Know before you go
Frequently Asked Questions:
How will I feel after my treatment?
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.
Is there anything I should do to prepare for my session?
Drink plenty of water the day before and come hydrated. Manual Muscle Testing sometimes does not work if you are dehydrated. Please always empty your bladder once you arrive at the office and silence your cell phone. Complete the new patient intake form ahead of time before your first visit or arrive 15 minutes early to fill it out at the office.
How are your massage/bodywork techniques different from other therapists I’ve been to?
We are going to work very specifically and be very thorough during your session. No “glossing over” here. For example, if your wrists are bothering you with carpal tunnel-like symptoms, we will work on each individual muscle and tendon involved all the way up to your neck.
We work the intercostal muscles in between the ribs. We work the anterior (front) neck muscles. We work the abdominals and diaphragm muscles. We work the muscles that most other therapists neglect or don’t know how to work. We will work muscles you probably didn’t even know you had.
The last time I had a “deep tissue” massage, I was sore for days. Am I going to be sore?
The phrase, “No pain, no gain” does not apply here. Communication with Dr Marianne is key. There are going to be some areas that feel extra tender. Don’t hesitate to speak up. Dr. Marianne will be watching your face for any wincing, paying close attention to your body language and breath and will adjust the pressure accordingly. It’s important to remember that we are not creating the pain; we are finding the pain. Any area that is tender or sensitive is an area that is lacking oxygen. All bodywork should be within your tolerance level and should not be painful. We do not plow through the muscle tissue. We wait for it to melt before sinking into the next layer of tissue; one layer at a time. Bodywork sessions are cumulative, one building upon the next. When starting a new treatment plan, bodywork sessions should be frequent and spaced close together with recovery time in between sessions to be the most effective. If you are not used to receiving massage, it is similar to not being used to working out. Just as you can feel sore after a good workout, you might feel a little sore after a massage, but that feeling should not last more than a day or two. Again, communication is key to getting your best massage. It is also advisable to drink plenty of water after your treatment.
Is a massage always appropriate?
No, there are several medical conditions that would make massage inappropriate. That's why it is necessary that you fill out the health history forms before you begin your session. The doctor will ask general health questions to rule out if you have any contraindications to massage. It is very important that you inform the doctor of any health problems or medications you are taking. The doctor will use her discretion and reserves the right to refuse a service if she deems it is not in your best interest. (Examples include: Blood clots, recent stroke, recent surgery, herniated discs currently in flare-up-mode, Poison Ivy and other infectious skin conditions.
Are your services covered by medical insurance?
Some sevices are eligible under some insurance plans. We will bill your insurance and expect your portion in full at the time of service. When doctors agree to accept payments from health insurers, they must also agree to many other rules and restrictions. Sometimes complicated rules require more expenses and restrict a doctors decisions. Ironically, having health insurance often results in more expensive and worse quality care. By not participating with insurance contracts, we are free to make decisions with you about what is best for your care--at the same time spending more time with you and charging less. Chirohealth might be a good option for you.
How much time will each visit be?
Our treatments are results-oriented and outcome based. The health and wellness industry has trained consumers to equate more time with more value. It just so happens Dr Marianne has the advanced training to accomplish more in less time and still be extremely effective. We have learned to be more efficient without skipping the relaxation factor. The reason most massages are offered for 60 min is because, for most people, that is about the maximum amount of time the liver can handle an influx of toxins. It’s like putting too many groceries on the conveyor belt at the checkout and the store. The clerk can only bag your items so fast before they pile up. We are doing very specific, detailed, personalized, intense work on you! You need time to process and recover.
In addition, you are being educated about what we are doing and why we are doing it during the session. It is a lot of information to take in. We would rather feed it to you in small, digestible bites. It is not our intention to overload your brain, leaving you more confused than when you came in. Our goal is to help you with your wellness challenges and then teach you how to not need us anymore. That is a very empowering feeling!
If after a session, you still feel like it “wasn’t enough” to release all of your tension, think of it this way: Your body did not get this way overnight. You’ve got some work to do. One visit is not going to magically undo years of tension. It takes time. It is a process. Shorter, more frequent sessions are going to be more effective for you. We don’t want you to be a “one-hit -wonder” and leave feeling unsatisfied. We want to give you relief that will last for more than one day. It will take more than one session to get to the root of the problem. Once we get to the root though, that tension will be gone forever.
What should I look for in a doctor?
While there are therapists that do phenomenal work right out of school. That being said, be a smart consumer and ask about the continuing education courses your doctor has completed since graduation. Ask what they specialize in. Doctors are required to do 50 hours of CEU’s every year. Again, try not to equate years in business with the value of the treatment. If you want to feel long-term relief from chronic stress, anxiety, and pain, then Dr. Marianne is for you!
What do I wear during body work?
Depending on the primary technique Dr Marianne uses, you may or may not need to undress. For a full body massage, most people undress completely. However, you may choose to wear underwear. Doctor will give you privacy to undress, and you will be covered with a sheet and blanket at all times except the area being worked on.
What do I do during a treatment?
Make yourself comfortable. If your doctor wants you to adjust your position, she or he will either move you or will ask you to move what is needed. Otherwise, change your position anytime to make yourself more comfortable. Many people close their eyes and relax completely during a session; others prefer to talk. It's up to you. It is your treatment, and whatever feels natural to you is the best way to relax. Do not hesitate to ask questions at any time.
What happens during a Foundational Nutrition Session?
We will begin with a conversation about YOU! ...and a 300 question Nutritional Assessment (Done at home, online, takes 25 minutes to complete. The results are sent to Dr Marianne for review.) From there, if additional testing is needed (Bloodwork, Stool Analysis, Saliva Analysis) it will be ordered. We will discuss six key areas of your life: Eating, Drinking, Breathing, Resting, Moving/Exercising, & Thinking and make recommendations for improvement. We will also determine your metabolic body-type and provide a list of foods that benefit or hinder your unique body-type.
