Robert Byrnes has been providing bodywork in a professional setting since 1994, and integrates several modalities for a unique treatment that is individualized to each client’s needs. He provides therapeutic treatments by appointment in his Mill Valley, California office. Call 415-360-4389.
MYOFASCIAL RELEASE THERAPY
My bodywork methods can boost physical performance, speed recovery periods, and will allow you to experience vibrant, radiant health.
DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE
I seek to facilitate increased awareness into the client’s body. My yoga practice has taught me much about mindfulness. By focusing on the breath and quieting the mind, the client can relax even more into the present moment. The client is feeling instead of thinking. From this place of being grounded and centered in the body, we discover a deeper connection, and the transformative, healing energy intensifies.
My bodywork is meditative and focuses on the quality of the touch. As the client becomes centered in their body and surrenders to the experience of simply receiving the healing touch, my creative energy increases and becomes more intuitively guided. The massage session becomes a dance with the receiver and the giver engaged in a communication of movement, and the greatest degree of relaxation and healing is achieved.
With Myofascial Release Therapy I am focused on inducing change in the body. And I don’t mechanically hack at the body with brute force. Because I know the body deeply – anatomy, structure and function – I am able to engage the body with full consciousness, and work with great strength and power in a relaxed and flowing manner. This allows me to take the practice of deep tissue massage to a deeper level of connection and lasting transformation.
The therapy I perform allows your body to literally transform during and after the treatment session. This deep bodywork releases restricted myofascial patterns and removes the physical blocks to vibrant health. Harmony and balance are integrated back into the body structure as techniques appropriate to one’s condition are applied.
SET YOURSELF FREE
When your body experiences trauma, or is under chronic stress, it can become physically locked into unhealthy and unbalanced patterns. Additionally, the stress of tension and pain creates additional blockages and restrictions in the muscles and surrounding fascia. This can literally weigh the body down since a tight, inflexible body expends extra energy during movement. Your body unconsciously attempts to achieve equilibrium and correct posture as you counteract the structural disharmony and restrictive myofascial patterns, and again, this effort can exhaust your body’s energy.
With Myofascial Release Therapy and other therapeutic massage techniques, we remove the trauma, pain, tension and stress from your body. This elevates your vitality and gives you more energy to heal. Released from the myofascial restrictions, the energy in your body goes to where it can be better utilized. During, and after the treatment, your body begins to re-pattern itself so that it functions in a more harmonious and healthier way. You will actually feel lighter, with more flexibility and greater range of motion.
With my bodywork, your equilibrium is restored and the mechanics of your body become more efficient. Less energy is expended in movement and in responding to the pull of gravity, and an increase in energy is experienced as your vitality improves.
For those of you that are interested in more of a technical description of the work I perform, here is an Assessment and Statement of Treatment that I wrote for one of my client’s doctors and her insurance company:
[The client] describes a “constant clenching pain” and a “real tightness” in the neck which she experiences running down the middle and to the right side of her neck. My assessment revealed a massive knot of restricted myofascial tissue centered around the transverse process of the third cervical vertebra on the right side. The second cervical vertebra was found to be severely restricted in its mobility. This lack of motion causes the third cervical vertebra to compensate through hypermobility which exacerbates [the client’s] condition in that area. [The client’s] range of motion for her head is severely limited by the myofascial restrictions in her neck and the tension running into her shoulders.
The therapy we perform focuses primarily on the fascia and the following muscles in the neck and shoulders: Trapezius, Splenius capitis and cervicis, Semispinalis capitis and cervicis, Spinalis capitis and cervicis, Longissimus capitis and cervicis, Scalenes, Levator scapula, Rhomboideus minor and major. And, especially, the deeper Interspinalis cervicis, Multifidus, Intertransversarii cervicis, Obliquus capitis superior and inferior, Rectus capitis posterior major and minor and lateralis.
The techniques employed are primarily slow, deep compression with the fiber of the muscles and also cross fiber friction. Some pressure point techniques are used but the main intention is to stimulate movement into the restricted fascia and muscles. Deep stretches and joint mobilization techniques are also employed in the cervical region to mobilize the articulations and affect the fascia and ligaments.
The therapy we perform relieves the restricted myofascial tissues in the neck and shoulders, and improves range of motion and function. The treatment allows dammed up blood, lymph, and gases to be released from the affected tissues and allows fresh fluids and oxygen to flow into the previously restricted areas. This brings immediate relief but also aids the healing process in the long term. Our goal is to provide relief from pain and stress and to restore normal range of motion for the head, and in the neck and shoulder areas.
[The client’s] condition seems to stabilize with more frequent visits which allow her to function better and engage in light physical activity with only moderate discomfort. After working with [the client] for over six years, it is obvious that massage therapy, when applied at more frequent intervals, is extremely successful in ameliorating her painful condition for a sustained period of time. [The client] requires massage therapy once a week in order to effectively assist the healing process and support her in pursuing a normal life. Treatments every other week should prove effective as well. But the most we can hope for by treating her condition once a month is temporary relief from pain, muscle tension and stress, and a steeper up hill climb toward total health and normal functioning. If [the client’s] Doctors concur, I recommend that she receive massage therapy on the affected areas for one hour every other week, if not every week, for the next year. At that future point in time, we should reevaluate [the client’s] progress and the frequency of treatments.
ASHIATSU DEEPFEET BAR THERAPY
ASHIATSU ORIENTAL BAR THERAPY
This treatment is not currently offered as I do not presently have bars on my ceiling.
With this innovative method, I work on you using my feet instead of the Western method of hands, forearm, and elbow. Deepfeet Bar Therapy is incredibly effective with profound results. I encourage everyone to experience this type of deep tissue massage. You will be completely amazed at how effective it is. And you won’t even be able to tell that you’re being worked on with my feet! I especially recommend this treatment for athletes and larger people who need a stronger touch.
One Deepfeet Bar Therapy session can give the same result as two or three consecutive Western style massages.
The forces from the broad pressure of my foot spread the body open and allow us to work deeper. Any blockage or stiffness in the muscles, joints, or spine releases. Your body feels lighter with more freedom of movement, and freedom from pain. The Deepfeet Bar Therapy works systemically on many body systems – the myofascia, the lymphatic, the nervous, the cardiovascular, and perhaps the endocrine system. We are working on the whole body, at the same time that we’re focused on any one area of the body.
Deepfeet Bar Therapy was also known as Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy. Pronounced “ah- she- hot- sue“. “Ashi” in Japanese means “foot.” “Astu” means “pressure.” Deepfeet Bar Therapy uses gravitational force from the therapist’s feet, instead of the hands. Parallel bars, attached to the ceiling, are used by the therapist for balance and proper weight distribution. The larger size and padding of the soles provide a push-pull-pump technique that is not only deeper, but more comfortable than traditional hands massage. Feet, compared to hands, have a greater affect on the client’s parasympathetic nervous system, which allows the client to dive deeper into relaxation.
DEEPFEET BAR THERAPY