Since everyone seeks MFR for his or her own reasons, it is difficult to say ‘exactly’ what you should expect from your treatment. Each session is tailored around one’s individual needs. However, there are a few things that will prove consistent from session to session:
- You will be provided with a safe, non-judgemental healing space, where confidentiality, trust and professionalism are of utmost importance.
- Your time is seen as valuable. Therefore, your appointment will be kept in a timely fashion.
- You are in control of the session. Your words and body language will be listened to and respected.
- Open communication is suggested and encouraged at any time during your treatment.
- Self treatment is also suggested, encouraged and discussed. It is the most effective way to keep up on the progress that is made during your sessions.
For Your First Visit:
Please fill out and bring with you the intake form. We will discuss your health history, goals and reasons for seeking MFR. Please wear or bring with you appropriate clothing to receive treatment in, such as: bra/ underwear, loose fitting gym shorts/ sports bra, tank top, or however you are comfortable. Keep in mind MFR is done on the skin, not through clothing. All initial visits are 75 minutes: 15 minutes for a comprehensive evaluation and 60 minutes of hands-on treatment.
What should I wear to my treatment?
Loose fitting gym shorts, sports bra, underwear, tank top, or however otherwise comfortable.
Do you accept insurance?
I do not bill insurance. However, if massage therapy is covered by your insurance company, I will provide you with the appropriate paperwork so you may submit it yourself for reimbursement.
How many sessions will I need?
Results vary by individual. There are many factors that play a role in the healing process. However, many experience a decrease in pain or increase in range of motion even after just one session. However, depending on your therapeutic goals and current situation, sessions weekly, bi-weekly, or every other week for 4 to 12 weeks is a fair estimate of necessary time.
How often will I need to be treated?
Again, treatment plans vary by individual. Depending on the severity of the issues or the results one is looking for, MFR proves to be more effective when increased treatments are received in a shorter period of time. Treatment once or twice a week may be encouraged during an acute situation or at the beginning of a treatment plan.
Oftentimes, MFR is gentle and relaxing, but from time to time a session may be therapeutically challenging. Our bodies are FEELING, PHYSICAL beings. We often tune out pain and other unpleasant sensations, but Myofascial Release encourages one to feel ALL sensations that may arise. This is what our bodies need to do to heal. As your therapist, I will help you recognize, acknowledge and understand the necessity behind these therapeutically uncomfortable moments. It is most important to know that although MFR may bring up physical or emotional pain, it does not force and will not injure you.
It is important to listen to your body after a session, and know that some delayed soreness may be experienced. This is a NATURAL part of the healing process. It is important to discuss any pain or discomfort with your therapist. Drink plenty of water following your treatments and give yourself permission to experience these sensations to the fullest.