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and The Myofascial Release Center of Marin!
Please call 415-328-6623 or Click Here to make an appointment for a massage here in downtown San Rafael.
Having a massage therapist as part of your healthcare team can make the difference between living with pain and enjoying life without it!read more
Thor received his massage license in 1996 after more than 25 years of learning about the body through varsity and non-varsity sports, yoga, diet, strength training, tai chi and meditation. His early massage studies include being liscensed in Shiatsu, Swedish, Sports and Deep Tissue Massage. Later courses completed include Russian Clinical Massage with Zhenya Kurashova and Advanced Massage Techniques at Esalen Institute.
In 2009, looking for better results rehabilitating injuries, he began to study Myofascial Release with John F. Barnes P.T. learning effective release techniques and the Cranial Sacral system. Thor has worked directly with John F. Barnes and his staff of therapists at his treatment center in Sedona, AZ refining the skillful use of this therapy. Thor has been a Tai Chi instructor since 1986 and is certified by the American Senior Fitness Association as a professional fitness leader.
“My goal is to restore balance, fluid motion and well-being in the body. I believe that if you are experiencing body pain from injury or repeated use, headaches or loss of sleep, Myofascial Release and therapeutic massage can help you regain your natural health and ease.”
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When you have an active lifestyle, massage therapists are perfect partners for your health maintenance As highly trained healthcare professionals, they are experts in the way the body moves naturally, and how to restore that movement when it is lost or impaired. Massage therapy assists in recovery from injury or surgery. Having a massage therapist as part of your healthcare team can mean the difference between living with pain and enjoying life without it.
Myofascial Release Treatment: $90/hour
“I am retired now and I love to play tennis, but decades of labor had left me with pad posture and increasing stiffness in my hips. Some mornings I could hardly climb the stairs or put on my socks. My son-in-law recommended Thor to work on my back and hips. After the first hour session it was immediately easier to go up and down the stairs in my home. He even taught me some simple stretches to help me between sessions. Thank You!”
Experts estimate that more than 70% of disease is stress related. Stress is a major factor in the pace of aging, internally and externally. Millions of adults suffer from disturbed sleep patterns due to tension. Though eliminating all the pressure and tension of a modern lifestyle may be unrealistic, there’s no doubt that massage can help manage stress. As a bonus, the benefits of bettersleep often continue for several days after the massage.
& Sports Massage: $90/hour
“My chiropractor referred me to Thor for treatment of job related neck and back injuries. His natural abilities and the therapeutic effects of Myofascial Release have helped me a lot with the chronic pain I was experiencing. I will certainly recommend him to my friends.”
What is Myofascial Release Therapy?
What is Myofascial Release Therapy?
It benefits people suffering from:
- Back strain, chronic pain & low pain
- Carpal Tunnel
- Chronic cervical pain
- Dizziness & vertigo
- Myofascial pain dysfunction
- Plantar fasciitis
- Post-polio symptoms
- Thoracic outlet syndrome
- TMJ dysfunction
- Trigger points & tender points
Myofascial Release is a highly specialized stretching technique used by physical therapists to treat patients with a variety of soft tissue problems.To understand what Myofascial Release is and why it works, you have to understand a little about fascia. Fascia is a thin tissue that covers all the organs of the body. This tissue covers every muscle and every fiber within each muscle. All muscle stretching, then, is actually stretching of the fascia and the muscle, the myofascial unit. When muscle fibers are injured, the fibers and the fascia which surrounds it become short and tight. This uneven stress can be transmitted through the fascia to other parts of the body, causing pain and other symptomsin areas you often wouldn’t expect. Myofascial Release treats these symptoms by releasing the uneven tightness in injured fascia.In other words, Myofascial Release is stretching of the fascia. The stretch is guided by feedback the therapist feels from the patient’s body. This feedback tells the therapist how much force to use, the direction of the stretch and how long to stretch. Small areas of muscle are stretched at a time. Sometimes the therapist uses only two fingers to stretch a small part of a muscle. The feedback the therapist feels determines which muscles are stretched and in what order.
Each Myofascial Release technique contains the same components. The physical therapist finds the area of tightness. A light stretch is applied to the tight area. The physical therapist waits for the tissue to relax and then increases the stretch. The process is repeated until the area is fully relaxed. Then, the next area is stretched.
The therapist will be able to find sore spots just by feel. Often, patients are unable to pinpoint some sore spots or have grown used to them until the physical therapist finds them. The size and sensitivity of these sore spots, called Myofascial Trigger Points, will decrease with treatment.Most patients are surprised by how gentle Myofascial Release is. Some patients fall asleep during treatment. Others later go home and take a nap. Most patients find Myofascial Release to be a very relaxing form of treatment.
Myofascial Release is not massage. Myofascial Release is used to equalize muscle tension throughout the body. Unequal muscle tension can compress nerves and muscles causing pain. Progress is measured by a decrease in the patient’s pain and by an improvement in overall posture. Conditions that are commonly treated with MFR include neck and back pain, headaches, TMJ problems, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, sciatica, scar adhesions, all orthopedic and sports injuries, geriatric needs, carpal tunnel and tennis elbow.
Many thanks to John F. Barnes for making the following article from his website available to the MFR community for educational purposes.read more