Therapeutic Insight: The John F. Barnes' Myofascial Release Perspective—Myofascial Release Approach Triangle, MASSAGE MagazineI view my approach to myofascial release like a triangle: one point would be structural myofascial release, the second would be myofascial unwinding, and the third point would be myofascial rebounding.

Quantum physics demonstrates that the basis of matter is light or electromagnetic energy. All we see has its roots in 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. We were taught nothing travels faster than the speed of light; however, Russian physicists have discovered “torsion waves” that travel as energy and information at the order of 10 to the 9th power, which means more than 1 billion times the speed of light!

Dr. Ervin Laszlo, one of the world’s leading physicists and systems theorist, and who has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, states that the living organism is not a mere biomechanical machine, the traditional paradigm. A living organism is dynamic and fluid with all components in instant and continuous communication. This kind of instant, system-wide communication cannot be produced by the traditional view of solely physical and chemical interactions among molecules, genes, cells and organs. The speed with which activating processes spread throughout the body makes reliance on biochemistry alone insufficient.

Traditional science considers the fascia and the proteins of the body to be an insulator that is incapable of conducting energy, information and consciousness. When a traditional biologist wants to study tissue, he crushes it, pulps it and puts it into a centrifuge. The tissue is then spun at a high velocity to separate the solid from the fluid. The solid material is then thrown away and the fluid is studied. “However, back in 1941 Professor Szent-Gyorgyi said this was an erroneous way of doing research on living tissue. He proved that by dehydrating the proteins by the removal of water converted the proteins from conductors of energy into insulators,” as stated in Energy Medicine in Therapeutics and Human Performance, written by James L. Oschman, Ph.D.

Water is essential for life. Szent-Gyorgyi then stated that by taking away the water, you are studying nonlife. Keep the proteins hydrated, and they are semiconductors of energy. He says our communication system of the body relies on water. A 10-percent change in water content can trigger a millionfold changes in charge transportation along a protein.

“The conduction of signals through the nervous system cannot proceed faster than about 20 meters per second and cannot carry a large number of diverse signals at the same time. Yet there is evidence that the entire organism acts as one.” This instantaneous communication flows through the fluid of the body in and around the microtubules of the fascial system, according to Dr. Ervin Laszlo’s Science and the Akashic Field.

In her book The Field, Lynne McTaggart states, “In the near future, the idea of using drugs or surgery to cure anybody will seem barbaric. It has been discovered that humans emit highly coherent photons (the tiniest particles of light). Our DNA uses wave frequencies of this light to drive all of the physiological processes of the mind-body. New evidence shows the brain’s conversation with the body consist of waves and frequencies rather than chemical or electrical impulses alone. Our brains are simply the retrieval and readout mechanism of the ultimate storage medium, the force field that surrounds us and infuses with every cell of our body.

“In healthy individuals, the quantum light is highly organized. People that are ill have lost the organization of this internal energy so the subatomic communication between the various parts of the body has broken down. In effect, their light is going out. It may be that all illness is a kind of scrambling of the frequency of this energy.”

Myofascial release structurally and energetically opens and rehydrates the human fascial system of liquid light for the coherent flow of frequency, vibration, information and organization necessary for the health and quality of life.

The sustained pressure of 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 reliquidation of the tissue is what I call a “release.”

Myofascial rebounding has a lot to do with frequency and rhythmic vibration transforming the energy of the fluid system into resonance. Resonance is the basis of the release that occurs from all forms of myofascial release. The resonance of our internal “liquid light” acts like a tsunami (tidal wave) washing away restrictions to decrease pain and increase motion. Your clients will love myofascial rebounding for it creates the opportunity for an “oceanic” experience that is profound and life changing.

John Barnes, MASSAGE MagazineJohn 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 75,000 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 on MASSAGE Magazine’s Editorial Advisory Board; and is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association. For more information,

For more information about myofascial release, you can now access two separate excerpts from the Fireside Chat with John F. Barnes, PT DVD on YouTube:

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