Giving your bump space to grow comfortably
- Relaxing you so you are able to continue to enjoy your pregnancy
- Creating room to allow your baby to position correctly for birth
- Treating conditions such as Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction, sciatica, back pain
- Relaxing you so you can look forward to the birth of your baby
- Gently helping your body to recover from giving birth
- Treating any scar tissue to prevent problems in the future
- Relaxing you so you can enjoy spending time with your new baby
“Can not recommend this enough, it helped with so many aspects of my pregnancy,... nausea, back pain, general relaxation and time to focus on my growing baby.” Karen, Essex
For your baby
Speeding recovery from the trauma of birth
Even straightforward births can be traumatic for babies, as the sudden change in temperature, sounds and sights can be very overwhelming for them.
If there have been any complications such as assisted delivery or special care, this is exaggerated.
By releasing this tension at an early age, we can prevent it building up and causing problems later in life.
Relief from symptoms of colic and reflux
Tightness in your baby’s diaphragm can make colic and reflux worse.
By gently releasing the diaphragm, we can quickly settle these painful conditions, making life more comfortable for your baby.
Relaxation of tight, painful muscles, eg torticollis
Babies' muscles can become tight due to a congenital problem, or as a reaction to positioning in the womb or during birth.
This tightness can prevent them from feeding and sleeping comfortably and will get more painful the longer it stays.
By observing and feeling where the tightness is coming from, we are able to gently release it and reduce the pain.
Reduction in joint pain, stiffness and swelling, eg tallipes
Most joint pain in babies comes from a congenital condition or injury during or after birth.
While we are unable to change joint deformities, we can reduce inflammation, pain and swelling and help you and your baby manage their condition.
Gentle treatment for head shape changes
Babies who have had an assisted birth with forceps or ventouse often have an altered head shape. Although this will normally improve itself, sometimes treatment is needed.
Babies can also get a flattened head on one side if their neck is tight, preventing them from turning equally to both sides.
Myofascial Release treatment creates the conditions to allow your baby’s head to slowly return to normal, without forcing or causing pain.
Help for breathing difficulties
Babies can become congested after birth if they have been compressed from pushing for too long, or if they are unable to position themselves correctly for birth. This can tighten their diaphragm and other muscles round the ribcage.
Assuming that any medical treatment has been carried out, we are able to release the muscles that your baby uses for breathing. This makes the work of breathing easier, allowing more oxygen per breath.
Classes at Holisticare: Thursdays 6:45pm-7:45pm and Fridays 10.15am-11.15am
Building on our work where we treat people who are living with pain, tension or anxiety, and those who wish to prevent these symptoms in the future, the team at Holisticare have some questions for you.
How would it feel to have an hour every week that is just for YOU?
Imagine learning ways to release your mind and body to see instant results and long term benefits.
What about discovering how to work with your body instead of against it? Doesn’t that sound amazing?
Welcome to the Free Yourself Hour at Holisticare
Six one-hour weekly sessions offering a calm space where you will learn how to listen to your body and work with it to access the healing potential within.
Progressing from an introduction to Myofascial relaxation and stretching to more advanced techniques, you will discover how to release your own restrictions to enhance the benefit of your treatments and prevent build up in the future.
Guided by an experienced therapist you will learn techniques and visualisations that you will be able to practise on your own, wherever you are. Each session will build on the previous week, eventually covering the whole body. Some sessions may also incorporate equipment (supplied).
Series of six sessions - £120.
These sessions are suitable for people of all abilities, age 16 and over - no preparation required.
Please wear loose comfortable clothing and bring a pillow and blanket for your comfort.
Relax, Stretch, Self-Treat – Free Yourself with Holisticare
All of our classes will take place at Holisticare. Please park in the marked Holisticare spaces and arrive in good time so the classes can begin promptly.
How to book
Places will be limited to 6 per class, so booking is essential. Please call us on 01279 718331 to book your place today.
“I attended the Free Yourself classes as I needed to find a way to stretch without hurting myself as I have various health issues. I really looked forward to the sessions each week. We learned about our bodies, the fascia and how to stretch and work with our bodies. In each session you learnt new exercises about the part of the body you were working on and were given other tips on health and well-being. You also had a relaxation at the end of the class. I left rejuvenated and refreshed and would highly recommend the class!” Yvette, Essex
Riders Workshop: Is Your Posture Hurting Your Horse?Our Riders Workshops are for horse riders of all abilities and are in two parts. They are led by Physiotherapist Nikki Robinson, who is also a horse owner and rider.
Find out how to change yourposture to help your horse.
Learn how to:
- reduce pain & stiffness
- improve riding position to protect yourhorse’s back
- stay flexible and balanced
£20 per person
This workshop will take place at Holisticare.
Discover how your body position affects your riding and your horse (practical session - riding boots and hat essential)
Learn how to:
- alter your posture
- improve connection between you and your horse
- feel how your posture is affecting your horse’s back
£20 per person
This workshop will take place at a yard that is convenient for the participants - to be arranged on booking.
Please call us on 01279 718331 to book your place.