Email is working now.

I have had some technological and logistical issues over the last few months, and had not been receiving emails sent to my address.  With all the various email addresses one has these days, I did not realize this email was not being delivered to me.  My text and phone and other email addresses had been working fine, so I didn’t notice I was missing this one.  I apologize if I have not responded to you in a timely manner.  I have the email issues fixed now and it should be working correctly going forward.

– Michael

It’s been a while.

It’s been a while since I’ve posted an update. I wish I could say that I’ve had a major life event keeping me from this, but it reality, I haven’t. It’s just been me procrastinating and making excuses. I’ve been saying “I’ll work on it tomorrow.” Well, after two years, it is finally tomorrow. What has happened in the last two years? Well, John E Upledger has died. He developed CranioSacral Therapy, and was one of the fathers of modern soft-tissue therapy and subtleties of touch. He taught about the body-mind-emotion connection and developed techniques for working with PTSD. CranioSacral Therapy and Myofascial Release have a lot of overlap in ideologies many of the cranial techniques used by the John F. Barnes Myofascial Release Approach are modified versions of Upledger’s techniques. He was a remarkable man and will be missed by many.

Massage therapy has added quite a few new modalities and techniques in the last couple years. As I look through the overview for various training classes, and read about new modalities in massage trade magazines, I am finding quite a few with some overlap of the John Barnes Myofascial Release Approach. Many are now touting the integration between mind, body and emotions and how dysfunction in the body is not always treated best by a direct symptomatic response. Gone are the days where the only two massage techniques were Swedish and Deep Tissue. This is a good thing for massage clients everywhere as therapists learn about these new modalities and techniques, they can better and whole-istically treat their clients. This is truly a win for everyone.

For myself and my own practice, I have closed my Webster Groves office. With my Groupon offers completed, and slightly variable hours at my day job, it was not practical to maintain my Webster Groves office any longer. I am now working out of my home office, and making house-calls as needed.

I wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

– Michael

Myofascial Stretching

Myofascial Stretching Myofascial Stretching is a unique self-treatment technique that follows the principles of Myofascial Release (MFR) as developed by John F. Barnes, PT. After a session or two with a therapist, you can get a sensation of how Myofascial Release feels, and once you know that sensation, this book is an excellent source on self-treating at home. This book makes excellent use of a treatment ball, which I will provide on your second or third session. I also have a copy of the book for review. This book contains a wealth of knowledge and demonstrated techniques that show how to get the most out of your self-treatment regime. You can order your own copy online at the link below.

Order online.

Groupon Vouchers – Extension

Groupon vouchers expire this week. Since there are several that haven’t yet booked, I am extending the promotional offer through August 5th. Simply book your appointment online by then, and you will get the full promotional value. Any appointments scheduled after this date will only have the amount paid applied to the session, so schedule now.

Entertainment Daily Deal

Serenity in the City is featured on Entertainment’s Daily Deal for Saint Louis!

Please feel free to browse the site and learn how Myofascial Release is completely different than most forms of massage, yet gently addresses the causes of most muscular and chronic pain, corrects body posture, and increases range of motion.

If you have any questions, feel free to email or call, and when you are ready, follow this link to book your appointment.


Therapeutic Insight: Waldo

Here is a short post from John Barnes about a cat and the vet.  It shows how the traditional medical viewpoint can be so focused on the symptoms, it can be blinded to the simple solutions.

Happy Holidays!

Webster Groves Gift Certificates make the perfect gift and are redeemable by many local businesses.  As a special holiday treat, book an appointment by January 31, and receive $30 off when paying by Webster Groves Gift Certificates. (Not valid with any other offer.)

New Office Location

There is now a convenient office location in Webster Groves, just minutes from Highway 40  and I-44.  Just one block north of the ScholarShop. The new address is:

7902 Big Bend Blvd
Webster Groves, MO 63119

Working Miracles

“Let me tell you, Michael works miracles! After recently completing a move into our new house, my girlfriend and I were suffering chronic pain and soreness, the type of pain that just makes it uncomfortable to live your daily life. We were both skeptical at first, but I really wanted long term relief, not the temporary relief I had always received from traditional massage therapy, so I thought I would take a risk. I had Michael come out and treat us both with a 90 minute session, and it was amazing! Not only was he able to ease out the aches, pains, and stiffness from the move, but he was able to release the pain from my car accident 20 years ago, my hip surgery 3 years ago, and my girlfriend’s chronic back strain. There wasn’t any of the pain and discomfort of a deep tissue massage and yet he was able to work out pains that had existed so long we had simply accepted them as part of life. Even six weeks later I feel better than I have in years!”

Josh S.
Saint Charles, Missouri

National Multiple Sclerosis Society Challenge Walk

I will be volunteering at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Challenge Walk the first weekend in June (June 3-5).  Volunteers are needed in several different areas.  If you are interested in helping to support your local MS chapter, please visit or call 314-781-9020.