We use our muscles to contain our past and present experiences, sometimes turning unwanted or hard to process experiences into chronic muscle tension, restricted breath and movement, or overall lack of vitality. In my practice I combine Rosen Method Bodywork, Reiki, Guiding Talk and Therapeutic Touch to enable the client to get in touch with repressed emotions, limiting beliefs, unconscious patterns of movement and old experiences that we might not even know are still being held in our bodies. Sessions last 60 minutes.
We use touch and words to create an unconditionally accepting, reflective relationship with our clients. Through this relationship, clients are guided into an awareness of muscles that are chronically contracted. As a client’s muscles release into the practitioner’s support, sensations and emotions that have been suppressed by muscle tension become available for conscious integration.
Benefits of Integrated Bodywork:
Integrated Bodywork is a holistic approach to well being. It provides, an organic, personally-paced experience of exploring your essential, authentic being.
When we become aware that we are not functioning the way we want to, or our bodies continue to present soreness, pain and dysfunction, with the assistance of a skilled practitioner healing can begin.
What to Expect During a Session:
Clients rest comfortably on the massage table, so that all of the muscles of movement and posture can stop working and relax into the support of the table. Not surprisingly, many muscles all over the body do not stop working; they remain tense, using energy to maintain a contracted state. These chronically tense muscles believe they have a job to do. Exactly what job they are doing is usually a mystery to clients; the essence of practitioner guidance is uncovering this mystery.
Before practitioners touch a client, they visually scan the body to ascertain patterns of muscular holding. Some of the clues practitioners observe include how clients position themselves on the table, what muscle groups are contracted and raised, and what areas move and do not move with inhalation and exhalation of the breath.
Practitioners typically choose one area of muscular holding, and, with the client’s permission, lower the sheet so that they can touch the client’s skin. Using open, relaxed hands, practitioners shape their hands to the contracted muscles. Usually the initial muscle choice is an area of the client’s body that is more neutral to touch, an area that will probably not elicit a strong emotional response. This is why sessions begin with clients lying face down; the back and shoulders are well-muscled, and thus less intimate and vulnerable.
Halfway into the session, practitioners ask clients to turn over onto their backs, so that the practitioner can bring their client’s awareness to the muscles in the front of the body. The front of the body includes the muscles that are sometimes referred to as the “lid muscles”. The lid muscles are in the throat, the jaw, and surround the heart, diaphragm and shoulders; chronic tension in these muscles “keeps the lid on” emotional expression.