Structure and function as Nature intended… simply honored…
Your session depends on your needs and lifestyle – what you bring to the massage table. Our initial conversation will cover your expectations, needs, history and background, with updates as needed. Primary concern would be to alleviate conditions that may have prompted your first visit (see medical massage). Immediately following, the work will focus on resolving the origin of the symptoms – the feedback loop that more chronic, postural, lifestyle, and compensatory patterns are creating.
The body is a complex tensegrity system. To use a very simple analogy, imagine the Golden Gate bridge with its carrying pylons and its steel cables suspending the road. Gravitational and stress forces are transmitted via the suspension cables to the bridge towers. If one of the cables is too taught or loose, the effect will translate through the entire structure – something will have to compensate for the bridge not to collapse.
…And so is the human body in constant negotiation with gravity. The way we contact the ground with our feet determines how the knees negotiate between the ankles and the legs; the legs in turn accommodate how the pelvis balances the weight of the torso in its various movement needs; the torso accommodates the need of the arms to move and the head to orient us in space; the neck transmits the torso’s compensation patterns and secures that the eyes see level; our very perception of our surroundings, physically and mentally, determines the way we carry ourselves and contact the ground. In all this conversation, the muscles are sliding by and with each other within this fascinating web of life – the human fascia. And the neural habits we create cue the motor control system in and out of dysfunctional movement patterns. The body is an exquisite, self-correcting design that accommodates our every need and compensates for misuse …if it only came with an operating manual.
Our session will involve structural assessment and fine-tuning of approach depending on how your body responds to the work. Expect to move on the table for best access to tissue, contract specific muscles on my cue, and periodically get off and walk in order to integrate the work and to refine our plan. To allow for that, please wear comfortable underwear, shorts or leggings (two-piece for women).
I work in close communication with you, using a sensation scale of 1-10, where 1 is light feeling and 10 is unbearable pain. A discomfort level of 5.5-7 achieves the goals of our session best, maintaining the tissue relaxed while creating space and fluidity. Visit the Deep Tissue section for an informed discussion of this type of soft tissue work.
Your feedback and progress during and after the session are very important. Please share your observations and, depending on the nature of our work, I may check in with you afterwards to see how you are feeling.