Myofascial Release (John Barnes Method) is powerful bodywork to help you find relief from the pain and suffering you are going through and become more united with your body, energy, thoughts, emotions, and expanded consciousness. 

Most people who I work with are looking for a wholistic approach to their pain. They desire insight and inner transformation as they also gain more physical mobility, less pain and restriction and better functioning in their everyday lives. They know that the pain they are in is part of the entire story of who they are.  

Did you find yourself here for one of these reasons?

You are struggling with pain yet you know there’s more underneath the surface of why this is showing up in your life.

You want to blow past “getting by”, temporary symptom relief and only taking your pain levels down one notch.

You don’t want a cookie cutter or assembly line approach to your healing journey.

You want someone to look at you as a human being for all that you are and not just an injured body.

You are wholistic or spiritually minded and want to get to the root cause of your struggles which you feel have been missing in the therapies you have tried so far.

Your pain keeps recurring and you don’t know why which is incredibly frustrating.

As I treat you, I help guide you to bring your awareness to your body, energy, and emotions so that the restrictions in your body can release in a powerful way. Myofascial Release applies sustained pressure into your areas of restriction (Tightness, knots, adhesions etc.) which allows for the restrictions to release and free up so you can move better and feel better. Pressure varies from light to deep depending on what your body needs.

During the assessment and treatment, I look for what your body is presenting to me as areas of tightness and restriction. The symptom is typically the tip of the iceberg which means if only the symptom areas are treated, we would be missing the big picture and your long-lasting relief!

At the heart of it, it’s about learning to FEEL more and “listen” to your body in a more profound way. Amazing things can happen then.

Nothing I had done before was targeting the certain pain I was having. The first time you pressed on areas of my body that were not my back (one of her pain areas) it all clicked that the whole body is connected in certain ways and I felt an immediate release in a pain that was in my right hip after my first visit with you.

I went home and I told everybody about it! It has improved the quality of my life tenfold. I have more energy. I am not laying on the couch with ice packs or heating pads and missing out on a fun and social life being in my 20’s and I was for a very long time.


FIbromyalgia and Back Pain

I have treated a wide variety of symptoms/diagnoses/concerns, but at the heart of it, we are a right fit if:


  • You are willing to be an active participant in your own healing process and committed to yourself,  your journey and your homework.
  • You want to feel better than you are feeling and aren’t sure how to bridge the gap between how you are feeling now and how you really want to feel.
  • You want the whole thing or should I say WHOLISTIC thing! You want someone to understand you on a physical, emotional, energetic, mental and spiritual level because you are all about that!

I am located in Amityville, NY

Vanessa has held the space for me always through laughter and many tears along with the full gamut of emotions especially in the past few years during my healing crisis that I see now as a blessing. Her gentle approach to massage with MFR technique is very unique. Her intuition always guides her to what areas need healing. I am very sensitive and empathic and always feel safe in her care.

She has a very special way of bringing me back into my body and rooted back to the earth even on my most anxious days.  I always leave our sessions feeling safe, supported and home again in my body.


Here are more specifics about Myofascial Release (watch the video above too)!


What is Myofascial Release?

Myofascial Release, the John Barnes Method, is a  specialized bodywork that gently and effectively treats the restrictions in your body that are causing your symptoms. It is a wholistic form of bodywork that treats the cause of pain as well as the symptoms for long lasting results. It uses gentle sustained pressure into the restrictions allowing for a release. Pressure varies from light to deep depending on what your body needs.

What is Fascia?

Fascia is dense connective tissue that covers and penetrates every muscle, bone, blood vessel, nerve, internal organ and cell in our body. Fascia is about 80 % of what our muscles are made of, but fascia also extends throughout the whole body. The fascial system also includes the ground substance which is the fluid aspect which surrounds all the fibers of the fascial system. 

