frequently Asked Questions
Why do you use gentle touch for all your services?
When the body is pushed or forced, it perceives the touch as a threat and locks down even farther. 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.
What services do you offer?
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.
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.
Be certain that your skin is free of lotion and perfume.
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 should I do during a session?
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. Remember this is your time for self care.
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.
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.
*Please refrain from wearing perfume. Many clients are sensitive and experience adverse reactions to scent that may linger in the treatment room.