A catalyst for change
I think of myself as a catalyst for change. I don’t want to create pain, so I make a clear picture of the body and what’s happening within it. It’s a bit like my clients being in the room with six therapists at once as I use a fusion of talking therapy, movement therapy and bodywork, to name just a few techniques.
I use gentle ‘nudges’ to initiate change in both the body and mind. As soon as a client can tell me something feels different, I know I’m on the right track and beginning to create those changes.
Think about your body and how it reacts to activities such as exercise. For example, we often hear people say they’ve found ‘muscles they didn’t know they had’ following an intense workout session. The body is connected, head to toe, inside and out. Muscles pass across the body from shoulder to hip, and, therefore, pain isn’t necessarily felt in the area where the problem or injury has occurred.
It becomes like chasing a rabbit. You resolve one issue and the pain transfers to another place. As you release a tight muscle, another one has to release, which can translate as pain or discomfort elsewhere as the body starts to realign naturally.
I feel strongly that pain should not be part of treatment. Every individual is unique and so it follows that the treatment should be too.