Treatment Table: Making the Most of Your Sessions
Whether you are new to
the world of holistic care, or the treatment table is your second home,
here are a few suggestions to consider so you can enjoy greater benefit
from your sessions. These are based on my work experience with various
types of modalities, including bodywork, energy work and body-mind
Find your therapy
and find your facilitator. The therapy that works for you is the
one that “crosses your path” and resonates with you. The facilitator
that is right for you is the one that you can easily trust and feel at
ease with. Be clear on your purpose for seeking sessions; also, be clear
about your priorities in choosing your therapist, whether it is the
convenience of location, fees, or results of the sessions.
your chosen modality and stick with it long enough to notice changes.
Trying various therapies for a short time is like looking for water by
digging several short wells instead of one deep well. First session
miracles do occur, creating noticeable change to a certain extent; the
frequency and the length of your therapy program will depend on how far
you desire to go with your healing and personal development.
disbelief. Many types of the holistic therapies are 100% safe.
The worst that can happen is that nothing happens. Keep an open heart,
and remember that change is good, and it can come in many ways and
Intent. Intent is the blueprint of your reality. Before heading
to your session, state your intent regarding what you wish to achieve
during the session. The intent can be also around your ability and
willingness to let go of any preconceptions, to be open and allow
healing and transformation to take place. Asking for support from
Spirit, the Universe or your own Higher Self has great results. Before
going on the table, my clients are encouraged to verbalize intent. Part
of the session may be clarifying intent. One woman told me she wanted to
be “healthier”. Assisted by a few insightful questions, she realized
that she deserves and is capable of experiencing total health. She then
re-phrased her intent, stating that she wishes to be completely healthy.
session eat lightly. Especially before energy work, and deep
tissue bodywork, avoid eating too soon before the session, or too rich a
meal. You might want to have a piece of fruit or something to munch on
with you, for after the session.
After the session
do something you enjoy, and stay away from crowded shopping malls or
demanding activities. Taking a walk in the nature and spending some
quiet time will prolong the experience achieved during your session.
Refrain from speaking too soon about your experiences. Speaking about
what you feel dissipates your experience, just like exposing a
photographic film to the light. Stay with what you feel for a while, and
tell your family and friends about it, tomorrow.
Drink plenty of
water. Water is a good conductor of energy. During your sessions
your body processes information (energy) and the water will support the
energy processing and integration. Your facilitator will likely offer
you water; you might choose to carry a bottle with you for the car or
session be silent, unless the nature of the session requires
your active, verbal participation. When you talk, you expend energy; you
are in the “giving”, or Yang mode. When you are silent, you are in the
Yin, or receiving mode, and the time on the treatment table is your time
to receive. Silence will also enable you to stay in your experience. If
your facilitator keeps chitchatting with you during your bodywork or
energy work session, you can politely express your desire to keep silent
in order to enjoy better their wonderful technique.
to experience some degree of discomfort on your journey. Personal
healing and transformation will take you out of your comfort zone,
facing fears and your “dark” side. Some sessions will be Spa-like
sessions of soothing comfort and peace. Others will feel like scuba
diving in tropical seas: scary and challenging, but what a world to
discover in there!
for as long as you are awake…Stay with what shamans call “the second
attention”, noticing your experience at sensorial level. Your experience
is made of emotions, feelings and ultimately, body-felt sensations.
Notice all signs of life in your body, the warmth of your facilitator’s
hands, the area of contact between your body and the treatment table,
changes in body temperature, pain, tension, heaviness, lightness,
tingling, itching, tickling. Some sensation may be obvious, such as a
sharp pain, or a chill. Some sensations are subtle. It takes
perseverance to train the mind to notice subtleties after years of being
conditioned to only focus on the obvious. This body awareness is
extremely important, and some therapies are specifically built on it.
Often times, in my practice, body awareness will be the step number one
in a healing program. Pay attention to all your sensorial experience,
including images, sounds, words, smells and tastes, and locate them in
your body. See if you can stay away from interpreting and analyzing your
experience, going out of your body into the cognitive process. Rather,
describe your experience to yourself in purely sensorial terms. This
will expand your perception, and will give you good tools to recognize
the changes achieved in session.
the changes that you notice after the session. It’s easy to forget about
the headache once it’s gone, and to feel confused about the benefit of
your therapy. Keeping a record of your changes sharpens your awareness
and brings clarity in the unfolding of your progress.
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