Myofascial Release

Unlocking the Brain’s Deepest Secrets

June 2, 2016 by John Barnes · No Comments

I thought you might be interested in recent research that verifies the experience people have with Myofascial Release when memories, sensations and emotions emerge and allow for authentic healing.

 

Unlocking the Brain’s Deepest Secrets

By Teal Burrell on Wed, 25 May 2016

 

“In neuroscience, neurons get all the glory. Or rather, they used to. Researchers are beginning to discover the importance of something outside the neurons—a structure called the perineuronal net. This net might reveal how memories are stored and how various diseases ravage the brain.

 

The realization of important roles for structures outside neurons serves as a reminder that the brain is a lot more complicated than we thought. Or, it’s exactly as complicated as neuroscientists thought it was 130 years ago.

 

In 1882, Italian physician and scientist Camillo Golgi described a structure that enveloped cells in the brain in a thin layer. He later named it the pericellular net. His word choice was deliberate; he carefully avoided the word “neuron” since he was engaged in a battle with another neuroscience luminary, Santiago Ramón y Cajal, over whether the nervous system was a continuous meshwork of cells that were fused together—Golgi’s take—or a collection of discrete cells, called neurons—Ramón y Cajal’s view.

 

Perineuronal nets, seen here stained red, wrap around neurons from a mouse’s brain.

Ramón y Cajal wasn’t having it. He argued Golgi was wrong about the existence of such a net, blaming the findings on Golgi’s eponymous staining technique, which, incidentally, is still used today.

 

Ramón y Cajal’s influence was enough to shut down the debate. While some Golgi supporters labored in vain to prove the nets existed, their findings never took hold. Instead, over the next century, neuroscientists focused exclusively on neurons, the discrete cells of the nervous system that relay information between one another, giving rise to movements, perceptions, and emotions. (The two adversaries would begrudgingly share a Nobel Prize in 1906 for their work describing the nervous system.)

 

But it seems the focus on neurons has ignored crucial elements; neurons can’t explain everything about how the brain works, like how memories are stored or how various diseases ravage the brain. Now, neuroscientists are discovering that perineuronal nets may hold the secrets to some of the greatest mysteries of neuroscience.

 

Making Memories

One thing perineronal nets might unlock are the workings of our memories. “Up to this point, we still don’t understand how we maintain memories in our brains for up to our entire lifetimes,” says Sakina Palida, a graduate student in Roger Tsien’s lab at the University of California, San Diego.

 

Our current understanding is that memories are formed when the synapses—the spaces between two neurons—in our brain are reconfigured. As we learn, new synapses—new connections between neurons—are forged. If those connections are reinforced, proteins within the neurons are activated to boost the signal at that particular synapse, and what we’ve learned becomes committed to memory.

 

“We still don’t understand how we maintain memories for a lifetime.”

But existing theories have a few loose ends. For one, the proteins responsible are replaced too quickly, on a scale of days to weeks. It’s difficult to imagine long-term memories being stored in such a system.

 

To Tsien, a modern Nobel laureate, the breakthrough came when he started thinking outside the neuron. Instead of molecules inside neurons retaining memories, molecules outside neurons might be the key. “You need very long lasting molecules to store things and what else is better than just on the other side, the outside of the synapse?” Tsien says. “You have equal access to the information that’s in the synapse, but the proteins and carbohydrates that are on the outside of the synapse can last forever.”

 

Which brings us back, 130 years after it was first proposed, to the perineuronal net.

 

 

 

 

The perineuronal net is an organized tangle of proteins that helps form the extracellular matrix, a sort of neuron exoskeleton. As our brain matures, from before birth through the teenage years, connections between neurons are refined; unnecessary connections wither away while other, more vital circuits are strengthened. The perineuronal net is the finishing touch: it surrounds neurons, establishing a physical barrier to prevent aberrant connections from forming while leaving holes in the armor to let existing synapses through.

 

Tsien thinks that the structure of the net might be what’s holding our long-term memories. A hole in the net represents a memory: a stable, reinforced connection between two neurons. That the perineuronal net is involved in some form of memory isn’t entirely new; Tsien’s hypothesis is that it is the structure for long-term memory, and that is new.

 

But first, Tsien and his collaborators had to prove that the nets are long lasting. To test this, Varda Levram-Ellisman, a scientist in Tsien’s lab, gave baby mice food containing nitrogen-15, a rare isotope, some of which would be incorporated into the animal’s developing brain structures. When the mice were six weeks old, after their perineuronal nets were fully developed, they were switched back to normal food. If the nitrogen-15 was still present months later, it would mean those structures had lasted that long. Indeed, nitrogen-15 was still a part of the perineuronal net after 180 days (the equivalent of years in human terms).

