John F. Barnes PT, LMT, NCTMB

John F. Barnes, PT has been treating patients since 1960 and is the owner, director and chief physical therapist of the “Sanctuary” in Malvern, Pennsylvania and “Therapy on the Rocks” in Sedona, Arizona.

In addition to treating patients from around the world, John also manages a successful educational company, Myofascial Release Seminars. John F. Barnes began developing his Myofascial Release Approach® and teaching seminars in the 1970s. He has trained over 75,000 therapists and physicians in his highly successful Myofascial Release Approach®.

John was named one of the most influential persons in the therapeutic profession in the last century, in the national Massage Magazine’s featured article titled “Stars of the Century.”

John F. Barnes, PT has been the featured speaker at the American Back Society symposiums for over 25 years. The American Back Society is comprised of neurosurgeons, orthopedic surgeons, psychiatrists, therapists and TMJ specialists whose focus has been the most important advances in healthcare in the last century.

Curriculum Vitae

John F. Barnes, PT

Education

Graduated University of Pennsylvania as a Physical Therapist in 1960

Work Experience

1960 to 1962
Staff Physical Therapist at Fitzgerald Mercy General Hospital, Lansdowne, Pa
1962-1964
Chief Physical Therapist at Sacred Heart Hospital, Norristown, Pa
1964-1973
Chief Physical Therapist at Chester County Hospital, West Chester, Pa
1966 to present
President and owner/operator of two Myofascial Release Treatment Centers; The Sanctuary in Malvern, PA, formerly located in Paoli, PA, established in December of 1966 and Therapy on the Rocks, located in Sedona, AZ, established in 1994.
1973 to present
Lecturer/facilitator of Myofascial Release Seminars, many of which hold continuing education approvals throughout the United States and Canada.
Various dates and locations
1973 to present
President and owner of Myofascial Release Seminars, National Educational Company established in 1973. Myofascial Mobilization Workshop, Pediatric Myofascial Release, Myofascial Release I, Fascial-Pelvis, Cervical-Thoracic, Myofascial Unwinding, Myofascial Release II, Myofascial Rebounding, Advanced Myofascial Unwinding, Quantum Leap, Fascial Cranium, Skill Enhancement Seminar
1973 to present
Presenter of the following Myofascial Release Seminars:
Myofascial Release I, Fascial Pelvis, Fascial-Pelvis, Cervical-Thoracic, Myofascial Unwinding, Myofascial Release II, Myofascial Release III, Myofascial Rebounding, Advanced Myofascial Unwinding, Quantum Leap, Fascial Cranium, Skill Enhancement Seminar
1966 to present
Licensed Physical Therapist – The Sanctuary Myofascial Release Treatment Center, Malvern, PA
1994 to present
Licensed Physical Therapist – Therapy on the Rocks Myofascial Release Treatment Center, Sedona, AZ

Licenses

Pennsylvania PT001734L
Arizona 3002
New Jersey 40QA00089600
Delaware J1-0000399
Colorado 4973
Hawaii PT-176

Certifications

Biofeedback Certification, Biofeedback Institute of America, 1981

Affiliations

Member of the American College of Orthopedic Medicine since November, 1987
Journal of Craniomandibular Practice, Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation section, Editor 1989-1993
Counsel of Advisors, American Back Society
Physical Medicine Research Foundation Board Member
American Physical Therapy Association (Orthopedic and Private Practice Sections)
Biofeedback Society of America
Editorial Consultant for Massage Magazine

International Lecturer

John F. Barnes’ Myofascial Release Approach® Seminar Series
Featured speaker for over 25 years for The American Back Society symposiums.
The American Academy of Head, Facial and Neck Pain and TMJ Orthopedics, Baltimore, Maryland; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Houston, Texas
Temporomandibular Joint Disorders and Craniofacial Pain,
Temporomandibular Joint Center, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Stephen D. Smith, DMD, Director.
Bermuda Conference on Pain, Sonesta Beach Hotel, Bermuda
Acapulco Conference on Temporomandibular Joint Disorders and Craniofacial Pain, Princess Hotel, Acapulco, Mexico
American Physical Therapy Meetings, Mexico and Bermuda
1986 Hawaii International Symposium on Craniofacial Pain and TMJ Disorders, Maui, Hawaii
American Back Society Symposium on Back Pain, Orlando, Florida, Rene Cailliet, MD and Aubrey Swartz, MD, Directors
Myofascial Release Lecture Series, Foundation for Physical Therapy Research
Physical Medicine Research Foundation – Low Back Pain,
A Changing Paradigm, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
100th Year Anniversary of Physical Therapy in the Netherlands
Southern Pain Society, New Orleans, Louisiana
International Federation of Orthopedic Manipulative Therapies, Vail, Colorado
Advances in Spinal Diagnosis and Treatment for the 21st Century, American Back Society, Las Vegas, Nevada

