Therapies Using Sound and Movement

If you are feeling out of touch, out of sorts, mad at the world, then come to a class with John. Discover new ways of strengthening your stance in the world. Using sound, movement and massage, you will discover a new sense of your body and its ability to express your heart's desire. You will have a chance to move out of consensual reality long enough to discover your own true self.


"You could ask me how I am, and I could talk for hours. But using one of John's techniques, in 5 minutes a whole world of feelings and emotions opened up. Until now, I didn't have a way to access this emotional landscape."
Cecily Hutchison, Long Beach New York


John William Johnson is a nationally certified massage therapist and board certified psychotherapist. For decades, he has taught all over the world, helping people to explore their authentic selves.


What is John up to?


John W. Johnson, CEO of the AllAboutNetwork, travels the world in search of new experiences and alternative medicine treatments. Check back often to find out what he's up to!

February 3, 2012


IN SAN MIGUEL ALLENDE, MEXICO. I’m living here for the winter; no more cold, rainy, grey winters for me. Teaching Soul Motion Yamuna Body Rolling. Doing yoga. And of course keeping the All About Health Network going. Met with Allan Gross, local producer/director. He is eager to produce my one man show “Dying To Wake Up” here in San Miguel.


OCTOBER 3, 2010


IN SAN MIGUEL ALLENDE, MEXICO teaching Soul Motion. I love it here. I know people, the weather is gorgeous, and I get to facilitate a great group of expats.


September 4, 2010

Birthday time. Continuing my study of the voice with Linda Brice of Transformational Voice here in Portland.


August 18, 2010

Working with Emilie Conrad and Susan Harper at their Annual Summer Depths Retreat.This is a regular yearly staple for me. the work is so deep, cellular in nature. The notion is that we come from the sea, not from the apes. We will spend a few days together in darkness and silence, going down deep in to the core of who we are and what’s available to us.


August 5, 2010

Transformative Voice Work class is in its last month. Wow! Linda Brice is an amazing teacher. Each week I watch miracles happen. People's voices go thru major transformations. The biggest lesson I have learned is how most of good vocal sound is getting out of the way. Letting go of the thoughts and pressures of the past. Breath and posture are key to good sound. Thank heavens I have a strong background in yoga and dance. It has served me well in this class.

My movement practice is evolving. I am working more and more on my slow dance. Allowing the movement to unfold. It is very similar to the principles of Tai Chi and Chi Gong. Some of the comments i get have to do with the sense that I'm like a force field, lighting up my body from head to toes.

Here's an invitation for you: Find a quiet, nurturing place to spend some time. Stand erect, knees slightly bent, feet parallel and shoulder width apart. If you have some music you like, you can use it to inform your movement. Take a full, easy breath, and begin to move. Imagine your whole body being engaged. Let your mind serve your body, ie, attend to what your body wants to do.

Every so often, pause. Just find a spot that intuitively feels like a good spot to stop. My experience is that these positions can serve as mudras, ie, places where your body acts as a receiver of energy from the universe. Fill yourself with this cosmic love and light. And then when it feels right, begin to move again. You might be surprised at how long your body can stay in one position.

May 16, 2010

Life is very full! We just made it through one of the most dense Mercury Retrograde's I've ever experienced. We moved the Health Network back to my home, and everything that could go wrong, did. I am very excited by the threads I find myself immersed in: 1) Following my body- when i'm dancing, i'm letting my mind move into observer status, and really listening closely to my body's desires. Feeling my hip moving, followed by a sigh, and watching my head slowly move toward the ground. And now I'm moving towards another person. Oh my god! And then i find myself in a dance, and now the co creation takes over and there's no need to do anything but enjoy and follow the ride. 2) Mindsight, Dennis Siegel's work, Interpersonal NeuroBiology. Dennis is putting in to words what many of us have known for ages. There is a part of the brain that involves listening and advocating for another. If we can include this in the educational process, it will be much harder for people to go to war. 3) Singing- opening my voice to the power and pleasure of song. Especially in my story telling work. Watch for the emergence of Full Bodied Stories. This will take my sound and movement and massage work to another level.


April 6, 2010

Here's my schedule for the summer: June 13-18 Soul Motion at Esalen Retreat Center, Big Sur California June 18-27 Northern California Dance Festival, High Sierras July 13-14 Soul Sounds, Continuum, LA July 15-21 Vox Mundi, Santa Cruz Area July 20-31 Skinner Releasing Technique, Seattle Wa. July 28-31 Wanderlust Festival, Lake Tahoe, Ca. Aug 12-16 Beloved Festival, Portland area Aug 18-26 Continuum Depths Retreat, Van Nuys, Ca. Sept 9-12 Bhakti Festival, Joshua Tree Sept 19-26 Yoga Journal Conference, Estes Park, Colorado


March 18, 2010

In the coming months, I will be doing a considerable amount of travel, and hope to continue my individual and group sessions wherever I may be.

I continue my personal practice, which at this point involves Yamuna Body Rolling, Anusara Yoga, Soul Motion, and Ecstatic Dance. And I am studying  Body Tales with Olivia Corson in Oakland, California.

