About the Therapist

Tara Ellen, LMT


I am a nationally certified and VA-state licensed massage therapist specializing in The John F. Barnes' Myofascial Release Approach® and Craniosacral Therapy. My office is located in the heart of Falls Church, VA. I started my private practice in April 2011 and it's been an amazing experience bringing relaxation and relief to our community.

I treat adults 18 years and older. If you are pregnant please do contact me for an appointment. I recommend that you seek out a therapist with extensive prenatal training. 

Background & Training

- Graduated Potomac Massage Training Institute (PMTI) in Washington, DC, February 2011. This training program consisted of anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, and the practical application of massage.

- Completed Craniosacral Biodynamic Therapy professional 3-year training program, The Wellness Institute, June 2012

- John F. Barnes' Myofascial Release (MFR) Approach® 

(May 2012- Present; multiple dates notes course was repeated to further enhance my skills)

  • Myofascial Mobilization, May 2012

  • Myofascial Release I, June 2012 & Dec 2015

  • Myofascial Release II, July 2014 & Jan 2015

  • Fascial-Pelvis, March 2013, Oct 2014, March 2015, June 2017

  • Cervical-Thoracic, April 2014, Feb 2015, Aug 2016

  • Myofascial Unwinding, May 2014

  • Myofascial Rebounding, June 2014

  • Skill Enhancement Seminar, Sep 2014 & Feb 2016

  • Equine MFR, April 2015

  • Myofascial Healing Seminar, June 2015

  • Advanced Myofascial Unwinding, June 2015, Aug 2016

  • Women's Health Seminar, July 2015

  • Subtle Energy (Therapeutic Touch), Oct 2016

  • Myofascial Release III, Oct 2016

  • Quantum Leap, Dec 2017

  • Fascial Cranium, July 2018

- The Barral Institute Visceral Manipulation Curriculum 

  • Visceral Manipulation 1 (Abdomen 1), Jan 2019

  • Visceral Manipulation 2 (Abdomen 2), Aug 2019

- Neuromuscular Therapy training, Precision Neuromuscular Therapy (Upper Extremities), April 2013 

- Basic Manual Lymphatic Drainage, Dr. Vodder School International, February 2013

- Massage for People Living with Cancer, Oncology Massage Education Associates, May 2011

- Reiki training (First Degree, Second Degree, and Master Training), June 2007- June 2011

​My goal is to provide clients with a holistic approach towards a state of well-being. All my clients are treated with utmost respect and compassion. I enjoy supporting my clients with effective treatment, as well as educating them about the importance of releasing tissue restrictions, as well as the awareness about how stress and trauma effects our health. As we incorporate valuable aspects of healing such as self care, therapeutic work, healthy personal connections, rest, consistent exercise & movement, good nutrition, and spiritual fulfillment, we essentially raise our energetic vibrations and find a sense of clarity, balance and well being. I believe that all healing starts with recognizing the inherent health within. I would like to be part of your healthcare network and it is my ultimate reward to support you.

Your care, modesty and comfort are my highest priorities. I want you to begin to feel relaxed as soon as you step through the door. My space is equipped with an air purifier for the cleanest environment possible and an Amethyst Infrared Biomat to aid in detoxification and ease sore muscles. 

Me and John F. Barnes, PT, founder of John F. Barnes’ Myofascial Release Approach® taken at a MFR seminar in Sedona, AZ, June 2014

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Disclaimer: While the services at Myofascial Release Falls Church (Elements of Wellness, LLC) contribute to relaxation and an improved state of well-being, they are not intended to replace medical diagnosis and treatment. It is recommended that you consult your physician regarding any illness you may have. I do not diagnose illnesses, nor do I recommend diets, medical treatments or supplements.

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