5457 Roswell Road, Suite 104, Sandy Springs, GA
By Appointment. Phone 770-815-7942
Q: How is MFR different from regular massage, Swedish,
neuromuscular, deep-tissue, etc.?
A: In the various forms of 'traditional' massage, the goal is to relax
the muscles and also detoxify the body, reducing stress, improving
general health, and providing a temporary relief from pain. However,
none of these forms of massage seeks to alter and change the
structure of the connective tissue, aka fascia. Massage does a
wonderful job at relaxing the muscles, but until the underlying
dysfunctional fascia is healed, the chronic problems quite often will
return time and again, even with constant massage. MFR is the
Q: Does MFR hurt?
A: Yes and no. Myofascial release is a very slow, deliberate
technique. The therapist puts moderate pressure into the area of
fascial restriction, then waits. Soon, the piezoelectric response kicks
in, and the fascia begins to shift and release. When this happens,
there are several sensations people can feel in the area, ranging
from a 'tingling' sensation to a fairly mild 'burn.' Never will the
clients feel shooting or excruciating pain. At anytime during the
session you feel the therapist needs to lighten the pressure, you
need only say 'stop' and the therapist will stop immediately. You will
never be asked to sustain more pressure than you are able.
Q: Will I be sore afterwards?
The mechanics of MFR will cause an inflammatory response in the
system. This is not to be confused with other types of agressive or
deep massage, where the client leaves the session feeling like they
'got hit by a truck.' The soreness from MFR is similar to the soreness
you may have experienced after working out too hard. Soreness is
the body's repsonse to change. Ironically - unlike other forms of
deep massage, the cure for this soreness is to get more MFR!
Subsequent sessions will break up remaining fascial restrictions,
and the inflammation will quickly subside.
Copyright 2011, Ronald E. Reach. Georgia Massage Therapist License MT005438