Lectures

John F. Barnes’ Myofascial Release Approach® Seminar Series
The American Academy of Head, Facial and Neck Pain and TMJ Orthopedics, Baltimore, Maryland; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Houston, Texas
Temporomandibular joint Disorders and Craniofacial Pain, Temporomandibular Joint Center, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Stephen D. Smith, DMD, Director.
Bermuda Conference on Pain, Sonesta Beach Hotel, Bermuda Acapulco Conference on Temporomandibular Joint Disorders and Craniofacial Pain, Princess Hotel, Acapulco, Mexico
American Physical Therapy Meetings, Mexico and Bermuda
1986 Hawaii International Symposium on Craniofacial Pain and
TMJ Disorders, Maui, Hawaii
American Back Society Symposium on Back Pain, Orlando, Florida, Rene Cailliet, MD and Aubrey Swartz, MD, Directors
Myofascial Release Lecture Series, Foundation for Physical Therapy Research
Physical Medicine Research Foundation- Low Back Pain, A Changing Paradigm, Toronto, Ontario, Canada 1988
lOOth Year Anniversary of Physical Therapy in the Netherlands,1989
Southern Pain Society, New Orleans, Louisiana, November 1991
International Federation of Orthopedic Manipulative Therapies, Vail, Colorado, June 1992
Advances in Spinal Diagnosis and Treatment for the 21st Century, American Back Society, Las Vegas, Nevada, December 1999

Author

Myofascial Release The Search for Excellence, Malvern, Pennsylvania RSI T/A MFR Treatment Centers and Seminars, 1990

Diagnosis and Treatment of TMJ, Head, Neck and Asthmatic Symptoms in Children, The Journal of Craniomandibular Practice

Electronic Acupuncture and Cold Laser Therapy as an Adjunct Treatment to Pain,
The Journal of Craniomandibular Practice, 1984

Physical Therapy Forum, Physical Therapy Forum, Therapeutic Insight column

PT Today, Mind and Body column

Healing Ancient Wounds: The Renegade’s Wisdom, Malvern, Pennsylvania, RSI T/A MFR Treatment Centers and Seminars, 2000

The John F. Barnes Myofascial Release Approach® Part I. Three-Part series explores the history of Myofascial release, Myofascial unwinding and Myofascial rebounding. Massage Magazine December 2006

The John F. Barnes Myofascial Release Approach® Part II. Three-Part series explores the history of Myofascial release, Myofascial unwinding and Myofascial rebounding. Massage Magazine June 2007

The John F. Barnes Myofascial Release Approach® Part III. Three-Part series explores the history of Myofascial release, Myofascial unwinding and Myofascial rebounding. Massage Magazine October 2007

Myofascial Release: The Missing Link in Traditional Treatment
Complementary Therapies in Rehabilitation, Edited by Carol M. Davis, Pub Slack Inc., 1997-2008

Fireside Chat, DVD An Interview with John F. Barnes PT on what events brought about the discovery of Myofascial Release and John’s own healing process and how Myofascial release can help you heal.

Myofascial Release, DVD is designed to educate patients, therapists, referring physicians and insurance companies and is an ideal presentation tool for in-service education.

Myofascial Freedom, DVD is designed to teach the therapist and their patients Myofascial Release Self-treatment techniques, Myofascial Unwinding techniques and a Home Exercise Program.

Inner Awareness, CD’s providing clear and concise instruction on developing necessary skills for breathing, relaxing, communicating and listening.

