If you’re a new client, you’ll have some paperwork to ﬁll out regarding your health history and to identify any contraindications. Your therapist will do a postural assessment and you’ll discuss your reason for seeking treatment and your goals. Then comes treatment. After treatment you will be taught how to treat yourself and stretch at home to support and continue your healing.
Please wear gym shorts (for men) and a two piece bathing suit, gym shorts and a sports bra or tank top (for women). The purpose of this is so that your therapist can see your body and touch your skin while allowing you to be comfortable moving. Please do not apply any lotion to your skin on the day of treatment as your therapist needs to be directly on your skin without sliding.
Myofascial Release is a whole body therapy. You will be guided into basic deep breathing to aid in relaxation of your mind and physical body. This allows treatment to be more effective. You are in total control of your session and if at any time you want your therapist to ease up or stop your wishes will be respected.
The areas of pain and tension will be treated along with other areas that are related to your symptoms. Treating the cause as well as the symptoms is paramount in your healing process.
It is normal to feel sensations in other areas of your body as one area is being treated. Sometimes therapeutic or “good pain” is felt during treatment. Feelings or emotions can also come up and that is completely normal. It is good to say what you are feeling both physically and emotionally.
After your treatment, you and your therapist will discuss the results of the treatment, what you are feeling, plans for future visits and will answer any questions you might have.
Your therapist can go over new self treatment techniques and stretches to do at home as needed.
The release process continues for several days after the treatment. Your body is going through profound changes and therapeutic pain is a normal part of the healing process as the body adapts to the structural changes that have occurred. Therapeutic pain does not always occur, but can feel like soreness or a ﬂare up of symptoms followed by a remarkable improvement. Increasing your water intake can help to ease discomfort in this process.
Emotions are a normal part of life, and you may experience a release of emotion after treatment. Allow these emotions to come. Don’t worry about “ﬁguring them out”, instead just allow yourself to experience them knowing that this is all part of the process and that suppressing them will hinder your progress. Enjoy the changes that you are experiencing!