Axiom Myofascial Release & Bodywork
You are Worthy of Being in Balance
Myofascial Release & Integrated Therapeutic Bodywork are the art and science of healing that addresses the mind, body and spirit. As experienced Bodywork Therapists in Buffalo, we integrate a range of therapies to promote optimal health.
What does Axiom mean?
We wanted a name that started with the letter "A" and we wanted it to embody what we strive to do, facilitate healing for our clients.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"An axiom or postulate is a statement that is taken to be true, to serve as a premise or starting point for further reasoning and arguments. The word comes from the Greek axíōma (ἀξίωμα) 'that which is thought worthy or fit' or 'that which commends itself as evident.
The term has subtle differences in definition when used in the context of different fields of study. As defined in classic philosophy, an axiom is a statement that is so evident or well-established, that it is accepted without controversy or question. As used in modern logic, an axiom is a premise or starting point for reasoning.
The word axiom comes from the Greek word ἀξίωμα (axíōma), a verbal noun from the verb ἀξιόειν (axioein), meaning "to deem worthy", but also "to require", which in turn comes from ἄξιος (áxios), meaning "being in balance", and hence "having (the same) value (as)", "worthy", "proper". Among the ancient Greek philosophers an axiom was a claim which could be seen to be self-evidently true without any need for proof."
So we created our tagline from this definition:
"You are Worthy of Being in Balance"
Who We Are
Sarah Fitzgerald ~ CMT, MFRT
Business Owner & Bodywork Therapist
Sarah found her calling as a Bodywork Therapist while working as a PCA. After being told that she has magic hands and that she should go to school for massage, Sarah kept seeing signs that this was her path. “I would be folding laundry while watching tv and I kept seeing ads for a massage therapy program at a local tech college. I thought to myself that this has to be a sign.” Sarah graduated with an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Massage Therapy from High Tech Institute in May 2005.
Bodywork is Sarah’s passion and she loves to learn more about how she can help others. She continues her education in two areas that were briefly touched on in college.
Sarah has always felt an energy while working with her clients, an energy that seems to just flow through her hands. After meeting her partner James, she learned about Reiki Energy Work. This had to be it. She became Reiki I attuned in August 2018, Reiki II attuned in February 2019 and Reiki III in March 2020. These attunements have greatly benefited both Sarah and her clients. She is working towards continuing her Reiki training.
Sarah has also found John F. Barnes Myofascial Release Therapy. Due to how memories, emotions and trauma are stored in the fascial system. She has found this therapy to be a missing link for several of her clients, including herself. Since there is no limit to what she can learn with Myofascial Release, Sarah plans on taking all of the training seminars at least once, if not more than once.
Sarah brings all that she has learned and continues to learn to the table. She seamlessly blends several modalities and bodywork techniques into every session. Her pressure is gradual and evenly balanced throughout the session. Sarah creates a calm and relaxed environment where you never feel rushed or hurried. She takes the time to truly hear and listen to your concerns and goals for each session. She encourages her clients to utilize the self care homework that she gives you after each session, including yoga and exercise.
Sarah enjoys gardening, being outdoors, playing with her dog, walking, yoga and spending time with family.
James Johnson ~ CMT, MFRT
Office Manager & Bodywork Therapist
James graduated with honors from MN School of Business, Waite Park, with his massage Diploma in 2011. It was a huge career change for him since he was doing auto-body repair for a little over a decade prior to changing career paths. It is amazing how he is able to tie the two together. He has this intuitively deeper understanding and knowledge of how the muscles and body work as a whole. He is excellent at finding the root cause of a problem and addressing it.
His switch of career came from pinching a nerve in his upper back that sent him to the chiropractor and to get his first professional massage. How the massage therapist was able to restore function and feeling to his arm and neck without the use of tools or machines impressed him. So much so, that it inspired him to take charge of his life and to change what he was doing professionally and personally.
This led him to massage school. From there, he continued on learning things that would help not only himself physically and mentally but also would help others. He became Reiki II attuned in 2014. He also went to John Barnes Myofascial Release I in 2014 and repeated the class again in 2019. He plans to continue his education with this in the near future.
James has a unique perspective that inspires people. It is difficult to see, but James does have Multiple Sclerosis (MS). This wasn't discovered or diagnosed until 6 months after graduating massage school. He tries to not let this slow him down. He is very active in his personal life doing things like running 5K's. He enjoys taking the dog for walks, gardening, yard work and he still likes repairing or building things. It helps with his dexterity. He also enjoys practicing yoga, Tai- Chi and qui-gong for the healing aspect of them with his MS.
He is kind, well mannered, knowledgeable and compassionate in nature. Being honest and trustworthy makes it easy to relax and be comfortable. He intuitively knows what pressure a person needs and listens carefully to body language. His pressure is consistent and more on the firm side. People who like that firm pressure and to know that they have been worked on, truly enjoy his massages. He definitely understands and works well with that "hurts so good" feeling.
Myofascial Release & Bodywork
Here at Axiom, we facilitate a healing space for you. We are your guides during your journey of healing and wellness. We work together with you by holding space, customized treatment plans and education. Where the therapist and client relationship includes respect, trust, understanding, listening and guidance. Regular treatment sessions are highly recommended to create achievable life balance and wellness.
JOHN F. BARNES MYOFASCIAL RELEASE
What to expect with Myofascial Release
Thank you for choosing MFR. You will notice as you begin treatment, that MFR is quite un-like any other form of bodywork that you may have experienced. So, with this in mind I would like to outline a few tips that will help you find success with your treatments.
Your Body Can Heal!
Our bodies have an incredible ability to heal themselves, if given the right environment. What I can do with MFR is open up the body via the fascial system to allow this healing to begin.