 

“These nets are widespread throughout the brain. They surround all neurons.”

The next step in developing the hypothesis was showing that the nets—and the holes within them—hold lasting memories. Palida likens making holes in the net to carving into stone. “Stone is a stable substrate. You retain the information regardless of what comes and goes over it as long as the substrate remains stable,” she says. Making new synapses requires certain enzymes to chisel through the net. When Levram-Ellisman gave mice a drug that inhibited one of these chiseling enzymes, the mice had poor long-term memory. Their short-term memory remained intact, however, suggesting drilling holes in the net was specific to long-lasting memories. In another experiment, Palida found that she could erode the nets in particular areas of the brain when she introduced a protein known to enhance memory.

 

Palida has also developed new ways to visualize the nets, enabling her to detect them even when their composition varies. With these tools, she has discredited the thinking that the nets were specific to certain brain regions or cell types. “These nets are widespread throughout the brain. They surround all neurons,” she says.

 

In 2009, perineuronal nets were blamed for the fact that fear memories are nearly impossible to erase in adults. In animal studies, fear memories are created by pairing a noise with a foot shock; mice learn to fear the noise since it means an impending jolt. In young mice, these memories can be completely wiped away by playing the noise over and over again without the foot shock; the mice relearn the noise is innocuous. But adult mice never really forget. Their memories can only be temporarily masked, they still crop up in triggering situations, like when put back in the cage that originally shocked them.

 

The maturation of the perineuronal nets marks this transition between child and adult; when adult mice were given a drug that degraded the nets, they were able to completely forget their fear, in the same way young mice do. Understanding this process could help explain post-traumatic stress disorder—in which horrifying memories seem etched in stone—and provide a new target for treatment; perhaps degrading the nets could help release some of the unrelenting memories.

 

A New Target

The prevalence of perineuronal nets suggests that they could be the driving force behind not just long-term memories, but also certain neurological diseases. Sabina Berretta, an associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, found that perineuronal nets are decreased in certain brain areas in schizophrenia. Additionally, several genes that have been implicated in schizophrenia code for molecules that make up the net or the enzymes that regulate it. Berretta found evidence that the nets are disrupted in bipolar disorder, too.

 

There have been striking results in studies of Alzheimer’s disease, as well; postmortem studies of patients show fewer nets compared to controls. “Once we understand what may be the factors that contribute to these changes, then it may be possible to start understanding how to address them from a therapeutic point of view,” Berretta says.

 

Perhaps paradoxically, given their role in long-term memory, recent work by Harry Pantazopoulos, a researcher in Berretta’s lab, has suggested that the nets might change over the course of the day. Although the total number of nets remains stable, in both mice and postmortem human brain tissue, the molecules within the nets seem to fluctuate in a rhythmic way; some of the nets’ components are increased during the day in certain brain regions, while others are increased at night. Berretta warns that the data is preliminary, but it suggests that these stable structures are also somehow dynamic. It may be that the composition changes to accommodate learning while we are awake and consolidation of memories while we are asleep.

 

Ignored No More

At the latest Society for Neuroscience meeting in Chicago, it was clear perineuronal nets are not being ignored any longer. “They’re everywhere at this meeting,” says Angela O’Connor, a researcher at the University of Michigan who studies how the nets change when mice are put in stimulating environments.

 

Since they were overlooked for so long, perineuronal nets and the extracellular matrix might explain many of neuroscience’s mysteries, from how memories are stored for decades to how certain diseases disrupt the brain. Berretta suspects that there are other, similarly critical components of the extracellular matrix that have been ignored for too long as well. “It is possible from a pathological point of view that we haven’t even begun to understand the extent of these changes not only in schizophrenia, but also their involvement in other brain disorders,” Berretta says.

 

“The nets were reported a long time ago by Camillo Golgi. They were drawn, they were described. We simply didn’t know what to do with them, so we kind of ignored them,” she says with a laugh. Those days appear to be over.”

 

 

Sincerely,

 

John F. Barnes, PT

 

For more information on Myofascial Release and Myofascial Release Seminars, visit our website here.

 

To view the new commercial for Therapy on the Rocks, click here.

 

For more information about Myofascial Release, you can now access two separate excerpts from the Fireside Chat with John F. Barnes, PT DVD on ‘You Tube’!   Just click on the following links:

 

Part 1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWRuS9xAbMo

Part 2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4QrvlwtBOU

To find us on Facebook, click on the following link: www.facebook.com/myofascial.release

 


John F. Barnes, PT, LMT, NCTMB is the President of the Myofascial Release Treatment Centers and International Myofascial Release Seminars. For more information call 1-800-FASCIAL (327-2425) or visit www.myofascialrelease.com.

