Not always about "fixing"
I would say that the majority of my work as a bodyworker has largely focused on helping people with pain and injury. Neck pain, sciatica, thoracic outlet syndrome, etc. Some come with recent injuries and some with older injuries that still cause problems. Many times mobility has been restricted so we also work towards that. In those cases we try to come up with a plan or program that usually starts with a detailed assessment followed by treatment, and eventually functional mobility. The goal is to get people on the table, to then get them off the table with less pain, and better function.
Since the mind and body are one, pain is not that simple. Part of the beauty of my work and why I love it so much, is because it gives me the opportunity to work with people from all walks of lives. So, I have found that there are those individuals that aren’t looking to get “fixed.”
Some people understand that their conditions will be there for the rest of their lives. Most of these people have tried everything under the sun to help with their pain problems. Therefore, I have found that some just need to take a time out and benefit from human touch.
There are those that suffer from anxiety, depression, and PTSD. Others have autoimmune disorders like lupus. I have worked with people that have fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis. These are conditions that don’t have a simple fix or even a “fix” at all. Sometimes all people want is a few days or weeks of relief. If we could only bring their pain levels from an 8 to a 4, that is worth so much!
The mind and body are one. One does not react with out the other one reacting as well. There are those with chronic stress for example. Stress isn’t just mental. Stress actually creates a physiological response to the body. Responses such as lower back pain, chronic headaches and migraines and so much more.
I have found that for a lot of people that deal with these issues, a simple reset is all they need. Even though relief may be temporary, it means a great deal. Bodywork can be that reset button. It’s a way to shut off for at least one hour, experience the benefits of touch, better lymph flow, stress reduction and resulting in a much needed relief.
I am always going to encourage my clients to breathe better and move more. I believe that there are many benefits to having a body that functions as optimally as possible. But I also understand that sometimes we just need a time out. As I continue to work with people, I continue to experience the power of bodywork daily. It is a true blessing to be able to help those in chronic pain and other conditions. At the end of the day it is all about people and being able to help as many people as possible.
That is how we make a difference in this world.