Martha L. Heise, LMT

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Hours and Scheduling for Sessions


I appreciate working with people who are committed to taking an active role in their journey whether elite in their pursuits or managing curious labels and conditions as they try to enjoy each day to its fullest.

Myofascial Release Therapy

Myofascial Release Therapy improves well-being and aids stress relief. Experience a profoundly relaxing session with results for your body and mind.

Myofascial Release therapy is a safe and very effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure into the myofascial connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion.

The use of Myofascial Release allows us to look at each patient as a unique individual. (1) The application of myofascial techniques and movement therapy help to reduce the pressure of restrictions in the body helping the body to heal. Myofascial Release has profound effects and you are an active part of the journey. MFR self-care activities help individuals in their healthy journey.

(1Excerpts retrieved 9Sep2016 from http://myofascialrelease.com/about/definition.aspx)

What do I wear?

It is best to work directly on the skin, so clients should bring comfortable clothing for treatment. For example. loose fitting shorts or swim trunks for men; loose fitting shorts and sports bra or two-piece swim suit for women. Please no lotions. Lotions make it difficult to obtain long, slow releases essential to reaching the collagen layer.

What will my session be like?

Sessions begin with a visual evaluation to help understand the root cause of your complaint. The treatment is then tailored to your needs with opportunities for your feedback throughout the treatment. A session may include work on one or more areas of your body, e.g. your back, arms, legs, feet, hands, head, neck, shoulders. You should communicate immediately if you feel any discomfort so that another approach may be taken. Myofascial Release therapy is more effective when your body is not resisting.
 

What should I do during my session?

Prior to the session, feel free to ask the practitioner any questions about the technique or the upcoming appointment. During the session, make yourself comfortable. The practitioner will either gently move you or tell you what is needed (such as lifting your arm). Many people just close their eyes and completely relax, communicating if/when they need more or less pressure, a 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.

How will I feel after my 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.
Some people may have a stronger response. Clients are encouraged to notice their responses and contact the therapist with questions. Some helpful information can be found on John F. Barnes' MFR site.

How may I benefit?

Massage and bodywork can help release chronic 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. Looking for relief for a particular diagnosis or condition? Click the following link for a partial list Myofascial Release therapy may help.

 

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 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.


Do you participate with insurance plans?

No, we do not participate or file with any insurance plans.


View the following resources for more information.

Myofascial Release YouTube Channel:
(myofascial release therapy information and self care aids)

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQzQ2H45q9mFHjyBAoWfoxQ

 

Brief Excerpts from John F. Barnes' Fireside Chat:
(information on myofascial release therapy and its benefits)

http://youtu.be/PWRuS9xAbMo

http://youtu.be/W4QrvlwtBOU

Some additional resources to help you with your self-care can be purchased online:

Self Care Guides

Purchase your self care guide for home use: The Myofascial Self Care Video Course Online DUE TO COVID 19, THE COURSE DEVELOPERS ARE OFFERING OUR COURSE, REGULARLY $297, for only $150. They are also offering the option of a sliding scale between $50-$150; many people have very different financial experiences during this time, and some can pay more while others cannot.

Comprehensive Myofascial Self Treatment Book - Joyce Karnis

Looking for a JFB trained Myofascial Release Therapist in your area? Click here

Contact us to discuss what is challenging you and to experience effective, hands-on therapy to restore motion, ease pain, and increase your well-being. 


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Reiki

What is Reiki?

Reiki is a natural healing system designed to assist in self-healing and achieving balance. A Reiki practitioner serves as a conduit through whom the Universal Life Energy can be transmitted to the recipient. The practitioner places her/his hands on or near your body in a series of hand positions. These include positions around the head and shoulders, the stomach, and feet. Other, more specific positions may be used based on your needs. While each person's experience is different, generally people feel relaxed and refreshed after a session.


 

Session Cancellation Policy

We understand that unanticipated events happen occasionally in everyone’s life. In our desire to be effective and fair to all clients, the following policies are honored:

24 hour advance notice is required when canceling an appointment. This allows the opportunity for someone else to schedule an appointment. If you are unable to give us 24 hours advance notice you will be charged 50% session fee. This amount must be paid prior to your next scheduled appointment. **During the COVID-19 pandemic, we will waive the cancellation fee for those who reschedule or cancel their appointment within 24 hours of their appointment due to COVID-19 related concerns.**

No-shows

Anyone who either forgets or consciously chooses to forgo their appointment for whatever reason will be considered a “no-show.” They will be charged for their “missed” appointment.

Late Arrivals

If you arrive late, your session may be shortened in order to accommodate others whose appointments follow yours. Depending upon how late you arrive, your therapist will then determine if there is enough time remaining to start a treatment. Regardless of the length of the treatment actually given, you will be responsible for the “full” session. Out of respect and consideration to your therapist and other customers, please plan accordingly and be on time.

We look forward to seeing you!
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