What we do.
We use a style of Asian Body work that does not just work on the individual muscles or muscle groups but on the body as a whole, working on the underlying fascia and connective tissue that surrounds the muscles and organs, holding and binding them. Of course, we also will work on an individual muscle or area if a problem presents itself there, but more often, we will work on the whole body, the meridians and, sometimes, acupuncture points, integrating the musculature and the organs systems with the nervous system that supports to affect a whole and lasting change.
What to expect.
Therapeutic Bodywork is done with a minimum of draping, thus allowing the therapist to access the meridians, muscles and entire fascial planes in a fluid way without the constant movement and repositioning of sheets and covers. This aids effectiveness and client comfort as well as increases the actual time “on” massage.
Of course, you may be dressed or covered to your comfort level and we want you to be comfortable physically and emotionally, but we also want to be as effective for you as possible. As with any healthcare or medical work, there is often a balance between physical comfort, emotional comfort, the work and the results. We will work, of course, within your comfort level but we do request the client, if necessary for his or her own benefit, stretch outside his or her comfort level in order to increase effectiveness and results.
Is it effective?
Can we help you change? Can we fix your problem? In many, if not most cases, the answer is probably yes. If we cannot restore complete health and mobility, certainly we increase health, mobility, range of motion and comfort. How much? That is a good question.
First of all, ‘we’ is not just The Wellness Center. We includes you as well. Therapeutic Bodywork is cooperative, done with you not on you. It is up to you to be an aware participant, letting us know if a pressure is too much or two little, telling us if a pain has developed or a stretch is too much or not enough.
On the table, you are an active participant, breathing into the process on the table, letting go and allowing us to bear the weight when we need to.
Off the table, you are an active participant as well. We may ask you to do stretches at home or make small changes toward changing a posture or increase a range of motion. This supports the work we do in the office and moves you forward. This brings us to our second point.
How long does it take?
You have had this problem for a while now. Months, years or, in some cases, decades. Will it get better? As we said, probably so. How much and how fast depends on many things. How long have you had the problem? A massage lasts an hour and won’t fix, in one session a problem you have had for a year, let a lone years.
It may take several sessions of you receiving massage, going out and supporting the work by making postural changes, increasing your range of motion, moving more and then coming back to us so we can support the changes you have made, further increasing your range of motion, ease of movement and flexibility. You then support what we do in the office by moving more, making changes, etc… Back and forth as the changes become greater and last longer. Imagine, if you have had a problem for ten years, can you expect two or three massages, a total of three hours, to fix one you have had for 87,660 hours?
So, work with us while we work with you and you will see results – lasting, positive results you can live with.