My Primary ongoing teachers and sources of inspiration continue to be Vinn Marti, Yamuna Zake, Sarah Joy Marsh.


Summer 2009
What a summer! I am so thrilled to have a body that actually still works at 63! All of the products you see on these pages really do make a difference.
The highlights of 2009 since my last entry would be:
Skinner Releasing Technique- every summer for the last 3 years I’ve had the opportunity to study this form up in Seattle. And for the last 2, Robert Davidson has come back to Seattle to teach it. What a treat. This work makes me feel like I’m dancing on air.
Body Tales, a form that Olivia Corson developed, is something that I have wanted to do for years. But she mainly works locally in San Francisco, teaching weekly classes. And with women. So I when I found a 3 day retreat she was doing in the hills below San Jose, I went for it. Her work blends incredibly well with my Sound and Movement as Medicine process. I’m working on going down to Oakland once a month for the next year to continue learning more. And hopefully teaching some myself.
Tulum, Mexico. Where I visited Bahia Principe to see about helping them with their websites and possibly investing in property there. I received first class treatment.
Mixed in with all of the above, I did a 6 week cleanse, using the Arise and Shine products. Cass Phelpstelecoached a group of us through the process. I lost 25 pounds, and radically changed my eating patterns. I’ve given up meat, dairy, and wheat. I haven’t felt this good in years.

May 10, 2009
Hanging out with my Mom in Ft.Myers. She lives alone in a gated community, with golf course and swimming pools. My Mom is 85. I was worried that she might not be able to take care of herself anymore. I’m not sure what it’s called, but all the folks I met over 80 all seemed to be wasting away. There’s a kind of concentration camp look to them all.


It was fun hanging around with them. They were mostly physically active, playing golf, swimming, and lots of book reading. I was surprised at how much we had in common! I would rather be doing yoga, but in general, the activities were very similar.


And the conversation was very similar. Gossip, books they were reading, meals they were cooking, what they had done so far today, the weather. Relatives.

And even though my mom’s hands look mangled, it’s amazing what she can still do. It seems like she can pretty much do most things you have to do in a day. Her lifting capacities are diminished, but she can still cook, clean, wash dishes, put things away and take them out.


And her mind is still doing well, as it was for most of the people I met.

Being in warm weather is helpful for the joints, and the heart also does better in warm rather than cold weather.


No Trader Joes here, no Whole Foods. I was shocked! I think it’s the next generation that is into these food chains. Most of the people here are still basic meat and potatoes kind of folks.


I’ve been here about 6 days. And I’m just getting into a routine. I leave in 2 more days. Going somewhere for less than 2 weeks doesn’t really allow me to dig in and really experience a place. But life does require most of us to be “home”. I saw a sign in front of a church that said “Home is where Mom is”. I could totally relate.


What I’m leaving with is a sense of how important diet is to one’s health. And how much massage can keep me flexible and healthy. How important weight training is. And the routines I do to keep my feet and hands flexible.

April 15, 2009
Thank god for accountants. I don’t know what life would be like having to do taxes every year. It seems like such a torturous process.

I was thrilled to be able to work with Stephanie Skura last Sunday at Performance Works NW. I was amazed that there were four of us in the room who had been involved in the arts scene in New York City from ’71 to ’80.

So much of my work now is about coming home - being in my body, trusting my body, allowing my body to rest and receive. It’s so easy to get caught up in doing.

My big challenge is trying to get to bed earlier. I’m noticing that I get a second wind around 10:00 PM. From an Ayurvedic perspective, this is a common experience that needs to be overcome. It’s time to go to bed then. It’s now 11:00 PM so I better follow my own advice. Nighty night!

March 6-17, 2009
I just came back from Troncones, Mexico. I was working at the Present Moment Retreat Center. Picture giving massages 30 yards from the ocean, teaching yoga and dance outside and watching pelicans sweeping their wings along the ocean waves. I realized this trip that my perfect vacation actually has a certain amount of service. I don’t like just being a tourist. I do love foreign soil, sunny climates and kindred spirits, but I want share my knowledge and experience with the people. I met some really special people. CJ is the owner and visionary at the center. Natalie was very popular doing Thai Massaage. She would come in every afternoon with bruises on her body and a big smile saying, “Look! I just chipped my tooth! It’s my first surfing injury. Isn’t that cool?” I look forward to going to this wonderful place again next winter. Why spend it in rainy Portland when I can be in the sun and teach what I love?

October 10-12, 2008

I went to Port Townsend, Washington with my friend Sky Yeager. We don't get to spend much time together, so it was a chance to get away and have time to connect, and the fact that he drove only added to the weekend. It's 4 hours to Port Townsend. Have you ever been? It's an amazing town. There are only about 9,000 people there; I think 1,000 of them must be massage therapists! The town's architecture, from the early 1900s, is amazing. The workshop was a Soul Motion retreat with Zuza Engler, the number 2 person in the Soul Motion world. It was sponsored by the Madrona Mind Body Institute, an organization headed up by Aletia Alvarez and Allison Dey. It's located in Fort Worden State Park, which was a military base that is now a life-long learning center. The theme of the workshop was Body Prayer. I just love moving my body to good music. I really felt the healing power of music in some of the tunes Zuza played.

