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 250 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 intermediate level John F Barnes MFR practitioner in Northern Nevada. and have a goal to obtain expert level by the end of 2019. 

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 Anonymous on Jun 13
Heather is a talented, kind and beautiful practitioner.
by Taylor on Jun 12
Heather is incredible! She made me Feel so comfortable and just after 1 session I felt incredible. I actually cried tears of joy on my car ride home because it was the first Time in forever that I actually felt relief from my pain! I highly recommend.
by Juliana on May 31
Yet again Heather takes my very broken body and gives me the relief I have been praying for.
by Anonymous on Apr 13
Heather's knowledge of massage and the body are unparalleled IMHO. She is very professional and I was excited to try MFR. She explained what she was doing and I felt pain relief for several days after my session.
by Nicole on Apr 05
I was unsure what MFR would do for my soft tissue issues in my hip. I immediately noticed a positive difference and release in tension.
by Jack on Mar 29
appreciate MFR because of how Heather gives significant energy to specific areas of restriction vs massage. Massage is like being on a vacation where with MFR you are going somewhere re improved range of motion and more fluid movements. It is always great when you can expand your range of motion verses desperately trying to hand on to what you have.
by Courtni on Mar 21
I like that you listen to my concerns and really dig deep into what I've been through and how my body feels day to day. I feel like you worked through all the tightness and soreness, I appreciate all the time spent and I love you!
by Veronica on Mar 07
She asked all the right questions and was very friendly. The environment was relaxing and made me feel right at home. This was my second experience with MFR and i will definitely be making another appointment with Heather. Overall it was an amazing experience and i am very glad i found her.
by Steve on Jan 30
I am new to MFR, and was a little skeptical at the start of my sessions. Heather took time to explain the process and how MFR would work on my body. Each session Heather explained what she was doing and encouraged me to provide feedback. I can honestly say that each session has been wonderful. I had issues that caused sharp pains, and now they have stopped. Heather's level of skill in the use of MFR is remarkable! She has diminished my levels of pain, and I am feeling much better since the sessions began. I believe that with Heather's abilities and her dedication to ensuring a positive for outcome for me, I will be enjoying a much better quality of life. Thank you Heather.
by Cathy on Jan 29
I recently had a new and different knee pain that wouldn't go away, and after my chiropractor recommended MFR treatments, I knew I was on the right track getting treatments from Heather. After two treatments, the results have been amazing! She's also helping with some chronic issues in my shoulders. If you experience chronic or reoccurring musculoskeletal issues, I highly recommend Myofascial Release treatments from Heather Maxwell.

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