Thank you for choosing Sollievo Massage & Bodywork. We have outlined a few tips that will help you find great success on your journey with us.
- Who can benefit from massage/bodywork?
CEOs and executives make massage/bodywork a priority to maintain their productivity. Athletes also know that massage/bodywork helps in the recovery process as well as relieves the body of soreness. At some period of our lives, through the ways we spend our days whether sitting, standing, playing our favorite sport, this can create patterned imbalances in the body that may result in low back pain, pulls on the knees, ankles, stiffness in the back and shoulders to name a few. At periods of our lives, perhaps through major life changes, stress can have a huge effect on our bodies and psyches.
- Can you heal me?
As much as we would like, we cannot heal you. Your therapist serves as a facilitator, and through collaboration, you and your therapist work towards an agreed goal(s). In the process of moving towards your goal(s), the body’s natural healing mechanisms reignite, allowing for healing to happen. To heal is a process of building awareness, of collaboration, and intention setting.
- How can you tell a treatment session has been effective?
Treatment sessions can help in many ways: to break up patterned imbalances in the body, to relieve the effects of stress on body and mind, to recover from injury. A treatment session can either relieve, or exacerbate, the condition you walked in with. The question is, “Has change occurred.” Effective change can look like relief from a headache/migraine. Effective change can also look like increased pain post-treatment over the first few days. This is called “the healing crisis.” Though many clients do experience relief from the present treatment, it can take several days to know whether a treatment has landed well in the body and mind. Effective change can also appear as pain shifting from one part of the body as the body re-organizes itself from release of fascial restrictions to eased tension in muscles.
- What is a Healing Crisis?
As you move through your treatments, you may experience what we call a “healing crisis.” This can be anything from feeling like mild to intense workout pain, the feeling of emotional chaos, or feeling like you have been hit by a Mack truck. While this may be uncomfortable, it is a part of the healing process. Your body has been holding on to a pattern of compensation/restriction for a while and when it finally gets released you will feel it in the form of the healing crisis. It is much like when a limb falls asleep; you don’t notice it until it wakes up - that is, where you will get that tingling and “pins and needles” feel. When you have been out of touch with part of your body due to compensation patterns/fascial restriction, what you experience in a healing crisis is really more of a waking up process. Allow yourself to “feel” this as it is important to the process. Remember this is an unfolding process; being gentle with yourself as you move through it is helpful.
- What is going on when I feel emotional after a session? Your Body Feels Emotions.
Your body feels. Your brain thinks. Emotions are felt, expressed, and stored with the body – they are experienced and labeled in the mind. Long-held emotions, stress, compensation patterns, or patterns from how you sit or move your body can result in pain. Through massage/bodywork, emotions can come up as they are released on the cellular level. This is natural and normal as the body releases what it no longer needs so it is more open to possibility as it exists in the present moment.
- Do I need to have a goal going into my session?
Having a goal for treatment will help you achieve what you are looking for. While being “pain-free” sounds nice, it is not completely realistic. Having a clear goal in mind to share with your therapist will help you and your therapist achieve success. Here is an example of a clear goal: The present pain in my low back (both left and right) on a scale of 1-10 is at a 9. I would like to decrease my pain to a 2 in that area. Eventually, I would like to have decreased pain so I can begin to take walks, perhaps even go for short runs which presently I cannot do.
The more you commit yourself to your goal, the more successful you will be. In addition to treatment, you will receive instruction for self-treatment/self-care. It has been proven that people who self-treat not only reach their goals sooner, but they also learn to keep themselves in a “pain-free” state of being.
- Will you give me a treatment plan?
Treatment planning depends on personal goals that may fall into one of three buckets (stress relief, postural re-alignment, decreasing chronic pain). Monthly maintenance massage/bodywork is a way to balance out the stressors by helping the body to practice what it means to be in a relaxed and open state. To do this, you may need to initially have a period of focused time to break prior patterns which may require weekly sessions (for example, 4-6 weeks depending on the severity of imbalance and how quickly your body receives the work). Depending on the severity of your condition, a therapist may even suggest two sessions per week.
- Why does my therapist ask so many questions?
Communicating with your therapist what you are experiencing will help your therapist help you better. On occasion your therapist will ask you what you are feeling or what you are noticing. These are not trick questions. There is no wrong answer, everything is valid. Even if you are feeling “nothing,” nothing is something!
- What is unwinding?
On occasion you will feel as though your body wants to move. We encourage you to allow this to happen. Movement during treatment is quite natural as fascia is three-dimensional and our body is made to move. Restrictions run in a non-linear pattern that will involve movement to release. If you have an injury due to trauma, it is likely that the injury occurred while the body was in motion. To fully release the trauma pattern held in the fascial system, “unwinding’ is recommended and necessary as part of your treatment. Unwinding is an enlightened movement that occurs when you feel safe, and can let go of control and allow your subconscious mind to release the pattern of trauma that is trapped within the fascial system. Your therapist is trained to facilitate this with you.