What Happens in a Lesson?
Step 1. Awareness, Words and Touch
First, we will observe how you move. It will enable me to explain to you how your unique movement style relates to your symptoms. The way you sit and stand, the way you perform daily activities, even the way you exercise, play a musical instrument, move in certain sports, all lay the foundation for improving the quality of your movement. Throughout this activity, I will encourage you to undo tension through words and gentle manual guidance.
Step 2. Table Work
This is where you will experience passive movement. You are encouraged to let go and leave yourself alone muscularly while I move you. You will recognize habitual extraneous tension as the support of the table invites you to release. The only thing to do is to think about a gentle lengthening while I facilitate movement.
Step 3. After the Lesson
You will be eager to go back to your daily activities refreshed and with a new set of tools. My students often use terms like lighter, more relaxed, and calmer to describe how they feel after a lesson. However, it’s important for you to think about certain things during this critical phase. For example, do you contract while you are texting, picking up a child, or doing yoga? If so it is beneficial to do some lying down work on your own, using your thinking to release unnecessary muscle tension. This will lay the groundwork for ongoing relief as you move forward feeling progressively better and better.