Although the patient may be asked to remove their clothes for examination, during treatment the patient nearly always lies fully clothed on their back or side. The practitioner may start work at your head, your feet or anywhere. Sometimes we work on the part under our hands, sometimes a part further away and sometimes both.
At first nothing may seem to be happening, usually though patients start to feel themselves relax. Some people feel nothing and some a lot, but this does not influence the effectiveness of the work. Some patients fall asleep, some feel heavier on the couch as though gravity has increased or turned to one side even though they have not moved.
The intention is not just to fix a part of the body, but to bring it back into working harmoniously with the functioning of the whole being. Through the gentle quietness, new injuries and old strains can heal. Some people find it helpful for their emotions or resolving old traumas.
When we tune in to the body’s movement, we are following it in 3 dimensions, so are working on the fascial honeycomb that holds the entire organism in balance. As the body responds to this attention, some will experience this as a change of tone, length, shape or even motion in their body, and as the tension patterns that the practitioner is working on resolve, they may feel a spreading tingling or warmth.
There can be many healing experiences. Some problems take longer than others to resolve, but ultimately, the aim of treatment is to leave you in better health and less discomfort.