Q. I've never had a treatment with Sarah Borda at bodyHeart before. What will it be like, Sarah?
Your first visit to bodyHeart is your
experience and although we are addressing this here, we would like you
to understand that what you experience is yours and allow it to be just
that -- “time with yourself.”
I will begin by reviewing your INTAKE FORM
(see right column), which allows me to know you better. We
will discuss any information from this form that seems relevant to your
treatment. Your current health condition, emotional nature, accidents
or trauma that you have experienced are all important.
I will then give you a tour of the
and show you to your room.
>> Please do NOT wear ANY perfume, cologne, or strongly scented lotion. <<
If you are receiving an MFR treatment, I
will start with a short postural analysis and structural evaluation
with your clothes on (please wear sports shorts/sports bra) before I proceed to hands-on treatment.
If the therapy that you are receiving
requires clothes off, I will leave the room and return after you are
comfortably on your table and under your sheet/blanket.
During your treatment you will remain
at all times and only the part of you that we are focused on will be
I invite input during your session if you
feel that it is important to your treatment or you. Some folks talk;
some folks don’t. I encourage you to go with how you are
feeling at that moment and understand that every session can be
different because we are all different all the time. Sometimes things
will “come up” for you during a treatment or
afterwards, and I encourage you to be present to all physical,
emotional and mental shifts. All is good.
I also love feedback so I can serve you
better. Communication is the key to building a trusting relationship.
view our session with you as an honor and a moment of partnership
between giver and receiver.
What if I have to cancel my session?
24 hours notification is required
to avoid session fee charges for rescheduling or
We accept Mastercard/Visa to reserve your session. Your credit card will be charged for the full session fee if 24 hours notification is not given for rescheduling or cancellations.
Q. Will I see immediate results? How many sessions does it take to get well?
These are the questions that everyone asks and the answer is "I don't know." We all have our unique fascial structure which collaborates with and connects to our unique biochemistry, which is the result of so many life variables. We are all unique and our process of healing has its own unique rhythm as well.
You and I will take this one step at a time and after you have had some sessions you'll begin to know what you want to do.
Many times, my clients will book multiple sessions in one week so that they can have the benefits of compound treatments over a short period of time.
Rather than spacing treatments out over a long period of time, it has been my experience that results happen faster when clients receive 3-6 sessions close together. Simply put, the benefits are compounded. This is why I highly recommend a 5-Day Instensive which is a money saver for you, as well.
My experience has also shown that clients who perform MFR self-treatment techniques at home have more long-lasting, positive results. It is just like any habit. You need to practice to get results.
Q. Will my insurance company cover costs for MFR?
We have had great success with Health Savings Accounts (HSA's). I can provide you with an itemized bill with a procedure code, amount of time, and fee. You will need to provide the diagnosis from your doctor or other medical professional. (By law, I am not qualified to diagnose; it is not within the scope of my practice.)
You can also check with your insurance company and see whether your policy covers Myofascial Release done by a Licensed Massage Therapist.
I'm seeing a chiropractor or physical therapist for my condition, will
Myofascial Release Treatments help or hurt my progress?
Chiropractors are primarily working with
hard tissue (bone) and I am working with soft tissue (fascia,
After receiving a diagnosis from a doctor, physical therapists may only treat one
specific area of your body.
As a Myofascial
Release Therapist, I will be treating your entire body, accessing the
tight tissues that are causing and exacerbating the problems that the
other healthcare professionals are also working on.
In other words,
your care with your chiropractor and/or your physical therapist will
BENEFIT from your MFR treatments at bodyHeart.
MFR and massage help with recovery from surgery?
Following are testimonials and videos from several clients that directly answer this question:
MFR Treatments significantly improved my recovery
I have had the pleasure of working with Sarah from bodyHeart for almost a year now. Prior to working with bodyHeart, I viewed massage therapy as a LUXURY only to be experienced whle on vacation.
was recommended I seek body treatment to assist with recovery,
following several operations. That led me to bodyHeart Therapy and the
technique of Myofascial Release. From the initial treatment I
significantly improved my recovery and this has brought me a better
realization of my body.
would highly recommend bodyHeart to anyone who is looking to better
their physical and mental well being.
It will help you through your surgery immensely...It all opens up and everything just flows better.
