"Our bodies communicate to us clearly and specifically, if we are willing to listen." - Shakti Gawain
Massage Appointments: Get the relief you're looking for.
A massage therapist’s scope of practice is the assessment, treatment and prevention of dysfunction, injury and pain in soft tissues using movement, remedial exercise and manual techniques.
Massage calms the nervous system, decreases muscular guarding and lessens symptom intensity so you can move more freely and better practice self-care.
This part of treatment has the biggest, long-term impact, so it’s important to go over what you can do at home to facilitate relief and prevention when you need it.
The Growth with ease
Change doesn’t happen without a little challenge. It may feel awkward at first, but it shouldn’t make your symptoms worse. If you feel your body tensing or straining, or you feel increased pain or breath holding, back off until that feeling eases. To improve, it’s important that the nervous system feels safe.
Develop a deeper awareness
of your body.
Discoveries: I want you to experience more than just temporary relief.
Each body responds to demand differently and comes up with unique coping mechanisms that usually go unnoticed – for a while.
But if you are experiencing pain and movement restrictions, you need to learn how your body is moving well, how it isn’t, and what you can do about it.
Incorporating movement exploration into your massage does sacrifice some table time, but trust me, it’s worth it!
Learn your body’s language!
Heather taps in to her knowledge from Yoga Teacher and Yoga Therapist training to broaden her approach to the assessment and homecare components of a massage therapy appointment.