Myofascial Release Approach, as taught by John Barnes PT, is a whole body, hands-on approach to the evaluation and treatment of the human structure.
Fascia is incredibly tough connective tissue that spreads throughout the body. It is much like a web and extends from the head to toe without interruption.
When injuries occur, the fascia reorganizes along the lines of tension imposed upon it.
From direct injury, accidents or unresolved restrictions from the birthing process, physical trauma can cause the fascia to tighten down to prevent further harm.
Myofascial release helps eliminate symptoms such as stiffness, pain, headaches, spasms and fibromyalgia.
It also restores range of motion, thus removing the straitjacket of pressure caused by restricted fascia.
Most myofascial conditions go undiagnosed
because all of the standard tests such as x-rays, myelograms, CAT scans and EMGs do not show fascial restrictions.
The craniosacral system's parts
The menigeal membranes.
The craniosacral system's parts are:
The osseous structures to the menigeal membrane is attached.
The craniosacral system's parts are:
The non-osseous connective tissue structures.
The craniosacral system's parts are:
Structures related to production, resorption and containment of the cerebrosinal fluid.
The craniosacral system's parts are:
When trauma occurs, whether it's mental, physical or emotional
we begin to posture ourselves in a protective splinted position. Our fascial tissue literally become a straightjacket.
Craniosacral therapy complements the body's natural healing process.
It is increasingly used as a preventive health measure because its ability to bolster resistance to disease; it is also effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain, trauma and dysfunction. These two techniques can be and have been life changing for just about anyone who has ever experience them. One must really experience these therapies in order to comprehend their healing capabilities.
When asked to explaining the two techniques of Myofascial Release.
When asked to explaining the two techniques of Myofascial Release and CranioSacral Therapy, it has often proven to be difficult.
Quite honestly I usually ask someone to sit in front of me and just let me put my hands on their shoulders. It is then that they understand and begin to feel the soft tissue start to relax.
Obviously I can't do that over a website so, I will do my best with words.
Understanding fascia and what it does for us is important.
It is literally the glue that holds us together. Fascia supports and connects the bones, muscles and inner organs of the body. It is a 3 dimensional web that spreads throughout the body from head to toe without interruption. There is a fascial component to every cell in our body. In other words, it supports and connects everything in our body.
Injury, infection, inflammation, structural imbalance, will often bind the fascial web.
The result is pressure on nerves, muscles, blood vessels, bony structures and even organs.
In it's normal state, fascia is relaxed and has the ability to move and stretch without restriction.
With injury and inflammation, fascia becomes very tight. It is doing it's original job by protecting and holding us together. Unfortunately it doesn't always know when to quite tightening. It now is a source of tension for the rest of the body.
It is often described as a "pulling, twisting or pressure" without any explanation as to why it started.
t is both physically and emotionally induced. One not need to have ever had a physical injury or trauma to begin to experience fascial restrictions.
is a safe and gentle hands on technique that is effective, and long-lasting. The holds are a sustained pressure into the myofascial restriction that eliminates pain, reduces strains and restores movement.
CranioSacral Therapy It is a gentle technique that helps.
Now let me explain CranioSacral Therapy with words.
CranioSacral Therapy It is a gentle technique that helps detect, correct and encourage your bodies natural healing mechanisms to dissipate negative effects of stress on the central nervous system.
Understanding the craniosacral system is also important.
The craniosacral system consists of membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surrounds and protects the brain, spinal cord and nerve roots. It is referred to the craniosacral system because it extends from the bones of the skull, face and mouth (this makes up the cranium) down to the sacrum and coccyx, the triangular bone in the low back.
The craniosacral system is a vital system and influences the development and performance of the brain and spinal cord.
An imbalance or restriction in this system could cause any number of sensory, motor or neurological symptoms and disabilities.
And Many Other Conditions
Both Myofascial Release and CranioSacral Therapy techniques work well individually however in my own practice, I find it best to meld them, therefore addressing the whole body. They affect the chakra's as well as assist with enhancing meridian qi flow.
These techniques are subtle, gentle, and with profound results.
What kind of Conditions does Myofascial Therapy and CranioSacral Therapy Address?
