Therapeutic Insight: The Myofascial Release Perspective—Super Radiance, MASSAGE MagazineDoes the mind reside in the myofascial system? My experience has been that consciousness infuses our entire being. For years I have taught that fascia, on the microscopic level, is actually a three-dimensional web of tiny, hollow tubules filled with fluid, which carries information. This information, in the form of thermal, electromagnetic and mechanical energy, is transmitted to all aspects of the mind-body complex via myofascial release for healing on the deepest level.

Could fascia be the physical basis for the emergence of consciousness?

Recent discoveries support this suggestion. Two of the leading researchers on consciousness, mathematical physicist Dr. Roger Penrose and Dr. Stuart Hameroff, have stated that past brain/ consciousness research had been severely limited by scientists not looking deeper than the synapse of the nervous system. With the help of new, sophisticated electron microscopes capable of incredible magnification, Penrose and Hameroff have discovered microtubules filled with fluid within the cytoskeleton of the cell.

The famous neuroscientist C.S. Sherrington observed that the cytoskeleton may act as the nervous system of single-cell organisms. Synaptic connections are formed and regulated by cytoskeletal polymers, including microtubules. Penrose and Hameroff speculated that the cytoskeleton is like a micro-fascial system within each cell. This micro-fascial system is made up of a skeleton of tubules filled with fluid, surrounded and interconnected from cell to cell by the viscous ground substance.

They go on to suggest that using the quantum field theory, the ordering of the water molecules and the electromagnetic field confined inside the hollow core of the microtubules manifests a specific collective dynamic called “super radiance.” Accordingly, each microtubule can transform incoherent, disordered energy (molecular, thermal or electromagnetic) into coherent photons within its hollow core.

There is information supporting the continuity of the myofascial system from the inside of the cell to the periphery of our being and the holographic model of reality in which photons (light) are transmitted as information throughout the mind-body complex. Consciousness (information) is necessary for healing. Consciousness may emerge as a macroscopic quantum state from a critical level of coherence of quantum-level events in and around a specific class of neurobiological microstructure: cytoskeletal microtubules within neurons.

Myofascial release frees our mind so that our amazing consciousness can function as nature intended.



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 50,000 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, visit or you can view a new brochure here.

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