Each session is tailored to you for your needs and to your aims for the session.
It is not uncommon for a range of the below techniques to be blended to create your individualised experience (unless requested otherwise).
Remedial Massage + Myofascial Release
As the name remedial indicates, it is to 'remedy', to 'improve' or to 'set right'.
Deep Tissue Massage is common to remedial massage work. It involves the use of (generally) firm pressure to reach the deeper muscles and muscle fibres to release physically held tension and energy from within the body, increase the circulation of the blood and lymph to the area, assist in rehydrating the tissue and for detoxification purposes.
The 'deep' can also signify the effect that the treatment can have on, not only the restoration and healing of the body holistically, but also on the overall mental, emotional and physical condition of the body.
Myofascial Release techniques focus on the fascia that surround the bulk of the muscle and muscle fibres. The techniques are usually more slow and firm, with the intention of targeting the release and separation of the fascia from the muscle.
Fascial Release Techniques
Similar to myofascial techniques, fascial release techniques target the fascial 'web' of the body. This is the tissue that 'hold' the muscles and other connective tissues in place. It is common for the fascia within the body to become restricted and 'stuck down' to bone and other tissues both bio-mechanically and emotionally.
To free the fascia from its restriction, slow and firm techniques targeting these areas with little to no use of oil/balm will assist in releasing and separating the fascia to create more space within the body, more flexibility and more freedom of movement.
Some of these techniques involve the client performing easy movements and/or stretches to assist in the release of the tissue adhesion and to benefit the overall effectiveness of the treatment.
Emotional Release Trigger Point Therapy
Trigger points are taut bands (more commonly known as 'knots') of hyper-irritable, sensitive muscle tissue. They may be active (ie: felt by the individual as tenderness at rest or experiencing referred pain) or latent (not felt until pressure is applied to a particular area).
Trigger Point Therapy (or Emotional Release Trigger Point Therapy) is used to release the taut band/s and to encourage the flow of energy from and through the area that is held/blocked. The energy (emotion = energy in motion) is released from the held tension within the body through the use of applying pressure and movement to the area.
Relaxation Massage Therapy
In times of mental, emotional or physical stress, or for general well-being and health maintenance, relaxation bodywork is intended to assist in the balancing of the stress response, to assist in calming the nervous system, and to bring the client back into feelings of greater balance and stability.
The benefits of massage for mental health and well-being has been widely and undeniably proven with significant positive holistic shifts within a persons sense of self, mentally, emotionally and physiologically.
The term 'psychosomatic' refers to the relationship of the 'psyche' (the soul/mind/spirit) and the 'soma' (the physical body). Psychosomatic Therapy, founded by the late Hermann Müller, focuses on a clients' ability to connect with their own sense of self and self-alignment that is guided by the observation and study of the body's shape, posture, and the condition that it is currently in. Our physical body holds our history. Questions are asked of the client to encourage the engagement in self-analysis through the body, honouring life experiences and how their body has formed its current presentation. It is a process where a clients' curiosity, self-compassion, appropriate self-care and connection are key.
It is a modality that is well-coupled with remedial bodywork to assist in postural alignment, the release and relief of tension (mental, emotional and physical) and also provides a unique and individual experience for those who are curious about their bodymind communication on a deeper level.
Sessions can address clients' symptoms and life stressors, aiming to encourage a greater awareness through the body, acknowledge strengths and challenges in combination with the body's communication, release held (redundant/restrictive) psycho-emotional energy, allow for new perspectives and to assist in bringing about a greater overall focus, balance and stability to the mental, emotional and physical areas of the clients' body in a holistic way.
Consultations can include facial feature analysis and face-split analysis, body types and natural presentations of type, postural, gait and bodymind analysis, body split analysis (eg: upper/lower halves, right and left side), energy anatomy, breathing awareness and techniques, and the exploration of personal values and somatic alignment.
The Psychosomatic Therapy process is a valuable modality for growth, facilitating a greater level of personal awareness, providing valuable insights and offers an opportunity to view bodymind communication, and oneself, with a new understanding and appreciation.