Essence Sage Oyos, MFR Therapist
Inspiring others to experience their own true essence through professional, healing touch.
Frequently Asked Questions

Where will my massage or bodywork session take place?
Must I be completely undressed?
Will the practitioner be present when I disrobe?
Will I be covered during the session?
What parts of my body will be massaged?
What will the massage or bodywork feel like?
Are there different kinds of massage and bodywork?
What should I do during the massage or bodywork session?
How will I feel after the massage or bodywork session?
What are the benefits of massage and bodywork?
Are there any medical conditions that would make massage or bodywork inadvisable?

Where will my therapeutic session take place?
Your session will take place in a safe, comfortable, quiet room. Music may be played during the session. You will lie on a table complete with professionally laundered linens, blanket if needed, and pillows for comfort.

Must I be completely undressed?
Most MFR treatments are conducted in bathing suit, yoga attire, or shorts & tank top, and it is HIGHLY suggested that NO LOTIONS OR OILS be applied to the body prior to (nor during) an MFR treatment.  Many other massage and bodywork techniques are traditionally performed with the client unclothed; however, it is entirely up to you what you want to wear. You should undress to your level of comfort. You will be properly draped with sheet/blanket during the session unless stretching techniques are required.

Will the practitioner be present when I disrobe?
Absolutely not.  The practitioner will leave the room while you undress, relax onto the table, and cover yourself with a clean sheet or blanket. She will gently knock on the door before entering the treatment room.

Will I be covered during the session?
MFR is different in that sometimes several areas can be worked on at one time, which is why we recommend swimming or workout attire for this treatment.  Other than the occasion where stretching techniques are indicated, you will be properly draped at all times to keep you warm, safe, and comfortable.    

What parts of my body will be treated? 
There isn't a "typical" MFR session as everyone's needs are different, and those needs change from session to session.  One session may be focused on the back, another on the legs, or a combination of several areas. It is important to communicate your needs with your therapist so that you can feel complete with your session. Many times, the pain can be felt in one area of the body, and the cause of that pain can stem from a completely different part of the body. Your MFR therapist aims to treat the cause and may also treat areas that are symptomatic.  

What will the bodywork feel like?
Each person is unique regarding needs and concerns, and each session might be different from the last.  MFR is much different than other bodywork modalities and it is important to have clear communications between client and therapist.

How should I prepare for the session and what should I do during the session?
Prior to the treatment, please do NOT apply any lotions or oils to the skin. Feel free to ask the practitioner any questions about the technique or the upcoming session, or discuss previous sessions. During the treatment, make yourself comfortable and feedback any concerns to your therapist. The practitioner will gently guide you or ask you what is being felt throughout the session. The patient/client is in control of the session at all times. Many people close their eyes and only talk to communicate if/when there is a need for the therapist to ease up or add more pressure. If you have any questions regarding the session feel free to ask at any time.

How will I feel after the session?
The simple answer: it depends on the individual. Some experience freedom from long-term aches and pains while others report feeling "lighter." Sometimes immediately or sometimes within a few days, people often experience increased energy, heightened awareness, more freedom of movement, and greater productivity. Sometimes there can be a period of "healing crisis" where symptoms may worsen before getting better.  This is normal and should clear within a few days post-treatment.  Since toxins are released from your soft tissues during a treatment and tissues will need re-hydration, it is recommended you drink plenty (more than normal) of water before and after your treatment.

What are the benefits of massage and bodywork?
The benefits of MFR are vast, and very different from traditional massage and bodywork, so results may vary even from session to session.  Massage and bodywork can help release chronic or acute muscular tension and pain, improve circulation, increase joint flexibility, reduce mental and physical fatigue and stress, promote faster healing of injured muscular tissue, improve posture, and reduce blood pressure. Massage and bodywork is also known to promote better sleep, improve concentration, reduce anxiety and create an overall sense of well-being.

Are there any medical conditions that would make an MFR treatment inadvisable?
Yes. That's why it's imperative that, before you begin your session, the practitioner asks general health questions. It is very important that you inform the practitioner of any health problems current or past, and/or medications you are taking. 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.

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