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The Music of Consciousness and The Art of Myofascial Release
by Richard Harty, PT View author's profile page

Overview


From the Father of Myofascial Release...

"I consider Richard Harty to be the equivalent of Leonardo da Vinci. He has a brilliant mind and a very calm demeanor. He is also extremely articulate and humble. More than most, Richard has had the courage to go into his own hidden experiences." —John F. Barnes, PT

The mind can come up with wonderful ideas and discover powerful tools of analysis to help understand the world, but you need the body to provide the energy to carry out a meaningful life. The motivation and inspiration to create a life comes from awakening the body and accessing its full potential to guide you. And myofascial release is one of the most powerful tools I have found to do this.

My experiences with myofascial release have shifted how I engage with the world and enable me to come from a place of freedom I would have never thought possible.

I wrote this book as a companion to John Barnes's Myofascial Release, Healing Ancient Wounds: The Renegade's Wisdom, for those who would like to continue pursuing knowledge of this extraordinary art form.

The book, meant for both practitioner and client, details the various layers and subtleties involved in treatment by a skilled therapist, while recognizing that experiencing myofascial release is the only way to understand fully the nature of this work.

Together, we will explore the wonder of the fascial system, how it interfaces with consciousness, how it interacts with intuition, and how it responds to emotional states. I lay out the core treatment techniques, then accompany you on a path into the art of myofascial release through sharing treatment experiences, inner journeys, transformations, awakenings, and my own encounters with the healing power of myofascial release. I hope to bring to light the beautiful music this therapeutic art can create and inspire you to experience this work for yourself.

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Description


In this age of scientific reason and its emphasis on deductive explanations based on a certain interpretation of the facts, the human factor can often be lost. When I went through physical therapy training, I understood that my oath was to my patient and their well-being. So, when evaluating the value of various treatments, it was important to me to have my clients perceive a benefit, not simply a narrow change in blood chemistry, range of motion, or performance. The patient needed to feel better.

A lot of therapeutic interventions look good on paper, but the real world is always more complex and interconnected than what we strive to simulate in our hypothetical solutions. The real world of the human being requires the use of human intuition, the art of truly listening, the recognition of patterns, and the observation of cause and effect in the moment. Intuition may not explain why something works, but it can guide the therapist and client through complex processes too often oversimplified by diagnostic labels. The use of intuition is central to the art of healing and is at the heart of myofascial release, as taught by John Barnes, PT, the father of authentic myofascial release.

So while science certainly has its place and should be vigorously pursued as one method for discovering truth, it cannot begin to explain the irreducible complexity of what it means to be a human being. Unless you believe a conscious human being is the product of mechanistic interactions, the only real interpreter of humanity is another human with the skills to do so. These skills include empathy, sensitivity, experience, and the art of seeing, hearing, and feeling at the deepest levels. These are skills that dwell in the subjective realm where science can measure phenomena but has no facility for understanding and interpreting the subjective aspects of what it means to be an individual human.

It is these subjective skills that I will explore within this book. It is too easy to get locked into certain ways of thinking and interpreting data. New understandings allow us to reinterpret research and create a dynamic flow of thinking from one understanding to another. In the search for truth, there is no place for ego or pride. We can't hold on to our private interpretations too strongly because they will change. The complexity of these systems is simply too great to hold on to reductionistic "explanations" as absolutes. This reduces so-called science to bureaucratic authority.

Too often, an authority in a field can be blind to alternative routes. It is often useful to step back and build from what is actually in front of us, free of previous assumptions. Interacting with clients will often present new solutions. A therapist who has learned to include subjective information from the client will be able to gain insights beneficial for healing emotional wounds influencing subconscious holding patterns, thus allowing the complete release of the fascial tissue. And by understanding the process of applying the art of myofascial release, you as clients are better able to engage with your part of the healing journey. Understanding the varied aspects of myofascial release will allow you to gain trust in your own intuition. This will give you the insight and the freedom to share important information with your therapist during treatment.

