Heather Maxwell

Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It's a relationship between equals. Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity. -------------- Pema Codron

My passion for bodywork is deeply rooted in my soul.  I’ve known since age 15 that helping people through therapeutic touch is my calling. This is how I’m meant to serve.

I’ve learned through personal experience that loving-intentional touch can transform hearts and make profound change in people experiencing pain. 

My mother suffered tremendous difficulty and anguish while undergoing treatment for terminal cancer. The hours I spent holding and massaging her aches and pains set me on the path t...

My passion for bodywork is deeply rooted in my soul.  I’ve known since age 15 that helping people through therapeutic touch is my calling. This is how I’m meant to serve.

I’ve learned through personal experience that loving-intentional touch can transform hearts and make profound change in people experiencing pain. 

My mother suffered tremendous difficulty and anguish while undergoing treatment for terminal cancer. The hours I spent holding and massaging her aches and pains set me on the path to facilitating change in people who are suffering. 

NV-Appeal-Readers-Choice_sm1I have had 14 successful years as a practicing massage therapist, with many accreditations in the field. I am quite proud to have held the title of Best Massage Therapist in Carson City, Nevada for 7-straight years.  My heart remains full with the fact that I have helped so many people manage their pain and symptoms. 


Time for a Change …

In my search for excellence in the field of bodywork, I have come to find that a human being cannot be compartmentalized or fixed like a machine. We are a complex matrix of fluid, fascia, and consciousness.

In April 2018, I closed my successful massage practice.  I needed to make this drastic decision to give myself fully to the process of connecting my mind and body. I was exhausted in my profession trying to “fix” what ailed my clients, only to have the same symptoms re-occur for them time and time again.  I longed for a more permanent solution for them, and for myself.  I had to go inward to heal my own lifetime of trauma and injury in order to facilitate healing for others. 

During my sabbatical, I invested over 400 hours of training and therapy with John F. Barnes, PT studying Myofascial Release (MFR) techniquesThe results I have seen using MFR – both personally and professionally – have been nothing short of extraordinary:

  • I am now able to regulate severe depression (with thyroid hormone deficiency) without medication. 
  • I am free from physical pain. 
  • I have discovered that fascial restrictions can and do play a role in every function and dysfunction of the body.    

As my layers of trauma and belief systems start to unravel, I am excited to share this new found freedom with my clients and community.  


A Fresh Start – A New Perspective

I am now excited to provide MFR therapy – exclusively, as it has proven more effective long-term. Therefore, I no longer practice traditional massage.

The body is crying out for attention and it cannot be ignored, medicated, surgically altered, or rubbed away. In my new practice, I remind clients it is essential to feel. I teach clients to use their pain and symptoms as a guide on the path to authentic healing.

I am currently the only advanced level John F Barnes MFR practitioner in Northern Nevada. 

I acknowledge that learning and growing is a continuous process without end, making me forever a grateful client and a perpetual student of MFR techniques, principals and life.

I’m here to help ignite your body’s own healing mechanisms to bring about better health and wellness.

Contact me today to find out if MFR Therapy is for you.


“Only when we know our own darkness well can we be present with the darkness of others…”        – Pema Codron



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Where I Work
Licenses
Massage

NV # 073

Education
2004

Baum Healing Arts Center

500 Hour Basic Massage 100 Hour Medical Massage Specialization

Experience
Bodywork

Myofascial Release Practitioner

John F. Barnes MFR certifications (some of which have I have taken numerous times for deeper retention and understanding): MFR1, MFR2, Unwinding, Mobilization, Fascial-Pelvis, Cervical-Thoracic, Women’s Health, Skill Enhancement Seminar, Therapy for the Therapist

Massage Therapy

Myoskelatal Alignment Technique, Medical Massage, Geriatric Massage, Oncology Massage, John Upledger’s Craniosacral Therapy 1, Hugh Milne’s Craniosacral Therapy 1 and 2

Fitness

Certified Personal Trainer CPT

National Academy of Sports Medicine

REVIEWS for my Bodywork services

by Dorothea on Apr 13
Her knowledge of anatomy and the techniques she uses to relax my tense muscles and nerves. She is never in a hurry . I feel that I have her skills and attention thru out the session.
by Anonymous on Mar 08
As always Heather listened to my concerns and addressed them with her healing skills.
by Anonymous on Mar 02
Heather explained everything she was doing and why she was doing it.
by Ross on Feb 18
very Professional, her approach is different but very positive and if you trust her and her method the process will amaze you. Again this is different than just regular message, this is for healing going to see her again and will in the future.
by Anonymous on Jan 30
Heather really listens and pays close attention to areas that need release.
by Randy on Jan 25
Heather is a gifted therapist. She has a amazing knowledge of the body and how to bring relief to it. Randy MacKenzie
by Karen on Jan 23
Heather did a great job of listening to my experiences and applying the info I gave to the work she did. She’s really intuitive and was able to immediately tap into my problem areas. She was patient, thoughtful, and responsive. I will definitely be working with her again.
by Martin on Jan 21
Heather knows exactly what to do to help her clients get better. She explains what she is doing to help with the damaged area of the body. This helps to alleviate any anxiety one might have. Thank you Heather.
by Scottie on Jan 12
My 1st visit was exceptional, I was introduced to the practice just recently, my knowledge of my body, the causation of my pain, has expanded 3x, and I have been given a clear concise attainable therapeutic solutions, using Myofascial Release, to correct my recurring pain and discomfort.
by Lauren on Jan 08
Heather has a true skill in making you feel comfortable and taken care of. She went above and beyond what I would have expected of her, and was so kind and caring. I also couldn't believe the number of certifications she had hanging on her wall - she's truly knowledgeable and passionate about the work she does, and it shows.

SPECIALTIES: Bodywork and Massage techniques I perform

Bodywork & Massage

  • Myofascial Release
  • John F. Barnes Myofascial Release

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