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Those Cheeks!

April 28, 2016 by John Barnes · 6 Comments

Dear Rosemarie and Rowena (of the Chipmunk Clan!),

 Rosemarie and Rowena, I am very proud of you! I wanted to compliment you on the wonderful work you’ve done with your beautiful baby. Rowena initially helped her immediately after birth with urination problems and now her mom has made a remarkable positive impact and difference in her baby. Myofascial Release should be done on every baby. It can make a positive impact on the rest of their life. Compare the picture on the left to the pictures on the right and feel free to comment on the changes you may notice.

 

 

Here are some of the comments from John’s original blog on Rosemarie’s baby. To read his blog and the rest of the great comments we received, visit: https://www.massagemag.com/massage-blog/myofascial-release/2016/04/15/chipmunk-cheeks/

 

Dawnne Nance, PT

 Beautiful Baby Rosemaire!!

 As I softened my focus I noticed the right eye(as looking at the photo) is pulled more medially and the right upper buccal (chipmunk cheek) is more bound down then the left at the upper gum zygo area. The right obicularis oris is more constricted on the right.

 This baby brightens my day as her sweet little face (subtle restrictions and all) cross my feed daily!

 Thanks John for the lesson in subtleties that can lead to issues when allowed to go untreated for a life time. Thank goodness this baby is in the loving hands of two amazing MFR Therapists! <3

  Tanya Buchko Green

 The birthing process is a physically challenging experience for mother and baby, and it can leave both with fascial restrictions. Seeing this sweet little one got me to thinking about the baby’s physical characteristics, and how these characteristics may be influenced by not only the birthing process, but also the shape and functionality of the mother’s pelvis and its restrictions on the growing baby, especially in the last trimester. In the last few weeks I have seen several babies in helmets designed to reshape their heads. Myofascial release is a very effective and much less traumatic way to accomplish the same goal. Let’s continue to raise awareness about the importance of unwinding newborns and their mothers!

   Rowena Cua, LMT

 Thank you for blogging about our precious and sweet Joy! As her Aunt and not a therapist I just see pure JOY, love and innocence so I didn’t see or was I looking for restrictions. When I soften my focus I do see the restrictions you mentioned in this blog. Within 20 minutes of her being born after she was cleaned and checked and then held by mom and dad I was fortunate to do cranial work and holds on her tiny little baby chipmunk head. It was one of the most powerful things I’ve felt from this work. The energy and the melting I felt with my hands and beyond was amazing and hard to put into words. My sister had a long 30+ hours labor and the umbilical chord was wrapped around her head and she was face up. Her doctor did a great job and turned her and unwrapped the chord. This was also amazing to see. I think if the doctor came earlier he could have rotated her earlier to ease the process. I felt and knew after some time during my sister’s labor that the baby was face up and had to be turned but I didn’t want to alarm or stress her anymore so I just did what I could and tried to let go. Child birth just like healing can be messy but the rewards are bigger and one of the Joy’s of life. That being said, I told my sister that all of this can be the restrictions you pointed out and thank God we know your work and can help her as early as possible. I also worked on her at 3 days old and released her bladder and avoided a catheter. We will be working on her and giving everyone updates and after pictures. This baby is sweet, alert and is a happy and calm baby and I attribute that to the work she got in utero and post delivery. A true MFR baby!

 I also think there needs to be more education so the parents know to seek and find MFR for their newborns and infants. Early infant MFR, cranial-sacral therapy can prevent other restrictions and prevent other issues as the baby develops. OBGYN, lactation specialists and pediatric nurses can be included in this as well. They need to advocate for manual therapy, early intervention with Myofascial Release.

 She loves MFR and regular massages and she can’t wait to meet and hug and kiss your beard. Many thanks to you for all your love and support!

 http://www.bodymfr.com

 

   Monika Szumilak

 What a wonderful blog and great teaching on how to truly look and see our patients bodies. I so appreciate John’s masterful way of guiding his students in being able to address the fascial system. And special thank you to aunt Rowena for your follow up comment! It is so crucially important that babies be treated after birth to address any possible trauma or restrictions. The malleability of the infant’s body allows to achieve amazing results in a short time just like Rowena is describing. I so look forward to hearing the updates and more stories about the beautiful “chipmunk” baby. So heartwarming and encouraging. I think she is just the luckies little one experiencing so much love and care from the hands of amazing therapists and her whole family. Much love. Monika

   Joel Ronningen

 Thanks for adding your layers of insight, John – I was able to see the compression (wanting to be opened up) in the left eye area, but always more to see!

