Vibrations

Two and a half years.

That is how long I have been listening to the air duct in my bedroom make a loud noise.

The first year I waited for my then husband to fix it. I knew that it bothered him. I thought surely it would bother him more than it bothered me and he would be motivated to do something about it. So I waited.

The second year I was too busy dealing with divorce and death and taking care of the more urgent “noises” screaming for my attention in my life. Between the house and my business and the children there were many other noises that needed my attention.

So the air duct noise got louder and louder. Or the other noise from life got quieter and quieter. Making the air duct noise seem louder. Until it was standing at the forefront. Affecting my precious sleep. Annoying me.

Triggering fear…. I didn’t want to open yet another Pandora box of expense. If I called a professional A/C company how could I know who to trust, not only in my house but in my bedroom. What if they told me it was a Johnson rod of the A/C system that would require a full over-haul of every duct in the house? How would I know if I was being taken?

Requiring me to make another decision. About what I could fix myself and what I needed a professional to do for me. When to say I can’t do this myself, I need help.

So I spent several more months staring, ok glaring, at the a/c duct high up on my vaulted ceiling. The unconscious maneuver of placing a pillow over my ear as I slept to block the noise in the night became my new going to sleep protocol as I drifted off. And then one night I had a realization. What if my alone status doesn’t turn out to be forever? What if I do actually find a partner? And what if that love of my life, heaven forbid, snores? And what if this time of alone is the only good quiet sleep I will get? Do I really want to use it trying to block out the noise of an a/c vent that sounds like one constant snore? I know it is silly but it is true. While I very well could live the rest of my life alone, I also very well could not. This awareness prompted me to do what any normal, rational, frugal, single woman would do…. I googled how to fix a noisy a/c duct. (How the hell did single women survive before Google??)

My search led me to an article that recommended opening the vent to investigate what was inside, claiming that a dirty duct could make a rattling noise. So I hauled my ginormous ladder up the stairs and into my room. Encouraged 🙂 my 13 year old son to help me open and extend it and then stand nearby to catch me if I fell. Climbed the ladder and used my power drill (that’s right, I am always looking for an excuse to use power tools) to unscrew the first screw. And then, half way through unscrewing the second screw, the craziest thing happened. That noise. The one that has been torturing me for 2.5 years. Stopped.

I didn’t even have to open the vent. And the noise was gone. I didn’t even unscrew both screws. And the noise was gone.

I made my son listen to the silence. I made my daughter come upstairs and listen to the silence. I called my best friend to tell her this silly story, and explain the significance of this new silence, that I was able to create with the twist of a few small screws.

And then I did what any normal JFB myofascial release, whole body approach, physical therapist would do. I made a connection between this experience and the work that I do on the human body every day.

Patients come to me, not usually when their body’s have a small vibration of dysfunction, but instead when the “noise” is so loud that it is screaming above all of the other things that life is throwing at them. Maybe first, they also wait for someone else to fix the problem. And maybe they continue on, putting out other fires or dealing with other noises until those noises are dealt with and the noise of their body is now able to be heard. Or maybe the noise of their body gets so loud it rises above all of the other challenges that they are facing. Often they have sought out other home remedies, professional services, and google searches before finding me/ John Barnes Myofascial Release.

I use John Barnes Myofascial Release to feel for and release restrictions within the human body. As I do it changes the alignment of everything, which also changes the movement and even the subtlest vibrations of the body. Unscrewing one and a half screws on my vent cover reminded me of gently nudging the body into alignment, for example releasing the fascia around the sacrum causing it to move ever so slightly, affecting the alignment of the pelvis, coccyx, and back. Sometimes the most subtle change within the body can create the most profound results.

Changing the alignment of the vent cover resulting in such a dramatic change in the vibration going through the vent made me think of the things that I have treated that are so obviously, to me, vibration related. For example, I have had people report a change in their tinnitus (ringing in their ears) after a treatment session where I came nowhere near their upper body, let alone their ears. “Tweaking” other parts of their body somehow created a change that resulted in the ringing in their ears to go away completely. Just as I had no idea unscrewing the vent cover would change the vibration of the a/c, when I was working to create alignment in other areas of their body I didn’t realize it would change their tinnitus.

