"Find the pain, look elsewhere for the cause" -- John F. Barnes, PT

My name is Armand Pinel and I am a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT), specializing in an advanced form of therapy called Myofascial Release (MFR) that is guiding people around the world toward authentic healing. 

Nothing in our body works in isolation. Our body functions as a whole, an interactive network that includes the physical, intellectual, emotional, and energetic/spiritual aspects. Therefore, for true healing of the body to occur, it is necessary for treatment to be directed towards guiding the whole person towards healing and to not approach the body with the belief that it can be fragmented and treated as such. The John F. Barnes Myofascial Release Approach is whole body therapy in the highest regards. John F. Barnes, PT, has been training therapists around the world for over 30 years in this highly successful form of therapy.

The above quote, "Find the pain, look elsewhere for the cause" basically means that, "Symptoms are only the tip of the iceberg" as John Barnes so aptly puts it. The deeper cause of disease and problems is missed entirely when only the symptoms are dealt with. Treating the symptoms just masks the ongoing problems temporarily because when the deeper causes are not found and addressed, the symptoms return. The cause may be multifaceted and the issue in question may have progressed over the years into something more complex and layered. Myofascial Release can aid in uncovering these layers so that authentic healing can arise. 


Back Pain
Jaw Pain (TMJ)
Disc Problems
Sports Injuries
Neck Pain
Myofascial Pain Syndrome
Neurological Dysfunction
Chronic Pain
Women's Health Problems
Urinary Incontinence
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Restriction Of Motion
Muscle Spasm/Spasticity

Myofascial Release is a whole body, hands on treatment approach that provides sustained pressure into myofascial restrictions, producing an authentic healing effect upon the body tissues, thereby eliminating pain and restoring motion. The theory of Myofascial Release requires an understanding of the fascial system. 

Fascia is a strong connective tissue that spreads throughout the body in a three dimensional web from head to toe without interruption. It envelops and interconnects every structure of your body down to the cellular level. The fascial system is also the primary communication system of the body. Fluid within and around the fascia allows it to act as a semiconductor, carrying and storing vast amounts of information around the body. 

In a healthy state, the fascia is relaxed, hydrated and wavy and has the ability to stretch, move and communicate without restriction. Trauma, poor posture, repetitive injuries, scarring, inflammation and/or unresolved emotional holding patterns can create a binding down of the fascia and cause dehydration of the fluid within and around the fascia. This tight, dehydrated and inflexible fascia blocks its communicating role and exerts excessive pressure on nerves, blood vessels, muscles, osseous structures, and/or organs. This can create pain, restriction of motion and sometimes other peculiar symptoms and side effects. 

Since all of the standard tests such as x-rays, myelograms, CAT scans, etc., do not show these fascial restrictions, a high percentage of people suffering with pain, lack of motion, etc., may be having fascial problems that are mostly going undiagnosed. Myofascial Release covers a broad scope of treatment indications so it is suggested to not count anything out, as it may be what you need. 

Myofascial Release has completely changed the way I view and treat the body. It allows me to see each person as a unique individual with unique circumstances and approach their treatment in that manner. I see my work as a learning journey that is exciting and rewarding to undertake and I would be honoured to assist and be with you during your own healing journey. 

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