Another great reminder too that work on the young ones can save so much difficulty down the road.

 

   Rosemarie Cua-De Leon, PT, DPT

 Thank you so much, John, for your very kind and humbling praise. Without you, the world would be missing such an essential component of mind, body, spirit wellness. It is because of you that we and so many other therapists are able to see the human body and spirit as an interconnected whole, and not just fragmented pieces of everyday traditional care. With this work, we are able to help others by facilitating true, authentic healing.

 As it is known, the birthing process can be traumatic, both for mom and baby. Physical structures can be influenced by a mother’s pelvis, the method and means of delivery, and any other experiences that may affect a baby’s passage into this world. It is also very possible that structural misalignment and restrictions are affected by recurrent postures outside of the womb, such as when a baby nurses more frequently on one side (subtly placing more pressure one side of the jaw or cheek more often than the other) or a baby frequently sucking its thumb while falling asleep on a certain angle (causing its jaw and cheek to be consistently pulled to one side). Regardless of the cause of the assymetries, it is very important for babies (and moms) to be treated early on and throughout an entire lifetime to address imbalances that may currently be causing or leading to other subtle or large issues down the road. Treatment for a mom before, during, and after giving birth is so essential, as it is for baby to experience MFR as soon as he or she is able.

 It is truly an amazing thing to watch my child thrive, grow, and reach milestones. And it is a beautiful thing to be able to see her through motherly eyes of love while keeping a healthy balance of seeing things from a “physical therapist mom” perspective. I am so grateful for this work, for other amazing therapists who I’ve learned from and been treated by along the way, for my sister, my parents who’ve deeply engrained love within us, and for you John, our beautiful mentor and friend.

 We hope to share updates on Baby J’s MFR work!

 Rosemarie Cua-De Leon, PT, DPT

rosemarie@bodymfr.com

Body Resonance Myofascial Wellness Center, Las Vegas, NV

http://www.bodymfr.com

 

  Celia McDermott

 This is one gorgeous child! I do notice the assymetries, and am glad that she has such a great mommy and aunt to help. In all of the years that I worked in peds, I always envisioned my patients as future, functioning adults… would work on a plan of care to get them toward that goal. Now, with adults, I always envision them as children with ingrained patterns… so fascinating! Thanks for this blog, John… can’t see enough of this beautiful baby girl.

 

  Derrick A Lundberg

 Fascinating! This is literally “the way she was born.”

I’m reminded of the complications associated with the standard birthing procedures, today, “90% of us are born with cranial and/or pelvic lesions.

You’ll see these types of asymmetries in the adult, but much deeper engrained.”

 

   Christine Wushke

 This was such a great blog post! I was so taken by the baby’s beauty at first that i didn’t notice any of the structural asymmetries at all.

 When John mentioned to soften the focus and look at the face with that in mind, i was amazed at what popped out. Just like a magic eye poster, i saw the extra dimension. I can now see the c curve compression when i look near her mouth and nose, as well as the uneven mandible.

 How lucky this baby is to have so much care and attention! This work will save her much trouble in the future i am sure.

 Thank you John, as always, for the opportunity to look deeper. There is always more to see.

 

   Robyn Darling-Deck

 I have been thinking a lot ut this post lately, what am I not seeing when I look at my children? I have been looking at them with a softened gaze. It is unreal what I have overlooked. My little boy has speech problems and I think maybe it’s fascial and do work here and there, but I haven’t been all that serious about it. Looking at his face I see a sunken right eye a pull in his teeth and all sorts of other thing I have never noticed before. I have make a commitment to myself to make working on my children a priority. I started with some vomer work, huge shift, so amazing. Thank you so much for this post, it has opened my eyes to what I have been overlooking.

 

 

Love, John

 


John F. Barnes, PT, LMT, NCTMB is the President of the Myofascial Release Treatment Centers and International Myofascial Release Seminars. For more information call 1-800-FASCIAL (327-2425) or visit www.myofascialrelease.com.

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Chipmunk Cheeks!

April 15, 2016 by John Barnes · 28 Comments

Rowena Cua has honored John by adding a couple initials behind his name: CM (Chipmunk Mentor)

 Rosemarie and Rowena Cua (of the Chipmunk Clan!) are friends of John’s who are two beautiful women who he kiddingly refers to as ‘chipmunk cheeks.’ They are highly talented Myofascial Release therapists with a thriving Myofascial Release practice in Las Vegas. (http://www.bodymfr.com/)

 Rosemarie recently posted a picture of her baby and with her permission John has reposted it with suggestions that look beyond the beauty and see the structure. We think you might find this interesting and informative and we welcome your comments.

