What is Bodywork?
When our bodies are in pain, it can feel very frightening. We might begin our journey with a visit to a G.P., before being referred to a Physiotherapist. If that doesn’t work we might try a Bodyworker such as an Osteopath, Chiropractor, Cranio-Sacral Therapist, Remedial Massage Therapist, or Soft Tissue Therapist.
Bodywork is a generic term that describes the practice of working remedially with the body. A Bodyworker is someone who specialises in relieving pain and dysfunction in the body. The training, background and interests of the Bodyworker, amongst other factors, will influence their ability to help.
About my Bodywork
I began work as a sports and remedial massage / soft tissue therapist in 2004. Clients came to see me with physical pain and stress. I noticed holding patterns in the body, and utilised my mindfulness and meditation training to help explore breathing function, and help others gain greater awareness of physicality. I found this very exciting, and it encouraged me to explore further.
Clients began to arrive with different presentations of pain, in stomach, abdomen, chest, pelvis and neck, I went on to train in techniques such as Cranial Sacral Therapy and Visceral Manipulation. I began to work releasing deeply held tensions and traumas within the body. I developed an interest in working with scar tissue, easing uncomfortable restrictions caused by post-surgery hysterectomies, caesarean sections (C sections) and implants.
My experiences in weightlifting, climbing, diving, martial arts, dance, and the performing arts helped me to understand movement, and physical movement patterns. I developed a daily practice in Ashtanga yoga, and qualified as a yoga teacher. This background helps me understand clients’ movement dysfunction, and provide bespoke, helpful routines that can strengthen and support the physical structure.
When my clients began to discuss their deeper personal concerns, I embarked on a five year training and qualified as a Psychotherapist. I understand how the physical, psychological and emotional realms can be interconnected. This is not something we are usually consciously aware of. Exploring our experience in a safe, accepting, non judgemental space can provide insight and healing, not to mention the relief of a heavy burden that may have been carried for many years.
What will a Bodywork session include?
We begin with a consultation which will allow me to get an understanding of your requirements. Once we have agreed on a course of action, or at least the general direction we will move towards, it may involve a possible combination of talking, physical manipulation/mobilisation, and taught movement and body awareness techniques. This work might take place on a shiatsu mat, a yoga mat, or in the consultation chair.
Throughout the session you will be encouraged to feedback on your experiences. This helps us both to ensure we are moving in the right direction, and it will help you to get a deeper sense of the complexity of your body.
How many Bodywork sessions will I need?
One of the most common questions I hear is “how many sessions will I need?”
You should notice an immediate difference from the first session. Most clients schedule an initial series of sessions in order to consolidate the work we are doing together, and establish, or re establish new patterns in function, movement, or approach. This initial regularity also prevents the body from falling back into old patterns of dysfunction.
If your situation does not improve, we will work together to identify why that is. If neccesary I will refer on as soon as possible.
My aim is for YOU to have a sense of whether you need another session or not. You should have an increased body awareness, and a set of bespoke techniques with which you might self-manage, and self-heal.
Where do Bodywork sessions take place?
Bodywork sessions are held at the Harley Street (London W1) location only. For Bodywork please call 0333 358 8888 or email a booking request.
Get in touch!
If you’d like to find out more, please privately message me here, leaving your telephone number, and a good time to call you for a free, and confidential preliminary chat.