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Belltown Spine & Wellness has helped thousands of people over the past 25 years regain their health and vitality in Seattle.

Seattle Chiropractor - Belltown Spine & Wellness


Belltown Spine & Wellness Services

Belltown Spine & Wellness is an integrated health and wellness center that has helped thousands of people regain their health and vitality in the greater Seattle area. Services are customized and targeted for each individual's health goals.  Dr. Scott Mindel, Seattle chiropractor and owner of Belltown Spine & Wellness, created the signature 4-step program that is specifically designed to help patients recover from chronic neck and back pain conditions along with using the latest rehabilitation techniques available today.

Corrective Chiropractic Care

Belltown Spine & Wellness practices the state-of-the-art Corrective Biophysics Technique using Mirror Image exercise, adjusting and postural traction to correct the spine, and posture deviations back towards normal alignment and balance. Founder, Dr. Scott Mindel's 4-step Method has helped his patients restore overall health for over two decades in Seattle.

Massage Therapy

Belltown Spine & Wellness offers different types of massage to best suit individual client needs and preferences, including deep tissue, Swedish, and Manual Ligament Therapy, sports massage, lymphatic drainage, Healing Touch, trigger point therapy, reflexology, craniosacral, intra-oral, and pre-natal massage.

Naturopathic Medicine & Acupuncture

Holistic medicine is a form of healing that considers the body, mind, spirit, and emotions in the quest for optimal health and wellness do one can achieve optimal health by gaining proper balance in life. Naturopathic medicine, acupuncture and chiropractors target the root cause of an issue as opposed to simply reducing or managing symptoms.

Our Seattle Chiropractors & Doctor

Dr. Scott Mindel

Dr. Scott Mindel

Doctor of Chiropractic
Dr. Gion Monn


Doctor of Chiropractic
Dr. Julie Sutton

Dr. Julie Sutton

Naturopathic Doctor / Licensed Acupuncturist

Do you suffer from performance anxiety while interacting with your clients? So many therapists I have trained from across the country seem riddled with this condition.

Part of this is due

to our training, which implied we should be capable of fixing the client’s problems, which from a Myofascial Release perspective is impossible. As you enter into the world of Myofascial Release, you recognize that the client is capable of healing herself. You are not there to fix her, but to facilitate and guide her in a very gentle and effective way. This takes all the pressure off the therapist.

The art of Myofascial Release is to find and feel the restriction, which is unique to each individual despite their symptomatic complex. Then, with very gentle pressure, wait patiently; eventually, there will be a sense of softening, the way I describe it in my Myofascial Release seminars: “It feels like butter melting or taffy stretching.” At that point, the therapist still does not slide on the skin, but takes the slack out until he shifts the next collagenous barrier of the fascial system, which feels like very hard tissue. The old way of performing Myofascial Release is to try to force your way through, and that only gives you an incomplete release that produces temporary results.

When one has performance anxiety, she is attached to an outcome. This places unnecessary and undue pressure upon the therapist. Only when you detach from the outcome and let go of the fear of failure are you free to be a far more effective therapist.

The following is something written by a therapist I have trained that may be enlightening. I hope you enjoy it:

“Before Myofascial Release, I was empty. Myofascial Release has been an experience of coming into my body, feeling connected; sort of like seeing the world in color and 3-D instead of black and white and flat. Being around John has been an experience of learning acceptance. I was given permission to be just as I was, never pushed or prodded.

“Some things that John has taught me and made an impact on me are learning to detach from the outcome and letting go of performance anxiety. Of course, those statements were initially meant for treatment, but they transferred into my life. Detaching from the outcome allows me to listen to my higher self and trust, to let go of having to be in control. It allows me to be in my center, open to all possibilities.

“Performance anxiety extended into my personal life, with “I’m not good enough” feelings. I openly acknowledged that I felt that way while treating, but I didn’t realize that I really felt that way about myself.

“Sometimes I could describe John’s touch as a warm blanket that just seeped into every corner of my cells, encouraging those parts of me that were so hidden to come out. Such a safe feeling. Sometimes it felt like a velvet wrecking ball, flowing through my restrictions, but still so safe and tight. I learned to step out of my comfort zone to grow and heal old wounds. Again, [I learned to] trust and let go of the need to control.

“One of the nicest experiences has been to watch the growing and healing of one of my closest friends. She was working in my office, so I decided to send her to Myofascial Release I so that she would understand Myofascial Release at a deeper level. Over the course of the weekend, I saw the life come back into her eyes. It was so beautiful! She is slowly peeling off her layers and taking back her life. I really don’t want to think about a life without Myofascial Release. I have gained a wonderful Myofascial Release family, who seem to be with me always. I feel there is a world of growth out there just waiting to be tapped into.”

Myofascial Release is more than a series of highly effective techniques. It is a new paradigm and path to the enhancement of ourselves as therapists and personally as individuals. 

About the Author:

John F. Barnes, P.T., L.M.T., N.C.T.M.B., is an international lecturer, author and acknowledged expert in the area of myofascial release. He has instructed more than 100,000 therapists worldwide in his Myofascial Release approach, and he is the author of Myofascial Release: the Search for Excellence (Rehabilitation Services Inc., 1990) and Healing Ancient Wounds: the Renegade’s Wisdom (Myofascial Release Treatment Centers & Seminars, 2000). He is on the counsel of advisors of the American Back Society; he is also a member of the American Physical Therapy Association. For more information, visit www.myofascialrelease.com.

For more information about myofascial release, access two excerpts from the Fireside Chat with John F. Barnes, PT DVD on YouTube:

To connect with John Barnes on Facebook, visit www.facebook.com/myofascial.release.