How do traditional therapy and other forms of body work differ from what we do at Body Resonance?
Body Resonance Myofascial Wellness Center, LLC is different from traditional physical therapy, massage, or chiropractic facilities because we address a significant and commonly overlooked head-to-toe system and structure of the body – the fascial system. In doing so, we address the root cause of the pain, not just the symptoms. By treating the actual root cause, symptoms can finally be eliminated. We use a holistic, whole body approach and perform strictly one-on-one treatments that produce effective and lasting results.
At Body Resonance, we look beyond the traditional methods of masking the pain or placing a superficial “band-aid” on areas that call for more than a temporary cover-up solution. Authentic healing and recovery is achieved by addressing your entire body's structural imbalances in addition to other underlying past emotional or physical traumas that are held within your tissue memory; only then will you be able to experience true, long-lasting effects that allow you to fully feel and function better, enabling you to return to the pain-free lifestyle you desire.
Our specialty in Myofascial Release (MFR) allows us to view each patient as a unique individual, and is particularly helpful in the treatment of both new and stubborn or chronic problems that have not been resolved by traditional methods. Our highly trained therapists use a multitude of manual techniques and movement therapy. We promote independence through education in postural awareness and proper body mechanics, self-treatment instruction, enhancement of strength, and improvement in flexibility and overall quality of life.
Our therapists have extensive training in MFR taught by John F. Barnes, PT, LMT, NCTMB, the leading authority on Myofascial Release, international lecturer, author, and acknowledged expert in the areas of physical and massage therapy since the 1960s, It is essential to be aware that there are many who advertise the use of MFR, but misleadingly practice an old, forceful, solely structural, and aggressive form of care. This old form does not follow the guidelines of the current holistic form of Myofascial Release as instructed by John F. Barnes. Therefore, it is important to seek an MFR therapist who specializes in the John F. Barnes approach for the ultimate whole mind-body care. This work is not simply considered “alternative” therapy; it is authentic therapy and the most natural, intuitive, and safest form of true healing on many levels. It is one of the most effective forms of treatment in healthcare today.
MEET OUR THERAPISTS
We are here to facilitate your healing through Myofascial Release & Physical Therapy.
Rowena Cua is a Licensed Massage Therapist specializing in JFB Myofascial Release. She is Nationally Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. Rowena has had advanced and extensive training in Myofascial Release and has studied directly with John F. Barnes since 2006. She is an assistant instructor for his seminars. She is the host and facilitator of the Las Vegas MFR Study Group for local therapists. Her goals and intentions for BodyMFR is to create a healing environment and community of love and natural healing.
Her work with MFR began in 2005 as a patient suffering from migraines and women's health issues. As a former gymnast and athlete in competitive sports, she had injures that led to chronic pain. She found significant relief of her own chronic symptoms with Myofascial Release. As a patient, feeling and seeing the rapid improvements in her own health and well-being, she felt a strong calling to become a JFB MFR therapist after attending The John Barnes's Healing Seminar in Sedona, AZ in 2005. Rowena wanted to own her MFR wellness center to practice this powerful and sacred healing modality to help other people to get back to a healthy active lifestyle. Since then Rowena has focused on studying JFB MFR and continues taking seminars to deepen and expand her knowledge and manual skills further. Rowena has completed and repeated all of the required classes to be an Expert Myofascial Release Practitioner. She currently uses MFR as her primary modality along with Craniosacral Therapy and energy work. Rowena has also been a dedicated instructor and educator at European Massage Therapy School in Las Vegas, Nevada. She is also one of six members of the advisory board for the school. She has been invited to talk on multiple radio shows and health expos as an expert in Myofascial Release and Fascial Tissue Dysfunction, educating and promoting the healing benefits of authentic healing through Myofascial Release. She devotes her professional career to educating the public, fellow massage therapists, massage students, and personal trainers on the benefits of JFB Myofascial Release.
Her other trainings in therapeutic bodywork include techniques from Dr. Maka’ala Yates in Mana Lomi, a form of Hawaiian hot stone massage, Mojave Rain (TM) a Native American ritual with therapeutic essential oils by Jordania Goldberg, and aromatherapy with AromaTouch Technique and Raindrop Therapy. In addition, she has trained and studied Inca/Mayan Shamanism with Elena Radford.
Some of her clients include professional dancers, athletes, Circque de Soleil performers, MMA/UFC fighters, physical/massage/occupational therapists, attorneys, entrepreneurs and personal trainers. She also has extensive experience in treating pre and post natal mothers, infants and children.
