What is a session like?
We spend the first few moments discussing your medical history and the condition that brings you to treatment. You remained clothed, positioned comfortable on the table, face up. We begin at your feet, assessing the patterns of ease and restriction through your legs, spine, head and entire body. Then, using the same very gentle touch, we follow the pattern of ease through your legs, hips, back, shoulders, arms, neck and head. In this way your body has the opportunity to show patterns of tightness from previous injuries or diseases that may be contributing to your current complaints of pain and dysfunction. Some patients ask questions or remember incidents as we move through the body; others doze off into a very relaxed state that enhances the treatment process. Most patients agree that the hour goes by very quickly.
What exactly are you doing?
My hands gently feel for the movement of the fluids in your body: arterial pulses and flow, lymphatic flow, cerebrospinal fluid flow around the brain and spinal cord, the flow of the electricity through the nervous system, and generalized fluid flow through the organs and structures of the body. Everywhere that our electrified fluids flow, an electromagnetic field is generated, and my hands also perceive the strength and ease of this flow through your body (just as you might wave your hand over an electric burner to see if it’s hot). In this manner we can help emphasize the flow of what’s moving to help unravel the tissues that might be “stuck”. This helps the body’s own self-healing mechanism to work more effectively.
Why does it feel like your hands are just resting there?
My hands rest very lightly on your body because I am working with the fluids or your body, and they are very sensitive to touch. When you press on the break pedal of your car, you use a small amount of force into a hydraulic (fluid) system to stop a 3000lb. machine. When you feel for your own arterial pulse at the wrist or neck, you touch lightly or else you will “squash” the signal and not feel the pulse. When I hold your leg or back or head, I only need a very light touch for the fluids to respond and move.
Why do I feel warmth where your hands working?
When tissues have been tight or painful, the proteins in the muscle and fascia become bound down. The stimulation of this work helps to release the stuck tissue and their proteins. As the proteins are freed up, they trash about and generate a sense of heat. As your tissues relax, you may also experience a sense of ease or flowing through the area.
How can this be helpful with such a light touch?
Too often our dynamic bodies have encountered a harsh force that imposes insurmountable obstacles in out tissues. Sometimes the force of an injury is greater that the body can dissipate on its own. We have never found much success, or common sense, in employing a therapy technique that introduces MORE force into an already-stressed body. What we have found is that if we support the healthy fluids that CAN move, the body responds to this gentle support by remembering how to unravel the stuck tissues and resume a healthier flow.
What kind of changes can I expect from this treatment?
Some patients get up from their first session “feeling better” but not able to describe specifically how. Some feel a distinct relief of the pain that they came in with. Others might feel a little “foggy” and unclear. All are signs of the body engaging in the healing process. The important thing to remember is that your body is going continue working with the internal fluids flows that we have facilitated, for a few hours or move after you leave the treatment table. Please be gentle with yourself (no heavy work outs ..etc). Some clients enjoy a gentle walk; some feel like they need a nap, and others might be enjoying a sense of energy and vitality that has bees missing for while. Occasionally an old ache or pain might surface, again, this is your body doing its “clean-up” job and if you breathe with it (rather than clenching tightly around it), what surfaces will pass. The body processes it’s healing as its own pace; injuries that you sustained years ago might take a longer course of therapy to dissipate.
Is it normal to feel emotional during or after a session?
This is a very normal part of the healing process. Sometimes we have emotions buried deep in our tissues, and as the tissues soften, the emotions contained in then surface. Letting them be expressed, and finding the breath and relief that comes with that release are all parts of healing. In our work we honor these emotions as they arise and support the resolution of lingering questions so we may find our sense of peace and wholeness in this moment.
How often should I come for session?
Most patients come in once a week for their hourly session. However, it is common to schedule a two or three-hour session. Some therapists, or patients seeking to do intensive work, may schedule up to three hours a day for several days in a row. This does help the body move past old patterns of compensation and find a new level of freedom and healthy movement.
How can I explain this to my spouse/family/friends?
You are receiving this light-touch therapy to restore good fluid flow to your brain and spinal cord, nervous system and vascular system, which will help your body, mind and spirit, move with more health and ease.