I've been doing bodywork since 2004, and I've always wondered: Why do some people come in with pain that disappears for good after a massage or two, while other people get relief for a few days and then the same pain comes back?
Pursuing this question amongst others, I've taken courses, studied other treatment modalities, and trained for years. I've come to some conclusions.
In general, it's not bad posture. It's not bad genetics. And it's certainly not because you haven't found someone to massage it hard enough yet.
Rather, our muscles can get in the habit of tightening up, and even when they don't need to be, they continue contracting until they are exhausted and you are aching.
This usually happens partially due to how much time we spend in our heads and out of our bodies, and partially because of the buildup of emotional stress in our muscles that doesn't know how to move through and out.
If we choose to work together, we will follow all these factors. This is not just a relaxation massage, or a deep tissue massage. This is an exploration, a 'getting-to-know-you' with your muscles, and an opportunity to help teach your body how to let go of what it's been holding onto.
Our work will be interactive. I'll ask you questions about your sensations, and invite you to engage in certain movements or gentle exercises as we work.
There will be opportunities to zone out and enjoy, but our primary goal is to train your body to be able to let go of stress and old emotions. This can take some time and presence.
If you want to lower the impact that stress has on your body, improve your ability to enjoy life, yet continue to be productive, Somatic Experiencing can help.
Like counseling, only for the body instead of the mind, Somatic Experiencing teaches your body to let go of trauma and build resilience.
Whether you've received massage therapy in the past or not, I'd like to challenge you to ask yourself what you want for your body. Less pain? Greater physical capabilities? A moment's rest? I will use specialized massage skills to get you there.