Body Approach Prior to Virus: Supine Before Prone

From COVID-19 forward, is now SIDE-LYING before prone...but I'm leaving this page b/c the information is still valuable...and as a reminder to myself, of my roots...

We must address the constriction on the front of the body, for the back to have slack.

This is how I USED to work, and why:

Most sessions, unless there is an underlying medical condition that does not allow your body to lay flat on your back/specific body issue that requires side-lying work, I prefer to start my sessions supine, meaning face-up.

Primarily, I start face up, because quite often, the reason our backsides hurt, may be the result of the fronts of our bodies being tight; both from working body mechanics, and emotional posturing. 

When we start supine, it allows you, the client, to easily communicate with me; and make eye contact if necessary.

Depending on the body/day, I may start at the head, or at the feet. 

Either way, I address the body from the extremities, to the center.

After the head/feet come the nearest limbs; finishing off in the center/abdominal region. 

Because of the sedentary nature of the work some people do these days, the psoas muscles may be chronically shortened, causing lower back discomfort; which may need to be addressed. It is most easily and effectively accessed via the abdominal region. 

Whether we approach the psoas, depends on symptoms. The Lauterstein Method for the psoas is gentle.

We will then turn over, after a final pass over the head/neck/feet, gently lengthening your spine, before laying prone. 

"Prone" means face down.

Once you are prone, I start on the hips and glutes, then move on to the legs and feet, and THEN I address your back. 

By the time we approach your back, everything that is attached to it, that may have been pulling on it, has potentially disengaged, so that there is now plenty of slack for the tissues on the backside to move.

With so much more slack, it is easier for me to locate the trigger points (knots) that need to be specifically addressed, directly and gently.

I soothe your tissues via compression and deep, long strokes; as well as superficial strokes--hopefully taking you out of your mental space & into enjoying the novel sensations in your body.

That may be a big part of neurological relaxation, via massage: taking us out of our mental ruminations of possibilities, responsibilities, past and future stressors...and into the "safe present" that we currently inhabit, and *can remember* that we inhabit, maybe, because we are allowing ourselves to be respectfully and conscientiously touched, by another person. We are safe.

We end the session supine; so that your sinuses may drain, and I can assess the changes in your neck and shoulders, as well as finish the session with a scalp massage. 

By the the time you are ready to sit upright, you should be able to breathe clearly; and your body may feel more balanced and mobile. 

It's not mashing on muscles that does the work--it's your nervous system feeling safe enough to disengage the muscles that are (sometimes chronically) ready for action.

Every body is different; I address your unique tissues as I work my way through the different parts of your vessel--providing you a more holistic approach, that is tailored to you and what you do with your body. 

The same benefits are achievable from a side-lying position...which is how I prefer do it now, in the Viral Age.

I can access both the front, and back of your body, from a side-lying position. 

Folks who don't like to lay face down, because it's challenging to breathe at that angle, can breathe more easily; alternatively, it's also more comfortable for folks who have issues breathing while on their backs. 

If you don't like to lay face down, you may receive the entire session side-lying, if that is your preference; otherwise, we will alternate it with laying prone, and perhaps supine for foot/leg work.

I recommend a long pillow/prenatal pillow for supporting your body while you are laying on your side; otherwise a few standard pillows will do the job--either way: you will need pillows because we need to properly support your body, so that your muscles may better disengage/relax during the session. 

If you require facial massage, please provide me with sterile, disposable gloves; unless you have need or special request, I will be avoiding the facial area, as an added precaution.

If you have facial massage tools for me to work with, I am happy to use them; if not, ask me for recommendations, and I will point you in the right direction. 

I can show you how to use the tools on yourself, so that you can do your own facial massage (or if couples, on each other). They can be useful for addressing TMJ tension.

Matwork, being provided at a distance (with my feet), may be prone/supine/side-lying as needed; we are at a sufficient distance from each other, and I clean my feet well before and after each session. 

Extra bonus--since you are on your table, if you fall asleep during the session, I can leave you sleeping, so you may wake up when you are ready (if you want me to).

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