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Some Commonly Asked Questions:

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General Questions

What do I need to prepare for my sessions?

 

 

Set Intentions: Reflect on your intentions for the session. What would you like to address, heal, or gain clarity on? Setting clear intentions can help focus your energy and guide the healing process.​

 

Dress Comfortably: Wear loose, comfortable clothing that allows freedom of movement and promotes relaxation. This will help you feel at ease during the sessions.

Hydrate and Nourish: Prior and post session, drink plenty of water to hydrate your body and support its natural healing processes. Consider nourishing yourself with healthy, light meals or snacks to maintain a balanced energy level.

Communicate with me: If you have any specific concerns, questions, or preferences, communicate them with the me beforehand. This ensures that both of us are aligned in understanding your needs and expectations.

Be Open and Receptive: Approach the session with an open mind and heart. Allow yourself to receive the guidance, and trust in the process. Release any expectations or judgments, and remain open to whatever arises during the session.

Practice Self-Care Afterward: Plan some quiet time or self-care activities following the healing session. This can allow for integration and reflection on the experience, and support the continued nurturing of your well-being.

(For Online Sessions)

Choose a Comfortable & Safe Space: Find or create a quiet and comfortable space where you can relax and feel at safe. Clear the area of any distractions or clutter to create a peaceful environment.

Create Ambiance: Enhance the atmosphere by using soft lighting, calming music, or aromatic candles or essential oils. These elements can contribute to a soothing and relaxing ambiance.

How many therapy sessions will be required?

 

 

Just like we have taken many years to develop various adaptive habits, it also takes time to unlearn these habits. As such, while a one-off session can serve as a helpful reset for a sudden bout of stress, if there are deeper-seated issues that need addressing, more than one session is typically needed. This also ensures that what gets moved through in a session is not too much for the body to handle in one go. I normally suggest at least a series of 6 sessions, so there is time to notice changes that occur in subtle or more pronounced ways over a few months.

From anecdotal experience, I find it helpful for sessions to be spaced out a week or at most 2 weeks apart. This allows time for integration of the session and yet not too long that our usual adaptive patterns creep in.

The duration of our work together varies depending on your needs needs and goals. Some clients may experience significant improvements in a few sessions, while others may choose to engage in longer-term therapy for ongoing support.

What is the structure of a session?

 

First sessions are an opportunity for us to meet, human to human, nervous system to nervous system. In that spirit, my primary intention for the first session is for us to see if there is resonance, to begin building a sense of safety within our shared container and to be with whatever arises. Often people can spend much of the first session expressing emotion - it might be the first time in a long while there has been space that feels okay to do so. Others might be feeling exhausted and want to feel held as they rest, while others might be coming in with a particular situation or relationship they want to unpack.

Generally speaking, during the session we start by speaking about whatever you feel to share from your insight form to build context and set an intention for our time together. We will continue our exploration  at our seat or move to work on the massage table - you remain fully clothed throughout the session. At the end, we spend some time speaking again to share reflections from the session and there might be some suggested 'field work' to explore, or self-care practices to support you in between sessions.

​That said, every session is different and as we work with whatever arises, a session might look like more time on the table/ seated body-based inquiry/ breath / sound / movement practice, etc. 

About Working with the Body

Why the body?

 

 

Our body is the vessel of all our lived experiences- the ones we didn’t have the words for yet when we were too young; the place that holds the raw truth of our fears and pains regardless of our outward expressions and behaviours; and yet also the landscape of our joys and pleasures. The body remembers how it has been loved, and how it was not.

As such, when we incorporate the body into therapeutic sessions, and create an environment of safety, acceptance, and allowance, the body too remembers this experience. Often, this leads to sustained transformations that radiate through various aspects of our lives, creating a ripple effect of positive change.

What can happen during and post sessions?

 

 

Throughout our session, all your honest emotions and reflections are welcome - there is no need to hold back. During the time on the table, a whole variety of responses can show up, depending on how you are feeling that day, your relationship with receiving touch and how tired your body is. Some common responses are:

  • Spontaneous tremoring and jerking of the body

  • Gurgling of the belly

  • Heightened discomfort in areas of chronic tension

  • Coughing or tickling at the throat

  • Sense of spaciousness

  • Emotional release

  • Deepening of the breath

  • Falling asleep

 

Even after a session concludes, you might feel a little more sensitive than usual and sometimes might even feel a little worse - this can be because what we had previously not been aware of in our feelings or body, is now more on the surface where we can notice it. You might like to give yourself more space after a session, try and get an earlier rest that day or get some support with some self-care resources.

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