Episode 9 - Challenging Traditional Models of Healing: The Power of Myofascial Release with John Barnes
This episode of the Myofascial Health podcast features an interview with John Barnes, the founder of myofascial release. Unu and John begin by discussing John's background and how he developed myofascial release. John shares how he injured his back severely while weightlifting in his youth. He tried many traditional therapies that provided only temporary relief.
Through self-treatment, he discovered myofascial release almost by accident when he felt a "release" in his back that provided dramatic pain relief. This led John to study the fascial system more and realize its importance to the body. He began developing myofascial release techniques and finding great success in helping patients where other therapies had failed. However, he faced criticism from other medical professionals for taking a non-traditional approach. Unu and John discuss various myofascial release concepts like channels 3 and 5, unwinding, still points, and the importance of the fascial system. John shares his first experience witnessing an "unwinding" in a patient, which was shocking to observers but provided life-changing relief for the patient.
They talk about how myofascial release challenges traditional models of the body and healing. John stresses the importance of centering as a therapist to facilitate effective treatment. In regards to developing the work, John discusses facing resistance but persisting due to the profound results patients experienced. Unu shares how myofascial release has transformed his understanding of the body and approach to physical therapy.
John gives advice on dealing with criticism, including detaching from outcomes and not letting criticism deter you if you believe in the work. They discuss how myofascial release seminars can be emotionally triggering experiences that facilitate deep healing over time. In closing, John expresses his vision that myofascial release will become the dominant model of healthcare in the future. Both express gratitude for their journey with this work and commitment to continuing growing it to help more people.