Freedom of Movement
Intention plays a significant role in therapeutic work - as we dive into a healing journey, intentions or goals are like a compass that leads the way. Here are 7 of my goals in healing work:
Freedom of movement is the goal that got me started in the massage profession. I later realized all the other reasons. Sometimes artists don’t know what they’re painting until it’s finished. Likewise, my reasons for diving in to the healing field continue to reveal themselves.
So about freedom of movement – I am a dancer. I’ve always wanted a wider range of expression in my movement. It’s a delightful creative outlet that helps me feel awake and fluid. At the time I started considering massage as a career, I was swing, blues and salsa dancing at least four times a week. I felt so alive! I wanted to help others feel comfortable in their bodies, and to find creative, joyful movement in their everyday lives. Let’s be clear, though – I don’t want to push an agenda for dancing. Many activities are hindered when you’re injured – hiking, baseball, disc golf, running with the dog, playing with the kids, acting, cycling, sleeping… My healing goal to increase freedom of movement comes from a desire for everyone to live a more joyful life. Having the freedom to move how you want to move plays a significant role in that.
So how do you want to move?
What would your life be like with greater range of motion, more stability, flexibility and strength?
And how can I help?
Here are a few things that will inhibit movement:
The good news:
All of this is reversible – just depends how much time and effort you’re willing to spend on changing it. Some things can be healed in one session – adhesions can be broken up (they’re basically “knots” that can be relieved with myofascial release or other massage) and trauma patterns may be resolved through two-chair coaching – but a lot of things, like caved-in shoulders for example, were built up over time. They will take time to change. Additionally, the shoulders can hold that posture for multiple reasons – working at a computer every day with sub-par ergonomics, emotional guarding around the heart, excess weight lifting in the pecs, compromised posture elsewhere in the body that also affects the shoulders (because everything in the body is connected). Massage and craniosacral therapy are excellent on their own for achieving greater range of motion. However, to have a bigger impact that lasts longer, I like to approach healing from multiple angles – mental, emotional AND physical. I’m seeing more and more people these days who recognize that their physical pain manifested from more than just physical issues. If you only want to work with the physical aspects, that’s totally welcome. And if you’d like to explore the broader picture, what might that look like?
First, we want to build a ground of support, trust and resource. A resource is whatever feels good to you. Perhaps a relaxing massage is what’s needed to help regulate your nervous system. It may be helpful to bring to mind a supportive person and notice the somatic (physical) sensations you feel when that support is present. The body naturally responds to an imaginary vision, and the somatic response can help you settle and feel nourished. From this resourced place, perhaps you can dip a toe, or even jump right in to the pool of challenges. Are you challenged a rocky relationship or stressful job that feels like a literal weight on your shoulders? This may contribute to a collapsed posture. Or maybe it’s simply depression, which could be caused by a number of factors. We can observe the emotional and mental components of your life that are creating physical limitations, and if this even starts to feel overwhelming or too uncomfortable for you, we can always go back to that resource to strengthen the nervous system. We can always drop the threads to pick up another time when you’re feeling ready.
How does this sound to you? What are you willing to explore to unlock the greatest freedom of movement you desire?
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I occasionally hear the question, “Do you like what you do?” This is an important question for a healing practitioner. If I didn’t like what I was doing, you would feel it. If I’m tense in my body, that can translate through – some part of you, whether it’s obvious or not, can feel that tension. So my healing work is transforming as I remember what brings me joy - dancing, connecting authentically with others, seeing beauty everywhere and creating a more beautiful world. Weaving these in to my therapeutic work will translate into greater healing potential for both of us.
Here are some goals I have – these are desires for myself and for all of humanity. I’d be curious to know if any of these are goals for yourself:
I'll be going more in depth about each of these in future blogs, including what can be done to achieve these goals, starting with Freedom of Movement.
Call me at (720)432-3032 for a free phone consultation to discuss how to achieve your goals.
If you're the trendy type, you're likely making resolutions right now, seeing the new year as a new beginning. I just finished reading the book Switch: How to change things when change is hard, by Chip Heath & Dan Heath, a gift to the family from my brother. Regardless of the time of year, this book inspires change.
From January to March last year, everything in my life changed - my family moved, a romance ended, I took a pay cut at work, forcing me to find a new job, and I was often sick. The best change of all, by my choice, was enrolling in Boulder College of Massage Therapy. My graduation speech (previous blog) may give you an idea of what I gained from that change. Last spring was a new beginning.
Now that I've graduated, I'm facing a new beginning once again, but this time with more independence, a larger pile of debt, and a deeper knowledge of myself and good health. So I'm making resolutions along with everyone else. The Heath brothers have some excellent advice on how to make resolutions stick:
There are many other tips and inspiring stories in Switch, and you can read the first chapter on their website if you want to check it out. When following through with resolutions, it helps to share them with others. So tell me, what are you going to change this year?
Intuitive energy healer, massage therapist and somatic coach in Asheville, NC, bringing you insight and inspiration on healing and conscious living. Formerly in Boulder, CO.