Frequently Asked Questions
MFR can feel like pressure or a slow stretch in the immediate area under the therapist’s hands, but it is also common to feel sensations in seemingly unrelated areas of the body. Making sense of all of the sensations isn’t necessary. Simply tuning in and letting yourself feel whatever you feel is all you need to do.
No, it’s significantly different from deep tissue massage.
Myofascial Release uses no force but rather long, sustained holds. The therapist’s hands sink into the tissue, just to the point of resistance. The therapist then holds at that barrier until the fascia is ready to soften and release.
Deep tissue, as well as most other forms of bodywork, force through this fascial barrier, and as a result, cause the fascia to brace to protect itself.
It’s important for your therapist to treat directly on the skin. Please bring comfortable loose fitting shorts and, for women, a sports bra or bathing suit top.
Additionally, please avoid putting anything on your skin, such as lotion or oil, for the day prior to your appointment. Even a small amount can make it difficult to engage the fascia without sliding on the skin.
Following your first session at Connective Healing MFR, you will receive an MFR ball for self-care at home. The ball is air filled so it’s safe to use anywhere you feel tension or pain. Place the ball under you and tune into the sensations throughout your entire body. Soften your entire body, not just the area you are directly treating. The most important guideline is to remain still on the ball for a minimum of five minutes, without moving.
If you’d like further help with self-care, or to learn additional techniques, book a Self-Care Private Instruction session.
Typically, the study of fascia has mostly involved cadavers, but cadaver tissue is dead, and the gel-like ground substance is dehydrated. In addition, myofascial restrictions don’t show up on most of the standard medical tests. These insights offer a partial explanation for why the medical field hasn’t recognized fascia’s essential functions; they haven’t viewed fascia in action.
As a result of missing fascia’s significance in pain and disease, our medical system has come to look at the body in separate parts, rather than as an interconnected system.
In contrast, MFR recognizes that the knee bone is indeed connected to the thigh bone . . . and that fascia impacts absolutely everything.
We wish we could, but we cannot bill your health insurance directly for our services. In some cases the company might reimburse you after the fact, though there is no guarantee. We cannot advise you on this as each company’s rules and each person’s case is different. Still, we’re happy to fill out any paperwork that they require in order to help your case.
The easiest way to schedule appointments or purchase gift certificates is through our online scheduler (click Book Online at the top of the page or setup the web app with the directions below). If you don’t see the service option you’re looking for, or need any help, please call (978)289-9889.
Yes, but not through the app store. To setup an iOS app for scheduling appointments with us:
- Click https://connectivehealingmfr.as.me/
- Click the square with the up arrow to reveal the page menu
- Scroll over and click <add to home screen>
This will create an icon on your device’s screen that looks and behaves like an app.