Body Sense blends features on a variety of massage therapy modalities with tips for healthy living. Readers emerge with a better understanding of bodywork, inspired to book another session. The Body Sense philosophy considers massage therapy an integral facet of a healthy lifestyle, not just an indulgence.
CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the functioning of a physiological body system called the craniosacral system - comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. By complementing the body's natural healing processes, CST is increasingly used as a preventive health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease, and is effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction.
SomatoEmotional Release (SER) is a therapeutic process that uses and expands on the principles of CranioSacral Therapy to help rid the mind and body of the residual effects of trauma. The SER process requires extreme sensitivity on the part of the therapist and an attitude of trust and positivity on the part of the patient. It is a very mystifying experience for both parties involved. It is very difficult to describe in words, but once the release of an energy cyst has been experienced it is clearly understood without need for verbal description.
For a more in depth understanding you can read more here or at the Upledger website.
4. Use the restroom before your session. Some of the deepest relaxation can occur closer to the end of a session. Don’t let an angry bladder spoil it.
5. Be willing to talk about your body. Saying, “Just massage me!” is a surefire way to get an unsatisfactory massage. Before you come in, ask yourself some questions about your body. How does your body feel today? Are you currently in pain? Where? Is that pain dull, sharp, achy, sporadic, etc? How long has this been going on? Does it prevent you from going about your daily tasks? The more you disclose, the more we can tailor a session to your needs, and the greater the benefits you’ll reap.
8. If something feels awesome, speak up. When you’re on the massage table it’s all about YOU! Be as vocal as you want to be. For example, some people like to sigh softly, while some moan quite loudly. Some people exclaim, “EUREKA! That’s the spot!” All of these are perfectly appropriate responses. In fact, I prefer any of these to silence because it’s a form of feedback and helps guide the session. Vocalization, like breathing, can also enhance relaxation.
9. If you’re nervous, find a happy place. Visualize you’re on a warm, tropical beach. Imagine soaring through the magical world of Harry Potter. Make believe you are a car at the mechanic, getting a tune-up. Pretend you’re on a massage table -- whatever works for you.
10. Do your homework. If you don’t understand why we’ve suggested a specific stretch or icing regimen, feel free to ask for the logic behind it. I wouldn’t do homework unless I understood it’s importance. The post-treatment activities we recommend are designed to simply prolong the benefits of your massage. Also, when we suggest a frequency of massage, it’s only with your best interest in mind. If you’re in good shape, I’m not gonna tell you to come once a week. With that said, I truly believe monthly maintenance massage is a good baseline for most people.
Where's YOUR happy place?
11. Don’t drool on my shoes. I like them the way they are.
I wholeheartedly agree! - article reposted from the website of Jacob Livingston, LMP
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