What is a session like?
Your session will begin
with a discussion of your history of injury, pain or limitation, and an
assessment of your range of motion and posture, so that your therapist's
work can be focused and accurate.
Your first session may be
quite gentle to acquaint you with the technique. Like peeling an
onion, your therapist will begin with the outermost layer of tissue and
work inward. As you relax, they will apply long, smooth,
deliberate strokes and extended stretches to your tissues. Over
time, your therapist may be able to use pressure that is quite firm to
go deeper into the tissue without causing you discomfort.
You will play an active
role in your sessions. You may be asked to participate by
breathing deeply as a stroke is applied. Or you may be asked to
change your position or stretch your body to help your tissues lengthen
Releasing fascia requires
sensitivity and a slow approach. You may be surprised by this or
think nothing is happening. Sometimes it is only after a session
that people notice results such as greatly reduced tension and increased
ease of movement.
It's possible to have some
soreness afterward, especially with the first treatment. This can
be similar to what you feel after exercising, and will be temporary.
Your therapist may have advice to help you avoid residual soreness, such
as drinking plenty of water.