Myofascial Release FAQ's

What do wear for a session?

For your Myofascial release treatment you are invited to wear a combination of the following: shorts and a sports bra, two piece bathing suit, or bra and underwear.  

How does John F. Barnes Myofascial Release (MFR) differ from massage therapy?

Imagine if you will, that your muscles are like a rope. For massage therapy the rope is rubbed, pushed and pulled. It feels good. With Myofascial Release it is about holding the rope and letting the individual fibers of the rope let go so they can move freely. It is quite common for the client to be able to feel the rope being affected into other parts of the body. For example, I can be holding someone’s ankle and they may feel it in their hip or even into their head. Everything is connected. The effects are long lasting. While at times the techniques may feel quite gentle, it has profound effects upon the body tissues. However, don’t let the gentle work fool you. The work may still have an effect on you even a day or two later.  

What can I expect from a treatment session?

In the initial session, I review your intake form, listen to your concerns and what goals you have. I will complete a comprehensive visual and hands-on assessment. Based on this information, I begin your session where I have the ability to feel the areas that are tight and restricted. Each session addresses what is going on in your body in the present moment. Like layers of an onion, different layers are addressed with each session you have booked.  

What is the Healing Crisis?

 Sometimes we experience what is known as a Healing Crisis.  This occurs when the treatment stirs up tissue memory.  Congestion that had been trapped inside of a fascial restriction needs to re-adjust as the body learns a new away to move (kind of like removing steel beams from a building after re-modeling).  Your body may just need time to adapt. You may experience mild soreness, heightened emotional awareness, temporary exacerbation of pain, or have a generalized feeling of fatigue.  This is a good sign that your body is releasing.  Please drink plenty of water and report any healing crisis to Kristen. Follow up treatments, self-treatment, and performing your home program will help this clear.  It usually resolves in a few hours to a few days.


As MFR releases restrictions, your fascia will need to reorganize itself.  You may feel sore, or have “therapeutic pain” for a few days after your treatment.  Sometimes, people feel so much better they may over do it by exercising or catching up on things they have let slide while they were in pain and can have some aggravations from using their bodies in new ways.

How often should I come?

 It depends on the patient, of course. But most people notice significant changes within three or four sessions. It is particularly effective to group sessions as close together as possible to make the most progress (such as 2–3 treatments per week). Many people receive several Myofascial Release (MFR) treatments within a short time to address a specific concern, and then find themselves receiving “Myofascial release maintenance” sessions every few months.

Do you accept insurance?

Massage Therapy is out of network for medical insurance companies, at this time I do not currently accept insurance. However, this enables me as the therapist, to work on you in way that is empowering without being told where and how long I can work on an area. This is truly you taking your healthcare into your own hands.  

Cancellations and No Shows

 I understand that unanticipated events happen occasionally in everyone’s life. I respectfully request a 8 hour cancellation for your appointment. Consistent no-shows or cancelled appointments with less than 24 hours notice will be charged $50.   

Late Arrivals

 Appointment times have been arranged specifically for you. If you arrive late, the length of your treatment will be reduced to end as scheduled, allowing the therapist to take their next scheduled appointment on time.