Pain (Acute & Chronic) The sooner an injury can be addressed, the better.
Restricted Range of Motion or Movement
Spasms & Spasticity
Neurological Dysfunction (cerebal palsy, head injury, birth injury central nervous system disorders)
Scoliosis, Kyphosis, Lordosis
Menstrual and Pelvic Pain
Migraines & Headaches
Temporomandibular Pain (TMJ)
Chronic Neck & Back Pain
Pediatrics & other Infantile Disorders
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Traumatic & Surgical Scars
Anxiety & Panic Attacks
Stress-Tension Related Problems
ADD / ADHA
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Encourages Clearer Thinking
Aides in Release of Toxins at the Cellular Level
There is more to healing than wellness or being symptom free.
Attitudes, thoughts, an understanding or a willingness to accept our role in how we contribute to our pain is also of importance.
If looking in a dictionary, the word healing is listed as an adjective and is defined as "curing or curative, getting well."
Healing is also listed as a noun and defined as "the act or process of regaining health."
Although the majority of us would prefer these definitions be the case, they are incomplete of what is required for true healing to take place.
There are those times when the healing means being willing to take a look at our beliefs or our habits and how our discomfort might serve us.
The majority of those who end up receiving myofascial release
or craniosacral therapy have been through variety of services from chiropractic, occupational therapy, physical therapy, psychotherapy or even surgery. Perhaps there has been some progress such as decreased pain to a tolerable level or partial range of motion was achieved. However, progress plateaued or the individual did not reach the original goal.
The final level of healing may very well be at the cellular level which is called tissue memory.
The original injury is resolved with myofascial release and craniosacral therapy, whether it is a physical, emotional or mental trauma.
Most often clients who receive myofascial release and craniosacral therapy end up with a restored hope after the very first session.
They are reminded of what it feels like to be pain free and deeply relaxed.
When looking at the word hope in the dictionary
the definition when used as a noun is "The feeling that what is wanted can be had or events will turn out for the best. A person or thing in which expectations are centered." When used as a verb, the definition is "To look forward to with desire and reasonable confidence."
It takes courage to walk into the pain and follow with hope.
Hope is not giving into despair. It is the part of our spirit that knows that just because bad things happen, it doesn't mean we are on the wrong path. In fact when a client leaves the office each time better than they walk in, it is no longer hard to believe they will once again live a vibrant life.
Each one of our lives is an orchestrated journey.
Every part of our life is meaningful and significant. We underestimate and dishonor ourselves when we continue to push through our stressful days, not giving thought as to what we are actually doing to our bodies. When someone needs to control each situation or the people in their lives, it is usually happening out of fear. It is often stemming from a lack of self worth or humiliation from the past. They are mistaking control for power.
What happens when we posture ourselves out of fear is we actually lose power.
When we start to protect ourselves, our hearts, and our ego's, we eventually become captive in our own body suit. This protection keeps the body tightly held together. We lose mobility, our neck and chest tightens, our gastro-intestinal tracts and digestion pay a price, we begin to experience severe or persistent headaches, our shoulders and hips begin to ache and this affects our gait. Posturing and protecting literally puts us in a straight jacket of our own skin and fascia. One may think that they're protected, however they are becoming more and more powerless.
It takes great courage and a feeling of self worth to allow another in to assist with undoing the damage that has been done.
The meaning of being empowered according to the dictionary is "to give power or authority to; authorize; to enable or permit."
Myofascial release and craniosacral techniques
are just what you need to take your power back from the fear, anger, resentment, and revenge that has begun to quite literally tie you down.
Are you at a point in hour life where you are ready to try something new?
Are you tired and exhausted from following the conventional approach to ridding yourself of pain, restrictions, and cloudy thinking? Or, are you ready for restoration of your body's effectiveness and a return to health perhaps even better than a former state of health?
The dictionary defines renewal as
"to restore or replenish, to revive, re-establish, recover, to restore to a former state, as if new again, to begin again, rebirth, to have an awakening."
The techniques of myofascial release and craniosacral therapy allows the body to unwind and return to its original homeostasis.
It restores range of motion, renews blood flow, and restores organ function that has been restricted by the fascia.
