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Frequently Asked Questions

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Questions:

1. If I'm in pain, how many sessions will it take to resolve? Answer.
2. How often do I need to come? ? Answer.
3. Should I come to sessions for the rest of my life? Answer.
4. What can I expect from this bodywork? Answer.
5. Is there anything else I should know? Answer.
6. Will it take care of all my chronic aches and pains? Answer.
7. Will I be sore after the session? Answer.
8. What might I experience following a session? Answer.
9. What types of therapies might you use during a session? Answer.

Answers:

1. If I’m in pain, how many sessions will it take to resolve?

That depends on whether your problem is simple or systemic.

Chronic pain is usually systemic. If it isn’t systemic, one session can be enough, with one or two follow up sessions if needed. If the problem is systemic, it will require reprogramming various layers of malfunctioning muscle patterns which can take varying lengths of time.

The human body is connected from head to toe in fascial tissue - a thin tissue that surrounds every single muscle creating a web through the whole body. To understand what happens when muscle patterns aren’t functioning properly, imagine a tangled ball of yarn or a thin, silver, link necklace that someone didn’t put away at all carefully. To unravel the yarn or the necklace (ie unknot the muscle), you have to start with what’s accessible. Sometimes the knots are easy, sometimes not. Or, you run into a series of knots. A second knot may be worse than a first knot. There are times when everything unravels easily and quickly – a miracle session which may resolve the problem or, sometimes, uncover more to chip away at. When patterns unravel easily, you’re body is in less pain. When the origin of the problem is resolved, muscle patterns hold and pain is relieved (ie you have useable yarn, a useable necklace). Patterns also hold along the way and pain is reduced even if it is clear there is more to do.

In short, the process of healing can be quick, or it can be long, depending on the condition of your body. It didn’t get that way over night; and the problem may not be resolved over night.

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2. How often do I need to come?

Though this it isn’t always possible, we like to start with three sessions in three weeks to get ahead of the problem. We may continue on at once a week for awhile or, if things are progressing well, we will push the sessions out to every other week, then every three weeks, once a month, etc. We determine together whether we can put more time in between sessions or if there is too much time between sessions, and we back up to less if needed. We work with you to discover what the best schedule for your body is and we work around financial issues as well.

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3. Should I come to sessions for the rest of my life?

That depends on your goals.

First of all, you have to determine what your goal is. We have people who come once a week. We have people who come every other week, every three weeks, once a month, a few times a year. We have people who come in, get the problem resolved and don’t come back unless they get into trouble or occasionally come in as a treat to themselves.

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4. What can I expect from this bodywork?

This bodywork is excellent for regaining and maintaining your muscle health and for resolving problems before they start “talking” to you. Muscles can be sore and you won’t know it until you’re getting worked on. We’ve had people come in saying they feel great. They leave saying: I thought I felt good when I came in; now I feel Grrr eeaat! So, it depends on your expectation and we stay in communication about your goals. Things change and goals may too.

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5. Is there anything else I should know?

In many ways, bodywork is like exercise, i.e. getting into shape. You can’t go to one exercise class and come out buff. You don’t take one exercise class and decide that that should do it for the rest of your life. Exercise is a process. It takes time to get the result you’re looking for. It takes time to maintain the result. You can stop at different points and not lose too much ground, depending on what else you’re doing in you life, but, if you stop exercising, you will start to lose that tone down the road. If you strike a balance and get a decent amount of exercise, then, to the degree that you want, you can maintain being in shape. Bodywork isn’t so different. It is a process. You’re healthier with it than without it. It’s a quality of life choice more than anything else, whether you’re in pain or not. And it plays into how healthy and resilient you’ll throughout your life.

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6. Will it take care of all my chronic aches and pains?

Not necessarily, but if you have a chronic underlying problem that prevents full resolution of the muscle pain problem, then this bodywork could be a way to help keep it under control. The choice of how much bodywork you receive is always a personal choice, along with any mitigating factors; it is based on your personal goals.

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7. Will I be sore after the session?

People often feel great after a session and don’t experience soreness. And we’ve had people feel sore for the next day or two- just as you would after taking an exercise class your body isn’t used to. We recommend taking an Epsom salts bath, drinking lots of water and planning your session so you don’t have anything very demanding you have to do afterwards.

Being sore after one session doesn’t mean you won’t feel great after your next session or a lot less sore. It is entirely dependent on what muscle patterns are resolvable in that session, the relative health of the particular muscles we’ve worked with and how much those muscle are used to being taxed during daily activities.

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8. What might I experience following a session?

If you have a lot of puffiness in your tissues, your body needs to reabsorb it and get rid of it through your excretory system. You may be sore after the session because of this and won’t feel the full benefit of the work until later that evening or in the next day or two because proper muscle contraction is what moves these fluids out through activation of your lymphatic system. Your body has to have time to integrate the work, contract the muscles properly, and move the excess fluid out. This is where the soreness tends to come from. It is not always a part of the process and it typically doesn’t follow every session, but it is important to be aware of this as a possibility during your healing process. Drinking lots of water can help as well as Epsom salt baths.

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9. What types of therapies might be used during a session?

During a Bodywork session Neuromuscular Reprogramming with Reactive Triads; Lymphatic Drainage; Energy Work including Polarity, Shiatsu, Acupressure, Reiki; Deep Tissue; Sports Massage; Swedish may be used. During a Movement Session, Dance Movement Therapy, Contemplative Movement and Interplay may be integrated in any class or individual session.

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