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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

I've tried everything to help, nothing seems to work, what makes you so
different? 


I look at and understand the body in a completely different way to conventional
medicine which has a biomechanical perspective. For example, if you have hip pain, I won’t just be looking at your hip, because it is connected to so many other parts of your body that unbeknown to you, could be causing the problem. The latest science understands that the body is under tension and compression (biotensegrity) as opposed to being biomechanical.

I have been taught to use an ancient Japanese body movement, known as Taijutsu, to create space within and around the fascia.  Working gently in this way whilst understanding that the body is under tension and compression, provides the space and opportunity for the body to resume posture and balance. In addition to this structural consideration, I also take into account the nervous system, acupuncture meridians (though I do not use needles), kinetic energy, environmental/lifestyle circumstances and biochemical processes within the body such as hormones and digestion. This whole body approach has proven to have far reaching effects with my clients. Most of my clients had already tried conventional treatments both with the NHS and privately, along with other complimentary therapies, which hadn’t been effective for them.

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Can you relieve my specific pain? 

 

I never make any promises, but do take a look at my testimonials and client experiences. My work is very gentle and it is suitable for all ages. I work conscientiously with each client and do everything that I can to help, however, it isn't suitable for everyone, therefore if I do not believe it will be helpful to you, I will tell you in advance. You may have a medical condition which is inappropriate, or I may suggest that your GP should be your first point of call. Whatever your condition, you can be assured that your health and wellbeing is my priority.

 

Does it Hurt?  

 

In general, I tend to avoid sensitive areas, and work only with your permission. I work with the body not against it. This means that it is a very gentle process, some people feel nothing, others feel a twitch or a strange sensation like a fleeting bruise. 

Why do you focus on the fascia?

Adapting our whole body posture to compensate for pain is a natural response, e.g. limping. When limping, we use different muscles, which puts a strain on the rest of our body. Each time the body is injured, the site of injury has an impact on the rest of the body via the fascia. However, our bodies are very clever at adapting and finding a new normal in order to be able to continue everyday life, but the original injury pattern often silently remains. As we use and abuse our bodies over the years, we continue to adapt and our posture alters accordingly. When we brush off minor aches and pains, instead of listening to our bodies, we are effectively plastering over the cracks, until one unfortunate day, there are no more adaptations available to make and suddenly, we are in severe debilitating pain, for no apparent reason.

Have you ever heard someone say, ‘I just bent down to do an every day task and
suddenly my back went’? It is often only at this point that we start to contemplate seeking help. The pain may be in your back for example, but the original injury, or the root cause, may have been in your shoulder, or even one of your toes! When I work with the fascia, I look at the body as a whole, I look for patterns of adaptations with an understanding that muscles and ligaments interconnect and have an overall effect on our posture and shape. In order to reveal the root cause of pain, each layer of compensatory reactions need to be unravelled until the body is back in balance. 

 

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How many appointments will I need?​

 

This is an impossible question to answer and very much depends on each individual and how their body responds to my work. Many clients report some form of improvement after their first session. However, this is just the start of the process, and it may not be the improvement that they were expecting. Most people with relatively new injuries, need a minimum of 6-8 sessions, it very much depends on your age, previous injuries and how long you have had your existing condition. I strongly believe that any method of resolution that involves a quick fix, is unlikely to be truly resolving the real issue. It has often taken many years to get to a point where help is sought, therefore, it is likely to take a reasonable amount of time for the body to reacquire a state of balance.
Clients who work with me as a team, and want to be a part of improving their overall health and wellbeing, usually improve more rapidly. More often than not, I find that people want to come back for more appointments after their pain has gone. 

 

What should I wear?

 

Ideally stretchy/lycra gym clothes. If you don’t have that, soft clothing that allows full movement works well. 

Is it a quick fix?

No, it takes time.

Do you crack my bones?

Absolutely not.

Do you use acupuncture needles?

No.

I’ve never heard of you or what you do, where do you advertise?

I rely solely on word of mouth and am usually fully booked. I do not need to advertise.

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