What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
My intake process includes a brief overview of a person's history and recent symptoms, with particular note of any history of injuries, broken bones or surgeries. If there are questions about myofascial bodywork, there can be a brief discussion.
Then there is a basic postural assessment, in which I look for any clues in one's posture that indicate how the fascia is organized, where the holding patterns that are in place might be creating pulls in the system. For example, a shoulder might be pulled forward, or downward, or the leg turned in or out.
Then it is table time, and the session begins with a hold at the ankles; I try to assess the way tension is held in the body from that vantage point. Work around the head and neck follows, and this both helps the client relax, and allows me a comfortable manner of moving into the session.
The rest of the session will unfold according to what my client has told me, what I have observed in the assessment, and what my hands feel as they begin to work.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
While in school as a student of massage therapy, myofascial work spoke to me in a very clear and powerful way. I knew from then that I wanted to focus upon MFR as a technique, as a style of work. I did not realize how quickly that interest would evolve, so that within a year's time my understanding of bodies and bodywork was so transformed by my study of MFR (myofascial release) that myofascial bodywork has become the entire focus of my practice.
In the six years since graduating and receiving my license as a Massage Therapist, I have more than 200 hours of continuing education classes -- all focused on myofascial technique, and most taught by John Barnes. The other major influence upon my work is Tom Myers.
Our understanding of fascia and its role in the body has been growing rapidly, and appears to be continuing to spread and to influence bodyworkers and holistic practitioners in all of the allied health professions. I am excited to be involved with this work, and find myself both pleased to know as much as I do about myofascial work, while also realizing how much more there is for me to learn -- in order to best serve the needs of those clients who find there way to my studio.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
My fee for a 60-minute myofascial relaxation session is $60 (90-minutes, $90). After the first session (which includes an intake process which lasts about 15 minutes), there is a package deal of two 60-minute sessions for $99 (two 90-minute sessions, $149).
What types of customers have you worked with?
Most of my clients come to me or are referred to me because of an ongoing and painful set of symptoms. Sometimes there is a diagnosis of Fibromyalgia, or Carpal Tunnel, or Frozen Shoulder. Other times it seems that sciatic pain or TMJ dysfunction is the primary issue. Or perhaps my client is deling with an illness such as Parkinson's or Lupus or some form of cancer.
Myofascial work can relieve a great many of the painful symptoms involved in these conditions. In the case of someone whose body has been pulled out of alignment and now suffers from near-constant pain and discomfort, myofascial work is often able to correct the problem and resolve the issue -- not in one session, usually, but over time. In the case of someone whose body is coping with some form of debilitating condition, myofascial work can help lessen the effects of the symptoms.
Some clients like to use this form of bodywork as an ongoing part of their wellness program. They may find a session once a month helps keep them in balance. Or maybe every other month. Maybe every two weeks. Every body has its own needs, its own rhythm.
Other clients have a more acute situation, and perhaps after three or four sessions the problem is resolved.
Still other clients prefer to alternate seeing a massage therapist with seeing me for myofascial bodywork. Or combining the myofascial work with visits to a chiropractor or an acupuncturist.