154 Commack Road
Commack, Long Island 631-462-4263

By Appointment Only

The significant impact chronic pain has on 100 million Americans is a concern for all health care providers. Chronic pain sufferers are among the most under served patients in the United States, further exacerbating this growing public health crisis. This group of patients faces many challenges –appropriate access to care, lack of validation of pain as a significant problem, the invisibility of pain, long-term insurance struggles and so much more.
Our goal is to provide the best possible care for patients with chronic pain and understand their need for specialized attention.
In our practice we work with people with acute and chronic pain, in addition to anxiety and stress.
We strive to provide the highest quality care and outcome base manual therapy and massage therapy services. Our promise to you is that we will treat you exactly how we want to be treated. Promise!
Marla Kaplan-Pelle, LMT, CLT, MFRP

 Return to an active pain-free life-style!

The John Barnes Myofascial Release Approach is changing lives! Our clients are feeling better than they have in years and even decades! Give yourself another chance! We are seeing lives changing daily. And remember, "Taking Care Of Me, Creates A Better We." Give us a call to set up an Orientation!
Change your world! 


The John F. Barnes’ Approach is effective in producing results that last. Trauma, inflammatory responses, and/or surgical procedures create Myofascial restrictions. Myofascial Release treats these restrictions, eliminating the pressure on the underlying body structures, which in turn will relieve symptoms such as pain, Myofascial Release Approach® is considered to be the ultimate therapy that is safe, gentle and consistently effective in producing results that last. This particular manual therapy certainly brings to mind the expression, “Sometimes less is more!” We are proud to offer the same renowned technique that is also being practiced at prestigious facilities such as the Hospital for Special Surgery, John T. Mather Hospital and other acclaimed small and large practices around the world!

Touching patients with skilled hands can be one of the most potent ways of effecting positive change. Touching patients through massage, coupled with the gentle, refined JB-MFR techniques creates new options for enhanced function and movement of every structure of the body.

Massage Therapy and JB-MFR can be used together to enhance the bottom line… better patient care!

Understanding Myofascial Release

The main tissue that MFR focuses on for release in the myofascial system is the fascia.


Fascia is a three dimensional web that surrounds and infuses every bone, muscle, nerve, organ, and vessel down to the cellular level from head to toe. It is composed of elastin, collagen and a fluid ground substance. Everything lies within the fascia. Restrictions can develop in fascia from trauma, poor posture, surgery, inflammation and/or disease. 

JB Myofascial Release Approach

John Barnes Myofascial Release (JB MFR) is a hands on, whole body manual therapy technique that addresses the fascial system. These MFR techniques allow the fascia to release and disengage from the underlying tissue, which in turn improves function. JB MFR is used to elongate the fascial tissue with sustained gentle pressure into the restriction or tissue barrier. After releasing several barriers, the tissue will become soft and pliable. Pressure will be taken off pain-sensitive areas and motion is restored.

JB Myofascial Release differs from most other types of medical massage; it’s a very gentle technique that uses uninterrupted, sustained pressure and a specific type of tissue release applied at the same time. Myofascial stretching in one area of the body can be felt another area of the body. In addition, it will also affect other body areas. Your therapist will look for a “drag” in the system, which is often the “cause” of the problem, but not necessarily the “symptom” you are experiencing. JB-MFR is often used to treat chronic recurrent pain, discomfort, limited range of motion and more. It is consistently effective and offers long term results. JB-MFR is currently being used at The Hospital for Special Surgery in N.Y.C., John T. Mather Hospital in Port Jefferson and many other large and small institutes around the world!

Your Session

Clients need to wear a 2-piece bathing suit or sports bra, or shorts and a tank top. Please do not have on any lotion, perfume or cologne. Sessions are generally 55 - 60 minutes. "Intensive Day" Sessions are 50 minutes.

The session will take place over (not under) a sheet, so that the therapist can note your body’s response to treatment.

This prevents the tissue from functioning at its maximum potential. These restrictions can create pain, swelling, poor biomechanics, decreased range of motion and/or decreased strength, in addition to a variety of other symptoms. Symptoms are often found very distant from the cause of the problem (the restriction). When fascia loses its pliability, collagen becomes dense and fibrous and the ground substance can solidify. Standard tests do not show a fascial restriction.

After Your Session

Progress will continue after the session; the fascia will continue to release hours to days after the sessions. Please make sure to read the Home Care Instructions that will be emailed to you when you make your first appointment /orientation.

The number of sessions that one would need is based on the individual. Everyone responds differently to MFR. Many feel changes in symptoms after a couple of sessions while others require a number of treatments to achieve their state of well-being. Clients are encouraged to have a two follow-up sessions as soon as possible after the initial visit to continue the progress made during the first session.


Introductory Pricing

We offer an introductory package at a discounted rate.  This three session package is recommended for everyone beginning their MFR healing journey. It is designed to familiarize you with receiving MFR and includes a postural evaluation / analysis and orientation, three hours of Myofascial Release, and a complimentary Self-Treatment Tool. 

First time only clients are eligible for this extremely valuable healing package. We strongly recommend booking your first 3 sessions at most, within a couple of days of each other and at best, 3 consecutive days. This helps ensure the release of bracing patterns. Clients generally book additional sessions but that is dependent on your goals.

