When was the last time you noticed how your feet contact the ground when you're simply standing still for a while? Do you lock your knees and bend at your low back when brushing your teeth? The chronic discomforts we experience are often tied to habits we don't realize we have. A large part of Bodywork Therapy is about identifying the patterns of movement we've developed over years and years which don't support our posture, joints, or soft tissues.
While Bodywork Therapy aims at engaging the deep layers of soft tissue, pain or discomfort shouldn't be a part of the process. The more relaxed the body is, the easier it is to contact deep structures. Hurting doesn't necessarily mean it's working. I'll work with you, not on you, to help make shifts in dense/compacted soft tissue.
Bodywork Therapy is ultimately about easing the transition to a more balanced and supportive way of occupying our physical self. One of the hardest things to do is change our conditioned tendencies, partly due to the physical realignments necessary to find ease of movement. Bodywork sessions can help this longterm process by manually manipulating chronically shortened or lengthened muscle structures so they can find their natural resting states easier.
Bodywork Therapy differs from basic Massage Therapy in the sense that there's more engagement on your part. This engagement may simply be mindful breathing, or it may be getting up from the table multiple times during a session to assess as we go. While Massage Therapy can have lasting effects longterm, Bodywork Therapy focuses on creating longterm shifts in how you move and feel. Curiosity, willingness to learn, and being open to a new perspective of occupying your body are key elements to successful Bodywork. No matter what happens on the table during a session, nothing will change unless you take that work out into the world with you.