Often clients find Release Works Myofascial Therapy Clinic after months, or years, of working within a traditional Western medicine framework. And they wonder, what makes working with us different?
It is a great question. And one that needs answering as we explore whether or not our approach is a good fit for your needs.
The Problem With Standard Treatment Plans
If you are familiar with and accustomed to standard treatment plans, protocols, diagnoses, prescriptions, and a linear, methodical way of approaching disease and troubles in the body, then you are familiar with a Western medical approach.
Generally, a patient goes to the doctor, perhaps describes symptoms, is given a diagnosis (a label for those symptoms), and then follows a standard treatment plan for that diagnosis. Sometimes this is in the form of a prescription. Other times it is in the form of a referral to a specialist or physical therapist. Sometimes there is extensive testing and imaging to confirm the diagnosis. Only to be told there is little that can be done to change it.
Each doctor and specialist, and each step of the Western medical approach has a standard treatment plan for each diagnosis. This “one size fits all” approach is exactly one of the ways in which working with us will be much different.
The Release Works Myofascial Therapy Clinic Difference
At Release Works Myofascial Therapy Clinic,
we believe that standard treatment plans and protocols,
performed in a linear, methodical way,
are not suitable
for a non-linear, conscious, and protecting-itself-system
such as a human being.
Treatment plans and protocols make the assumption that only what is done matters. They disregard the how, the who, and the underlying emotions and holding patterns of any given person.
Meeting the person, where he or she is, is what allows us to help people find their way through the difficult situations that standard treatment plans and protocols have not been able to help.
One of the phrases frequently repeated by our teacher and creator of the Myofascial Release approach, John Barnes, is that if you know what you are doing when you walk in the treatment room, then you don’t know what you are doing.
Therapists at Release Works Myofascial Therapy Clinic are trained to approach each moment and session without the bias and agenda of any particular goal or plan for the client. That may sound strange to you, it does to many people. But we find that plans and protocols have to be tossed aside if we are to have any chance of actually meeting the person where he or she is – and that is the most important component of what we do.
Working With The Release Works Myofascial Therapy Team
Meeting each person, where he or she is, is what allows us to help people find their way through the difficult situations that standard treatment plans and protocols have not been able to help.
Standards and protocols of “regular” therapy and medical care fail to address the non-linearity and inherent, protective consciousness of real human beings. That is why so many people find their way to us after years of failed therapy and help elsewhere.
When you work with our therapy team, there will be a consistently repeated message and encouragement to “soften and feel.” This is a key thing needed. And it is often very difficult for people who have been rigid and stuck in their bodies. Such people are usually very invested in their long term patterns of holding tight and clenching against what they feel, in very deep and difficult (for them) to notice ways.
Sessions with the Release Works Myofascial Therapy team often start where you are most pulled off mid-line or center. However, the particular starting point of any given treatment session or self treatment suggestion is largely irrelevant. There therapists here always look for access points into your being to help you soften and feel. In each successive session, they continue to look for and reinforce your ability to soften and feel. All while keeping in mind that any previously successful access point and session has no guarantee of being the needed and helpful thing this time.
There may need to reset the nervous system’s levels of tension and bracing. This is simply another phrase for “soften and feel” applied on a more subtle and deeper level. Sessions may zig-zag back and forth between structural work, movement practice and retraining, exploration of beliefs and holding patterns, breathwork, self treatment exploration, mapping your personal metaphors of movement, and unwinding.
We must meet you as you are this time, each and every time.
Why Is It Important To Soften And Feel?
It may surprise you to find that frustration, anger, shame, sadness, or other emotions may be the needed access point. It may be the point at which current holding and bracing patterns are expressing themselves. We very much believe, due to years of experience, that what a person is feeling is the way in to needed information and understanding. This is often what finally allows something deep inside to change and let go.
This is what traditional, standard therapy and protocols miss.
We value hearing what is going on inside as we encourage people to feel, and just as importantly, express what they feel.
When You Are Ready For A Change
Each therapist at Release Works Myofascial Therapy Clinic will see and help you access things in a different way. You will probably best respond to one or another of them. People tend to gravitate to and need one in particular more than others for a while. You may absolutely choose to prefer and only see one therapist. However, we highly recommend working with the entire team as it tends to shake things up and knock loose comfort zones and patterns.
If this sounds like the approach you are looking for, if protocols and standard treatment plans are not working, we would love to talk. Call us now.