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 massage or bodywork session take place?
Your massage or bodywork session will take place in a warm, comfortable, quiet room. Soft music may be played to help you relax. You will lie on a table especially designed for your 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 during the entire session. .

Will the practitioner be present when I disrobe?
Absolutley 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.  You will be properly draped at all times to keep you warm, safe, and comfortable. Only the area being worked on will be exposed during a regular massage session.    

What parts of my body will be massaged? 
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.  

What will the massage or bodywork feel like?
Each person is unique regarding needs and concerns.  MFR is much different than other bodywork modalities and it is important to have clear communications between client and therapist.  A relaxing Swedish massage is often a baseline for first-time clients, with other modalities incorporated in to meet individual needs. In a general Swedish massage, your session may start with broad, flowing strokes that will help calm your nervous system and relax exterior muscle tension. As your body becomes relaxed, pressure can gradually be increased to relax specific areas and relieve areas of muscular tension. Often, a light oil or lotion or essential oil (aromatherapy) can be used to allow your muscles to be massaged without causing excessive friction to the skin. The oil can also help hydrate your skin. You should communicate immediately if you feel any discomfort so that another approach may be taken. Massage and bodywork are most effective when your body is not resisting.

Are there different kinds of massage and bodywork?
There are numerous types of massage and bodywork; various techniques utilize different strokes, including basic rubbing strokes, rocking movement, posture and movement re-education, application of pressure to specific points, and many more. We can discuss which methods may be most appropriate for you.

What should I do during the massage or bodywork session?
Prior to the massage, feel free to ask the practitioner any questions about the technique or the upcoming session. During the massage, make yourself comfortable. The practitioner will either gently move you or tell you what is needed throughout the session (such as lifting your arm). Many people just close their eyes and completely relax, communicating if/when they need more or less pressure, another blanket, or anything else relevant to the session. If you have any questions regarding the session or about the particular technique you are receiving, feel free to ask at any time.

How will I feel after the massage or bodywork session?
Most people feel very relaxed. Some experience freedom from long-term aches and pains developed from tension or repetitive activity. After an initial period of feeling slowed down, people often experience increased energy, heightened awareness, and greater productivity which can last for days. Sometimes there can be a period of "healing crisis" where symptoms may worsen before getting better.  This is normal and should clear within a day or two post-treatment.  Since toxins are released from your soft tissues during a massage, it is recommended you drink plenty (more than normal) of water following your massage or treatment.

What are the benefits of massage and bodywork?
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 massage or bodywork 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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