Your therapist is Kim Edwards, a licensed massage therapist specializing in the John F. Barnes myofascial release approach. She has been a physical therapist assistant for 10 years working in hospitals, nursing homes and orthopedic outpatient facilities. In that time she has completed several seminars focusing on manual therapy, specifically John F. Barnes Myofascial Release Approach and Upledger's Craniosacral Therapy. She has enjoyed using and receiving these techniques so much that she went back to college to become a licensed massage therapist so she could open her own practice to use these techniques exclusively. She has experienced the benefits firsthand as she was experiencing sacroiliac (SI) joint pain and low back pain and has been pain free for 9 years and counting! She continues taking seminars to grow as a therapist and is excited to share the benefits of these techniques.
We all have an innate ability to heal ourselves. It is referred to as body wisdom. Healing is an ongoing process vital for growth. That being said, my role as your therapist will be to guide and facilitate this inner wisdom.
"you can't pour from an empty cup, you have to take care of yourself first."
What about Fascia?
Unlike traditional massage, physical therapy, and chiropractic myofascial release, the techniques I use were developed over many decades by a physical therapist, John F. Barnes. The science and medical community is only just now beginning to catch up and support the work he has been doing! It is more effective and produces longer lasting changes through the piezoelectric effect. This is accomplished by sinking into the tissues and using a gentle sustained stretch up to 5 minutes to produce the change needed.
Fascia has been found to be a liquid crystalline structure that surrounds every muscle, bone, nerve, artery and vein and all of the internal organs including the spinal cord. Trauma, both physical and emotional, surgical procedures and inflammatory responses can create restrictions that produce pressure up to 2000 pounds per square inch on pain sensitive structures. It does not show up in any of the standard tests (xrays, CAT scans, etc), which is why many people having pain and lack of motion could be having fascial problems not diagnosed due to lack of evidence by standard tests!
If you have dealt with chronic pain or old injuries and physical therapy and/or chiropractic isn't helping maybe it's time to try myofascial release! It is a gentle modality reaching far into the fascial web to relieve the pressures on sensitive structures that have been causing pain, limited mobility and function. Combined with self treating at home we can work together to get you in a better place.
Richard Harty, PT talking about John Barnes MFR
Fellow MFR Therapist Kara Schabacker giving detailed insight on fascia
60 min $80
90 min follow up visits $110
100 min recommended initial visit $120
120 min $155
Package deals (unlimited)
3 60 min $210
3 90 min $310
What to Expect at Your Visit
During your initial visit (for both the 60 min and 100 min sessions) we will go over your health forms, then I will assess your posture, noting any patterns of restrictions. Unlike standard massage techniques, with John Barnes MFR (myofascial release), no oils or lotions are used, so please do not apply any prior to your sessions.
Each session is unique for each person and there are times where I may be working in an area different from where you are feeling the symptom. Where the pain is, is not always the source of the pain.
Self treatment techniques and instructions(including a tool to take home) will be introduced at the end of the 100 minute session.
I encourage everyone to wear what is comfortable yet allows maximum access to skin surface. Sheets, blankets are available for extended times on table for warmth and modesty.
Clients are encouraged to arrive 10-15 min early to complete health forms or Click the 1st PDF file below to get the health form and the 2nd PDF for the "What to expect with MFR"
Please notify me within 24 hours if unable to make it to your appointment. If you cancel in less than 24 hours you will be charged $45 which must be paid before scheduling any further appointments.
If you are unable to start at time of scheduled appointment it will still end at the same time,
New location in Prince Frederick!!!
134 Main Street Suite 203, Prince Frederick. MD 20678
Tues 10-6, Thurs 10-6 and Fri 9-3
10025 H.G. Trueman Rd Suite 105, Lusby, MD 20657
Wed 10-6 and Sat 9-1
By appointment only
Body Aware Therapy, LLC
This is the official site for John F. Barnes. There are many articles discussing myofascial release. Look under the resources link, then go to therapeutic insight articles link
Healing Ancient Wounds by John F. Barnes PT, LMT
Waking the Tiger by Dr. Peter Levine
The Fibromyalgia Manual by Dr. Geneva Lipton
What's in Your Web? by Phil Tavolocci DPT
Touching Light by Ronelle Wood
A clients response to a follow-up text, "Thank you so much! I feel great!"
-Steph in Prince Frederick
"Thanks for seeing me yesterday. My back feels much better and I feel more calm"
"I was able to spend twice as long out in the garden over the weekend before needing a break!"
- Mrs. Kelly
"My chiropractor was surprised at how much looser my neck was after I saw you a few days ago. He was able to adjust my cervical spine more easily!"
"My knee felt so much better after my 2nd visit!"
- Ms. Allison
"I have been noticing my migraines are less frequent and don't last a long since coming to see you"