Click to watch this video of Sarah Borda, LMT, BCTMB, and Betsy, a stroke victim with various medical conditions, discussing how the MFR treatments aided her after her stroke and before and after her knee replacement surgery. Sarah also gives an easy-to-understand explanation of the gentle therapy known as Myofascial Release.
Pre- and Post-Surgery work was invaluable
I am so happy that I was able to work with Sarah in preparing for my recent hip replacement. I believe it made a huge difference in the speed and ease of my recovery.
I am just one week out of surgery, and I had only minor swelling and bruising. (In the last hip surgery I was swollen from my toes to the hip, and it was uncomfortable - I thought the skin would burst.) I have avoided countless hours of propping the leg up and icing, so I am having an easier time with the PT and boredom.
As soon as we began working together my blood pressure fell a good 15 points, and it has remained there.
The work we did inside my mouth allowed me to avoid wearing my retainer for the first night in the hospital without negative consequences. The teeth are no longer in a constant tug of war trying to return to the wrong positions.
Sarah's insights and caring support have been invaluable . I will see Sarah soon so we can work with the new incision to avoid any undue stressors forming from that scar.
- Pamela L.
Convent Station, NJ
So beneficial to my recovery!
Diagnosed with head and neck cancer, thanks to the Myofascial Release treatments he received from Sarah Borda, LMT, BCTMB, Frank can now swallow and is completely back in action! Click to watch this powerful testimonial with Sarah, Frank, and his wife Marcy.
After five sessions, I feel better than I have in 20 years
Having had two back surgeries, a shoulder surgery, a knee surgery and a large number of sports and injury associated traumas, I am no stranger to chronic pain.
A friend recommended Myofascial Release Therapy to help break down scar tissue, improve flexibility, and provide paint relief. Candidly, I had very low expectations, having tried chiropractic, acupuncture and physical therapy, all with very limited or no positive results.
I was very fortunate to find Sarah Borda, bodyHeart Therapy, Chester, NJ, who introduced me to Myofascial Release Therapy. Sarah is an extremely professional, knowledgeable and skilled therapist. And a very wonderful human being!
After five sessions, I feel better than I have in 20 years. The toes in my left foot, which have been numb for 30 years, now have feeling in them. My energy level is up and my pain is minimum or non-existent (depending on the day).
I would wholeheartedly recommend Myofascial Release Therapy, and especially Sarah Borda, for anyone with chronic pain, limited flexibility, or who just wants to feel better.
- Richard A.
65 years old
Sarah's calm and loving nature in sessions with my children helped me to connect with them
I brought my 3-year-old son and 8-year-old daughter both to have sessions with Sarah. Both sessions were powerful, moving, and healing.
My 3-year-old had torticollis and plagiocephaly as an infant and even as he got older and went through growth spurts, his body would default to his old position. He would become irritated, had trouble sleeping, and even began stuttering.
I really didn't think my son would be able to lay on the massage table but Sarah's calm and loving nature instantly connected with him.
As she worked on him, his body began to slow down and surrender to her gentle touch and his face showed pure bliss. It was beautiful.
He was so happy after the session. I felt so much more in tune with him and I could feel he did with me as well.
A few days after the session, his stuttering had subsided and is now completely gone. Amazing. Thank you so much.
I brought my 8-year-old daughter in because she was acting moody, having frequent emotional outbursts, and overall, I was having a hard time connecting with her. Again, Sarah made her feel so comfortable and as she worked on her, I could see her body starting to soften and let go.
I loved seeing her face move into a place of such relaxation.
After her session, I felt we were understanding each other more and there were many more smiles and hugs.
I am so grateful.
- Weeklong Intensive treated my whole body, and set the stage for my complete recovery
My physical therapist recommended myofascial release therapy after traditional physical therapy was minimally effective in treating symptoms of a pinched nerve caused by herniated cervical discs.
Sarah’s intensive program treated my whole body, and set the stage for my complete recovery. After the first intensive session, I noticed a remarkable reduction in the pain, neck stiffness and tingling in my arm. However, Sarah’s holistic focus on treating the entire mind, body and spirit was an incredible journey and empowering experience.
Through this intensive MFR, I realized aspects of my physical and emotional self that enabled me to connect mind and body. I have a heightened self-awareness, and learned self treatment exercises that I use every day.
I am now pain free, and have returned to many of the activities I had enjoyed previously.
