Spirit-Mind-Body Massage & Reiki
Using MyoFascial Release for Pain, Stress & Physical Rehabilitation Management

Acute & Persistent Chronic Pain & Stress Relief Through
Integrated MyoFascial Release, Massage & Reiki Energy Therapies


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Site last modified:  2023.0507


2023.0507:  I have renewed my bi-annual California massage therapist certification (CMT) through 2025.

2022:1028:  I received my bivalent booster for BA.4 & 5, and what has gone before.  I am now 2+3 vaxed and boosted, but still being very cautious. 

2022:0903:  OOPS!  I tested (+) for COVID, today.

2022:0707:  SMBmassage is still closed for business. 

Unfortunately, in California and in the rest of the USA, COVID cases due to the Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 variants are on the rise.  Even though I am 2+2 vaxed and boosted, and am tested (PCR) for COVID every Wednesday, I am being very cautious, having lost friends to COVID.  In the light of these facts and my level of risk aversion, I still cannot yet foresee the time when I will reopen my myofascial release, massage and Reiki therapy business.

2021.0801:  Given the increases in both the presence of the Delta variant and the troubling "no-vax" and "no-mask" sentiments in the general population, my in-person MFR & REIKI services will be halted for the foreseeable future.  I am sorry to report this, for I had hoped that the availability of effective vaccinations would change everything;   however, it has fallen far short of my hopes ... but see 2021.0101 below.

2021.1009:  Hooray, again.  I have now been boosted.

2021.0323:  Hooray!  Today, I received my second Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination;  however, it is still much too early for me to throw away my boxes of masks & insertable filters, and physically hug everyone in celebration.  There are still too many persons as yet un-vaccinated.  So when will you schedule your vaccination?

And I have renewed my bi-annual California state massage therapist certification —  CMT.

2021.0101:  Always keep the faith  always!   

2020.1211:  Here is a  WAPO infra-red video  showing the exhaled CO2 cloud pattern of the breath.

2020.0717:  Do you ever wonder how you, or we as a nation, will ever get through all of this COVID-related insanity;  or feel that you are being swallowed up in the mud flats (11:45) of life?  Then please take heart from these  inspiring words  (video 16:00) by retired Navy SEAL Admiral Wm H McRaven, based on his 2014 commencement address at his alma mater, UT Austin. 

2020.0723:  Video (1:49)   How face coverings affect virus droplet and aerosol dispersion  —  This YouTube video shows how virus dispersion is affected by several face coverings when talking, coughing or sneezing  (5 cm = 2 inches).

2020.0616:  { Video (18:19) & related paper — Virus Propagation by Aerosols   &   2020.0626 ( Reducing transmission of SARS-CoV-2 );    

And other articles & papers —  2020.0612 NYT ( The Scientist, the Air and the Virus ),  2020.0704 NYT ( 239 Experts: CoronaVirus is Airborne ) }.  

Please watch this YouTube video & read the related paper;  and then read the other articles & papers.  The video is a very important and useful interview with Dr Kimberley Prather, the Distinguished Chair of Atmospheric Chemistry at UC San Diego (UCSD).  She talks about the as-yet not fully appreciated importance of virus & influenza propagation, not only by droplets, but also by aerosols — the ultra-fine droplets (< 5 microns, depending on air movement or turbulence) that can float in the air for hours and days, rather than quickly fall to earth as do their larger droplet kin. 

The Droplet Theory is about 100 years old, limited by the technology available at the time;  the Aerosol Theory extends the Droplet Theory, based on better observational & measurement technology and data.  Atmospheric scientists have been observing, measuring & modeling aerosols, and their effect on human health for at least 3 decades, so this is well-seasoned science;  however, it has remained not well known to medical science until now because apparently there have been few compelling reasons to do so — at least until CoronaVirus SARS-COV-2 (COVID-19) reared its ugly head. 

Her department's work, and that of others, has the power of theory,   i.e.,  a body of knowledge statements & supporting evidence,  explanatory power (why are young persons who go to crowded poorly-ventilated indoor bars now showing such a high incidence of infection),  and predictive power (planning an event at your child's school —  should it be indoors or out,  with ventilating  fans or without,  masks and physical distancing or not,  limited or unlimited attendance,  sanitation aids or not,  educational posters or not?). 

Please do watch the video.  It has a whopping amount of easily-understood and very useful information that you can use to help you evaluate what you hear in the NEWS (explanatory power), or to assess the danger of circumstances you might be about to encounter or plan (predictive power), and to take appropriate actions (wear the mask,  physical distance,  dine outdoors,  hold your event either outdoors or in a very well ventilated facility,  avoid crowds,  wash & sanitize hands). 

