I have been asked several times by clients lately, "How would you describe what you do to someone who hasn't experienced it before?" They seem to be at a loss when trying to tell someone else what I did for them!
I have thought about this a great deal, and the time is right to try and explain what you can expect from a session with me.
I will be the first one to tell you that from the first moment, your session is not going to be like "a regular massage." I can do those and I do when needed, but a body tends to express where it wants the focus to be at, and I try to accomodate that (as this is what will give you the most relief and relaxation by the end of the session!)
By viewing your posture pattern, the way you step, and pain induced holding- the first minutes are valuable to me. They set a plan in motion. That plan can include using one modality (see "Modalities" for an explanation of what I offer) and sometimes it is incorporating several techniques from several different ones.
Each session is truly unique to the individual on the table, and one session is never the same as the next! I think this is why I love what I do so much- it's a constant puzzle to solve! (And helping others feel better is a wonderful reward!)
The body almost always has an underlying emotional holding pattern with your physical pain (though not always, as in repetitive motion injury from a job or hobby) As we allow your body to release these held onto emotions, the physical pain will usually dissipate with it as well.
So, here are the basics. During your session you may experience some or all of the following: (or not, it just depends on what your body and mind want to do!)
* Physical pain relief
* Emotional Release & Relief
* Past Memory Replay & Resolution
* Awareness of holding patterns and why they exist
* Steps to alleviate chronic symptoms
* Stretch and Strengthening Excercises
The tools I use to facilitate this process with a client is going to be left for another blog post- but suffice it to say, it's very effective!