My name is Jenny Magary
and I am the owner of Balance From Within and have been working in the health care field for the last 38 years. After receiving my Associates Degree in Applied Sciences at Illinois Central College in 1977, I spent 22 years as a Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA). For 11 years in Illinois, I managed a physical therapy department in two geriatric facilities. Another position I held there was as Quality Assurance Coordinator for Professional Therapy Services out of Belleville, IL. In 1988 I moved to Arizona and have been employed in skilled nursing facilities, hospitals, private practices owned by various physical therapy companies, and also a work hardening clinic.
While in the hospital setting, I not only treated patients, I excelled in wound healing and aquatic therapy.
I was published during that time on one of the Physical Therapy (PT) Private Practice Section's journals on Medicare Documentation. I also had the opportunity and invitation to speak in Arizona, Illinois, and Oklahoma; teaching PT's PTA's, and nurses the anatomy and biology of wounds and how to heal them with various therapeutic modalities and the use of appropriate dressings.
I discovered healing hard-to-heal wounds was my passion.
So, who am I?
In 1993 I was honored by the American Physical Therapy Association
and featured in one of the Private Practice Journals as 1 of 5 "PTA's Paving The Way in the United States. There are currently 60,000 PTA's in the United States.
As the years passed and limitations were placed on me as to how much time I was allowed to spend with a patient based on how much reimbursement was received from insurance companies.
I began to have personal, moral, and ethical issues with this. Interestingly enough, I also began experiencing a great number of chronic upper respiratory infections, fatigue, and simply not enjoying going to work as much. It had nothing to do with the patients or the actual work. I loved every minute of my time as a physical therapist assistant.
Meeting license requirements for continuing education units (CEU's), I started taking classes on myofascial release as taught by John Barnes P.T.
So, who am I?
Both of these techniques allow the body to guide and heal itself with slow and gentle sustained holds.
For those who feel they need on a table and experience the pain of an elbow buried into a muscle to the point of tears, I am not the therapist for you. Now if you want to know you're being touched at the deepest level humanly possible, give me the opportunity to assist you. These past 15 years have been some of the most incredible years of my life. I have continued to study and grow personally in many ways. For 3 years now I have been studying with Internationally known author and teacher Caroline Myss, Ph.D. in Chicago at the Caroline Myss Education Institute (CMED), and have learned that there are many more reasons and causes for poor health, illness and dis-ease.
While in my very first class, I had an emotional epiphany.
I knew my life was about to take a very different direction. When I returned to work after the 3 day class, I immediately began to implement the myofascial release techniques. Patients began to respond to this therapy in such a favorable way with me that other PT's and PTA's were asking me to assist them with their patients. At that time I was working with geriatric patients where most of the population struggles with incredibly debilitating disabilities. I knew if this technique worked for them, it would work with anyone and I became very excited about my practice again. In my opinion, 20 minutes with a stroke patient was still not enough, therefore my frustration continued internally. To say there was an occasional reprimand due to the length of time I was taking to treat my patients based on their individual need, was an understatement.
My personal disillusion with the bureaucracy had not lessened and I began to entertain the idea of getting a massage license and leaving the physical therapy profession.
This indeed would change my life. I would be leaving the security of full time employment, and benefits, as well as the profession I so dearly loved. On the other hand, it would allow me the freedom to spend the time needed with someone. I'd also be honoring my intuition that told me to walk away from the frustration and answer what I felt was a deeper calling to serve in a different capacity.
That indeed was what I did.
Although I had worked doing physical therapy for 22 years, and had an associate degree, the Arizona Massage board would not grandfather me in as a licensed massage therapist so, I continued to work as a physical therapist assistant and attended school in the evenings until receiving my license. Jumping through hoops has never been my strong suit, however I am so grateful for not letting my ego get the best of me and pursuing my calling.
With a certain level of fear, I turned in my resignation and began searching for a space to rent
believing all the while I'd be led to just the right place. I was terrified at the responsibility of signing a 3 year lease, however I trusted that this move was indeed the right thing to do and the direction I was meant to go. It took me 3 weeks to get the space ready as it had been empty for 5 years...very dusty and in need of carpet and paint. I opened my practice on May 19, 1999 and it's called Balance From Within.