Don Devine carries his Nevada Massage License and is a member of Associated Massage and Bodywork Professionals. For over 15 years he has dedicated himself to improving health and quality of life through education and bodywork techniques. He began this journey at the Utah College of Massage Therapy and has been practicing since 1999. His training includes John Barnes style Myofascial Release, Craniosacral Therapy, Structural Integration, Aroma (essential oil) Therapy, Neuromuscular Therapy, Injury Massage, and many other healing modalities.
Although a great deal of his experience has been in the spa setting on the world famous Las Vegas Strip, he has always focused on therapeutic work as a means to improve the quality of life in every treatment. After his introduction to John Barnes style Myofascial release, it was clear to Don that this is the most powerful type of mind-body therapy available. He is excited to be a contributing part of the team at Body Resonance Myofascial Wellness Center where he can focus on triggering the body’s healing response through Myofascial Release.
As a former teacher and administrator at the Utah College of Massage Therapy Family of Schools, education is a very important part of Don’s life and treatments. It has always been his practice to provide self-care information along with bodywork sessions. He feels that empowering people to be participants in their healing process is essential to that process. He is excited to carry this over to his work at Body Resonance Myofascial Wellness Center. His teaching credentials include Massage Basics, Advanced Massage, Injury Massage, Hydrotherapy, Structural Integration, and Professional Development. His former students have enjoyed successes around the world. It is difficult to find a spa on the Las Vegas strip with therapists who have not been influenced by his work as either a teacher or bodyworker.
Don is also a dedicated family man with a wife, three children, and a dog, all of whom have enjoyed his Myofascial Release treatments and are his greatest source of inspiration.
Dr. Valerie Buan is a highly trained Physical Therapist clinically practicing in both Nevada and California. She earned her undergraduate degree in Kinesiology with a minor in Psychology at the University of Southern California where she was a Dean’s List and a USC Kinesiology Departmental Scholarship recipient. It was then when Dr. Valerie was enamored with human anatomy and biomechanics as well as learning and memory. This fostered her appreciation for the intricate relationship of the mind and body and the interplay between the two in response to healing and recovery. She went on to earn her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Columbia University where she graduated with honors distinction and specialized in both adult neurological and cardiopulmonary rehabilitation while maintaining a keen appreciation for orthopedic and sports recovery. Dr. Valerie’s versatile breadth of clinical experience includes hospital based acute rehabilitation, clinical outpatient orthopedic sports and performing arts rehab, and community based wellness programs. Dr. Valerie also holds a deep interest in teaching, and has assisted in instructing courses and lectured on topics in human anatomy, biomechanics, and neuro-rehabilitation in both academic and clinical settings. She values a patient-centered approach that integrates evidence-based practices, the intuitive art of individualized care, and education to provide the opportunity for individuals to be active participates in their healing in a nurturing environment.
Dr. Valerie was introduced to John F. Barnes Myofascial Release Technique attending a JFB MFR course, where she learned about the ubiquitous role of the fascial system within our body. JFB MFR explains that it is within the fascial system that all of our body’s structures are housed and therefore impacts every movement in our body. Learning about the power of tissue memory housed with the fascial system in response to trauma and the use of JFB MFR to facilitate true mind-body healing, Dr. Valerie’s interest was sparked. She dove deeper into honing her craft and committed over 300 hours of JFB MFR seminars within her first year, and remains dedicated to taking courses annually. Through JFB MFR Dr. Valerie has experienced true mind-body healing from the longstanding impact on her own physical body brought on by years of being a multi-sport competitive athlete and suffering from a debilitating back injury. Dr. Valerie encourages individuals to be open to the powerful work that is JFB MFR. Allow yourself the permission to experience the healing that is possible, and let us at Body Resonance support you in your journey with the utmost empathy and compassion.
Dr. Valerie grew up in the suburbs of Los Angeles and she loves the So. Cal sunshine. She acknowledges that one’s healing journey includes the importance of self-care. Things she enjoys to invigorate her inner self include backpacking and day hikes, crochet, road biking, art museums, spending quality time with people she loves, cuddling her two pugs, eating chocolate peanut butter cups, and staying passionate about learning.
In addition to being a JFB MFR Advanced Clinician, Dr. Valerie is also a certified lymphedema therapist (CLT) and holds a certification in the Neuro-Integrative Functional Rehabilitation and Habilitation (NEURO-IFRAH) approach. She is also in training to be a wilderness first responder.
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