We specialize in John F. Barnes' Approach to Myofascial Release (MFR), as well as Ambient-Mode Sound Therapy with gongs and singing bowls. MFR is effective in treating pain and dysfunction for people of any age, no matter the severity. Often a person finds MFR almost as a last resort, only after trying powerful medications, rigorous exercises, and invasive procedures — all with inadequate results. Even in cases where all else has failed, Myofascial Release not only eases the client's physical pain but with repeated sessions, it allows the person a chance to truly heal.
One-hour and two-hour MFR sessions are available, with special rates for the first session as well as Pediatric MFR sessions (newborn - 12 years old). We encourage clients to do regular myofascial self-care at home and offer private instruction in additional MFR self-care techniques to continue therapy in between sessions. We offer powerful one-hour Sound Therapy sessions, as well as Group Sound Meditations.
Our intention is to share this incredible modality with as many people as possible and to offer our clients hope and the opportunity to heal on every level.
Click on our website to read more about MFR and our individual experiences in working through healing our own chronic pain.
Marya is an Expert Level JFB-MFR Therapist, with 12 years of experience as a licensed massage therapist. Prior to this, she planned for a career as a chef, but had to stop working after only a few years when the pain and discomfort of living with fibromyalgia became overwhelming. Western Medicine's approach to addressing pain and depression hadn't helped her, so she began to learn alternative methods and help herself instead. This sparked her desire to help others.
After completing her Massage Therapy training in 2006, Marya started her own mobile bodywork practice. Through her work with clients and on herself, she came to understand that while addressing physical pain/discomfort offers relief, actually using the pain/discomfort as a means of accessing the deep emotions at the root of the physical problem leads to healing.
Exploring this concept led her, as a client, to John Barnes' MFR, and after a short time of receiving MFR treatment, Marya saw improvement in her health and a profound shift in her thinking. She began training with John Barnes in 2014 and JFB-MFR became the only bodywork technique she practices.
Marya is also pursuing a 200+ hour certification in Sound Therapy thru 9 Ways Academia, studying the art and science of using sound and vibration for human healing. She has found her work with gongs and singing bowls to be a powerful complement to MFR.
It was already quite a few years into her massage career when Sarah first experienced JFB-MFR for herself. Based on the relief she got from just a few sessions, it was clear to her that MFR was how she would help herself and her clients, not only to manage their symptoms, but to actually heal. She began taking seminars and has now completed hundreds of hours of MFR training, almost all of it directly with John F. Barnes, PT.
The best training she's received, however, comes from her seven-year-old son, who was diagnosed with autism four years ago. Sarah regularly uses MFR with him (which he calls "squishes") and considers it an essential component of his care and incredibly supportive of his development.
Sarah believes that the client is key in the process of healing and emphasizes the importance of making MFR self-care part of a daily routine to support, maintain, and enhance physical and mental health.