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True Pain Relief

Posted on July 02, 2014 by

A physical symptom is a sign or a communication from the body that there is an imbalance of energy in the system. Treating only the physical symptom is to mask the root of the problem and not get true pain relief.

For many years, the body has been regarded as a sum of unrelated parts. Western medicine looks upon the body as a physical, biomechanical machine that is controlled by the brain and the nervous system. Eastern medicine sees the body as the sum of its parts: a whole, integrated system made up of different levels including mental, spiritual and emotional energies. Holistic medicine infers that we look at the “whole” person.

Thousandas of years ago there was a split between religion and science and in the West the body came to be viewed as an intricate mechanism separate from the spirit…oops! That isn’t going to work out very well for us, is it? When there is a physical symptom it is a sign or a communication from the body that there is an imbalance of mental, spiritual and emotional energy in the system. Treating only the physical symptom is to mask the root of the problem.

In Eastern medicine there is a vital force known as Ki that animates this biomechanical machine. In India it is known as Prana and in China it is known as Chi. When Ki energy leaves the body it becomes lifeless. We are more than just a physical body that we can see and touch.

tree light 2Why is it so hard for us to believe that we are made of energy? Just because we cannot see it we think it can’t be possible. Everything in this world, from the sunshine that warms your skin to the water that quenches your thirst, is made of energy. Energy is simply information that vibrates or moves; these energies that move at slow speed, you can see and touch them like the chair you are sitting on, the desk you are leaning on or the body you are living in! Other energies vibrate faster like radio waves, microwaves or email transmissions that you send and receive daily; they are invisible but you know they exist.

Our thoughts, beliefs, emotions and feelings are also energy that vibrates at a higher rate, you don’t see them but you do feel them…or maybe you don’t. When you don’t feel or acknowledge them, push them down without expressing them they pile up and become dense unconscious, unreadable chunks of chaos, vibrating slower and slower, causing physical restrictions and pain in your body and affecting your ability to make conscious decisions.

img_reikibig_2-1As we work with you and our energies resonate, you begin to lighten up and release those heavy restrictions. Together we discover other factors that are contributing to your physical pain: unconscious emotions, fears, anxieties, stress and tensions, that have been trapped and buried in your fascia and building up in your body for years… you connect with these seemingly unrelated restrictions that lie hidden in different parts of your body. As you feel and understand them, you release the pain and a transformation occurs… as the restrictions are released, there is clarity and you become more present in your life and are more likely to make conscious choices that will benefit you.

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A Crystal Healing Bed to Accelerate Your Transformation

Posted on April 17, 2014 by

crystal-bed-brooklyn-southwest-myofascial-release-john-of-god-physical-therapy-05After having a powerful healing experience from cancer at the Casa de Dom Inácio, a spiritual healing centre in Abadiânia, central Brazil last year, I decided to bring a Crystal light bed to Southwest Physical Therapy in Brooklyn, it is one of the healing modalities they use down there. I knew that this, in combination with Myofascial Release, would accelerate your transformation and get you back on the road to a lighter and more enjoyable life. I realized to bring it here, I would have to build a sound proof room so that you could have a more profound and personal experience. The Crystal light bed effortlessly balances and helps us along the path to self-realization to discover our inner self. After a session you feel energized and grounded with clarity of thought and a greater ability to focus.

outside-rooms-southwest-myofascial-release-physical-therapy-brooklyn-03It was the dead of winter 2013, two days before New Year’s Eve. Carlo and his crew were bringing in the extra thick 5/8 inch sheet rock, rolls of insulation, plaster, 2×4’s, saws, screw guns and ladders. They began to build the sound proof Crystal bed light room first. The walls were extended straight up 10 1/2 feet all the way to the ceiling and filled with insulation. The room also expanded out into the waiting area another four feet and was finished off with a solid door.

first-physical-therapy-room-southwest-myofascial-release-physical-therapy-brooklyn-02The first Myofascial Release room near the windows also grew an additional 4 feet towards the Crystal bed room and was also finished off with a door, completing two private and quiet rooms.

It was so fun and exciting watching Carlo and his men do their magic as the energy in the clinic seemed to animate us all and help us along with the final design. It was like watching an HGTV show live in your own home.

In the meantime the Crystal bed was hung up in Customs. On two separate occasions we attempted to explain to them exactly what it was…this went on for weeks. Finally I had let go of it and jokingly said to Aracelli, “I bet that Crystal bed is waiting for its room to be built!”

The construction was supposed to be completed in 3 days but it went 3 days more. It was 5:30 PM on a stormy cold Friday night as the workers left the newly renovated and transformed Southwest Physical Therapy clinic.


