This collection of materials will help you maximize the mind/body integration therpay portion of your coaching sessions with Michelle Terrell or help you find and maintain progress with another healing arts therapist.
While you are in the coaching work with me you should never engage in any bodywork that involves forced cracking, excessive trigger point work that is painful or in general be pushed into a fear/bracing yourself response. The goal is to get you out of fight or flight and discharge unnecessary holding patterns of emotional energy that have become trapped in the body due to Central Nervous System overload.
Unless you are a professional athlete you should never be sore after a massage or any healing arts treatment even though some uneducated people think this is a sign of a "good" or "legit" therapy but often this is just in comparison to the surface level slap and tickle sexualized "massage" with a happy ending and not comparative to what a master level therapists offers. Its comparing apples to oranges or a kindergartner that uses emotional and sexual manipulation to create the experience vs a collage grad that has sat at the feel of maters healers all over the world, which will give you the more in-depth and honest expeince?
Often less sophisticated people think it that feeling the pain and having a therapist push hard means they are getting a "value" and something "therapeutic", this is the exact opposite of what is true or best for the body, especially when you are in coaching with me. People that think that pushing limits of pain and discomfort means that therapist must know what they are doing to have such "confidence" but this mindset is like the child that thinks the bigger the box the better the gift must be inside and likely that therapist is just catering to what those same peoepl say they want ...placation or profit is NOT what a master therapist does.
We want you OUT of fight or flight not into MORE of it. So we do not want you with a very immature therapist that never learned that force and being forceful isn't the same as true authority and being powerful working WITH the body. Your therapist must match with what I am teaching you and model it....presence, true confidence, compassion, abilty to listen, can speak with you about the emotional life of the body, open energy, has a focus on helping you learn how to receive in order to be a great giver.
What is fascinating is that just like with dating men will attract the therapist that is at their current level and as they move through their growth work they will attract and be able to feel into better, more sophisticated choices in every area of life.
I recommend that my clients that can not receive my unique mind/body integration care look for a therapist that offers Myofascial soft tissue work and cranial sacral with a relaxation massage or for now just a Swedish relaxation massage if you can't find the other. If the first few therapists are not a fit just keep moving forward in your search, being gentle with yourself and discharging emotional energy out of the muscles and tissue is the goal right now.
Myofascial Release is a safe and very effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure into the Myofascial connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion. This essential “time element" has to do with the viscous flow and the piezoelectric phenomenon: a low load (gentle pressure) applied slowly will allow a viscoelastic medium (fascia) to elongate.
The use of Myofascial Release allows a therapist to look at each patient/cleint as a unique individual. Our one-on-one therapy sessions are hands-on treatments during which therapists use a multitude of Myofascial Release techniques and movement therapy. You want a therapist that promotes independence through education in proper body mechanics and movement, self treatment instruction, enhancement of strength, improved flexibility, and postural and movement awareness.
Each Myofascial Release Treatment session is performed directly on skin often without oils, creams and never with machinery. This enables the therapist to accurately detect fascial restrictions and apply the appropriate amount of sustained pressure to facilitate release of the fascia.
Fascia is a specialized system of the body that has an appearance similar to a spider's web or a sweater. Fascia is very densely woven, covering and interpenetrating every muscle, bone, nerve, artery and vein, as well as, all of our internal organs including the heart, lungs, brain and spinal cord. The most interesting aspect of the fascial system is that it is not just a system of separate coverings. It is actually one continuous structure that exists from head to toe without interruption. In this way you can begin to see that each part of the entire body is connected to every other part by the fascia, like the yarn in a sweater.
What is CranioSacral Therapy?
CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle, hands-on approach that releases tensions deep in the body to relieve pain and dysfunction and improve whole-body health and performance. It was pioneered and developed by Osteopathic Physician John E. Upledger after years of clinical testing and research at Michigan State University where he served as professor of biomechanics.
Using a soft touch which is generally no greater than 5 grams – about the weight of a nickel – practitioners release restrictions in the soft tissues that surround the central nervous system. CST is increasingly used as a preventive health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease, and it''s effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction.
How does CranioSacral Therapy Work?
Few structures have as much influence over the body's ability to function properly as the brain and spinal cord that make up the central nervous system. And, the central nervous system is heavily influenced by the craniosacral system – the membranes and fluid that surround, protect and nourish the brain and spinal cord.
Every day your body endures stresses and strains that it must work to compensate for. Unfortunately, these changes often cause body tissues to tighten and distort the craniosacral system. These distortions can then cause tension to form around the brain and spinal cord resulting in restrictions. This can create a barrier to the healthy performance of the central nervous system, and potentially every other system it interacts with.
Fortunately, such restrictions can be detected and corrected using simple methods of touch. With a light touch, the CST practitioner uses his or her hands to evaluate the craniosacral system by gently feeling various locations of the body to test for the ease of motion and rhythm of the cerebrospinal fluid pulsing around the brain and spinal cord. Soft-touch techniques are then used to release restrictions in any tissues influencing the craniosacral system.
By normalizing the environment around the brain and spinal cord and enhancing the body's ability to self-correct, CranioSacral Therapy is able to alleviate a wide variety of dysfunctions, from chronic pain and sports injuries to stroke and neurological impairment.
Finding a Master Therapist
Ideally you want to find a therapist that can speak on the matter of emotional clearing through the body somewhat like this ....