October 7, 2008

John is opening a healing arts center. John says, “I intended to spend October in The Big Apple; NYC is my stomping grounds, however, a series of events led to me leasing a wonderful 4000 sq ft space in SE Portland. This is where JMP will reside. It’s also where I will do my sound and movement work. A showroom, where people can come and use our products, is also planned. I’m so excited. We should be up and running by November.”

September 22, 2008 - John Goes Soul Motioning

John, a certified Soul Motion practitioner, spent September 18th – 21st in Point Richmond, California with Vinn Marti. John has been working with Vinn since 1992, when they met at Body Moves. John’s movement practice is right at home with Vinn’s work. Over the years, Vinn transitioned from teaching the Five Rhythms to beginning the Soul Motion work. Soul Motion combines Vinn’s artistry with his studies as a minister. “Vinn is a consummate artist. The time I spend time with him feeds me on so many levels. He brings humanness and vulnerability with his teachings.”

August 4, 2008

Just back from a week practicing sound healing with Silvia Nakkach at Pemah Loh Seng Retreat Center outside of Santa Cruz, California. I had the opportunity to perform for the llamas (monks) there, and some healers from Brazil. The energy on their property was so fresh and nourishing. Silvia has a way of gathering incredible artists and musicians and creating a space for us to share with lots of love and heart. She called it a "transformance" rather than a performance.

Julu 25, 2008

Just got back from two weeks of studying and practicing the Skinner Releasing Technique, a movement form that helps us move with more ease and grace. I always feel like I'm walking on air when I do this work. It was up in Seattle. Seattle is a big city! It makes me realize how comfortable I've gotton in Portland. Portland is more like a village.

July 19,2008

John taught Couples Massage at Portland Community College. He teaches there regularly. "I've taught lots of different subjects, from math and chemistry to psychology and the arts, but teaching people how to give each other massages is my favorite."

June 30, 2008

I was at Esalen last week assisting Vinn Marti at a Soul Motion retreat. I love this work. Unfortunately, we were evacuated on Wednesday due to major fires burning in the area. Every morning we would wake up to layers of white ash all over our cars and the trees. Pray for our friends in the Big Sur area. The fires are still raging. It’s going to be a tough summer; the fire season normally starts in late August or September.


June 20-22, 2008

I was in LA for an Internet seminar by Eben Pagan of Guru Mastermind. One thing he said that stuck with me: Persistence is the key to success. He made a chart with a long straight line, which, at the very, end slowly rose up into almost a straight line to the ceiling. “This is the normal curve to success. You have to put in your time, and if you do, all of a sudden things start moving, but they don’t move in a linear fashion. It’s more algorithmic.” I called a friend in LA who I had dinner with the night before. She is an incredible massage therapist, but doesn’t have many clients. Like many of us, she’s frustrated that she isn’t seeing the fruits of her labor. I told her to keep doing what she loves. Sooner or later, the world will acknowledge her. It’s all about persistence.


June 15, 2008

Car rentals have gone through a radical change since gas reached $4.00 a gallon. You can now rent an SUV for less than an economy car! I’ve been traveling up and down the West Coast, saying hello to some of our customers in Oakland, Point Richmond, and Sausalito. I just returned from a four day certification training in Soul Motion, a movement ministry program. I’ve been dancing with Vinn Marti since 1992. I am going to assist him at EsalenRetreatCenterfrom June 22 to the 29th. Then I take an Advanced Esalen Massage training there with Peggy Horan. I will also be attending an Internet Business Conference with Eben Pagan from June 20 to 22nd inLos Angeles. Next week I go toLos Angeles, and then on to BigSur.


May 5, 2008
I am in Egypt with Bruce Lipton and Nicki Scully on a Journey to the pyramids. If you don’t know their work, you may want to check them out at and We are spending time taking in the energies of the locations here.

There are 45 of us, from 6 different countries and many different backgrounds. What strikes me most is how the field of Energy Medicine is becoming more and more acknowledged. The results you get from using your Chi Exercise Machine are based on the concepts of Energy Medicine.

Chi Exercise Machines are part of the field of Alternative Medicine. One definition of Alternative Medicine would be healing modalities that don’t cost a lot and are not corporation-centric.

So let me give you an Energy Medicine exercise:

Take a minute to scan your body and see where you feel the most energy. Closing your eyes will help. Now notice where you feel the least energy. With each breath, allow yourself to redistribute the energy so that some of the stronger places share their energy with the places lacking. Do this with the image of a caring father or mother nurturing a loved one.

Try doing this exercise before you use your chi exercise Machine. Then try again after, and see the difference. This is one way to help motivate you to make your chi exercise Machine a part of your daily activities. Even if you use it for a minute, that’s better than not at all.

See you at the pyramids!


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