Picture a large spider web, connecting all around. Now visualize yourself pulling on one strand of the web. Notice how the whole web gets pulled from that one strand? This is a good visual to understand fascia. Fascia is a continuous web from head to toe. Unlike a spider web, fascia is 3 dimensional throughout the whole entire body without interruption. 

Healthy fascia supports the functions of the body. It maintains the body’s current form and allows us to stand upright without collapsing. It stretches and moves with our bodies while still maintaining structure and stability.

Fascial Restrictions

Restrictions of the fascia and ground substance is a hardening, tightening, and dehydration of the system. It is what we call a tight, knots and tightness. It gets glued down and stuck to itself causing lack of movement when you move your body. This eventually can cause drag or pull through the fascial web. That pull can cause pain and other symptoms.

When restricted it can affect all the structures it naturally supports. Restrictions are palpable and can only be detected through touch.

Treating the restrictions that are pulling throughout the web is necessary for relief of your symptoms. Many times the symptom area has also gotten tight, but it didn’t necessarily begin there. Treating the cause and symptoms is treating the body wholistically.

Fascial Restrictions can cause:

Pain (localized and or radiating)


Lack of motion

Lack of flexibility


Ultimately this may result in a lack of functioning and living the way you desire.

Fascia gets restricted from:

Acute trauma (accidents/ injuries)

Micro-trauma- repetitive use and poor posture over time

Surgery- Scar Tissue


Emotional distress and trauma

Myofascial Release techniques are effective in releasing the restrictions that are causing your pain. Myofascial release is not a protocol or a systematic form of treatment. Each person is treated individually since everyone will have different areas of restriction regardless of common symptoms. Every person is unique therefore every treatment is as well. Myofascial release is truly a WHOLE body approach!

I know you want to live a life more lit up. Your best life with less pain, more freedom, and more mobility. You also want more awareness of your body, know how to release your own tightness on your own (I will teach you this), and feel more at home in your body.

Let’s talk about how I can help you get there.

Here’s how I work.

Come in for an initial 90 minute visit and then we can discuss a treatment plan for you if you decide to move forward with our work. I don’t offer sporadic sessions simply because it doesn’t benefit you that way. You are either all in or not. Regular consistent treatment along with the home therapy and mentorship support I offer is the most effective way to reach your goals. Treatment plans will vary for each person. So look at the pricing below as a guideline. 

When we work together I support you fully through our time together. Each session includes an hour of Myofascial Release bodywork along with self-care, myofascial self-treatment with therapy tools, stretches, awareness/meditation practices, and  mentoring and guidance depending on your needs. Each session we update, add, change and assess your home care to your benefit.

Between sessions, I support you via text throughout the whole time we are working together. You can reach out any time and I can intuitively “dial in” and help you move through what you are getting stuck with. 

Imagine what could happen for you after having constant support and sessions for a period of time? 

Let’s connect on the phone first to see if this is a right fit. Click the link below to email me. I look forward to connecting with you.

I am located in Amityville, NY. Each session during the immersion package is approximately 75 minutes. 

-Initial Session is 90 minutes: $200

-Single Sessions 75 minutes (post initial) $180

Immersions are adjusted to your needs so you can reach your goals! 

1 Month Immersions are to catapult you forward and give you the nest of support you need to do so. They include:

-Transformational homework and daily practices. 

1 Month Immersion with 4 Sessions sessions (75 minutes each) with support/guidance throughout the week via text.   $720


Vanessa Uybarreta is a Licensed Massage Therapist. She has been specializing in John Barnes Myofascial Release since 2006. She is also an Intuitive Transformational Mentor, Movement, Yoga, and Spirituality Teacher and Dancer.

She has an uncanny ability to anticipate where my body needs to go before I am aware of it, placing her hands ever-so-gently on exactly the “right spot” to achieve the deepest release.  More than just relief from pain and dysfunction, which alone is a miraculous feat for which I am humbly grateful, she has empowered me to take control of my own wellness. She has given me an invaluable gift: the awareness of my body’s own healing wisdom, and the tools to connect to that source to achieve optimum health.