Changing the way I eat sounds overwhelming. Will I have to give up bread?
You dig your grave with your teeth. You are what you eat. Actually, you are what you absorb. Is your body properly absorbing the nutrients you are feeding it? If you eat junk, your cells will be made out of junk. Literally. Don’t count calories; count nutrients. For example, an avocado has WAY more nutrients than fat-free yogurt. The yogurt may have less calories, but is nutritionally inferior to the avocado.
Before we discuss removing foods from you diet, let’s talk about adding nutrients. Let’s add before we take anything away. Let’s focus on what you CAN have, rather than what you can’t. Once your body is receiving the proper nutrients, your cravings will diminish and eventually giving up what you think can’t will be a breeze.
Emotional Release FAQ's:
What happens during an Emotional Release Session? Will I cry?
If you do cry, it's no big deal and we have the Kleenex on stand-by.
Balancing your emotions alleviates anxiety, depression, fatigue, feeling overwhelmed, and procrastination, just to name a few.
While laying comfortably on a Massage Table (fully clothed), the practitioner will use Muscle Testing (Applied Kinesiology) to derive information from the body as to what is causing the interference. She will touch certain areas of your skull while asking you to breathe a certain way and think about a particular memory stress.
While open communication with Dr. Marianne is necessary, you do not need to reveal your personal circumstances or private experiences, if you are not comfortable. Talking about your issues is not required for this technique to be effective.
Sessions last about 10-15 minutes and we recommend starting with 6 sessions.
Office Policy FAQ's:
What is your cancellation policy?
If you cancel your session on the day of your appointment, you will be charged full price for that session. I can only see so many patients per day for up to 60 minutes.
What To Do First
I have one main goal: to help every patient feel great again.
If you're not sure which services you need or you need more information to make a decision on whether or not we are the right fit for your circumstances, let's talk about it. Let's discuss your situation and what you're experiencing and find out. If I can't help you, I probably know someone local who can.
1. Call and schedule a complimentary 15 minute phone consult with Dr Marianne Or skip ahead and...
2. Schedule your comprehensive New patient Consultation and exam. You'll receive treatment that first visit.
What should I expect for my first time?
The initial visit is generally around an hour long. The session starts with an in-depth interview and ends with the treatment. The interview is Dr Marianne's chance to get to see what’s going on. She tries to understand both the specifics of the issues you’d like help resolving as well as get a global view of how you’re doing. This helps immeasurably when developing an effective treatment plan.
The treatment itself may include a variety modalities. The point of the treatment is to effect change for the patient, and in order to do that Dr Marianne uses many holistic techniques. She may use Chiropractic, Medical Massage Techniques, acupuncture, or offer lifestyle/dietary recommendations.
Dr Marianne will layout a treatment plan that advises how often you should come for follow-up treatments. Follow-up appointments are generally 15 minutes to 1 hour depending on your budget and time contraints. The bulk of the time is spent in the treatment portion. This means more time is focused on getting you feeling great again.
What are good tips for patients?
You may find it helpful to bring in a list of the problems and concerns you’d like to discuss. It’s extremely common for people to forget half of the things they wanted to say, so be sure to bring a list to remind you.
You’ll want to wear clothes that are comfortable and loose fitting.
Try to avoid wearing perfume, cologne or any fragrance. (This is out of respect for our patients with allergies and chemical sensitivities)
Try to have eaten something before you come. You don’t want to have a grumbling tummy when you’re trying to relax. But it’s equally important not to feel overstuffed.
Continue to take all your normally prescribed medications.
Try to avoid having caffeine right before you come in. Feel free to enjoy your morning cup, but don’t chug a grande hacka-frappe-wacka-lota-chino right before you come in. Somehow large amounts of caffeine and relaxation don’t mix.
Try to plan your day so that you’re afforded some down time after your treatment. This isn’t essential, but it’ll help the effects of the treatment to continue working its magic.
How should I schedule my appointment?
Call or text the office at 309-404-5002. Make sure you specify you are calling for Dr. Hoyle.
How many sessions will I need?
For many patients, the treatment can work like magic. I’ve helped patients who were suffering from 10 out of 10 pain in as little as a single session. But not every problem responds that quickly. Each person will respond differently to his or her treatment; this is why it can be difficult to pinpoint how many sessions you’ll need. Some issues are recalcitrant and end up taking weekly sessions for an extended period of time. Other problems will disappear in a visit or two. The best I can do is to provide a high level of service and to promise to be open with you about my thoughts on the situation.
Can I still take my prescribed medications while undergoing Foundational Nutrition?
Yes, you can and should. Our goal is to balance the body nutritionally so you eventually won't need your (acid reflux, anti-depressant, thyroid, sleep aids, high blood pressure, cholesterol) medications anymore.
Pharmaceutical drugs are outside of my scope of practice and outside my interest as a practitioner. For any questions regarding getting off your medications or lowering the dose, I always refer you to your prescribing physician.
That being said, if you have any recent blood-work, labs results, or MRI reports from the last 6 months, please provide these to Dr. Hoyle so they can be incorporated into your treatment plan.
Please keep in mind that undergoing a cleanse or detox can draw medications out of your bloodstream. This may mean altering your dosage with your physician. Please be careful when using oral contraceptives and doing a detox protocol to avoid an unintended pregnancy.
Treatment For Children
If your child ever needs help you should bring them in. Dr. Marianne offers a special visit just for kids. During the visit she uses gentle techniques that helps rebalance and harmonize your child’s nervous system.