- Wendy L.
Whitehouse Station, NJ
Weeklong Intensive, an incredibly positive journey
Having the opportunity to do an intensive with Sarah was such a gift. She is so skilled at what she does that the entire week felt like an incredibly positive journey. The MFR intensive with Sarah was a healing modality that allowed my body to speak to me . . . in ways it has needed to for years. I experienced so much wonderful physical relaxation and emotional healing through it. I am forever grateful for the experience!
Myofascial Release Supports Successful In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
I went to Sarah for the first time while going through IVF. My hope was that she would be able to physically relax my body in a way that I would have better success with my treatment. This was my only expectation and concern when entering her office.
When I started my treatment, I realized I would be getting so much more out of it than that. She taught me how my body is connected physically to my emotions and past stresses and traumas in my life. Sarah is amazingly intuitive and is really helpful in guiding one to identify where feelings are coming from.
Going through over a year of fertility treatments to have my first child and now starting my second round of IVF for my second, she helped me realize a lot of the negative feelings I was having about my self. I felt like a failure, like my body was failing me -- and as an athlete and a woman that was hard to swallow.
Until I realized I felt like this I couldn’t fix it, but even after my first visit and just acknowledging these feelings, I started to heal from the inside out. I found that after each treatment my body felt so alive with energy and I became much more in tune with myself physically and emotionally.
I feel like myofascial release and Sarah herself were such a benefit to my overall health and well-being. In the course of three weeks during my IVF cycle, she changed my life for the better -- as well as being a huge support for the process I was going through.
I am happy to report that my second IVF transfer was a success and I think Sarah was a huge help with her positive energy and complementary treatments.
Breastfeeding Made Easier
My lactation consultant recommended that I see Sarah because my baby's gape was narrow and painful. Sarah's treatment helped her relax her jaw and made breastfeeding more comfortable.
A few weeks later, we are both getting better at breastfeeding and it's becoming more comfortable. We have been doing the exercises Sarah showed us and they have helped a lot, particularly the chin one.
Sometimes I am still amazed that we've gotten to this point because it was such a long struggle.
- A.G., mother of 3-month-old Califon, NJ
And a note from Sarah Borda, LMT, BCTMB:
I also worked with the mother in a session for herself. Her stress level dropped and she and the baby became more connected. I recommend that all new mothers have a session, as well as the baby. Feel free to call to discuss.
From a woman Sarah Borda had been treating for fertility and stress release through MFR:
"I got 12 good eggs! Thank you so much. I'll be back soon."
After one session, I felt physically and emotionally relieved
Going to sports massage therapy was suggested to me by my dance teacher who saw the physical toll dance was taking on my body. After just one session, I not only felt physically relieved, but also emotionally. Sarah has helped to greatly improve my mobility, flexibility, and endurance during during my dance sessions, while also teaching me the importance of listening to and loving my body. I have thoroughly enjoyed all of my sessions!
- Cat M.
18-year- old dancer
Try myofascial release therapy for teen postural issues
My daughter takes private ballet lessons in New York. Her ballet teacher commented on her posture, saying that the forward bending shoulder blades were likely due to muscle spasms in her upper back. She recommended massage and myofascial release therapy. After just a few months of work with Sarah, my daughter's posture was greatly improved.
Now, a little more than a year later I don't notice her posture as an issue anymore. So many teenagers have posture issues and I would strongly recommend trying myofascial release therapy as a potential solution.
- Cat M.'s mother (above)
Beauty in life
The bodywork has introduced me to a beauty in life that I never knew existed.
Taking care of myself
I find it new being okay with taking care of myself. You have made me feel very comfortable loving myself.
- Debborah B.
Far Hills, NJ
Felt so safe
I have never felt so safe with anyone, until you.
Sarah, my neck has been amazing since our session one week ago. I would like to get more sessions with you.
A Lifetime Gift
Sarah has given me a lifetime gift and I am forever thankful.
She has a profound ability to heal, both physically and spiritually, and it must be God-given. I feel so blessed to have had the chance to learn from her and I appreciate her dedication, knowledge and experience more than I will ever be able to express.
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and two Saturdays a month.
We recommend setting up a series of appointments to meet your goals. Scheduling ahead gives you the best opportunity for healing and growing into the life you envision for yourself.
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