My studies continued in myofascial release and while attending a more advanced course, John Barnes P.T.
began to speak of and teach another modality called craniosacral therapy. I felt this technique would yet be another incredibly healing modality to pursue, so I continued on with The Upledger Institute in Florida.
These past 15 years have been some of the most incredible years of my life.
I have continued to study and grow personally in many ways. For 3 years now I have been studying with Internationally known author and teacher Caroline Myss, Ph.D. in Chicago at the Caroline Myss Education Institute (CMED), and have learned that there are many more reasons and causes for poor health, illness and dis-ease.
Remember me mentioning the upper respiratory infections at the end of my PT career?
My studies at CMED enabled me to realize that the incongruence of our hearts and heads do indeed lend individuals to experience chest, upper back, neck, throat, thoracic inlet, and shoulder issues. I could go on here, however this Bio was designed to assist you with getting to know me. There are other places here on the website that you can go deeper into the techniques and the anomalies that can be helped with them.
One more thing I would like to share with you is that I have had the opportunity to do some humanitarian work in Bolivia, South America.
I have been on 3 different 10 day trips which gave me the opportunity to work with infants and children that were born in the Amazon without medical assistance or follow-up care. Their first bath was in the river and their parents had to go back to work in the fields or fish in order to survive. Many babies were therefore cared for by other young children and unfortunately, were often dropped on their heads. Many miracles were witnessed and unexplainable healing took place on a daily basis.
If I ever had any doubt of my calling, or if I questioned the effectiveness of myofascial release and craniosacral therapy, those questions were answered with a resounding, "Yes."
While on those humanitarian trips my life and heart were deeply touched and on many levels and completely changed Oh, if you were still wondering about those chronic upper respiratory infections and issues? They are resolved. I have had only 1 episode of bronchial pneumonia in 15 years and attribute the reduction to the fact that my heart and head are indeed congruent in the knowledge that I am here to serve you.
Jenny. D. Imes
"I'm 48 years old and have been suffering with chronic back pain for 25 years. I've seen over 50 chiropractors and have exhausted almost every avenue for relief. Due to my body chemistry, pain medication is not tolerable. I have had numerous surgeries including bilateral knee replacements, rotator cuff, carpal tunnel and the most recent was a spinal cord stimulator. I was just sure, since the spinal cord stimulator seemed to be my last hope that this was going to be my breakthrough for pain control. I was devastated to find out that this surgery created an entirely new realm of chronic pain and my energy level had hit rock bottom."
have known Jenny Magary for 35 years, and her talents and therapeutic abilities still amaze me! In 2012 I had stroke like symptoms. A MRI that showed the left side of my brain had an abnormality. The Neurologist thought I had a small stroke, however it was inconclusive. They wanted to put me on medication (a lot of pills). I was skeptical, and did not feel comfortable taking them. I called Jenny and ask her what she thought (no she is not a Dr. BUT has a lot of insight, I feel safe with and I believe in her!) I flew from Peoria, Illinois to Arizona where she worked on me for a solid week. Every day there was improvement. I flew back to IL feeling myself again. I cannot begin to tell you what she did for me.....I truly believe Jenny has a special talent for healing people, not only because she is smart and knows the human body but because she truly has a gift from God and a talent that He has given her to help people. I am not on medication and I have never felt better and I owe it all to Jenny!
Sue Watson Fountain Hills, AZ
How do I even put into words what Jenny did for my Mom. Last year my mother shattered her shoulder and had reconstructive surgery. Jenny did more for her range of motion in one session than her physical therapist did in months. She made my mother feel safe. I am happy to say mom is back at home and able to do all the things she used to do. I highly recommend Jenny, her professionalism compassion and healing hands are second to none.
Joshusah Kim D.O.M.
When I broke my collar bone, I went to see Jenny for therapeutic massage and found that it really helped not only reduced the pain from the fracture but also helped speed up the healing process for my muscular and bone damage. I can definitely vouch for the quality of her work and devotion to her clients. In fact what she does is inconceivable.
