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Our Therapists


Monika Szumilak, founder and owner of Freedom Therapy MFR, is an Expert Level Myofascial Release therapist in Tucson, AZ and online.


Leah Cox, is a Tucson native, Licensed Massage Therapist and Novice Myofascial Release Therapist.

Meet Monika

Monika’s passion is to help her clients regain freedom from pain in their bodies so that they can create fulfilling and successful lives for themselves and their loved ones. She inspires her clients to learn to tune in and listen to their bodies and regain control over their lives. With her expert touch, intuitive skills and in-depth understanding of the body system, Monika has helped hundreds of chronic pain patients to get back hope and stop chronic pain from taking over their lives. She has helped them move with ease again and enjoy their everyday lives. She has worked with athletes, post-surgical patients and clients affected with chronic conditions and illness with equally outstanding results.

Monika is a successful and sought after therapist and the owner of Freedom Therapy, MFR in Tucson, AZ. She is also a passionate educator and experienced presenter, having left behind a career in higher education to dedicate herself to healing work. Monika has completed Myofascial release training with nationally recognized founder of MFR approach, John F. Barnes PT. She achieved expert level in this healing modality and has assisted in teaching official MFR seminars. She continues to uplevel her education by repeating MFR courses on a regular basis. She has studied various valuable forms of bodywork, such as trigger point therapy, aquatic massage, cranio-sacral therapy and Shiatsu, and, while drawing on all her education, finds Myofascial Release work to be the closest to her heart and most effective for her clients.

Monika is also passionate about combining her hands-on treatments with simple and effective techniques and guidance in self-care for her patients. A former martial artist and chronic pain patient herself, she has an “insider” take on what it means to suffer from pain and what it takes to overcome it. She shares with enthusiasm and passion the potential we all have to live a healthy life and regain control over our body.


Monika has moved back to Tucson from Northern California in 2016. She missed the Arizona desert too much! Monika is originally from Poland and lived in various countries as well as several US states. She loves new experiences and she traveled extensively in Europe, the Americas and Africa. She really enjoys meeting new people, learning about their culture and making friends around the world. When not working with clients, growing her business and being involved in education, Monika loves to spend time in nature and hike with her two special dogs, Kora and Ellie. She loves to stay active and strong through her daily exercise and active lifestyle.

Freedom Therapy MFR specializes in the revolutionary Myofascial Release approach. Our company’s mission is to return you to an active happy life by utilizing our expertise while also custom-connecting you to a network of practitioners where you can be supported by highly skilled practitioners in your holistic path to health, physically, mentally and spiritually.

Myofascial Release offers a lasting relief from chronic pain, headaches and many other symptoms. MFR has helped innumerable patients who suffered from chronic conditions such as fibromyalgia, autoimmune conditions, sciatica, frozen shoulder, whiplash, spinal and disc problems, or scoliosis, among others. By accessing the fascial system of the body with a gentle and intuitive yet firm touch, and by deeply listening to the whole body, the Myofascial Release therapist relieves the CAUSES, not just symptoms, of pain and limitation. As the body releases its contractions, emotional blockages are also removed. The patient is able to shift away from the limiting patterns and make a leap into a fulfilling existence. Life is NO longer about limitation and fear of being injured — it becomes a journey of discovery; new opportunities suddenly manifest and a life unfettered from previous fears and blocks becomes a reality.

Meet Leah

Leah is a Tucson native and a licensed Massage Therapist. Her journey began as a MFR patient seeing the immense benefits of this type of therapy. Wanting to help others in the same way lead to her to attending the Arizona School of Integrative Studies, where she found that she loved to help those with chronic pain. She continued her education and now focuses on John Barnes' Myofascial Release along with Swedish massage. Beyond her professional life, she shares her home with two wonderful children, two furry companions, and a loving partner.


Bendy Educator, Flexibility instruction for all movement enthusiasts! (Tucson)


Tran Finn, an accomplished circus and contortion artist, is your local resource for flexibility training on all levels of fitness and all ages. She will safely guide you through stretching and strengthening exercises customized to your level and needs. She also offers online and in person classes if you prefer to add some fun and motivation to your exercise.

Tran Finn

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