Let Go and Return to Health at Midwest Myofascial Release Center
Written by Rebecca Fischer / Photos by Jami Marshall
When it comes to healing, there’s a strong desire in all of us to find that magic pill we can take to make everything better. But healing is a process that involves our participation — and usually a lot of patience.
Having a team of experienced wellness practitioners working together on your side can help open your eyes to what’s been ailing you, put you on the right path to healing, and provide the support you need along the way.
That’s what the team at Midwest Myofascial Release Center in Overland Park has been providing for the KC community for more than 15 years. Jan Kelly opened the center with the intention of bringing every person who stepped through the doors into harmony with life, giving them a chance to explore the inherent wisdom between the body, mind, spirit, and emotions. She does this by creating a unique, comprehensive program for each client.
Kelly uses the John Barnes Myofascial Release technique. Myofascial release (MFR) involves applying gentle, sustained pressure on knots, which puts pressure on pain-sensitive areas in your myofascial connective tissue to eliminate pain and restore motion. Trauma, inflammatory responses, and surgical procedures create these knots and often are undetectable by X-rays and other tests.
The gentle pressure applied slowly through MR allows the fascia to elongate and heal, improving circulation to your muscles, reducing pain, and increasing mobility. The importance of keeping fascia healthy can’t be overestimated: This connective tissue spreads throughout your body in a threadlike web from head to toe.
A client’s independence through education is also part of the MR method, including instruction in proper body mechanics and movement, self-treatment, strength and flexibility building, and postural awareness, and how to heal emotionally and spiritually.
Laura Christine came to MMRC with an autoimmune condition. Nothing she had tried was offering lasting results. But MFR provided immediate results, and she remains on a maintenance program.
“I’ve been pain-free for years. I got rid of fibromyalgia through myofascial release combined with changes to my diet,” Christine says. “Really, I got better when I started dealing with my ‘junk.’ And that’s what’s great about MR; it helps people release the emotional component too.”
She was so impressed with the technique and with what she learned that she later joined the team as the detox program coordinator.
Christine’s issue is just one example of how collaborative modalities hold the key to a patient’s return to health and well-being. Other techniques at the center include therapeutic massage, movement therapy, energy healing arts, Reiki, Akashic Record healing, counseling, and detoxification programs that include far infrared sauna therapy.
LaShonda Brown is a BodyTalk practitioner at the center. This technique acknowledges the profound influence of your psychology on the body and addresses the whole person, including all aspects of the human psyche: emotional, physical, and environmental.
“I look for what’s going on with a person, and work on improving communication between all systems of the body,” Brown says. “Someone might come in with knee pain, but the cause could be unknown to her. It’s like peeling back an onion.”
A movement therapist at MMRC, Sarah Breedlove, also guides her clients to make a connection between mind and body. She often finds that most wellness goals are attainable when people become aware of and release limiting beliefs.
“This works for people when so many other methods have failed,” Breedlove says. “Our health and the way we move is always changing. It’s a balancing act that never achieves perfect balance. I teach my clients how to listen to their bodies and move better so they can do the things they want to do.”
Angelica Bustamante, a therapist at MMRC, uses an example of being in a car accident: Those involved are swept up at the moment — looking for injuries, calling the police, etc. The physical and emotional trauma isn’t always addressed. The same applies to injuries, physical or emotional abuse, or even falling off a swing as a kid.
“Our bodies are guarding against so much,” Bustamante explains. “This doesn’t have to be the case. There is a more relaxed, healthy way of living. We just have to retrain our brain to let go.”
Midwest Myofascial Release Center is located at 7270 W. 98th Terrace, Suite 220, in Overland Park. Call 913.706.2294 or visit midwestmyofascialrelease.com for more information.