And stay well;  that's an order!

2020.0501:  Based on Federal  (CDC)  and California  (CDPH)  information,  and the alarming direction of California's COVID-19 data trends,  and the trends of other states that are re-opening (IMHO: too early & too fast),  I do not foresee myself reopening my hands-on business for quite some time.  Because I am now in 5 high-risk groups for getting COVID-19 and for not surviving it well,  I must go with the test of time, hoping & watching for progress in medical science, rather than responding to any economic hardship I am experiencing. 

There are more than  5  COVID-19  test sites within 10 miles of my location in San Jose, CA;  for your own peace of mind, find a test site near you and make & take your  appointment  for FREE testing.  I take the very accurate PCR test every 4 weeks; I got my most recent negative results in 3 days.  

In the meantime, I have plenty to do while in physical isolation to enable better services for you. I am completing several online courses of study for certifications, for which I have already completed the associated live in-person workshops required, with expertly guided hands-on experience.  In particular, I am certifying as a Health Nutritionist;  as an MPT (Master Personal Trainer) for rehabilitation, strength training and senior citizenry;  as well as finishing up my certification as an Ayurvedic Health and Lifestyle Counselor (Level-2).

2020.0424:  { Video (2:47) —  The COVID-19 Virtual Massage  }  ​​​​I proudly present for your relaxation and enjoyment, our FREE virtual distance massage service.  My sincere thanks to the creative  Touchless Massage Gurus at  Vayu Spa  in Atlanta, GA, for creating the video.  And ... here is a  very happy Vayu Spa client.  Turn on your speakers for full benefit.  And if ever you find yourself in Atlanta, GA, then please stop by Vayu Spa for a hands-on massage or two that you are not likely to too soon forget.  Unfortunately, delivery of the equipment & supplies I need to have in order to offer you this service in-person in my studio has been delayed indefinitely.  Soooooooooo ... just find yourself a comfy chair or sofa, go eyes-open full-screen, sit back, relax, and imagine you are on my massage table getting your free stress-reducing full-body COVID-19 Virtual Massage;  then repeat as needed.  Please do have a laugh ... or two ... or more.  And live your life to the fullest, whatever that means for you today, tomorrow & all your tomorrows to come. 

2020.0307:  For the duration of the City of San Jose's, Santa Clara County's and California's COVID-19 shutdown and shelter-at-home situation, I am offering remote-site at-a-distance REIKI, Therapeutic "Touch", psychic energy balancing, and Tong Ren energy healing sessions at $60 per 60-minute session;  that's 60% off of my full base rate. I will be at my home, and you will be at your home.

2020.0301:  Other than remote-site at-a-distance REIKI, psychic energy balancing, Therapeutic "Touch" and Tong Ren energy healing services, I am temporarily not taking any new clients in my in-person massage & Reiki therapy business, given the current state of the Corona Virus (COVID-19);  furthermore, all existing client appointments have been postponed or converted into distance energy balancing & healing sessions.  

Given that massage therapy is "up close and personal," and that I am charged by professional ethics with not making your health and well-being worse as a result of your receiving my services, I feel I can take no lesser action, at this time.  Thank you for your understanding.  

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Welcome to  Spirit-Mind-Body Massage & Reiki (SMBmassage.com), the home of:  FRIFTM  (Functional Re-Integration FrameworkTM);  S2WTM  (Stairway to WellnessTM);  REWMSTM (Re-Education with Movement & StretchingTM);   and  TAPSTM  (Total Applied Pain ScienceTM). 

Remember — if you want  MyoFascial Release  therapy, then be sure to ask for the real deal, the John F Barnes Approach to MyoFascial Release (MFR/jfba);  and be certain that your MFR therapist has been trained by John F Barnes or his trainers. 

If you are a cancer survivor wanting a cancer-safe massage, then be certain that your therapist is an Oncology Massage Preferred Provider (OMPP), as designated by the Society for Oncology Massage, our OM professional association.

At SMBmassage, I facilitate your managing your journey to both freedom from pain and restored personal functionality, thereby helping you to achieve a more pain-free active lifestyle and improved quality of life.  Your specific unique acute or persistent chronic pain, stress and orthopedic dysfunction rehabilitation needs are managed through the integration of manual therapy, movement, stretching, advanced pain science, and energy therapy services — holistically treating the whole person, not just the symptoms.  

