Anne Barber-Shams, LMT, CNMT

Certified Neuromuscular Massage Therapist |
St. John Method | License #1964

Anne Barber-Shams

Anne is passionate about making the most of every day of life.

She knows we can stay healthy and active much longer than traditional medicine expects us to.

She recovered from her own severe back injury with treatment from Dr. Harden, Physiatrists, Neuromuscular Massage Therapy, Acupuncture, Stretching and Pilates.

How is Neuromuscular Massage Therapy (NMT), St. John Method Different from other Massage?

It is based on restoring proper balance of the muscles and proper weight bearing on the joints of the skeleton. NMT techniques lengthen those muscles that are inflexible through specific and precise massage to them, much like Yoga uses stretching and asanas to accomplish the same goal.


What to Expect

I will begin by finding which muscles are short, tight, and therefore are causing limits and pain. I will take into account

  • your report to me
  • postural assessments: I measure and chart the position of your arches, pelvis, shoulders, cervical spine and the base of your skull
  • I may assess the position of your cranial bones
  • range of motion: I will do this always within your comfort zone
  • muscle palpation
  • trigger points and referred pain from them


  • is agreed on between us
  • may duplicate some symptoms, but not severely, and then you will feel much better
  • you are in charge of how much pressure I use
  • includes trigger point therapy, muscle energy techniques, and passive and active stretching, all based on the assessments I have done
  • is modified according to results and your progress

Education and Teaching

Licensed as LMT in 1985 Oregon License 1965

Certified as Neuromuscular Massage Therapist. St. John Method in 1989

Anne received her BA from the University of California at Santa Barbara

After several years of study of St. John NMT, she served as head Instructor to as many as 60 students in weekend St. John NMT seminars in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Hawaii.

She has taught continuing education to massage therapists at East-West College and Oregon School of Massage in Portland, OR, and for the Oregon Chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association.

She currently develops and teaches continuing education courses for massage therapists at Oregon School of Massage, and teaches in the core curriculum.

She has studied with many orthopedic and clinical massage teachers in addition to Paul St. John, including James Waslaski and Whitney Lowe. She incorporates muscle energy techniques (Onsen), stretching and movement therapy into her work.

Her research on the mind-body connection, The Psyche-Soma Connection: Illness and Wellness Factors, was published in the peer-reviewed journal Somatics (Vol. II), published by Thomas Hanna before his death.

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