I met Jenny in February 2013. I was referred to her for 'body' healing, as I struggled to climb out of the emotional ruins of nervous breakdown and dark night of the soul. I was still struggling with panic attacks. Jenny told me she could help me with those. When you can't take any more trauma, Jenny explained, you can only panic. She assured me she could help my body release the memory of the trauma and pain. I trusted her and we began. Our first session together was intense, powerful, and deeply healing. She released so much energy in me, my body radiated heat. I cried. I let go. I grieved. I don't know where any of it came from, only that afterward, I cried and let go of more. In the coming days, I felt lighter, freer. My lower back hurt less. I had renewed energy. My panic began to subside. In the coming months, I visited Jenny multiple times and each time, she released pent up trauma and pain, and I emerged feeling healthier, stronger, better. My panic attacks are almost entirely gone, and if they do pop up, I've let go of enough that I can manage them. Her support, help, and healing was instrumental in the final stages of my emergence from my experience of darkness, and I'm so grateful to now know her as a friend.
Robert N. Koppen, M.D.
Jenny Magary is a gifted healer, who expresses her gifts and talents by gentle manipulation of the muscular-skeletal system, under clear direction of her inner guidance that results in very safe and effective releases of energetic as well as physical blockages which resulted before in reduced mobility or discomfort and pain. She has worked on my body for several years now, and it has resulted in a significant improvement of my mobility and posture, especially of my neck, upper back and shoulders. They have always been a vulnerable area for me. Many times, during sessions, she would explain to me how I had been holding a specific past life memory of some kind of injury in my neck, shoulders, back or elsewhere, that could be released by her work. I wholeheartedly recommend Jenny's work to anyone.
Linda Dillon Author and Teacher Council of Love
Jenny Magary is an extraordinary therapist who brings new meaning to feeling well and living pain-free. Jenny is trained in a number of traditional and energy medicine modalities but the key to her work is her ability to adjust and bring to the healing sessions what works; what creates breakthroughs and well-being. Jenny has performed wonders in ridding both myself and my family of persistent serious injuries and chronic pain. She is a perceptive, intuitive, talented, generous, kind and gentle person and healer - a rarity! On a scale of 1 to 10 in terms of healing ability, Jenny rates a 20 - she is that good!
'm a police officer in Phoenix Arizona. In 2003 while on patrol I was involved in a shooting which left me critically injured. The shooting left me temporally paralyzed from the waist down. My recovery was very intensive, involving inpatient rehabilitation and then transitioning outpatient therapies as I progressed. After a few years of doing traditional therapy I was able walk once again. Even though I was walking, I still suffered from severe stiffness, chronic pain, headaches, and leg spasms. After exhausting all my options with traditional therapies trying to fix these problems with limited success, I was introduced to Jenny Magary. Jenny immediately started working on me with Myofascial release in conjunction with Craniosacral therapy. After only a few sessions I started to feel the relief of my everyday problems i.e. severe stiffness, chronic pain, headaches, and leg spasms. To this day, I still see Jenny on a regular basis, and because of Jenny I'm now able live a more active life. Jenny, you have an amazing gift and I'm so blessed to have been introduced to you.
Marcia L. McMurtrey, ACSW, LCSW
When you walk into Jenny Magary's office you know you are in a place of deep healing. I am a counselor and know Jenny as a fellow professional. I have also gone to Jenny, as a client, for help in healing from the physical and emotional aftermath of several surgeries and treatment, including breast cancer surgeries. I trust Jenny. She knows her stuff both technically and intuitively. Jenny worked for years as a physical therapy assistant. She is skilled in Myofascial release, cranial sacral work and a host of energy therapies. However, her knowledge and skills go deeper than the training she has had. You can feel it in her hands as well as in her presence which are strong and gentle, compassionate and wise. I recommend Jenny wholeheartedly.
Mike Watson Fountain Hills, AZ
Jenny Magary has changed my life, I've been seeing Jenny since the middle of 2012, I feel so much more calm, balanced and in tune with my body more than ever before. I've been shouting from the rooftops to all my friends and family advising them to make an appointment, and they have. I wanted them to see first hand what natural healing is all about, miracles happen... When my lower back or stress overwhelms me she goes right to the root of the problem. I highly recommend Jenny A+ and will go again.