 The following is from John:

 “I wanted to say hi to Rosemarie and Rowena and to say how beautiful Rosemarie’s baby is and that I love her cheeks.

 I would like you all to use this as a good learning tool. I think you might find this interesting and informative and we welcome your comments.

 I want you to all soften your focus and look at this beautiful baby. You might notice that her right eye is prominent and her left eye is recessive. Her right eye is open and her left eye is narrowed. If you take a line down through her face you can see that she has a C curve concavity on the left which is a loss of vertical dimension. Her mandible is offset to the left a bit and has a small indent by her left eye with a small amount of redness/puffiness. Her nasal line is deeper on her left showing that it’s compacted.

 You’ll see these types of asymmetries in the adult, but much deeper engrained.”

 

We encourage your comments and questions.

 

Love, John

 

 

 

 

 


John F. Barnes, PT, LMT, NCTMB is the President of the Myofascial Release Treatment Centers and International Myofascial Release Seminars. For more information call 1-800-FASCIAL (327-2425) or visit www.myofascialrelease.com.

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Tilt!

March 28, 2016 by John Barnes · 58 Comments

A number of years ago, I was hiking in Sedona and was sitting on a rock overlooking the beautiful view and I felt something shift in me. I originally thought it was an earthquake in Sedona, they have them there all the time, but because of the sandstone people usually don’t feel them. The next day on the news there was a report about a massive tsunami that traveled across the ocean at an incredibly high speed and smashed into Thailand. They said that the tsunami was caused by an underwater fault where the earth opened up and created a massive earthquake that was more than the length of California that actually changed the size of the earth. The seismologist reported that when it happened the earth rang like a bell!

 

Whether that was it or not, I don’t know, but I have noticed, as I’m sure many of you have too, a shift in people and it’s not always for the better. In December around Christmas time at our Myofascial Release treatment center, the Sanctuary, in Pennsylvania, where it’s usually snowing, but instead was in the 60s and 70s that week. My staff at “Therapy on the Rocks” in Sedona, Arizona said they are having a snowstorm. In December in Sedona it’s usually sunny and 60 degrees, but they’ve already had 3 big snowstorms there. I travel a lot and everywhere I go the locals always tell me that the weather is totally different than what they are used to.

 

Is climate change a symptom of a much larger problem?

 

The local weathermen don’t seem to have a clue. They give a glancing report on the weather across the United States, but don’t seem to get that they are being reductionists because the whole weather pattern of the earth is shifting; not to mention the energy patterns, etc. but they only focus on the local.

 

It’s been recently reported that the Inuit elders have said that they feel that the stars are not where they used to be. The ancient tribes, such as the Inuits, that occupy Northern Canada and Alaska have used the stars for navigation with incredible accuracy for thousands of years. The elders are now expressing confusion and concern because they claim the earth has tilted and the stars are nowhere near where they used to be. This has to have an effect upon us. One can only imagine what can happen. If you think of it as a top that starts to wobble; it tends to get worse over time. I’m not trying to scare anyone, but to bring awareness to it.

 

The point of what I’m trying to say is that it’s so important that we all learn to center ourselves and deepen our ability to do so. We were born to be centered and live a centered life, to live in the moment; in the now. Words are very helpful tools, but we got lost in words and allowed our instincts and intuition to diminish. I take no glee in saying this, but I think those people who are locked into channel 5 intellectual mentality are already suffering significantly because they don’t handle change well. The turbulence ahead is going to show us the importance of leading our lives in a centered way and help others to do the same. We need to let go of the rigidity of the channel 5 intellectual prison and ride the waves of turbulence flowing with change in channel 3 intuitively, instinctively and powerfully!

 

 

Sincerely,

 

John F. Barnes, PT

 

For more information on Myofascial Release and Myofascial Release Seminars, visit our website here.

 

To view the new commercial for Therapy on the Rocks, click here.

 

For more information about Myofascial Release, you can now access two separate excerpts from the Fireside Chat with John F. Barnes, PT DVD on ‘You Tube’!   Just click on the following links:

 

Part 1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWRuS9xAbMo

Part 2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4QrvlwtBOU

To find us on Facebook, click on the following link: www.facebook.com/myofascial.release

 

 


John F. Barnes, PT, LMT, NCTMB is the President of the Myofascial Release Treatment Centers and International Myofascial Release Seminars. For more information call 1-800-FASCIAL (327-2425) or visit www.myofascialrelease.com.

