John F. Barnes, PT, LMT, NCTMB is an internationally recognized physical therapist, lecturer, author and the leading authority on Myofascial Release.
He has trained over 75,000 physicians and therapists and is considered to be an 'icon' and a teacher/therapist of the highest caliber.
Through his 50 years of experience and creative insight, he has developed an innovative and highly effective whole body approach for evaluation and treatment of pain and dysfunction.
Myofascial Release has exploded on the therapeutic scene with an unprecedented impact and is recognized as the most effective form of healthcare therapy.
The John F. Barnes' Myofascial Release is considered to be the ultimate mind/body therapy that is safe, gentle and consistently effective in producing results in reducing pain, headaches, fibromyalgia symptomns, and increased range of motion and function.
John F. Barnes
What does "myofascial" mean?
Myo refers to the "muscle", fascia to the "connective tissue". Fascia is a structure that connects each cell in the body without interruption. It interlaces muscles, bones organs, veins and nerves. This tissue therefore connects each part of the body with every other part - connects cells together, those into organs (helps them stay in the right place) or muscles (ties them to the bones).
Myofascial Release relieves this tension and possible pressure on the organs and muscles. By working with fascia we address the source of imbalance in the body.
Fascia also participates in the support of our body. Imagine bones as tent poles and fascia as guide wires. The constant pull of the fascia provides stability of our postures and movements. In healthy state, fascia is relaxed and stretchy, without restriction. However different kinds of trauma such as falls, whiplash, surgery, even habitual poor posture, or scarring and inflammation cause tightness in the fascia. This tightness can exert immense tension leading to restriction or pain.
What is Myofascial Release (MFR)?
John F. Barnes Myofascial Release is a very effective hands-on technique focused on releasing fascial restrictions all over the body. The practitioner provides sustained pressure on the restricted areas in order to eliminate pain and regain motion.
What to wear for MFR session?
Clients stay clothed during the MFR session. However, fascial restrictions can be visible on the skin, which helps the therapist determine proper treatment. Shorts for men and sports bra with shorts (or bikini) for women are recommended.