Articles

Use Fascia as a Lever by John F. Barnes, PT Massage Magazine, November 2017
Therapeutic Insight: The John F. Barnes Myofascial Release Perspective—the Development of Myofascial Release by John F. Barnes, PT, LMT, NCTMB Posted: 9/25/2014
Therapeutic Insight: The John F. Barnes’ Myofascial Release Perspective—Temporomandibular Problems by John F. Barnes, PT, LMT, NCTMB Posted: 9/4/2014
Therapeutic Insight: The John F. Barnes’ Myofascial Release Perspective—The Velvet Wrecking Ball by John F. Barnes, PT Posted: 7/10/2014
Therapeutic Insight: The John F. Barnes’ Myofascial Release Perspective—Enhance Your Effectiveness by John F. Barnes, PT Posted: 6/5/2014
Therapeutic Insight: The John F. Barnes’ Myofascial Release Perspective—Fragmented Thinking by John F. Barnes, PT Posted: 1/7/2014
Therapeutic Insight: The John F. Barnes’ Myofascial Release Perspective—Crushing Pressure by John F. Barnes, PT Posted: 12/10/2013
Therapeutic Insight: The John F. Barnes’ Myofascial Release Perspective—Worried? by John F. Barnes, PT Posted: 11/5/2013
Therapeutic Insight: The John F. Barnes’ Myofascial Release Perspective—Therapeutic Artist by John F. Barnes, PT Posted: 10/8/2013
Therapeutic Insight: The John F. Barnes’ Myofascial Release Perspective—Do You Feel Empty? by John F. Barnes, PT Posted: 9/10/2013
Therapeutic Insight: The John F. Barnes’ Myofascial Release Perspective—Struggle by John F. Barnes, PT Posted: 8/6/2013
Therapeutic Insight: The John F. Barnes’ Myofascial Release Perspective—Heart Health by John F. Barnes, PT Posted: 6/3/2013
Therapeutic Insight: The John F. Barnes’ Myofascial Release Perspective—Rufus, the Cat by John F. Barnes, PT Posted: 5/7/2013
Therapeutic Insight: The John F. Barnes’ Myofascial Release Perspective—The First 10 Seconds by John F. Barnes, PT Posted: 4/3/2013
Therapeutic Insight: The John F. Barnes’ Myofascial Release Perspective—Myofascial Release Approach Triangle by John F. Barnes, PT Posted: 2/5/2013
Therapeutic Insight: The John F. Barnes’ Myofascial Release Perspective—Traumatic Imprints Part 1 by John F. Barnes, PT Posted: 1/8/2013
Therapeutic Insight: The John F. Barnes’ Myofascial Release Perspective—Body Wisdom Part I by John F. Barnes, PT Posted: 11/5/2012
Therapeutic Insight: The John F. Barnes’ Myofascial Release Perspective—The Importance of Myofascial Release by John F. Barnes, PT Posted: 10/2/2012
Therapeutic Insight: The John F. Barnes’ Myofascial Release Perspective—Mastectomy, Breast Reduction and Augmentation by John F. Barnes, PT Posted: 9/4/2012
Therapeutic Insight: The John F. Barnes’ Myofascial Release Perspective—Move Out of the Dark Ages of Health Care by John F. Barnes, PT Posted: 8/7/2012
Therapeutic Insight: The Myofascial Release Perspective—Super Radiance by John F. Barnes, PT Posted: 7/3/2012
Therapeutic Insight: The Myofascial Release Perspective—Frantically Swimming Upstream by John F. Barnes, PT Posted: 1/3/2012
Inner Journey—A Personal Path to Myofascial Release by John F. Barnes, PT Massage & Bodywork Posted: 7/2012-8/2012
Therapeutic Insight: The Myofascial Release Perspective—Waldo by John F. Barnes, PT Posted: 10/31/2011
Therapeutic Insight: The Myofascial Release Perspective—Snap Your Fingers! by John F. Barnes, PT Posted: 8/1/2011
Therapeutic Insight: The Myofascial Release Perspective—What is a Myofascial Therapist? – Part II by John F. Barnes, PT Posted: 7/5/2011
Therapeutic Insight: The Myofascial Release Perspective—What is a Myofascial Therapist? – Part I by John F. Barnes, PT Posted: 6/6/2011
Therapeutic Insight: The Myofascial Release Perspective—Rebounding the Myofascial System by John F. Barnes, PT Posted: 5/2/2011
Therapeutic Insight: The Myofascial Release Perspective—Sea of Information by John F. Barnes, PT
Therapeutic Insight: The Myofascial Release Perspective—The Map is Not the Territory! by John F. Barnes, PT Posted: 2/28/2011
Therapeutic Insight: The Myofascial Release Perspective—50 Years Ago by John F. Barnes, PT Posted: 12/6/2010
Therapeutic Insight: The Myofascial Release Perspective—Depression by John F. Barnes, PT Posted: 1/31/2011
Therapeutic Insight: The Myofascial Release Perspective—You Are Not An Object by John F. Barnes, PT Posted: 1/3/2011
Therapeutic Insight: The Myofascial Release Perspective—Sympathetic and Parasympathetic Shock! by John F. Barnes, PT Posted: 8/5/2010
Therapeutic Insight: The Myofascial Release Perspective—Equine Myofascial Release by John F. Barnes, PT
Therapeutic Insight: The Myofascial Release Perspective—Piezoelectric Transformation by John F. Barnes, PT Posted: 10/5/2010
Therapeutic Insight: The Myofascial Release Perspective—Myofascial / Osseous Release by John F. Barnes, PT Posted: 7/7/2010
Therapeutic Insight: The Myofascial Release Perspective—Breast Health by John F. Barnes, PT Posted: 5/3/2010
Therapeutic Insight: The Myofascial Release Perspective—‘The Maze’ by John F. Barnes, PT Posted: 5/3/2010
Therapeutic Insight: The Myofascial Release Perspective—Frozen Moments in Time by John F. Barnes, PT Posted: 4/5/2010
Therapeutic Insight: The Myofascial Release Perspective—The Titanic is Going Down! by John F. Barnes, PT Posted: 3/2/2010
Therapeutic Insight: The Myofascial Release Perspective—Inner Light by John F. Barnes, PT Posted: 2/1/2010
Therapeutic Insight: The Myofascial Release Perspective—What Makes a New Year’s Resolution Fail? by John F. Barnes, PT Posted: 1/4/2010
Therapeutic Insight: The Myofascial Release Perspective—Inner Wisdom by John F. Barnes, PT Posted: 12/1/2009
Therapeutic Insight: The Myofascial Release Perspective—Frequency, Urgency and / or Incontinence by John F. Barnes, PT Posted: 11/4/2009
Therapeutic Insight—Female Problems by John F. Barnes, PT Posted: 10/5/2009
Therapeutic Insight: The Myofascial Release Perspective—The Web of Life by John F. Barnes, PT Posted: 9/14/2009
Therapeutic Insight: The Myofascial Release Perspective—Fascia: A Liquid Crystalline Matrix by John F. Barnes, PT Posted: 8/5/2009
Therapeutic Insight: The Myofascial Release Perspective—What Do You Believe? by John F. Barnes, PT Posted: 7/1/2009
Therapeutic Insight: The Myofascial Release Perspective by John F. Barnes, P.T., L.M.T., N.C.T.M.B. Massage Magazine Posted: 5/28/2009
Myofascial Release—The Fascial Pelvis by John F. Barnes, PT Massage Magazine Posted: 10/2009
The John F. Barnes’ Myofascial Release Approach® – Part 3 by John F. Barnes, PT Massage Magazine Posted: 10/2007
The John F. Barnes’ Myofascial Release Approach® – Part 2 by John F. Barnes, PT Massage Magazine Posted: 6/2007
The John F. Barnes’ Myofascial Release Approach® – Part 1 by John F. Barnes, PT Massage Magazine Posted: 12/2006
Scientific Rationale by John F. Barnes Posted: 10/2005
Cellular Consciousness and Healing by John F. Barnes, PT PT Today – Mind & Body Posted: 2/5/1996
Performance Injuries – Fascia: The Body’s Shock Absorber by John F. Barnes, PT PT Today – Mind & Body Posted: 2/26/1996
Fibromyalgia by John F. Barnes, PT PT Today – Mind & Body Posted: 3/4/1996
Myofascial Equine Therapy by John F. Barnes, PT
PT Today – Mind & Body Posted: 12/11/1995
Myofascial Release—The “Missing Link” in Your Treatment by John F. Barnes, PT PT Today Posted: 1/16/1995
The Mind / Body Connection—Myofascial Release for the Whole Person by John F. Barnes, PT PT Today Posted: 10/9/1995
Pediatric Myofascial Release by John F. Barnes, PT Physical Therapy Forum – MFR Techniques Posted: 7/19/1991
Reshuffling the Deck Chairs by John Barnes, PT PT/OT Today – Mind & Body, Vol. 5, No. 40
Posted: 1/8/2010
Therapeutic Pain by John F. Barnes, PT PT/OT Today – Mind & Body, Vol. 5, No. 40
Posted: 4/15/1996
Whiplash by John F. Barnes, P.T. PT/OT Today – Mind & Body, Vol. 5, No. 40
Posted: 10/16/2013
Myofascial / Osseous Release by John F. Barnes, PT PT/OT Today – Mind & Body, Vol. 5, No. 40
Posted: 6/23/2010
Tunnel Vision by John F. Barnes, PT PT/OT Today – Mind & Body, Vol. 6, No. 17
Without Awareness, There Is No Choice! by John F. Barnes, PT PT/OT Today – Mind & Body, Vol. 6, No. 14
Flight / Fight / Freeze by John F. Barnes, P.T. PT/OT Today – Mind & Body, Vol. 6, No. 8