This co-creation by therapist and client together is integral to the healing process. You are just as much an artist as your therapist. In the first three chapters, we will explore the current state of scientific research and have you consider various hypotheses to inspire wonder in the complexity of the fascial system. In the second part of this book, I describe in more detail how approaching myofascial release as an art can serve to provide individualized solutions for the wellness of the whole human being.

Read more

About the author


Richard Harty has been a physical therapist since 1981. He began his professional career at a rehabilitation center working with children and adults recovering from brain trauma. During an internship in early 1981, Richard designed a computerized hardware and software solution that streamlined human performance testing and steered him toward a career in sports medicine, working with professional athletes and eventually sharing his software with universities, the National Institute of Health, and clinics around the country.

While this technical achievement aided in diagnosing the factors creating limitations in performance, Richard was more interested in how to heal the underlying causes. He had begun to notice that many of the interventions used in a typical physical therapy practice didn't always get the results he was hoping for—nor did improvement always last. After exposure to the techniques and principles of myofascial release, Richard noticed his clients were getting more consistent and lasting results.

He began to study and find out how this worked from a scientific perspective. At first, there was very little research into the fascial system and its influence on the body. As more information became available and he came to understand the complexity of the fascial system, Richard realized he could not apply myofascial release with a purely analytical approach.

Even though Richard didn't have a complete understanding of the mechanism of myofascial release, he still noticed remarkable results in his patients' progress. By feeling what was happening under his hands and using his intuition as a guide, his hands would spontaneously move toward solutions customized to each individual. It dawned on him that it might be useful to approach this process as an art.

For the past ten years, Richard has been writing down his thoughts on developing an artistic approach to healing. Over the previous two years, he has been forming these impressions into a narrative he hopes will inform, inspire, and invite therapists and clients to engage more deeply in this therapeutic art. This book is the result.

Read more

Book details

Genre:HEALTH & FITNESS

Subgenre:Alternative Therapies

Language:English

Pages:250

Hardcover ISBN:9781667855783


Overview


From the Father of Myofascial Release...

"I consider Richard Harty to be the equivalent of Leonardo da Vinci. He has a brilliant mind and a very calm demeanor. He is also extremely articulate and humble. More than most, Richard has had the courage to go into his own hidden experiences." —John F. Barnes, PT

The mind can come up with wonderful ideas and discover powerful tools of analysis to help understand the world, but you need the body to provide the energy to carry out a meaningful life. The motivation and inspiration to create a life comes from awakening the body and accessing its full potential to guide you. And myofascial release is one of the most powerful tools I have found to do this.

My experiences with myofascial release have shifted how I engage with the world and enable me to come from a place of freedom I would have never thought possible.

I wrote this book as a companion to John Barnes's Myofascial Release, Healing Ancient Wounds: The Renegade's Wisdom, for those who would like to continue pursuing knowledge of this extraordinary art form.

The book, meant for both practitioner and client, details the various layers and subtleties involved in treatment by a skilled therapist, while recognizing that experiencing myofascial release is the only way to understand fully the nature of this work.

Together, we will explore the wonder of the fascial system, how it interfaces with consciousness, how it interacts with intuition, and how it responds to emotional states. I lay out the core treatment techniques, then accompany you on a path into the art of myofascial release through sharing treatment experiences, inner journeys, transformations, awakenings, and my own encounters with the healing power of myofascial release. I hope to bring to light the beautiful music this therapeutic art can create and inspire you to experience this work for yourself.

Read more

Description


In this age of scientific reason and its emphasis on deductive explanations based on a certain interpretation of the facts, the human factor can often be lost. When I went through physical therapy training, I understood that my oath was to my patient and their well-being. So, when evaluating the value of various treatments, it was important to me to have my clients perceive a benefit, not simply a narrow change in blood chemistry, range of motion, or performance. The patient needed to feel better.