We are vibratory beings. Every restriction carries a different density which effects the vibration in specific isolated areas or the body as a whole. In a way pain might be seen, detected, or felt as a vibration. Changing the system can change the vibration. And just like sound, the pain can stop. Gradually or suddenly. But it can stop.

Taking two and a half years to tweak one little thing to make something so annoying go away completely reminds me of the many patients over the years that have said in astonishment, “My pain is gone. Do you realize I have dealt with that pain for 5, 10, 20, 30, 40 years and now it’s gone. How is that possible? You barely did anything! And it’s GONE.”

Now don’t get me wrong, this is not always the case. I’m not saying JFB MFR is a quick fix. It is not. Sometimes it takes time to release all of the layers of restriction before you can even come close to the part that needs the subtle, or not so subtle shift, in order to affect change. Just as I had no idea that unscrewing one and a half screws would stop the noise without actually having to take the cover off, I don’t know what layers, torque, or release needs to occur to result in a change in the persons symptoms. I don’t know the details of the process or the depth of the issue. But when the noise is loud enough for the patient to be willing to investigate and create a change, then so am I. No matter how long it has been.

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Back to School with MFR Classes….

classphoto.pngCan you feel it?  Back to school time?  Even if you don’t have children the excitement is in the air (possibly mostly from parents, but still).  New beginnings.  New learnings.  New seasons for growth.

And it is time for all of those things for YOU as well.  I am launching another series of MFR classes designed specifically for you, regardless of if you are a complete novice or expert to this work.  My classes are detailed below.  They are a great way to enhance your knowledge and kick start or revive your home exercise program.

It is a super financial deal in that it allows me to pour a ton of information and practical self treatment ideas into you without taking time from your regular treatment session.

You do not have to be a patient to attend.  So if you have friends or loved ones that have an interest in myofascial release or have never heard of MFR but are interested in a better way to take care of their bodies, they are more than welcome.

You do not want to miss out on this rare opportunity.  Class sizes are limited and will fill fast. 
Myofascial Release Self Treatment Classes

1) Introduction to John Barnes Myofascial Release
This class is designed to help you understand your fascial system and why this total body system is so very important to you.  You will be guided through the fascial system in a way that will help you to see what fascia looks like, how it functions, and how to care for it.

2) Myofascial Stretching
This class will change the way that you view stretching.  It will teach you how to stretch in a more gentle, knowledgeable, and intuitive way.  You will learn to stretch with confidence and intention.

3) On the ball and other MFR tools 
This class is designed to teach you how to use specific tools that can help enhance your self Myofascial Release home treatment program.

4) All together now

This class will pull together all of the information from the previous 3 classes and help you to experience what your daily home exercise  program can look and feel like.

After completing this series of courses one time, you will have all of the tools and knowledge about the fascial system and how best to take care of your body on your own at home.  You are always welcome to repeat classes as this allows for deeper understanding and is always recommended.

Prices: $40 per individual class or $160 for the entire series of 4 classes (half price to repeat)
*When 2 or more register together $30 per person or $120 per person for entire series. 


Class details
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Class 1 and 2: Friday August 11 10-12:30
Class 3 and 4: Friday August 25 10-12:30

Space is limited…call (480)345-7778 or email office@selfsolace.com to reserve your place today!

Did you hear? We’ve moved!

To the…..

Right down the street at:

7560 Willow Drive

Tempe, Arizona 85283

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There are times in life when you think you have had enough transition to last you a good while, and then you feel laughter from above and more transition in the air.  I am very grateful for the space that I created and worked from at 51 W. Elliot road for many, many years, but when multiple signs continued to show me the way, I knew that it was time to move my place of business to new healing grounds.  Which turned out to be just down the road.

Our new blank slate was ready to be filled….