Publication Contributions
Architecture of Human Living Fascia by Jean-Claude Guimberteau, Colin Armstrong, First published 2015 by Handspring Publishing (United Kingdom), Reprinted 2016
What’s In Your Web?: Stories of Fascial Freedom by Phil Tavolacci MSPT, PT Publisher: Balboa Press , July 25, 2013
Comprehensive Myofascial Self Treatment Book Your Path to Authentic Healing and Pain Relief
By Joyce Karnis Patterson, PT, Copyright 2009; Second edition Copyright 2012; Third edition Copyright 2014, Joyce Patterson; Fourth edition Copyright 2016, Joyce Karnis.
Complementary Therapies in Rehabilitation, Edited by Carol M. Davis, Pub Slack Inc., 1997-2008, 4th edition July 2016
‘Therapeutic Insight’ column for the national Massage Magazine for 6 years, bi-monthly. 2006-2012
‘Myofascial Release’ by Ruth Duncan; Human Kinetics, April 2014
Easing Pain with Myofascial Release by Julia Elliott
News-Line for Physical Therapists & PT Assistants Posted: 1/1/2003
Myofascial Freedom by Brian J. Barnes, RMT & Mark F. Barnes, MPT PT/OT/Speech Today – Perspective Posted: 11/23/1998
MFR in Pediatrics—One Therapist’s Story by Diane Weis, PT Physical Therapy Forum – Therapeutic Insight Posted: 2/13/1989
Myofascial Release—An Introduction for the Patient by Tim Juett, PT, and John F. Barnes, PT Physical Therapy Forum – Therapeutic Insight Posted: 10/3/1988
Myofascial Treatment Proves Beneficial In Acute and Sports Medicine Settings by John Murphy Advance journal
‘The Fibro Manual’ by Ginevra Liptan, MD; Ballantine Books, division of Penguin Random House, LLC NY, published 2016