I assist the client's — your — holistic healing process.  A cornerstone of holistic healing is that, given the correct treatment and coaching, your body can largely heal itself;  however, emergency situations will likely require some conventional allopathic western medical treatment, too.  As such, I emphasize the need and expectation that my clients will become empowered to take a significant & active role in their own healing process.  I will provide them with therapeutic rehabilitative experiences, education, guidance, and tools to enable them to take on this great responsibility of self-care for themselves and their family & friends — including facilitating recovery following conventional allopathic medical treatment.

The client's specific acute & persistent chronic pain, stress, medical, clinical and orthopedic conditions drive how each therapy session is customized within the context of the client's long-term program for manual & energy therapy and self-care, for maintaining & improving their health, wellness & quality of life;  and consistent with any valid medical prescriptions. 

I am nationally listed as a   Certified Medical Massage Practitioner (CMMP)  and as an Advanced MyoFascial Release Therapist (MFR/jfba);  and listed & designated by S4OM.org as an  Oncology Massage Preferred Provider (OMPP).  

My medical NPI (National Provider Identification) number is # 1477098572.

If you suffer from, or are limited by any item on the short list below of typical acute or persistent chronic pain & dysfunction problems, then FRIF, S2W, The John F Barnes Approach to MyoFascial Release (MFR/jfba), Total Applied Pain Science (TAPS), Re-Education with Movement & Stretching (REWMS), and Reiki as practiced in concert by me at SMBmassage.com are often able to bring you long-term relief.  This short list is by no means all-inclusive, but is simply a representation of some of the conditions I treat at SMBmassage.

If you want help with your conditions, then please eMail, text or call me (see Contact Information TAB).

Clinical/Medical Massage (CMMP) Cancer/Oncology Massage (OMPP)
FMS FibroMyalgia Syndrome Sport & athletic injuries
Back pain —  upper & lower Pelvic pain
Carpal tunnel syndrome Pelvic floor dysfunction
Chronic fatigue syndrome Neurological dysfunction
Trigger points Nerve entrapments
TMJ  Thoracic outlet syndrome
Myofascial pain syndrome Brachial plexus entrapment
Lymphatic flow, acute & long-term Pediatric issues
Acute & persistent (chronic) pain Women's Health Issues
Plantar fasciitis In-utero & birth injuries
IT Band tightness Pre-&-post-op tissue prep & scar rehab
ACL, PCL & other knee injuries  Lymphedema
Sciatica Vulvodynia
Head trauma Coccydynia
Sinus problems Interstitial cystitis — painful bladder syndrome
Headaches —  tension & migraine Urinary incontinence, urgency & frequency
Whiplash Infertility problems
Neck pain Arthrofibrosis
Spinal disc & facet joint problems Menstrual problems
Spinal Scoliosis Mastectomy pain & scars
Dural tube immobility & distortion Painful scars — burn, surgical & natural
Sacro-iliac joint problems Breast surgery scars
Lumbar-pelvic problems Episiotomy scars
Postural distortions C-section scars
Restricted motion Prostate scars
Lethargy Intercourse pain
Phantom limb pain Pudendal nerve entrapment
Spasm or spasticity Tendonitis
Fascial adhesions Adhesive capsulitis, shoulder & pelvis
Bursitis Orthopedic rehabilitation
Frozen Shoulder Geriatrics

REMEMBER:  this list is not an exhaustive list.  To learn more about SMBmassage, me, and my services, hours & rates, please visit the website's other TABs.

Thank you for visiting Spirit-Mind-Body Massage & Reiki.  I hope to be able to serve you some day soon, either in your own home or at SMBmassage in San Jose, California.  Until then, for you and your loved ones, let every day be a great day, and may you enjoy each day & each other to the fullest.  Live in powerful peace.

Namaste, Dusty Rhodes, MS, CMT, CMMP, OMPP
MyoFascial Release & Massage Therapist, Reiki Master and Health Educator

email: RRhodes9@SMBmassage.com 
CAMTC # 67448
NPI # 1477098572

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DISCLAIMER:  While the services offered at  Spirit-Mind-Body Massage & Reiki  contribute to relaxation and an improved state of well-being, they are not intended to replace medical diagnosis and treatment.  I recommend first that you consult your physician regarding any illness or injury you might have, and about the complementary treatments provided by SMBmassage. I do not diagnose illnesses or injuries;  nor do I recommend diets, supplements, or medical treatments.

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