In true Annette fashion the move turned into a family affair.  Her amazing husband Matt saved the day and her son Zach arrived just in time to lend a hand.  We made sure to bubble wrap him with care so that he could return to his football career unscathed.

The Rueda children made sure all measurement tools were used one last time before moving to their new home.  Which was especially important since Diego and I were going head to head in a who is taller family competition.

I suspect the measurement official was bribed.  My first born cannot be taller than me.  My demands for a re-measure did not change the official results.

So we went to work testing our strength, and the capacity of our current ride.

Luckily I have some very strong helpers.

And because moving all of my business possessions wasn’t fun enough, Annette’s sweet husband Matt also saved the day by assembling furniture!  With his little helpers, of course.

We called out for help to fill the walls that surround our sacred healing space with goals and intentions.  And the words flooded in.  These special seeds were planted with care before the wall was completed.


So without further adieu we present…

Room 1….

and Room 2…

We are ready for YOU. 

Spotlighting YOUR MFR Success

I believe when we focus on the good it allows the good to get bigger in ourselves and in others.  John Barnes often encourages his patients to kick the pebble that starts the avalanche.  It may be my Alaska roots but I visualize it like a tiny snowflake joining with others, becoming a snowball, picking up size and speed, rolling down a hill and creating an avalanche.  A big huge avalanche of good.  Of healing.  I believe that in sharing your personal successes, you can allow that good to grow within your body and you can inspire success in others.

I am creating this space for you.  And for all that you are willing to inspire by sharing your success.

You may view your success as too small of a snowflake to mention.  Or too big of an avalanche to be believed.  But I encourage you to be brave and share those successes.  You simply don’t know what you will inspire in others or in yourself.

So whether your success is being able to bend over and tie your shoes for the first time in months.  Or being able to go on that European trip you’ve been planning your whole life for, pain free.  We want to hear from you!!

Please send us an email of your successes so we can shine a spotlight on you!

November Classes

November classes are just around the corner.  They will be held on Monday evenings at 6pm starting on November 7th.  This is a great opportunity for you to learn how to care for your body during these hectic holiday times and throughout the whole year.

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Final Co-Treatment Dates of 2016

Self Solace Physical Therapy, Inc. and The Heart Space are proud to present another opportunity for total body JFB Myofascial Release.

Our next co-treatment dates are:

November 18

December 16

Four hands, two hearts, all focused on your healing.

Call or email for details and to reserve your appointment.

Self Treatment Classes

Class 2 was a success this Wednesday morning and now we are getting ready for our series of all four MFR classes tomorrow. (Here is a sneak peak at the last go round.)

For those of you unable to attend, let this post serve as a reminder to set aside some time for self treatment.

If you have already participated in one of my classes, or John’s Myofascial Healing Seminar, or if you are a therapist and have taken John’s professional seminars I hope that you will take some time tomorrow to use what you know about JFB Myofascial Release and treat yourself.

You are invited to connect in with us tomorrow where ever you are on this earth or in your healing journey! Give yourself some MFR TLC. Self treat….stretch, unwind, rebound…… Let’s do this!mfrclassseries7222016-16

Standing Tall 


Did you know that patients who receive JFB Myofascial Release often leave feeling taller because they actually are taller?  When the crushing tensile pressures of myofascial restrictions are removed, when posture is normalized, when pain or tightness is no longer weighing you down, in addition to many other great benefits, you may find yourself standing taller!   I do realize that I should not be the spokeswoman on tallness, but I’m telling you it is true.  

Did you also know that most JFB Myofascial Release Therapists support each other?  We are a community of therapists that recognize that what we offer is greatly needed.  We typically are not competitive like most other businesses are.  My dear friends Peter and Ania Podbielski, owners of Complete Physical Therapy, gifted me this awesome measurement tool.   Thank you Peter and Ania! 🙂

Wherever you live, whomever you are, I hope that you will consider going to a JFB trained therapist, and allow your body to let go of whatever is holding you down, so that you too can stand tall at your full height!