Aracelli and I begun to sweep and mop the place up for the next day. Two hours later there was a knock on the door and a cold delivery man said, “FedEx, will you accept a delivery?”

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Do You Need CPR?

Posted on November 27, 2012 by

“When your luck is battin’ zero, get your chin up off the floor. Mister, you can be a hero. You can open any door. There’s nothin’ to it, but to do it.You’ve gotta have Heart! Miles and miles and miles of Heart! Oh, it’s fine to be a genius of course! But keep that ol’ horse before the cart! First you’ve got to have Heart!”          –Richard Adler

Why have I been singing this song all week, because I have heart? I would have to say yes. Could I use more? Sure and also because that’s the song that my son will sing for his audition to one of the high schools on his list for next year…so we have been singing it for days.

“When the odds are sayin’ you’ll never win, that’s when the grin should start!”

I sure don’t start grinning when I hear the odds say that “I’ll never win” and I recently was hearing that message in my head just three or four weeks before that giant storm hit New York, so those two events together motivated the hell out of me to get out there, express myself more then ever and live in the moment.

Aracelli and I have heard the odds say “You’ll never win” off and on for years in the physical therapy business and I can tell you that it is just an old record that plays every once in a while for your entertainment or when you try something new. With the kind of therapy we do here, you will be able to trade in your old messages for new ones like, “I can get through this.”

We have been walking through our fears for years on our own personal journeys to open our hearts even before we opened our business. Everything we’ve learned in that time we put into your treatments because we know that when things build up you feel confusion, physical pain and you loose touch with your self. We have plenty of tips for you as we sort through your own vintage recordings of various “I can’t…” messages to get you to where you want to be.

The therapy we do here could in fact be called CPR, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation. While we reactivate your heart you trade in your old recordings for new ones like, “I can…”

When you’re in pain of course the last thing you are thinking about is your heart because it is probably buried in layers of compacted unexpressed emotions, fears, anxieties, stress and tensions, that have been trapped and buried in your body and building up for years but I suspect your ticker leads you to us.

At some point you gather enough courage to say, “I’m mad as hell and I can’t or won’t take it any more!” so your heart sends out a distress signal and we bounce back our coordinates to you. After a series of treatments you realize that the pain or the symptoms you were feeling was only your body trying to tell you something that you weren’t hearing…how could you hear your heart without some CPR?

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Issues in My Tissues

Posted on November 04, 2012 by

After the Storm

I woke up this morning with the exact same feeling I had last week just before the storm. When intense events and feelings inhabit your body they are  recorded by the fascia until they are released…

…I remember walking to the Golden Farm wondering if I should buy a couple of extra gallons of water, more food, some batteries…do I even have a flashlight? Should I fill up the bathtub, does it hold water and if it does do I have to clean it first?

When I learned the storm was 900 miles wide and coming straight for us I got even more nervous with a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach. Of course, my mom had already called from Ohio all worried so I had to calm down before I could call her back not to make her even more nervous. On Facebook my son said that Zone A was ordered to evacuate…”What zone are we in?” I said. He replied, “We’re in a no zone”. Sounds like the Twilight Zone to me.

Then the waiting began…sitting on the couch in front of the TV listening to reporters hashing and rehashing how serious this storm was going to be as Zone A was evacuated.

Our neighbor invited us over for a delicious home made soup that provided an immediate comfort for our ailing bellies. Inside  it was dim and quiet. From the other room came the din of the reporter’s constant commentary of the approaching peak of the storm . Outside the wind was howling through the trees that were swaying wildly back and forth…a sudden crash from the back of the house. We all jumped as our host ran to check it out…as we said goodnight, I rushed back home to call my mother to let her know I was safe.

The wind was picking up and the water was rising. We watched a little more storm coverage then decided to turn in. I asked Aracelli if she knew the story of the Wizard of OZ, “Not really”, she said. So I gave her the short version as we fell asleep…

The next morning we awoke high and dry with all our power on but unfortunately the surrounding costal areas weren’t so lucky.

As if the storm had blown away all our thoughts of comfort, security, complacency and worries about this and that, the things that hold us back from really living in the moment, the anxiety was now replaced by a feeling of excitement and new possibilities. I now have a feeling of grabbing each moment like it is my last. Where is the security or comfort that things are just going to go along smoothly, like we imagine, anyway?

When nature shows herself with such power and magnificence don’t we instantly get in touch with our mortality and see how temporary our life really is? As the week slowly progressed more and more people came in for treatment. Most of them seemed a little shell shocked and were wondering why they were suddenly overwhelmed with aches and pains. Even Aracelli and myself were feeling it. Although the weather was fresh, clear and crisp, I couldn’t help but feel a certain hesitancy and sadness in the air mixed with a renewed sense of gratitude for loved ones and for life.