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Advanced Myofascial Release Seminar Brochure

March 18, 2016 by John Barnes · 1 Comment

You’ll be receiving our beautiful, new Advanced Myofascial Release seminar brochure in the beginning of April. If you’d like to view it now it’s available to download from our website at https://www.myofascialrelease.com/downloads/brochures/95334%20MFR%202016%20Advanced%20Brochure%20031516.pdf

 

We hope you enjoy our new brochure, which contains new John F. Barnes’ seminar locations and dates as well as information on The Sanctuary in Malvern, Pennsylvania and Therapy on the Rocks in Sedona, Arizona. You will also find incredible testimonials and pictures. This brochure also provides invaluable information for your patients and clients. Feel free to print out the brochure to share with family and friends.

 

 

 

 

For more information on Myofascial Release and Myofascial Release Seminars, visit our website here.

 

To view the new commercial for Therapy on the Rocks, click here.

 

For more information about Myofascial Release, you can now access two separate excerpts from the Fireside Chat with John F. Barnes, PT DVD on ‘You Tube’!   Just click on the following links:

 

Part 1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWRuS9xAbMo

Part 2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4QrvlwtBOU

To find us on Facebook, click on the following link: www.facebook.com/myofascial.release

 

 


John F. Barnes, PT, LMT, NCTMB is the President of the Myofascial Release Treatment Centers and International Myofascial Release Seminars. For more information call 1-800-FASCIAL (327-2425) or visit www.myofascialrelease.com.

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The Idiot

February 26, 2016 by John Barnes · 21 Comments

In the seminars, many of you have heard me kid around about how healthcare has ignored ‘the idiot.’ I keep forgetting the guy’s name….oh yeah…Einstein! Healthcare completely ignored Einstein’s incredible, intuitive realization, e=mc2, which basically means that solidity is an illusion and everything is energy; different frequencies of vibration of energy and healthcare chose not to look at that. If you go back even further and look up Nikola Tesla, he said exactly the same thing. He was the world’s most incredible genius that also created light. He also said everything is energy; different frequencies of vibration of energy.

The unique principles of Myofascial Release that I have developed that make it so incredibly effective are based on frequencies of energy. Vectors of force through trauma enter our body and can severely alter the energetic flow throughout the fascial system which function as a fiber optic and the main communication system of our body. So our Myofascial Release principles of engaging the barrier for a specific amount of time and with proper pressure allows for the energy of our body to become more harmonious and flow for the reduction of pain, increase in range of motion and physiological harmony.

You may have recently seen the article going around about how after a hundred years Einstein’s equation of special relativity has now likely been proven. They have discovered that gravitational waves that roar through the universe with enormous power after two black holes collided and emerged together. Look at this picture with a very soft focus. What stands out to me is how it looks like the yin/yang symbol. Amazing.

 

 

Sincerely,

 

John F. Barnes, PT

 

For more information on Myofascial Release and Myofascial Release Seminars, visit our website here.

 

To view the new commercial for Therapy on the Rocks, click here.

 

For more information about Myofascial Release, you can now access two separate excerpts from the Fireside Chat with John F. Barnes, PT DVD on ‘You Tube’!   Just click on the following links:

 

Part 1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWRuS9xAbMo

Part 2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4QrvlwtBOU

To find us on Facebook, click on the following link: www.facebook.com/myofascial.release


John F. Barnes, PT, LMT, NCTMB is the President of the Myofascial Release Treatment Centers and International Myofascial Release Seminars. For more information call 1-800-FASCIAL (327-2425) or visit www.myofascialrelease.com.

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Myofascial Release and Acupuncture

February 5, 2016 by John Barnes · 1 Comment

We have received many questions about whether Myofascial Release can be used with acupuncture, shiatsu and other different approaches. We thought you might be interested in the responses we received on this post from our Facebook group and an article I wrote in Massage Magazine on this subject. You can read it here: (https://www.massagemag.com/massage-blog/myofascial-release/2009/09/15/accupuncture-and-myofascial-release/)

 

Linda Nedilsky posted:

“A friend of mine and former client who has since moved out of our area, ask me this question. I responded to her, but would be interested in hearing other’s thoughts on this. (PS, not asking because I DO NOT KNOW THE ANSWER) but thought it would be a good discussion for the group.

What are your thoughts? (not on what to tell her, but just this concept)

Her question was:

“Linda, have you heard of acupuncture for Myofascial release? If so, your opinion?”

