Frequently Asked Questions

Why do you use gentle touch
for all your bodywork services?

When the body is pushed or forced, it perceives the touch as a threat and locks down even further. Amara Therapy sessions employ the John F. Barnes approach of working within the body’s “barrier of resistance.” When the touch is gentle, it enables the body to relax, opening up and giving the therapist access to deep layers of fascia without re-traumatizing. The depth of the work depends on where the barrier of resistance is felt, this may be very light to very deep, however the approach is always gentle.

How often should I receive treatment?

Each person’s body responds differently. You will be advised how to proceed with your treatment schedule after each session. Initially, it can be very effective to space appointments closely together. However, any decision on the frequency of treatment is ultimately in your hands.

What is Rebounding?

Rebounding is a technique that uses rocking motion to release restrictions. It creates a wave in the body that acts like the ocean against the shore, breaking down strong patterns of holding.

What services do you offer?

John F. Barnes Myofascial Release Therapy (Expert Level)
John F. Barnes Myofascial Release Therapy is the specialty focus at Amara Therapy. MFR is for those experiencing chronic pain or additionally for those already on a healing path wishing to dive more deeply into the mindy/body complex. MFR can help alleviate pain from a number of diagnoses such as fibromyalgia, headaches, migraines, plantar fascitis, sciatica, tinnitus, TMJ syndrome, pelvic pain, menstrual problems, emotional trauma, chronic fatigue syndrome, carpal tunnel syndrome, and much more.

® Method of movement is a form of exercise utilizing specialized equipment to improve balance, strength and flexibility. Rotational discs and weighted pulleys provide resistance for gentle, graceful motion, allowing the body to preform circular and spiral, three-dimensional movements. Simultaneous strengthening and stretching decompresses joints, increases mobility, corrects posture and develop coordination.

CranioSacral Therapy
CranioSacral therapy is a wonderfully peaceful treatment, using soft touch to calm the central nervous system encouraging deep states of relaxation and reduction of pain. It can help to decrease migraines and headaches, neck and back pain, stress disorders, chronic fatigue, and TMJ syndrome.

What should I do during a session?

During bodywork sessions, as much as you are able, connect with feeling your therapist’s hands. Allow your mind to become quiet and let go of your to do list. It is best to keep talking to a minimum in order to focus attention on feeling. Remember this is your time for self-care.

What should I wear to a session?

For MFR treatment, skin to skin contact is
necessary. Men will need to bring a pair of loose fitting shorts (no zippers). For women, an everyday bra and underwear work well, however if you are more modest, loose fitting shorts or yoga shorts (must not cover the thigh) and a sport bra are acceptable. Freedom of movement is necessary for this session.

For GYROTONIC® sessions wear comfortable clothing that allows you to move freely. Socks with non-slip tread are helpful but not absolutely necessary.

For CST sessions wear comfortable clothing that gives you freedom to move.

Be certain that your skin is free of lotion and perfume.

What is Unwinding?

Unwinding may occur during a Myofascial Release session. It is the experience of spontaneous movements that are intuitive and instinctual. The body goes back into significant positions that may relate to past trauma.  Memories and emotions imprinted in the fascia may be brought to your conscious awareness.  Through this re-experiencing, you are able to let go of the protective holding that creates pain. MFR Therapists are trained to gently assist you during this process.

Please refrain from wearing perfume. Many clients are sensitive and experience adverse reactions to scent that may linger in the treatment room. 

Catalyst Wellness
1120 James Dr. Suite B.
Hartland, WI 53029


Monday: 12:00pm – 5:00pm
Wednesday: 11:00am – 5:30pm
Friday: 10:30am – 3:00pm

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