About Us: Mind the Body Therapies, Inc was founded in March 2009 by three friends who all had personal healing experiences with the John F. Barnes Myofascial Release Approach and wanted to share the healing opportunity with others.
Alithea A. Gailliot, LMBT
I was first introduced to massage as an athletic trainer at Virginia Commonwealth University while pursuing a bachelor’s degree in health education. It was the one modality that athletes asked for over all others, because it helped their respective injuries and felt good. During that time I was also intrigued by research showing that a person’s beliefs and emotions regarding the severity of their injury influenced their recovery times. It was my first glimpse of the mind-body connection. It caught my attention, but I wasn’t ready to listen.
I spent the next five years working in women’s health settings and again was witness to the power of touch, how simply holding someone’s hand could bring comfort during a painful procedure. I also saw how a woman’s confidence in a decision influenced her post-surgical pain and emotional state. It was during this time that I graduated from the New York Institute of Massage in 2001, after completing their 1000+ hour program. Myofascial Release (MFR) was a small part of the curriculum and it was the one modality that gave me any real relief from my chronic back pain. Even then my body was telling me what it needed… I wasn’t ready to listen.
I was lucky enough to be re-introduced to MFR during a short 2-day seminar after moving to Asheville, NC in 2007. I was ready to listen. I immediately signed up to take the first available vacation series of MFR courses with John Barnes, PT in Sedona, Arizona. To say it was life changing would be an enormous understatement. JFB MFR has eliminated my back pain and allowed me to return to a life free from depression and anxiety. JFB MFR is not only the “work” that I do; it influences every aspect of my life. I am excited to be a JFB MFR therapist. Receiving this work has given me my life back and I am honored to share this healing and transformative work with every being that enters our office.
Julie G. Eberhardt, PTA, LMBT
My first memory of feeling the power of touch was as a little girl of 6 years old, massaging my parents’ shoulders. Although I didn’t have the words to explain it, I was able to understand that they carried their stress in their shoulders and I wanted to help. I learned that I only needed my hands to help someone feel better. I carried that knowledge through high school and it helped me decide what to study in college.
While attending Herkimer County Community College in the Physical Therapy Assistant program, I learned to treat a patient’s knee or shoulder, how to push patients through a series of exercises with a “no pain, no gain” mentality. These techniques seemed aggressive to me and I naturally gravitated toward the manual/massage techniques. The manual/massage work allowed me to connect with patients and help alleviate some of their pain in a gentler way. After graduating in 1992, I spent the next 9 years treating parts of patients in traditional physical therapy settings, getting more and more frustrated with the lack of long term results. It was this frustration that led me to the Massage Therapy Program at the New York Institute of Massage.
After graduating from the New York Institute of Massage in 2001, I continued working in traditional PT settings while seeing a few private massage clients. Despite having many new techniques to use, I was still only treating parts of clients and they were reporting only temporary results. My frustration grew and eventually fueled a move to Asheville where I met Lisa Lister, PT who reintroduced me to John Barnes and his Myofascial Release Approach who I had been reading about in PT trade magazines for years. When I signed up for the courses I had no idea how it would change my life or how profoundly it would impact how I treat patients/clients.
Before MFR, my treatments were compartmentalized and limited by diagnoses. After MFR, I am now able to use a whole body approach and have witnessed long term changes. At Asheville Specialty Hospital my treatment results are not limited to decreased pain levels and longer distances walked, but also include decreased anxiety levels and improved sleep. I am grateful to my parents for their support of my Physical Therapy career, to Lisa for encouraging me to attend John’s seminars and to John, for this incredible and life changing body of work.