So here’s the idea I’ve been looking at integrating into my practice; it’s the idea where I’ll be separating the physical, “body-therapy” aspect of what I do, from the conversational aspects of it.
For those clients of mine that see me currently, and especially as of late, you might have noticed the separation of the two; or at least you’ve noticed a subtle shift in some way that has me not speaking as much while you’ve been on the table doing bodywork.
The purpose of this email is to formalize that idea, but mostly this communication will be for future clients so that they will have more clarity with how I work and see things within my practice.
Here’s the idea and thought process and how it will benefit you as a client.
While I’m working with my clients on the table, there are a few main ideas I’m focused on accomplishing: One is that I’m focused on taking all the information, both tangible and intangible, that I've gained about them, and then channeling that information into working with them physically.
For example: let’s say a client is depressed and not allowing themselves to cry or grieve; I’ll gear my technique style to help guide them in the direction and a space for them to cry and let those emotions out.
Or if a client is frustrated and angry, and needing help venting and expressing their anger, I’ll adjust my style accordingly for that as well.
You get the idea. I’m using the bodywork to move them emotionally and energetically in a particular way according to what they need at that time and session.
Another main thing I’m focused on achieving while I’m working with someone physically, is to coach them through their feelings and to share with them small quick tidbit type communications to help them better navigate those emotions and the bodywork style.
What that basically means is that I’m not engaging in any lengthy conversations on the table other than to help them learn how to navigate their emotions and or the physicality of the unique style of the work.
The technique, as most of you might already be aware of, is taught to me by teachers of mine who are Maori and are indigenous to New Zealand, their homeland.
It looks and feels like deep tissue massage. However, unlike traditional techniques that most people are aware of and familiar with its typical benefits, this style focuses on moving the emotional and energetic body and helping people connect it with their physical body.
Along with the intention of helping people to connect their mind with their body, it also is intended to help people to emotionally express themselves.
By making this connection, they now can feel how things they struggle with on an emotional level relates and connects with things they struggle with on a bodily, physical level.
Some of those things people begin to make the connection with are superficial aches and pains, to organ dysfunction and energetic issues, as well as physical and emotional traumas of the past.
So while on the table, I don’t want people getting into their heads trying to “think” about anything in particular; actually, I want them doing the opposite - I want them "feeling" what’s going on, rather than "thinking" about it.
I want them feeling all the various areas of their body I’m working on, noticing what feels good, what feels tight and painful, which side seems to be better than the other. I want them doing a kind of inventory as we move through the bodywork together.
I want them feeling transported from their usual thinking place, and instead pushing them into feeling instead.
I want them opening up emotionally and physically, allowing their creative mind to open as well and experiencing themselves from an entirely different place that they aren’t used to.
All this allows my clients to connect deeper within their body that will help them gain clarity, remove internal energetic and emotional blockages that will clear the way for healing to take place.
That’s the intention behind the work I do with people on the table.
However, the work and communication style that I do with people off the table; be it on the couch, over the phone, or on Skype, is very different, and here’s how.
With that work, I utilize my intuitive listening skills and ability to creatively take in all kind of information in order to discern and bring clarity to my clients in an expedited way.
This style of communication can look like coaching or consulting. As I said, I’m always providing clarity with how I view their situation, which often times is a perspective they usually haven’t considered.
I use the bodywork on the table, and the physicality of that work to reach their emotional body, and communication and conversations off the table to reach their emotions as well but from the opposite direction; both methods are coming at the same idea from different angles, and therefore necessitate different “coaching” and communication styles to ensure each of their success.
Having shared all that, it’s been my creative intention to formalize this premise moving forward within my practice.
How that looks is that while some sessions will be focused on the bodywork aspect of healing, whereby the client leaves the session in a way that has them tuned into their body and reflecting on the physical work they just received. This often has them having tons of questions and communications they are left wanting to have with me, as well as insights into their lives and health.
That’s where follow up appointments can be made to specifically talk about the previous bodywork session and everything that it helped create for them.
This gives us the proper space and time to sit and talk about their experience and the questions they may have about it, where as I said, we would discuss everything it brought up.
And depending on the commitment level that particular client has in their work with me, for some, it will be more of an ongoing relationship where one session will be for the body-therapy on the table which will feed into and be followed by a conversational type of appointment - and so on and so forth whereby one feeds into the other.
It’s not that I don’t offer both styles of work within a single session, because I do offer that as well and have done that for a long time.
However, this communication is a creative one in that it formalizes for my current and future clients minds about how I view the work and some of the premise and basic ideas behind it.
What that means is that you will see changes to my website explain all this to prospective clients as well as the subtle, and not so subtle differences in the way I work with you moving forward.
This work that I do is a creative one that I’ve been putting together and creating for many years since graduating Chiropractic College.
I had a vision early on in my career, around 15 plus years ago that I wanted a kind of “one stop shop healing style practice” where people could receive physical and emotional healing in one place by me.
This work that I do and the private healing practice that I’ve created is always in a constant creative developmental process.
… and you can be quite sure that there will be plenty more of these additions and refinements to come in the future.
In good health and continued healing,