A lot of therapeutic interventions look good on paper, but the real world is always more complex and interconnected than what we strive to simulate in our hypothetical solutions. The real world of the human being requires the use of human intuition, the art of truly listening, the recognition of patterns, and the observation of cause and effect in the moment. Intuition may not explain why something works, but it can guide the therapist and client through complex processes too often oversimplified by diagnostic labels. The use of intuition is central to the art of healing and is at the heart of myofascial release, as taught by John Barnes, PT, the father of authentic myofascial release.

So while science certainly has its place and should be vigorously pursued as one method for discovering truth, it cannot begin to explain the irreducible complexity of what it means to be a human being. Unless you believe a conscious human being is the product of mechanistic interactions, the only real interpreter of humanity is another human with the skills to do so. These skills include empathy, sensitivity, experience, and the art of seeing, hearing, and feeling at the deepest levels. These are skills that dwell in the subjective realm where science can measure phenomena but has no facility for understanding and interpreting the subjective aspects of what it means to be an individual human.

It is these subjective skills that I will explore within this book. It is too easy to get locked into certain ways of thinking and interpreting data. New understandings allow us to reinterpret research and create a dynamic flow of thinking from one understanding to another. In the search for truth, there is no place for ego or pride. We can't hold on to our private interpretations too strongly because they will change. The complexity of these systems is simply too great to hold on to reductionistic "explanations" as absolutes. This reduces so-called science to bureaucratic authority.

Too often, an authority in a field can be blind to alternative routes. It is often useful to step back and build from what is actually in front of us, free of previous assumptions. Interacting with clients will often present new solutions. A therapist who has learned to include subjective information from the client will be able to gain insights beneficial for healing emotional wounds influencing subconscious holding patterns, thus allowing the complete release of the fascial tissue. And by understanding the process of applying the art of myofascial release, you as clients are better able to engage with your part of the healing journey. Understanding the varied aspects of myofascial release will allow you to gain trust in your own intuition. This will give you the insight and the freedom to share important information with your therapist during treatment.

This co-creation by therapist and client together is integral to the healing process. You are just as much an artist as your therapist. In the first three chapters, we will explore the current state of scientific research and have you consider various hypotheses to inspire wonder in the complexity of the fascial system. In the second part of this book, I describe in more detail how approaching myofascial release as an art can serve to provide individualized solutions for the wellness of the whole human being.

Read more

About the author


Richard Harty has been a physical therapist since 1981. He began his professional career at a rehabilitation center working with children and adults recovering from brain trauma. During an internship in early 1981, Richard designed a computerized hardware and software solution that streamlined human performance testing and steered him toward a career in sports medicine, working with professional athletes and eventually sharing his software with universities, the National Institute of Health, and clinics around the country.

While this technical achievement aided in diagnosing the factors creating limitations in performance, Richard was more interested in how to heal the underlying causes. He had begun to notice that many of the interventions used in a typical physical therapy practice didn't always get the results he was hoping for—nor did improvement always last. After exposure to the techniques and principles of myofascial release, Richard noticed his clients were getting more consistent and lasting results.

He began to study and find out how this worked from a scientific perspective. At first, there was very little research into the fascial system and its influence on the body. As more information became available and he came to understand the complexity of the fascial system, Richard realized he could not apply myofascial release with a purely analytical approach.

Even though Richard didn't have a complete understanding of the mechanism of myofascial release, he still noticed remarkable results in his patients' progress. By feeling what was happening under his hands and using his intuition as a guide, his hands would spontaneously move toward solutions customized to each individual. It dawned on him that it might be useful to approach this process as an art.

For the past ten years, Richard has been writing down his thoughts on developing an artistic approach to healing. Over the previous two years, he has been forming these impressions into a narrative he hopes will inform, inspire, and invite therapists and clients to engage more deeply in this therapeutic art. This book is the result.

Read more
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