Have a Goal
Have a clear and realistic goal before beginning treatment. Being “pain free” may not be a realistic goal in all cases, but decreasing pain and gaining greater range of motion can be. Share your goals with your therapist so that you’re both on the same page and so that your therapist is better able to help you.
To start, the therapist will do a visual assessment to check the alignment of your body. This assessment, along with your history and areas of concern will determine where we will start.
It is also recommended for the client to wear shorts and a sports bra or a 2 piece bathing suit (or something they feel comfortable in as all releases are done directly on the skin and some may involve movement).
Using the John Barnes method of Myofascial Release, gentle pressure (or traction) is applied to the restricted areas of the body. This pressure is held for at least 5 minutes. In that time you will feel the tissues soften, as this happens more pressure and stretch will be applied. The time factor is extremely important to fully release the deep layers of the fascial system and, in turn, allow our body to begin to heal.
Soft tissue mobilization techniques may also be used if there are a lot of superficial restrictions. This technique is mostly stripping-like strokes along the surface of the skin.
To get the full benefits of your MFR treatment, you will need to really focus on what you are feeling in your body during treatment. You may have referral sensations in areas of your body that aren’t being worked on. You may feel your body twitch or shake. You may feel the need to stretch or move during a release (this is the fascial tissue unwinding). You may even feel different emotions coming up during the session (fear, anger, sadness, joy, etc.…). Emotions are felt and expressed with the body and experienced and labeled in the mind.
All of these feelings and sensations are valid, so don’t be too quick to dismiss anything that comes up. We may not know what they mean or where they come from, but it is important that we honor them and feel them through the course of the session.
Everybody is going to respond to treatment a little differently, some of you may experience what we call a “Healing Crisis”. This can feel like mild to intense workout pain, a temporary increase in symptoms, flu-like aches/chills, or the feeling of emotional chaos. While this may be uncomfortable, it IS part of the healing process. Your body has been holding on to a pattern of restriction for a while and when it finally gets released you may feel it in the form of a “healing crisis”. When you have been out of touch with your body due to fascial restrictions, what you experience in a healing crisis is more of a “waking up” process. Allowing yourself to feel this is important to the process, as is being gentle with yourself.
INTEGRATED THERAPEUTIC BODYWORK
An integrated massage is any kind of therapeutic massage that integrates multiple modalities into a single session.
Integrative massage therapy is a treatment that involves the integration of therapy techniques from a number of different modalities including massage, deep tissue, trigger point, somatic therapy and bodywork techniques.
The specific combination of techniques will depend on the patient, as each session is specially designed to meet the needs of the individual.
The patient takes an active role in the therapy, working closely with the therapist. Touch plays an important role as it allows for the therapist and the client to form a strong bond and connection throughout the sessions. This is vital for the release and flow of life energies between the bodies and for the healing process to occur. When the patient is comfortable with their therapist and feels safe in the treatment environment, they are more likely to open up to the experience and encourage the best results of the treatment.
The integrative massage technique is based on the idea that not just one massage is right for every person or can solve every problem. That is why through using a variety of techniques every individual problem of the body can be targeted and addressed with its own approach, producing optimal results.
A typical integrative massage session is very open in structure. As a team, you and the therapist will meet and discuss what you are looking for and what techniques will best suit your needs. During the first session, you will also discuss the goals for the treatment and how often or how many sessions will be needed. Usually an initial number of sessions are recommended (usually between four and six) to allow the therapist to gain information about the patient and to determine the best therapeutic techniques for treatment.
Integrative massage is beneficial for anyone who wants to enjoy life to the fullest, physically, mentally and spiritually. Integrative massage can help anyone transition towards a better life.
VITA FLEX & RAINDROP THERAPY
Vita Flex & Raindrop Therapy is one of the safest, noninvasive regimens available for spinal health. It is an invaluable method to promote healing from within using topically applied therapeutic grade essential oils. It also stimulates all the body systems on a physical and emotional level. Utilizing a rolling and/or light touch to facilitate these oils to support muscles, joints, immune system function, detoxification, emotional well being, and they support the occasional feelings of stress. The Young Living essential oils used are: Oregano, Thyme, Basil, Cypress, Wintergreen, Marjoram, Aroma Siez, Peppermint and Valor.
Your session starts with Vita Flex Technique applied to your feet with 9 oils to the reflex points that reflect your spine (about 15 minutes). Next, these same oils are applied to your back in Raindrop Technique, from your sacrum to your neck (about 20 minutes). Then, a warm compress is applied to your back for about 15 minutes, during this time the therapist may apply Swedish Massage to your legs. Finally, the therapist will remove the warm compress and ask you to turn over for an occipital pull and neck massage, about 10 minutes.
The Raindrop Technique is a unique practice based on methods that have been used for centuries to rejuvenate the body and mind. Inspired by the Native American tradition of observing the northern lights while inhaling the affirming aroma of nearby conifer trees, the Raindrop Technique helps bring balance and harmony to the body by combining targeted massage and distinctive energy approaches. It also includes pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils to create an atmosphere of spirituality and serenity.
~ DUE TO THE EXPERTISE AND EXPERIENCE OF OUR THERAPISTS, MULTIPLE MODALITIES MAY BE INCORPORATED INTO YOUR TAILORED SESSION ~
~ ALL SESSIONS ARE BOOKED BY APPOINTMENT ONLY ~
~ THIS TIME IS RESERVED EXCLUSIVELY FOR YOU ~
~ TO AVOID A CANCELLATION FEE (FULL PRICE OF YOUR SESSION)
(24) HOURS NOTICE IS APPRECIATED IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO KEEP YOUR APPOINTMENT ~
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