No. John Barnes Myofascial Release is not massage. It doesn't use any lotions or oils. It is very different from massage and other forms of manual therapy. It is different from other forms of Myofascial Release too. This form of manual therapy is practiced by Massage Therapists (like myself), Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, and Speech Therapists and other health professionals.
Myofascial Release is done directly on the skin. You should wear appropriate clothes so that allows for hands on contact of your body. For example, some people choose to wear shorts and sports bra, their underwear or a two piece bathing suit.
A Myofascial Release therapist utilizes a whole body approach to treatment. During your initial session your therapist will be looking for areas of fascial restriction in the body. The treatment approach will vary depending on where your particular areas of restriction lie. You may be treated in areas that seem unrelated to your condition. However, these areas may be creating a “drag” on adjacent pain sensitive structures, thus contributing to your symptoms.
Treatment sessions are often very relaxing. There may or may not be conversation with the therapist and at the same time the therapist will encourage you to be aware of sensations you may be feeling in your body. Feedback to the therapist about what you are feeling helps the therapist to be most effective.
How do you typically feel after a session?
Following your session you will typically feel very relaxed. After this experience many people have increased energy, heightened awareness and greater productivity – which can last for days. Since toxins are released from your soft tissues during the session, it is important that you drink plenty of water for 24-48 hours following your session.
Generally, sessions are 60 minutes in duration. There are options for 90 minutes and 120 minutes if desired. Because this work is gentle, yet effective, most patient’s find the multiple sessions accelerate their healing.
Can MFR help infants and children too?
Yes, MFR can greatly benefit both infants and children. Fascial restrictions can start as early as in utero or during the birthing process so earlier intervention can prevent future complications. Plus many of my clients speak of injuries they incurred during their youth that were affecting their current pain problems.
I'd suggest for both infants and children under 12 to opt for the half hour treatment times. It's better for their attention spans.
How many sessions of Myofascial Release do I need?
There is no magic number, but in a general sense, three sessions is a good place to start. The "Discover MFR Package" offers the first 3 sessions discounted. It is unreasonable to expect a chronic condition that took years to develop to be eliminated in a single session. Additional sessions and home care recommendations by your therapist are always helpful.
Since we set aside your appointment time especially for you, we request that you provide us with 24 hours notice to change or cancel your appointment. If less than 24 hours notice is given we reserve the right to charge 50% of the full amount of the visit.