John Barnes Therapeutic Insight

Everything we learned in the past was linear in nature. We learned linear techniques for a linear body. The problem with this is this linear body does not exist. We learned a fictitious body—so no wonder why linear techniques only produced short-term effects. Linear principles are fine, if we are building bridges or a computer. But human beings are not widgets to be stacked up to be quantified.

Our being is a beautiful liquid matrix full of consciousness and love, which has a fractal nature. Everything in nature is a fractal. Look outside and view the trees, their branches  and roots. Think of a snowflake, totally different yet similar. Fractals work on principles called self-similarity. Think of human beings, all with very unique characteristics having arms, legs and, etc. but we are all totally unique.

Fractal is a Latin word for fracture. The neural system, the vascular system, the fascial systems and the entire universe is fractal. Therefore, we learned the wrong principles for success. My approach to myofascial release incorporates new principles and will produce new results.

I view myofascial release as a triangle: The first point is structural myofascial release. The second point is myofascial unwinding. The third point is myofascial rebounding.

The sustained pressure of structural myofascial release eventually energizes the liquid crystals of the body to rise to a level of excitation where resonance occurs. Resonance is where the molecules begin to vibrate in unison allowing the blocked energy to flow and the tissues to rehydrate. This vibrational resonance and resultant re-hydration of the tissue is what I call a release.

Myofascial rebounding enhances the effects of sustained pressure structural myofascial release. myofascial rebounding deals with frequency and rhythmic vibration transforming the energy of the fluid System into resonance. Resonance is essential for the release that occurs from all forms of myofascial release. The resonance of our internal liquid light acts like a ‘sunami, washing away restrictions, decreasing pain and increasing motion. Your clients will love myofascial rebounding, because it creates the opportunity for an oceanic experience that is profound and life changing.

You will find the following excerpt from Carol Davis, D.P.T., Ed.D., F.A.P.T.A., very informative and noteworthy. Enjoy.

“I think the wonder of all of this is that, by sustaining the pressure at the fascial restriction, as John F. Barnes, P.T., L.M.T., N.C.T.M.B., teaches us, we are creating the piezoelectric effect in the colloidal ground substance, which sends out electrons and photons as information, and vibration to stimulate this signaling for cells involved in new trulizing the free radices (ions) associated with the inflammatory process.

“As the fascia’s ground substance melts through the phase transition with heat and pressure, the fascia elongates and opens up to allow reduced pressure on pain sensitive tissue for the reduction of pain and restoration of motion, and to open up channels of communication. Fascia is a conductive tissue for vibration. Photons and electrons are sub atomic particles in waveform that carry information and communication.

Usually anti-inflammatory are taken by mouth (aspirin, NSAIDs) which have well known side effects. The only previously known non chemical anti-inflammatory was soft laser. Now…. We know how it is that we’ve had this powerful healing tool within us, mediated by properly following the John F. Barnes’ Myofascial Release  principles.

“Get out of your analytical left brain, stay with your feeling sense and feel for the first release, the elastic and muscular part of the restriction. Now bring your attention to your palms and wait there. In 90-120 seconds you will feel the fascia start to move (John and I suspect this is when your energy wave and the wave of the patient’s energy come into synchrony or resonance) and then follow the unwinding of the tissue, for another three to five minutes, without sliding on the skin (minimum of five minutes per release).

“As soon as you allow your mind to drift over into your analytical left brain, -you interrupt the flow of the mindful, intentional vibration coming through you.

“Magic? No …. just good healing principles being taught by John F. Barnes, PT for 40 years. James Oschman, Ph.D.,  has said, there are two main sources for healing photons in our universe:  the sun, and the hands of a mindful healer.

“Photons are all around us. We are swimming in them. They are entering and flowing through our body/mind continually.

“What makes sustained release Myofascial Release so special is that the healing aspect of the John F. Barnes’ Myofascial Release  is mediated through our intention (to help) and attention to the flow of the release and the essence of the fascial matrix of our clients as we contact it by way of our hands and energy.

—Carol Davis, D.P.T., Ed.D., F.A.P.T.A., Author and Editor – Complementary Therapies in Rehabilitation Professor Emerita, Department of Physical Therapy, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, John F. Barnes myofascial release physical therapist at Polestar Pilates Rehabilitation Center in Coral Gables, Florida.


Quantum Physics demonstrates that the basis of matter is light or electromagnetic energy. What we see has its roots as invisible energy. The electromagnetic field, which underlies physical reality, is a vast sea of energy and information that flows through us and the universe as a hologram.

Science is now verifying the principles that I have has been teaching for over 40 years. The importance of sustaining pressure at the restricted barrier to create “phase transition” is paramount for lasting results. Science is also stating that holding the barrier five minutes or longer, stimulates the production of Interleukin 8, which is our body’s natural anti-inflammatory. This begins to explain the profound results that one receives when Myofascial Release is performed.

My goal is to help you lead a calm, tranquil and enjoyable life and to develop the Myofascial Release skills necessary to be one of the finest therapists in the world.

 John F. Barnes, P.T., L.M.T., N.C.T.M.B., is an international lecturer, author and acknowledged expert in the area of myofascial release. He has instructed more than 100,000 therapists worldwide in his Myofascial Release approach, and he is the author of Myofascial Release: the Search for Excellence(Rehabilitation Services Inc., 1990) and Healing Ancient Wounds: the Renegade’s Wisdom(Myofascial Release Treatment Centers & Seminars, 2000). He is on the counsel of advisors of the American Back Society; he is also a member of the American Physical Therapy Association. For more information, visit

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