FYI, after my response she has decided to seek an MFR therapist in her area. YAY”

 

Comments:

Heather Bryan: Just had this come up with John. Mfr opens the restrictions and allows for acupuncture to work. needles have always been a huge fear of mine after an incident as a child and a dentist. So I tried it finally both ways, pre mfr and post mfr. It was amazing. Pre mfr you could feel all the restrictions blocking flow and actually was painful at the site of the needle. Post mfr everything kinda just flowed and swirled and I could feel myself unwinding slightly and then bracing on a very deep level as I didn’t want to move and push the needles in more.

 

Rachelle Manieri: I had been receiving acupuncture for YEARS before ever knowing anything about JBMFR. He IS my familiy’s health care provider. Shortly after taking MFR1/2/UW, I skipped out of channel 3, back into “suck it up” channel 5 and ended up w/ a tear in my rectus femoris. Naturally, I turned to him, as well as another MFR therapist. WHOA! In 17 years, I had NEVER had results from acupuncture before MFR like I did AFTER MFR. I found it to be an amazing healing combo! MFR1/2/UW/FP/HS

 

 

John

 

 

Sincerely,

 

John F. Barnes, PT

 

For more information on Myofascial Release and Myofascial Release Seminars, visit our website here.

 

To view the new commercial for Therapy on the Rocks, click here.

 

For more information about Myofascial Release, you can now access two separate excerpts from the Fireside Chat with John F. Barnes, PT DVD on ‘You Tube’!   Just click on the following links:

 

Part 1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWRuS9xAbMo

Part 2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4QrvlwtBOU

To find us on Facebook, click on the following link: www.facebook.com/myofascial.release

 

 


John F. Barnes, PT, LMT, NCTMB is the President of the Myofascial Release Treatment Centers and International Myofascial Release Seminars. For more information call 1-800-FASCIAL (327-2425) or visit www.myofascialrelease.com.

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Kindness

January 4, 2016 by John Barnes · 4 Comments

I wanted to thank you all for your cards, posts, personal encounters, and expressions of your love that have helped me get through a very rough period of my life. Many of you know, but for those of you who haven’t heard, I lost my son, Brian, to a heart attack over Labor Day weekend. It was of natural causes and happened quickly, and was an incredible shock. This was my first Christmas without Brian and it was pretty tough. I just want to let you all know that I am okay.

 

Mark, Brian’s twin brother, and I had the opportunity of being together around Christmas. It was a wonderful, warm experience. The feedback we both had from people who knew Brian was the love he emanated, his joyful spirit and kindness. Kindness was something that everyone seemed to perceive and that was definitely Brian. We both said that in all the years knowing Brian he was never unkind to anyone. Maybe we should all consider as part of our New Year’s resolutions to be kinder to ourselves and to other people no matter what they do or say to us.

 

Throughout all of this, something that became increasingly clear to me is that when we go through hard times, it’s not a matter of making us stronger, but it’s an opportunity for us to go deep and find our inner strength. I strongly believe our inner strength is always there, and that it is just another word for our essence and being centered. I came across a post I put on close to a year ago called the ‘Spirit Whisperer’ that I think is very relevant today. I will put this post on next week.

 

I’ve also become aware that many of you are going through rough patches and struggles in your life right now. Those of you who have read this before, I encourage you to re-read it slowly, and see if it helps you with whatever might be going on with you right now or in the future.

 

This picture of the cat holding its cub is one that I resonate with strongly and maybe it’s a good way to visualize my connection with you, our tribe and the love we all have for each other.

 

I love you.

 

Love, John

 


John F. Barnes, PT, LMT, NCTMB is the President of the Myofascial Release Treatment Centers and International Myofascial Release Seminars. For more information call 1-800-FASCIAL (327-2425) or visit www.myofascialrelease.com.

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The importance of treating the fascial system

November 20, 2015 by John Barnes · 4 Comments

An incredible new book on the importance of treating the fascial system has just become available from Dr. Guimberteau. You can purchase this book from us by calling 800-327-2425 ext. 4.

We thought you might be interested in this comment from a highly experienced Myofascial Release therapist, Sheila Walker.

