During my early massage & bodywork training and subsequent certification in Deep tissue Sports Massage, I was blessed to participate in several dramatic healing experiences that called me to my career as a therapeutic bodyworker.
In one instance, a technique that I had learned in class the night before allowed me to relieve a client’s debilitating low back pain. I remember how excited I was that night telling my wife about the young woman who could barely walk into my room because of her severe low back pain, and after an hour on my table, applying the technique I just learned the night before, skipped out pain free.
Another client presented the same week with severe neck pain, his rotation limited to less than 50 percent of its normal range of motion. After only a half hour of applying basic muscle relaxation strokes I had recently learned in massage school, he was pain free and his neck rotation was restored to 100 percent.
Those eye-opening experiences convinced me of the power of touch and inspired me to pursue advanced bodywork training specializing in relieving and eliminating acute and chronic soft-tissue pain. I was hooked on the work and found my niche..
After that my mission statement was clarified—to help my clients become symptom free as quickly as possible. Treatments were tailored to address each client’s specific condition, using the most effective and expeditious techniques for each individual case.
My clients usually fall into three general categories:
Forty per-cent experience significant relief and become symptom free after 1-5 treatments; many return again for an occasional tune-up.
Fifty-five per-cent experience obvious, but only partial relief after the first session, but intuitively know they are doing the right thing for themselves; Most of them continue with a commitment to complete the process and realize a positive outcome.
Five per-cent who get only marginal or no relief; I suggest they visit their physician for an exam to rule out any pathology, or I refer them to other practitioners and modalities that will hopefully help them.
Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork is still one of the most underrated types of health care on the market today. Its proven effectiveness for a variety of maladies is still unknown to many, and I’m still excited as I was seventeen years ago to introduce the power of touch to my new clients.
Nothing is more essential to lasting positive change than self-awareness; it is the prerequisite for self-control. Bodywork is a direct and effective way to increase this awareness within an individual. Deane Juhan, A Handbook for Bodywork -Job’s Body –
Hands on bodywork is the most mysterious and powerful of all human interactions-touch. Dr. Ken Dychtwald