I don’t want to give you a nice little massage.
I don’t want to teach a lovely yoga session.
I don’t want to guide you through a standard meditation.
Though I CAN do those things.
I would rather inspire and empower you.
People often ask me, “What kind of bodywork do you do? What kind of yoga do you teach? What style of meditation do you practice?” The true answer is “whatever works best.”
In session with one of my teachers, the amazing Louise Cloutier, she asked me “What type of healer are you?” I’ve been pondering this for months, recognizing that being able to answer this question is a key for unlocking my strengths and being able to connect with the RIGHT clients in my business.
This week, I worked with two new clients: one with progressive MS, wheelchair bound and limited in movement but without pain; and one with acute lower back pain that was interrupting her work and daily life who had already seen several other therapists with only temporary relief. In both cases, I wasn’t sure exactly what would happen in the session, what I would do, or whether I could be of ANY help. I simply repeated the following mantra in my head on the way to both appointments, “Let me be of service.” Then I put all other thoughts out of my mind.
In the case of the client with MS, I worked with his wife and him to find stretches and bodywork techniques that she could do to help him increase flexibility and range of motion in his joints. I demonstrated, she practiced, I helped her with body mechanics so it wouldn’t be a strain for her. He provided feedback. We experimented. Some ideas were a hit, some not so much. But in the end, they enjoyed their session and came out with some useful tools, relief, and new ideas. I came out with a whole lot of gratitude for the health of my body and the training I’ve received to be able to be helpful to such courageous people.
In the case of the client with back pain, I made a list of possible muscles that could be causing the symptoms she described and followed my gut to check for taut muscle fibers and pain referral in specific ones. We spent over an hour treating only THREE specific muscles, coaxing them open gently with a variety of tools and techniques, retraining the fibers to contract and then relax when no longer needed to engage. Then we discussed what could be causing those muscles distress in terms of posture, daily activities, weakness in other muscles, body mechanics, etc. We came up with a plausible theory of what is causing the pain and some experiments for her to try at home. She walked away with a good deal of relief from the immediate pain, improved mobility, and most importantly gratitude for a reasonable explanation of what was happening in her body. I walked away with new understanding about those particular muscles and ways to help clients with back pain. AND I am curious to see the results at our session next week.
In my meditation practice, I am often reminded of two favorite phrases from my teacher, Elesa Commerse: “We are in the laboratory with the mind” and “Only know that I don’t know.”
What it means is this:
When you book a session with me, regardless of whether it’s yoga, meditation or body & energy work, we are stepping into the laboratory together to get to the root of the problem, find new ideas, and uncover tools YOU can use to make your life easier, better, more effective, more enjoyable, more inspired, more empowered.
Join me at Sat Nam’s Yoga Chicago’s Community Healing Circle on the first Friday of the month for a mini-session.
Visit me in the Healing Sanctuary at Club Divine Chicago in April.