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what is myofascial release?

The John F. Barnes Myofascial Release approach uses the application of prolonged sustained holds and stretches to gently release myofascial restriction in the body. 


Clients are assessed through a postural and tissue evaluation and treated as a whole, interconnected unit versus assessing a specific joint or body part. 

The source of the pain, dysfunction, or limitation is located and released.  Most traditional medical settings only treat symptoms; by getting to the source of the pain and releasing it Myofascial Release allows authentic healing to take place.

highly effective treatment of:

  • Fibromyalgia
  • Back Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Headaches
  • Chronic Pain
  • Arthritic Pain
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Scoliosis
  • Sciatica
  • Lyme's Disease
  • Trauma
  • Sports Injuries
  • TMJ Dysfunction
  • Mastectomy Pain
  • Lymphedema
  • Menstrual Pain
  • Incontinence
  • Various Women's Health Issues
How to Prepare

Please complete your intake form that can be downloaded and printed.


For MFR treatments, it is ideal for men to wear loose fitting elastic-waist gym shorts or underwear.  Women should wear either a bra/underwear, or 2-piece bathing suit, or loose tank top and elastic-waist gym shorts. This attire allows me to assess posture, perform movement tests, as well as access regions of your body for treatment without draping.


Please do not wear any lotions or oils on the day of your initial evaluation or any subsequent visits.  For effective MFR treatment, the skin needs to be clean and dry. 

What to Expect

The first visit includes a comprehensive review of your medical history and physical evaluation for approximately 30 minutes which will include a postural and tissue evaluation. This is followed by 60 minutes of hands-on treatment and instruction in self-treatment techniques and therapeutic exercise.

Post-Session Follow-Up

After a MFR session, you will be very relaxed and may notice immediate shifts in your body.  It is best if you avoid alcohol or other drugs for the remainder of the day to allow your body to integrate the benefits of treatment. If you are able to have some quiet time to reflect on the treatment and feelings/emotions/body sensations after your treatment, that is optimal, however it is not required.

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