Q1. Do you accept credit cards?
Yes! Homestead Healing accepts all major cards. You can make your CC purchase via my website or in person.
Q2. Do you still do house calls?
Yes! But only on the weekends, and for a higher cost than a studio session.
Q3. Do I need to do anything in advance of our session?
DRINK WATER! Our Fascia is mostly water, so to have the most impact it is important that your tissue be hydrated. You will want to drink lots of water after our session, too, to help flush out your tissues of the chemicals we release.
Q4. What is Myofascial Release?
Myofascial Release a profound whole system therapy. It can utilize more “strong arm” soft tissue mobilization or off the body energy work. But mostly, it is the use of long sustained compression or resistance provided by the therapists’ hands to facilitate a deep release of muscle and connective tissues. To get a more in depth (pardon the pun!) explanation, check out Homestead’s blog on Myofascial Release (MFR).
Q5. Is there anything special I need to do/know for a Myofascial Release session?
Have clean and LOTION-FREE skin. This technique doesn’t work with oil/lotion making you slippery. Men, wear a pair of shorts you will feel comfortable/secure in while I move your legs around. Women, have on a two-piece bathing suit OR sports bra and underwear/shorts, preferably shorts that will allow access to upper thighs and glutes while still making you feel comfortable/secure as I move your legs around.
Q6. What is integrated massage therapy/bodywork?
Integrated massage therapy/bodywork is just what it sounds like! The use of many different techniques and modalities (types of massage) in combination to effect the best possible results.
Q7. What do you mean when you say mindbody?
A term I use a lot is “mindbody.” Since language is the manifestation of thought into the external world, I think it is important to say what we mean. People are always talking about the connection between mind and body. This language reinforces a perceived separation of mind and body. My understanding, through personal experience and years of practice as a therapist, is that there is no separation between mind and body. For more about this, check out the 3-part blog series on Mindbody!
Q8. Where can I find more information on the techniques used?
Read The Work for more details.
Q9. What are knots?
The simplified answer is that knots are restrictions in your myofascia (fascia of the muscle tissue). These restrictions are the result of various kinds of stress and injury your mindbody undergoes in life. Whether a car accident, falling out of a tree as a kid, sitting at a desk all day or even a heartbreak can cause restrictions/knots/discomfort/dis-ease in your mindbody.
Q10. What do knots feel like when you are working on them and how do you find them?
This is one of my most frequently asked questions, and it is difficult to answer because knots take on all different textures and qualities. In general, though, there is a notable difference in texture and or temperature when going over a restricted area. As my hands/fingers are applying pressure to these areas they are also responding to the movement of these knots as they slowly release. This can feel like a pulsating, something moving underneath my hands, and/or extreme heat release.
Q11. What’s the deal with Chiropractic work?
Chiropractic work is a very valuable resource in short-term adjustment goals. When your rib pops out it is great to have Chiropractic care to very directly and quickly address the issue. In general, though, this work is too forceful and over time reinforces bracing patterns in your mindbody. I recommend as a last-ditch measure after gentler techniques have proven insufficient.
Q12. How long does it take for you to set up once you’ve arrived for a house call?
Set-up takes about 10 minutes, but allow for 15 minutes to include the intake process (I will look at your anatomical structure with you off of the table and may ask you to demonstrate some range of motion or other assessments before we get started).
Q13. How much space do you need at my home for the massage table?
Ideally a space no smaller than 6ft by 4ft, but we can make it work.
Q14. How many sessions can you do in a row for a house call?
It depends on how long the sessions are! I tend to max out at 5-6 hours of hands on therapy…but remember, there are 5-10 mins needed for each client’s intake, in addition to set-up/tear-down, so the time I’m there would be longer than just the “table time.”