Whole Body Healing
Myofascial Release, MFR, the John F. Barnes Approach

Frequently Asked Questions

Where will my bodywork session take place?
Must I be completely undressed?
What parts of my body will be worked on?
What will the session feel like? 
What should I do during the bodywork session?
Are there any medical conditions that would make bodywork inadvisable?

Where will my bodywork session take place?
Your session will be at my office, which is a private room, inside Suite 210 at Summerlin Body Therapeutics.   

This is inside the Parkway Medical building near Summerlin Parkway and Buffalo.  The address is 7455 W. Washington Ave.  Las Vegas, NV 89128

Must I be completely undressed?

For Myofascial Release, MFR, sessions you will be wearing comfortable clothing, either a bathing suit, athletic shorts or sport bra and shorts.  You will keep your private areas covered with clothing, but it is important for the therapist to be able to work directly on your skin.  This is why we want as much skin as possible accessible.  You also should shower before your session and do not apply any lotion, cream or oil to your skin.  This work is the most effective when the skin is dry.  We usually begin with a standing postural alignment analysis to determine how to begin the session.  

What parts of my body will be worked on?
When receiving MFR, it is possible the time will not allow for a 'full body session', that people are accustomed to with a massage service.  However, because everything is connected with the fascial system, the entire body is affected by this therapy and it is possible to have releases happen in areas that did not receive direct work during the treatment.  Please let your therapist know any areas you'd like to focus on.

What will the session feel like?
Each person might have a different experience.  In each session, I combine various techniques such as gentle compression, stretching, rocking movement, neuromuscular re-education, application of pressure to specific points, and more, based on what, I find, your body needs.  We can discuss which methods may be most appropriate for you.  For some people, it is very gentle and they don't notice much.  Others, feel a lot of sensations internally.  It is important to quiet the mind and tune in for the best experience.  Please read the page that describes MFR therapy. 

What should I do during the session?
Prior to the session, please feel free to ask the practitioner any questions about the techniques or the upcoming session. During the session, make yourself comfortable and let your therapist know if anything is uncomfortable.  You are always in control of your session.  If your level of discomfort, pain or just intensity becomes a 6 or 7 on a 1-10 scale, please inform your therapist.  This may mean that your body isn't able to relax and may be bracing, which is counter-productive for the treatment.  It is good to "take your brakes off", meaning allowing any mental or emotional bracing patterns and habits to relax and allow yourself to soften. 

This is not the sort of therapy where you should "check out".  It is important to stay present and tuned in to your body and its sensations or messages.  This work is most effective when you quiet your mind and allow yourself to feel.  Let messages come from the wisdom of your body.  If you have any questions regarding the session or about the particular technique you are receiving, feel free to ask.  

Are there any medical conditions that would make massage or bodywork inadvisable?
Yes. That's why it's imperative that you fill out the intake form provided by the practitioner.  It is very important that you inform the practitioner of any health problems or medications you are taking, as well as any recent injuries or surgeries.  If you are under a doctor's care, it is strongly advised that you receive a written recommendation for massage or bodywork prior to any session. Depending on the condition, approval from your doctor may be required.