There are three main goals people bring to our bodywork sessions:
1. They want to get rid of a headache, backache, or any kind of pain; or increase their ability to do a specific movement.
2. They want to get more connected to their body, to improve their ability to move and to feel great.
3. They want to have a mini-vacation, a blissfully relaxing experience.
Depending on what goal you bring in, I'll approach each in a very different manner.
I tend to lead bodywork sessions a little differently than many practitioners, so it's worth noting a few things here now, to prepare you. First, not all of our massages will be the same. I don't have a 'signature swedish' relaxation massage that I give each time: Rather, I'll sit with you for 5 to 10 minutes before the session starts to get to know you, and to get a feeling for what you're hoping for, and then I'll shape our session to those goals.
Second, I'm focused on you, not my massage style. While I have well over a decade of experience in using a wide variety of massage methods and modalities*, I rarely will lead a session that uses just one 'primary' style of massage. I don't have a menu to choose from, per se. Rather, I seamlessly blend all of the skills and tools I have with the intention of best serving your bodywork goals.
Finally, unless you request otherwise, I will likely check in with you during the massage more than the average practitioner. No matter how much training I have in anatomy and kinesiology, you know your body experience far better than I do. You know what hurts, and what feels good. You know when you're present, and when you're zoned out. As we move through the session together, I'll gently ask small questions here and there, to make sure we are working in a way that is nourishing and useful to your body, and to encourage you to deepen your awareness of what's happening, thereby improving the benefits of the session.
Once the session is over, we'll check in again: How are you feeling now, and where are you at in terms of your original goal? To what extent did we succeed? What did we learn, and what might we work on next?
It's a powerful, gently evolving process of getting you pain-free, strong, and delighted to be inside your body.
*Swedish massage, Deep Tissue massage, Craniosacral Therapy, Shiatsu, Reiki, Jin Shin Do, Positional Release, Trigger Point Therapy
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