When intense feelings inhabit your body they are recorded by the fascia until they are released. Isn’t it interesting that I woke up with the same thoughts and feelings from last week, even though the storm has passed?

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Monroe Institute Excursion Workshop on November 10th and 11th @ Southwest Physical Therapy Myofascial Release

Posted on October 10, 2012 by

With facilitators Heather Alfano and Allyn Evans

Experience the Hemi-Sync technology developed by sound researcher and innovator Robert Monroe, founder of The Monroe Institute.

Strengthen your Focus Deepen your Connection to your core Enhance your Creativity and Intuition.  Meditate like the Masters. Relax like never before!

Whole Brain State GraphicA coherent brain is focused, balanced – yes, working on all Cylinders. The Excursion Training is an intensive weekend workshop designed to provide you direct experience with different states of consciousness and the tools for quickly accessing them in your daily life. This is not a lecture series. There is a brief introduction and orientation, and the rest is spent meditating and in group discussion.

All these benefits come without dogma. There is no religious connection or guru involved.

There is limited space register now.

To register click on the link:


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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Posted on September 29, 2012 by

Southwest Physical Therapy is supporting Women’s Health with an Introductory Offer this month.

 Purchase a 3 Hour Myofascial Release Package this month and receive 15% off.

Myofascial release is helpful following breast cancer mastectomies, breast reductions and augmentation to eliminate pain and soften the scars. The scars can grow inside like a vine and can reach to the respiratory diaphragm and into the neck. This can cause respiratory problems and pull the person forward creating a posterior strain in the back and neck resulting in headaches  as well as neck  and back pain.

Myofascial release is helpful as a preventative measure  to keep your breasts healthy and restriction free.

Fascial restrictions in the pelvic area can cause pain and dysfunction locally as well as in other parts of the body like neck, head and shoulders.

Abdominal or pelvic scars from surgeries and episiotomies or traumas, such as sexual abuse can cause menstrual dysfunction, pelvic pain, painful intercourse, constipation, diarrhea or hemorrhoids.

A misaligned coccyx  from  falls,  pelvic torsion or childbirth can cause problems in the pelvic area as well as back pain, neck pain and headaches.

Using gentle external and internal (vaginally and rectally) myofascial release techniques will alleviate or eliminate pain.


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Connecting the Dots

Posted on June 01, 2012 by


Do you remember connecting the dots when you were a kid?

When you opened the book all that you saw were dots…nothing made sense . You searched for the number one dot and connected it to the number two dot. Your excitement  grew as you watched a picture take shape. You couldn’t wait to get to the next dot and before you knew it, you were looking at something you hadn’t expected to see.

This is like the process of Myofascial Release. You come to us with a mysterious nagging physical pain. The MRI and X-ray results came back negative and the doctors say they didn’t see anything. You can’t make sense out of it because you still feel the pain.

Your mysterious pain is your body trying to tell you that something else is going on. Your body is a network of intelligent connective tissue or fascia, that records all physical and emotional trauma.

The Myofascial Release therapist discovers other factors that are contributing to your physical pain: unconscious emotions, fears, anxieties, stress and tensions, that have been trapped and buried in your fascia and building up in your body for years.

During a series of treatments, you connect with these seemingly unrelated restrictions that lie hidden in different parts of your body.  As you feel and understand them, you release them and a transformation occurs… as the restrictions are released, you become more present in your life and are more likely to make conscious life choices that will  benefit you.

 Your life is the sum of all the choices you make, both consciously and unconsciously. If you can control the process of choosing, you can take control of all aspects of your life. You can find the freedom that comes from being in charge of yourself. -Robert F. Bennett

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Myofascial Release on Channel 7

Posted on May 25, 2012 by

Are You Tired of Living in Pain?

Southwest Physical Therapy has great success in treating problems that have been unresponsive to previous therapies, surgeries and medications. Clients often come to us with intense pain (back, hip, shoulder, knee etc.) that interferes with mobility, work, and sleep. MRI and X-ray results come back negative and doctors say they don’t see anything, but the pain is still very real. You can’t make sense out of it because you still feel the pain

Your mysterious pain is your body trying to tell you that something else is going on. Your body is a network of intelligent connective tissue or fascia, that records all physical, mental and emotional trauma.

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Welcome to Southwest Physical Therapy Myofascial Release!

Posted on May 17, 2012 by

Michael Boals and Aracelli Gonzalez are Myofascial Release Therapists at Southwest Physical Therapy

Michael Boals and Aracelli Gonzalez are Myofascial Release Therapists at Southwest Physical Therapy

Welcome to our site, and to our blog! Here you will be able to keep up with all of our news and thoughts on Myofascial Release.

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