Introductory Package

  • Includes Evaluation and Orientation
  • Three sessions $300
  • Self-treatment Tool

After Introductory Package

  • Single Session  $115
  • Package of 3   $ 330
  • Package of 6     $630  Sale $600

A "More Is Less" Quick Video on the nature of Fascia

John Barnes Myofascial Release Treatment Center

“...I've suffered with migraine headaches since I was 17 years old. That would be over 20 years of pain and I gave up along time ago on finding a cure. I've never been so happy to be wrong! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for giving me back my life.

- Donna L.

John F. Barnes, PT has written numerous articles in national publications documenting the benefits of Myofascial Release. These articles will assist in understanding the concepts and principles of Myofascial Release and can be very beneficial in explaining Myofascial Release to friends, family members, and fellow healthcare professionals

A postural analysis will be done and may be the deciding factor on where to begin treatment. MFR sessions expect client participation; you may feel like stretching or moving (un-winding) during the session, which is normal and encouraged. As the tissue lets go, very often an issue, physical and or emotional, will release as well. You will often feel sensations (the fascial voice) in other areas. The fascial voice may be heard as discomfort in a different area, a bubbling sensation, heat, cold etc. Please inform the therapist. Communication is the key to success.

The therapist's responsibility is not to force change, but to allow for subtle, yet very effective MFR releases. It is a whole body approach, not a fragmented approach. In other words, everything is connected and is treated as such. It certainly brings to mind the expression, "sometimes less is more."


“...For the first time in my life I feel free today! Free to sing from my belly as I did today! Sing with joy of a breakthrough of a new wonderful chapter in my life... Thank you!”

- Paula L.

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“When one human touches another human their vibratory rates are quite different on the molecular level, however with sustained pressure at the fascial restriction, the vibratory rates will become identical creating resonance. Resonance is the very essence of my Approach to Myofascial Release.”

 John F. Barnes, PT

Symptomic Relief and Conditions Commonly Treated with Myofascial Release

Allergies • Anxiety • Arthritis • Asthma & Bronchitis • Bursitis • Bunions • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome • Chronic & Acute Neck Pain • Chronic & Acute Shoulder Pain • Chronic & Acute Low Back Pain • Chronic & Acute Elbows Pain
Chronic & Acute Knees Pain • Constipation • Disc Problems • Frozen Shoulder • Fibromyalgia • Headache and Migraines • Insomnia • Myofascial pain and Tendonitis in Neck • Myofascial pain and Tendonitis in Shoulders • Myofascial pain and Tendonitis in Low Back • Myofascial pain and Tendonitis in Elbows • Myofascial pain and Tendonitis in Knees • Myofascial pain and Tendonitis in Ankles and Feet • Muscles Sprain/Strain in Neck • Muscles Sprain/Strain in Shoulders • Muscles Sprain/Strain in Low Back • Muscles Sprain/Strain in Elbows • Muscles Sprain/Strain in Knees • Muscles Sprain/Strain in Ankles and Feet • Pediatric Disorders •  Pelvic and Menstrual Problems • Post Mastectomy /Lumpectomy Scarring and Pain • Post-surgical dysfuntion • PTSD • Postural Issues • Pregnancy • Repetitive Strain Injuries •  Restriction Of Motion • Rotator Cuff Syndrome •  Sacral/Coccygeal Dysfunction • Scars • Scoliosis •  Sinusitis • Sports Injuries • Sciatica • TMJ (jaw joint dysfunction) • Tennis Elbow • Ulnar Neuritis • Whiplash



Your job? To take care of you for one week! Yes, 3 hours of MFR a day, Monday-Friday! Also includes use of the Recover-Me Room with Infrared Saunas, Stress-reduction workshops, personalized self treatment techniques, videos and more! Take the MFR principals to new levels as you immerse yourself in our world! Change your patterns, change your pain!


One day, three hours of intense treatment! Oh boy! Watch out for the new you! $300

Intensive Day Sessions

 An Intensive Day will consist of 3 MFR sessions booked back to back in 1 day.  Each session will be approximately 50 minutes in length. 

These sessions are recommended for people on a tight schedule that can not come in three times within one week. We recommend one Intensive day or two within 5 days or three Intensive Days with in one week. When three Intensive Days are booked, one of the sessions will include a second therapist. ($100 value)
These session are perfect for our regular MFR patients that would like to get things “moving” more quickly.

All of the Intensive Days include complimentary use of the Infrared Sauna before or after the sessions and must be booked when the Intensive Day is booked. 

$300 per Intensive Day

April 24, 2017 "Still feeling great after since my last review" 5 of 5 stars 

Reviewed by elissa g

I have had a several sessions of MFR (Myofacial release) and cannot tell enough people about how amazing I feel weeks after a session. I am also more attuned to my body, my posture, and what my body needs to relax/stretch now before a session and this maximizes results since I can tune in the practitioner in the beginning. If anyone is looking into MFR, the John Barnes practice of MFR is the way to go in my experience. Look it up on youtube since I am not qualified to say any more than "it works for me!" And I have a fused spine (7 vertebrae) following an accident over a decade ago along with poor posture from scoliosis. I am able to stand straight with less strain on my muscles now, and that is amazing to me!