TEN TIPS TO ENHANCE YOUR TREATMENT SESSIONSLISTEN TO YOUR BODY. Before, during, and after treatment listen to your body. You will know intuitively what you need if you really listen. Your therapist will coach you in this skill if you are not already familiar with tuning into yourself. Identify any areas of redness, tenderness, tightness, or tingling on the body.
REFRAME YOUR NOTION OF 'PAIN'. Allow yourself to soften your experience of pain. Instead of identifying with the pain, become aware of the 'sensations' occurring in your body. Concentrate on the areas where sensations are present. Focus on what you are feeling underneath the therapist's hands.
BREATHE INTO SENSATIONS. As you breathe, imagine that you are blowing air out of your body through the area that is producing the most sensation. This type of breathing puts you in touch with your body and thereby enhances your body awareness.
UNWIND. Allow your body to move. You do not need to remain motionless on the table, and in fact your progress will be enhanced if you let movement happen as it arises from the unconscious part of your mind. As movement occurs, fascial restrictions are being released, but you are in complete control of the process at all times.
EXPRESS EMOTIONS. Express emotions experienced during or after your treatment session with your therapist. The fascial system holds emotions in the body in the form of pain that may be preventing you from getting better. Often, with the release of emotions, the pain will decrease and you will feel better.
USE IMAGES OR MEMORIES. Share them with your therapist to help locate the source of your pain.
COMMUNICATE. Communicate with your therapist! After all, this is a collaboration between the two of you. Even things that may seem non-related, silly or embarrassing. Your therapist cannot help you if you do not speak openly and honestly with them.
STAY POSITIVE. It can be hard for you to remain positive in the spite of chronic pain, but you have taken a crucial step in reclaiming a pain-free life. Remember to reinforce your intention to enjoy a pain-free, active lifestyle by giving yourself messages such as 'I am getting better everyday.' REMAIN FOCUSED. You may experience setbacks, one step back for every two steps forward. Unfortunately healing is not a linear process, and this is sometimes part of the healing process. Keep focusing on your goals and the progress you have already made to help you through each treatment session. You are on your way!
SET GOALS. Visualize the attainment of your goal. Establish a time-frame for this to occur. If goals are not completed on time, it is O.K. Stay focused and know that the healing will occur.
Remember: 'pain is simply a signal or message your body is trying to give you.'
By listening to your pain and relaying these messages to your therapist, the road to recovery will seem more within your reach.