Massage & Bodywork


Issue link:

Contents of this Issue


Page 27 of 106

TABLE LESSONS best practices Create the Right Context Tailor Your Technique to Meet Specific Client Needs By Douglas Nelson Her exaggerated response startled me at first. "Are you OK?" I asked. "I can't believe it," she said. "Can't believe what?" "You went right to it. I mean, right to the place that has been bothering me for months, maybe even years. That's just incredible." "Not that incredible," I answered. "All the symptoms you described and everything I observed about your movements took me to this spot. It was a reasonable assumption that this muscle in your upper back was highly involved, as it checks all the boxes of your symptoms. I take it from your reaction that my assumption was correct." "You are right about that place being the center of it all," she responded, "but that's not the remarkable thing. What is remarkable is that I generally don't let anyone touch that spot. In fact, I'm a bit hesitant to mess with it myself. It feels painful and, well, vulnerable. You went right to it without hesitation, and yet I watched myself be fine with it. I don't understand how that is possible. Not only can I allow you to be there, it actually feels welcome to have someone pressing on the area that has been basically off-limits. Why would it be OK to have you touch it now?" Her question was simple and yet quite profound. In my immediate reply to her, I explained that it was probably due to the way I approached the tissue. The real answer is far more complex and certainly more than could be addressed in a session. C h e c k o u t A B M P P o c k e t P a t h o l o g y a t w w w. a b m p . c o m / a b m p - p o c k e t - p a t h o l o g y - a p p . 25

Articles in this issue

Links on this page

Archives of this issue

view archives of Massage & Bodywork - NOVEMBER | DECEMBER 2020