“Jean-Claude Guimberteau’s recently released “Architecture of Human Living Fascia: The extracellular matrix and cells revealed through endoscopy” is a revolutionary and significant contribution to furthering our understanding of the fascial system. It is beautifully illustrated, comprehensive in acknowledging form, function, fractalization, tensegrity and chaos theory. If any of that sounds familiar, it’s because those are foundational concepts, brought through an ancient portal in the wisdom shared as the John F Barnes’ Myofascial Release Approach. As I read through this extraordinary book, once again I felt my deep admiration and love for John Barnes, for trusting his intuitive and intellectual brilliance, curiosity and profound practice of centering for each patient and therapist he has helped. Dr. Guimberteau has achieved the honor of furthering through his own obvious hard work and earnest desire to shape the course of knowledge, along with many magnificent life-long contributors such as James Oschman, Stephen Levin and others, that will continue this rippling of information as we dawn into a new era of health care. Even this information is demonstration of the fractalization of liquid light frequencies into denser form. Theory, thought, cooperation, observation, curiosity and desire to propel the wave of awareness as it flows and gathers momentum is felt in this book, as this new paradigm appreciates a gentler, guiding, inner journey to outer radiance. It does seem,however, to stop at the edge, rather than making the leap into vibrational medicine components that recognize the potency of helping each other, generated by human touch and ‘release’ as resonance. I would love to see the next phase of this information being formatted into future medical school text, include more of John F Barnes’ Myofascial Release, which has the profound courage to trust the patient to lead, inspires trust beyond words, sometimes though with expert dialogue, as the therapeutic artistry of exchange between Myofascial Release Therapist and patient, weave together an expression of efficient, effective, lasting changes, powerful personal insight and restoration of intuitive balance, form and healthier functioning.

Empowerment. If I had just one word to describe why I believe Myofascial Release is so important, along with all the artistic to scientific expressions unfurling this ancient wisdom into our new paradigm of belief about our innate ability to heal, it is empowerment. To trust we are all so intricately woven together in this tapestry of flowing expression, the very threads of love vibration in form and light to ignite through our very soft hands as an exchange with others to collectively lift us all into healthier functioning as a whole society.

John never overlooked the simplicity of centered touch. His brilliance to recognize that to satisfy perhaps the relentless linear mind…we can talk about and fully describe the processing. He has succeeded in outlining those stepping stones for all of us as piezoelectricity, mechanotranduction, phase transition and resonance.

Each of those can be effectively articulated while including the vastness of appreciating the big picture. What lies beyond our hands as we skillfully wait at the collagenous barrier…contiguously, continually, intricacy flowing…can be visualize and actualized.

John has done this in his years of teaching us, treating us, writing articles, books and sharing his experience so we can trust in our very own experience. We can believe in our own ability to heal from within. That is empowerment. Quite a contribution John. You are incredible and why we all so honor and love you.”

Sheila Walker, PT

Therapy on the Rocks

Instructor

MFR, all seminars

 

Sincerely,

 

John F. Barnes, PT

 

For more information on Myofascial Release and Myofascial Release Seminars, visit our website here.

 

To view the new commercial for Therapy on the Rocks, click here.

 

For more information about Myofascial Release, you can now access two separate excerpts from the Fireside Chat with John F. Barnes, PT DVD on ‘You Tube’!   Just click on the following links:

 

Part 1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWRuS9xAbMo

Part 2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4QrvlwtBOU

To find us on Facebook, click on the following link: www.facebook.com/myofascial.release


John F. Barnes, PT, LMT, NCTMB is the President of the Myofascial Release Treatment Centers and International Myofascial Release Seminars. For more information call 1-800-FASCIAL (327-2425) or visit www.myofascialrelease.com.

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Attention!

November 10, 2015 by John Barnes · No Comments

We are excited to announce our new Facebook page and group. You can find our new Facebook profile under ‘John Barnes Myofascial Release.’ The name of our new group is ‘MFR Insight.’ We encourage everyone to request to be our friend and to also join MFR Insight so you don’t miss out on the latest news on Myofascial Release.

 

Our hope is that everyone will join us on ‘MFR Insight’ so we can strictly use this group for communication from now on. As you may know, we were experiencing some issues with accessing MFR Talk for the past few months, which has prompted us to create a new profile and group so we can once again be connected with everyone. We will no longer be using MFR Talk after everyone has had a chance to transfer over to our new group.

 

We ask that everyone who joins ‘MFR Insight’ please read the posted rules at the top of the page so we can make sure to keep clarity and accuracy in the group.

 

We look forward to seeing you all on our new pages! Feel free to share this news with patients, clients, family and friends to help spread the word.

 

You can find our ‘John Barnes Myofascial Release’ profile page here: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100009467368110

 

You can find our new group, ‘MFR Insight’ here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/919187738175898/

 

 

Thank you!


John F. Barnes, PT, LMT, NCTMB is the President of the Myofascial Release Treatment Centers and International Myofascial Release Seminars. For more information call 1-800-FASCIAL (327-2425) or visit www.myofascialrelease.com.

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