Self-Treatment Techniques

Stretch Series

Why MFR Self-Treatment?

Our stretch series classes are a powerful way to enhance your wellness program while receiving MFR at Monarch Physical Therapy. We teach self-treatment techniques and encourage you to make this an important part of your home exercise program to advance your personal healing.

By appyling the "myofascial principles" to your home exercise program, you will see permanent lengthening of your body's connective tissue. Traditional stretching only affects the elastic in the muscles and produces temporary results. Whereas, when done correctly, myofascial release stretching restores the fluid nature of the body and releases the “straight jacket hold” the fascia has around the structures.

The benefits of MFR stretching include:

  • improves circulation
  • re-establishes joint space to decrease pain
  • increases capacity of muscles to lengthen
  • improves posture
  • re-establishes fluidity in the body for mobility
  • increases energy
  • improves breathing

MFR Self-Treatment Techniques

Week 1
MFR Self-Treatment - Lower Body

  • Fascia in Action - 5 minute video
  • Applying Myofascial Release principles
  • Pelvic releases using 4" therapeutic ball
  • Diaphragmatic Breathing to decrease tension, tightness and bracing patterns
  • Release restrictions in lower back, lower extremities and hips

Week 2
MFR Self-Treatment - Upper Body

  • Techniques to alleviate or improve neck pain, TMJ pain, headaches
  • Trunk rotation releases
  • Actively telescope or lengthen upper extremities
  • Release tightness in shoulders, rib cage, pecs
  • Increase body awareness

Course Fees

MFR Self-Treatment Techniques

Cost: $75

2 hours of instruction
Upper/Lower Body Treatment Techniques
4" therapeutic ball

Elizabeth Foderaro, LMT

Elizabeth is a Licensed Massage Therapist specializing in the John F. Barnes method of Myofascial Release Therapy. She has been practicing MFR since January, 1995. Elizabeth has since received hundreds of hours of training in the John F. Barnes series of MFR courses earning the status of Expert Practitioner. In addition, she was also trained in Dr. Peter Levine’s three-year program for Somatic Experiencing, which is a body-oriented approach to the healing of trauma and other stress disorders.