What makes you different from other Myofascial Release therapists in the area? There are those out there who claim to be Myofascial Release therapists but have little or no real training in the modality. Some have read books, watched videos, or were taught some techniques in massage school. Knowing some MFR techniques does not make one a MFR therapist. Technique without principle is of little therapeutic value to the patient. It is the combination of technique and principle that makes MFR effective.
I have invested the time and money to be trained by the founder of Myofascial Release, John F. Barnes. His training goes far beyond techniques to cover deep, complex concepts that serve as the guiding principles of MFR. These principles are cutting edge and are being proven by current scientific research. Furthermore, his principles are based on the living human body-mind complex . . . not the study of cadavers. I believe in this work. That is why I practice it exclusively. It's not just a matter of marketing or diversity. I'm not casting a broad net for the sake of business, I'm fishing for those ready to heal.
My work is not about me--it's about you: What you need, how I can help you. I won't make your session an expression of my self-worth. Nor will it be a cookie-cutter routine.
Finally, I encourage you to have a conversation with me: Challenge me on my qualifications, skills, and treatment philosophy. You have the power as the consumer to make the decision that is best for you. The only way to do that is to research. Don't take it on the word of my website alone. It's your money and your healing at stake!
Where will my bodywork session take place?
Your massage or bodywork session will take place in your home or office--where you are comfortable, familiar, and safe. Soft music may be played to help you relax. You will lie on a massage table that may be heated for your comfort.
Must I be completely undressed?
No. MFR is a modality that, while it does require skin-to-skin contact, the patient does not need to be fully undressed. For MFR, draping can be both a distraction and an inconvenience. Therefore, men are encouraged to wear swim trunks or athletic shorts. It is suggested that women wear a bikini or athletic shorts and a jog bra. Alternatively, women can simply wear their undergarments if they are comfortable doing so.
Will the practitioner be present when I disrobe?
The practitioner will leave the room while you undress and relax onto the table.
What will the bodywork feel like?
Myofascial Release includes static hand positions that traction or compress localized areas of tissue, the traction of limbs, and the passive movement of joints. Deep, short strokes of tissue may occur if needed. It also includes light or vigorous rocking and cranial-sacral work. While most MFR is very gentle, the patient can experience a mild burning sensation as restrictions are engaged. There may be sensations of tingling and heat or even the sense of lengthening. Regardless of the sensation, MFR is a work that will not injure. However, it is important to remember that you are always in control. If you are uncomfortable at any time, tell me so that appropriate modifications can be made.
What should I do during the bodywork session?
Prior to the session, feel free to ask the practitioner any questions about the upcoming session. During the session, make yourself comfortable. Try to relax your body and still your mind. Let go of your day, your busy schedule, your responsibilities to others. Just be with yourself. During the bodywork, focus on the tissue being worked. Try to explore the area with your awareness and note any thoughts or emotions that may arise. Be with them. Chances are you have been carrying memories and emotions in areas of your body that have caused restrictions of energy, tissue, or both. When you soften into those areas of restriction, you take an active role in your healing and make your therapist's work more effective. Stay aware of sensations arising in other areas of your body not being worked at the moment. When this occurs, let me know--it can help guide the session. If you have any questions regarding the session or about the particular technique you are receiving, feel free to ask.
How will I feel after the bodywork session?
Most people feel very relaxed. Some experience freedom from long-term aches and pains developed from tension or repetitive activity. Some feel lighter or more in balance. Others feel relief from emotional baggage they have been carrying for years. The intensity of release brought about by MFR can uncover other issues that have been masked for some time. In these cases, what is called a "healing crisis" may be experienced. This can last from 3 hours to 3 days as the fascia is reorganized. It is important to fully experience whatever comes up during this time and allow the healing to take place. It is important to be kind to yourself, stay positive, and don't go to a place of fear. Do not view the healing crisis as a sign of weakness or a worsening of a perceived condition.
What are the benefits of Myofascial Release?
The benefits of MFR go far beyond massage and other bodywork. MFR addresses the most common and most important tissue in the body--fascia. MFR releases fascial restrictions and restores the body's natural fluidity of form and movement. The health benefits of MFR are many and more are being discovered every year. For more information, read about the Fascia Research Congress at http://www.fasciacongress.org/.
Are there any medical conditions that would make MFR bodywork inadvisable?
Yes. That's why it's imperative that, before you begin your session, you inform me of any health problems or medications you are taking. Pregnancy and recent surgery are primary concerns that I need to know ahead of time. If you are under a doctor's care, it is strongly advised that you receive a written recommendation for bodywork prior to any session. Depending on the condition, approval from your doctor may be required.