Frequently Asked Questions
Whether you have been thinking about receiving a Myofascial Treatment for some time or you are just looking for new approach to health, the following questions can help steer your wellness path.
If you have more questions, feel free to contact me.
WHAT IS MYOFASCIAL RELEASE (MFR)?
The John F. Barnes method of Myofascial Release (MFR) is a safe, gentle, and very effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure into connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion.
Who benefits from MFR?
Everyone! MFR can be an effective treatment modality for many types of problems. Many people have found MFR to be effective for acute and chronic pain. In MFR we are less interested in your diagnosis. We want to know your symptoms. Whether the pain started yesterday or 10 years ago, we can help! We also feel that past traumatic events may still be contributing to your current discomfort. In MFR we have a saying, “The body remembers!” MFR has a way of unlocking old patterns and allowing the body to heal from old wounds.
Is there any paperwork I need to do?
Yes, there is a quick intake form that should take approximately 5 minutes to fill out.
What happens during our session?
Your first session includes filling out an intake form, a postural assessment, and a short conversation. Most of the work is done hands on without a lot of conversation but all questions and comments are welcome. Your comfort is so important! Most treatments are 60 minutes long and several basic principles of Myofascial Release are introduced.
What do I wear?
This therapy is different than massage. We want to avoid draping with sheets because a sheet will hide the postural changes we monitor during treatment. Therefore it is important that direct skin contact is made. There is a postural assessment both on and off the table and some movement exercises. For this reason most people wear athletic clothes (sports bra and shorts). It is also acceptable to wear underwear.
Is there anything I need to do after the session?
Do you! There are no hard rules after an MFR session. Movement and water intake are important. You maybe sore for a day or two but the treatment should integrate soon. If you are still sore and still after several days that is a good indication to come back in. Because patterns can be stubborn sometimes the body needs another treatment or a series of treatments to address stronger fascial restrictions. It is also possible to experience a Healing Crisis. (See more on that in the next question.)
How often should I come in for treatment?
EveryBODY is different and a treatment plan will be discussed by your therapist. There is no magic number for easing pain. After your first treatment I will recommend a follow-up treatment in 7-10 days. And as a general rule, six 60-minute treatments gives a nice baseline for your wellness. In that time period we can address acute and chronic pain while giving you self-care instructions. Sometimes pain patterns are stubborn or people feel they are on the verge of a health break through. In those cases, we may recommend an Intensive. (See more about Intensives below.)
What are intensives?
When pain patterns or a person has a desire to go into MFR on a deeper level, we will suggest getting more treatments in a condensed period. An intensive may look like 2-3 hours of MFR treatments per day for 2-3 consecutive days. Again everyBODY is different and intensives are discussed on a case-by-case basis.
What is a healing crisis?
During MFR treatments, the therapist works to unbind old restrictions and patterns. Sometimes these patterns have been in place for a long time and a person has become out of touch or disassociated with a part of their body. The body can go through a "waking up" process. Some symptoms of a healing crisis are: emotional chaos, physical pain, new areas of pain or discomfort, feelings of "old" pain returning, and lethargy. It is important that this will pass. It is important to take the time to be gentle with your self and feel all that your body is bringing your attention to.