"Healing is a process, not an event." -John F. Barnes

Training & Certification

Shannon Whitall, owner and founder of San Diego Myofascial Release, is a Licensed Massage/ Expert MFR Therapist who practices in  La Mesa, CA.  She graduated in 1999 from the Academy of Health Professions and has also studied extensively and directly under John F. Barnes, founder of the John F. Barnes Myofascial Release Approach®.  She is licensed to practice bodywork by the California Massage Therapy Council.
Having practiced bodywork for 24 years now, she is highly experienced. However, she believes that one can never fully master something.  So, she continues to educate herself, always challenging herself to grow in knowledge, expertise and ever improving her therapy skills.

Finding the John F. Barnes' Myofascial Release Approach®  to be a superior therapy that consistently produces positive, long lasting results, she founded San Diego Myofascial Release as a specialized therapy center that exclusively provides this form of myofascial release, for the treatment of chronic pain, scar release and trauma release, to the city of San Diego.

Trained in the following John Barnes courses:

  • Myofascial Release I  (3X)
  • Myofascial Unwinding (2X)
  • Myofascial Release II (2X)
  • Myofascial Release  Fascial Pelvis  (2X)
  • Myofascial Release: Cervical/Thoracic (2X)
  • Myofascial Mobilization (2X)
  • Women's Health MFR (2X)
  • Rebounding
  • Advanced Unwinding
  • Fascial Cranium
  • Equine MFR 
  • ​Subtle Energy 1

Shannon has the honor of being a leader in the John Barnes' MFR community, as well as in the local San Diego MFR community:

  • Myofascial Release Seminar Assistant Instructor
  • ​Myofascial Release Study Group Leader for the San Diego Area

A "Collective" of San Diego's Best Myofascial Release Therapists / Businesses, All Under One Roof!

Shannon Dolphin, OT Is the owner of Vital Therapy. She is a 20+ year California board-licensed Occupational Therapist who has earned a post graduate degree from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. Her OT career has included working with adults in hospitals, skilled nursing and home health care settings, treating chronic injuries, acute injuries and rehabilitation program planning.   Shannon was introduced to the renowned John Barnes Myofascial Release (MFR) technique in 2017 and immediately began to incorporate it with her Occupational Therapy practice. Shannon continues be a student of the MFR practice, taking and repeating seminars each year.    

Trained in the following MFR courses:

  • MFR I (X2)
  • Unwinding (X2)
  • MFR II (X2)
  • Fascial- Pelvis (X2)
  • Cervical – Thoracic
  • Rebounding
  • Fascial Cranium
  • Subtle Energy 1

San Diego Myofascial Release Therapist: Shannon Whitall, CMT is an expert in the John Barnes Myofascial Release Approach.

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                                         8407 La Mesa Blvd, La Mesa CA 91941

Shannon Whitall, CMT

Owner, San Diego Myofascial Release

​CAMTC #334

Rebecca Lynn Elias O.T.R./L.

Owner of Quantum Balance, Rebecca is an Occupational Therapist Registered and Licensed in the state of California. 
Rebecca has been a Registered Occupational Therapist for 30 years in San Diego since she graduated from San Jose State University in 1993 and has been using Myofascial Release (MFR) during treatments since 2007. 
Rebecca is trained under John Barnes in Myofascial Release and is considered an Advanced Practitioner.
Rebecca has completed the following MFR Courses:
Myofascial Release I
Myofascial Release II
Myofascial Unwinding 
Advanced Unwinding
Myofascial Rebounding
Fascial Pelvis 
Cervical Thoracic 
Myofascial Mobilization
Subtle Energy Therapy Level 1
Pediatric Myofascial Release
Fascial Cranium
Skill Enhancement with John Barnes

Rebecca enjoys assisting clients on their path of healing and recovery.  She finds  "connecting to nature", via the mountains and the sea, to be restorative.

Shannon Whitall with John Barnes

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