Products
Fireside Chat, DVD An Interview with John F. Barnes PT on what events brought about the discovery of Myofascial Release and John’s own healing process and how Myofascial Release can help you heal.
Myofascial Release, DVD is designed to educate patients, therapists, referring physicians and insurance companies and is an ideal presentation tool for in-service education.
Myofascial Freedom, DVD is designed to teach the therapist and their patients Myofascial Release Self-treatment techniques, Myofascial Unwinding techniques and a Home Exercise Program.
Inner Awareness, CD’s providing clear and concise instruction on developing necessary skills for breathing, relaxing, communicating and listening.

Interviews
Interview with John F Barnes PT, https://vimeo.com/216576703, March 2017
Magdalena Regdos, RMT
Interview with Marisa Chadbourne, LMT, The Structure that Carries Consciousness, Energy Magazine, 2016
Yoga for Myofascial Release: A Visionary’s Guide to Healing from Within, https://www.yogauonline.com/yoga-for-myofascial-release-visionarys-guide-healing-within-interview-john-f-barnes, 2018
Eva Norlyk Smith
Interview with John F. Barnes, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L3RhiVI2QF8
Ed Kaine, Functional Therapy Magazine, 2016
There’s The Rub, 2017 by Cate Montana What Doctors Don’t Tell You – October 2017 (Vol. 28 Issue 7) o Addressing Fascia with Myofascial Release By Karrie Osborne Sept/Oct 2016 Issue of Massage & Bodywork Magazine, Published by Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals
Exclusive Interview: John Barnes – Part I, Founder of Myofascial Release by Robert Calvert Massage, Issue Number 41 Posted: 1/1993-2/1993
Exclusive Interview: John Barnes – Part II, Founder of Myofascial Release by Robert Calvert Massage, Issue Number 42 Posted: 3/1993-4/1993

Personal Statement
The John F. Barnes’ Myofascial Release Approach ® consists of the gentle application of sustained pressure into fascial restrictions within the body, which has allowed me to successfully treat thousands of patients over the past 52 years as a self-employed physical therapist and owner/operator of two Myofascial Release Treatment Centers, which currently employs 20 therapists and office staff between both treatment centers. Myofascial Release Seminars presents approximately 90 seminars per calendar year employing sub-contractors to teach my Approach. I have developed two treatment programs, Therapy for the Therapist and Comprehensive Intensive Treatment Program for patients to receive comprehensive delivery of the highest quality of care.

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