Before your Appointment
If possible, please review, print, and fill our your intake forms and consent form ahead of your first appointment. This will make it possible to dedicate more time to treatment during your first session, and less time filling out paper work.
Wear appropriate dress as you will be doing body reading, and possibly some soft tissue work. Clothes should expose the major postural points (shoulders,neck, hips, stomach, legs, and feet) while also maintaining a comfort level for the client and therapist.
Men may where a bathing suit, or basketball/sports shorts above the knee
Women may where a bathing suit, or a sports bra and shorts
Every session will begin with an extensive interview to help the therapist fully understand what is happening with the client. The first session’s interview will be much more detailed, while all follow-up session interviews will be geared towards how the client is maintaining from the previous session. Please be as detailed with your history and symptoms as possible, as this will help the therapist understand the case much clearer.
After the intake interview, the therapist will have you stand and will read your body’s posture and how it is compensating for the holding pattern you are in. This will entail a view from the front, back, and each side. This is going to help the therapist target, more specifically, the holding patterns of each body, and be more efficient in their treatment plan. If the client chooses, pictures may be taken to help them track their progress through the treatment. This is where appropriate clothing is important, as this will expose the points of the body to properly read your holding patterns.
To help confirm the observations made during the body reading, muscle testing will pinpoint exactly which pattern your body is in. By working with the Energy Meridian System, the therapist will check for energetic imbalances found within the structure of the body. The therapist will make sure to fully explain what each test means, and why it is being applied.
After determining which pattern your body is in, the therapist will do a series of Cranial/Structural releases, these will unlock the structure of the body from the holding pattern. Depending on the condition the client is in, there may be more or less Cranial/Structural work. For clients coming in with cognitive conditions (such as migraines or post concussion) this is where the Frontal-Occipital Decompression will also be applied, and will take the majority of the session. For clients coming in with more physical conditions, this will be a much shorter period, as the changes made here will need to be supported with soft tissue work.
Depending on the intention of the session, the therapist may choose to use acupressure. For those clients with upper body pain, this will most likely be applied to begin to open up the chest, arms, and neck. For those coming in with lower body pain, this may be applied, time permitting, to support the changes made in the lower body. For clients with cognitive conditions, this may be applied to release the Occiput and to ease the movement of the cranial bones, as well as releasing some of the tissue that’s tightened along the neck and shoulders, which may also be contributing to some symptoms.
Directed Myofascial Unwinding
Only after all of the previous techniques have been applied, will the therapist then go into working the soft tissue. Depending on whichever holding pattern the body is in, a corresponding soft tissue protocol will be applied. The protocols are specifically designed to release the tissues, in order, to fully release the holding pattern. Most often the therapist will work directly to your area of pain, but sometimes the effected area is a symptom of holding somewhere else in the body. If this is the case, the therapist’s intentions are still to address the painful area, but has determined the best treatment would be to work a different area of the body. Either way the therapist will work with you to make sure your needs are being met, and will thoroughly explain the intentions for applying any soft tissue protocol.
*This is only a general outline of what a session may be like. Every person is different, which means every session is different.