Session Styles:

 

Massage - Mind Body – Somatics - Trauma Bodywork

 

River of Light Massage & Healing provides several services spanning across traditional massage, mind-body-somatics sessions, and trauma bodywork.  This document will help you understand these services.  

 

Together, we will identify the best approach for you to achieve your goals, and potentially the progression of sessions, that will support you to achieve your goals.  If your desire for massage and bodywork are in part motivated by health concerns, or combinations of current and/or past stressors in your life, then mind-body-somatic skills become more useful and valuable to achieve your goals.

 

Please review this document.  In our first session we will discuss this further.  Our goal is to create a plan that supports you.  Be it relaxation, or more involved resolution of stress and trauma held in your body.

 

Each of these areas uses related, integrated principles and methods.  In general, they vary depending upon the degree of participation and internal engagement that you want to incorporate into your sessions.  They range from none at all, to deep self-awareness and actualization.  

 

Also, these different methods can be used based upon your goals for the session:

  • Is your interest simple stress relief and relaxation?
  • Do you have stress related health issues?
  • Do you have other current stress issues that affect your life, you relationships, your job?
  • Do stressful events from your past disrupt you in the present?

 

This document is a brief description of these areas.  We will further discuss these areas in your first session so that you can decide which blend of styles supports you.

 

Traditional Massage

 

The benefits of massage are many, primarily relaxation, calm, composure, and a sense of integration.  In general, massage is a technique for the muscles, skeletal system, connective tissue, and for flows of energy in the body.  

 

Generally, in the massage industry, a massage is a passive activity for the client, meaning that you lie still and silent as you receive the massage.  The massage therapist is generally silent during  massage.  This massage options is available for you at my studio.

 

To enhance your experience, I offer a simple style of an engaged, participatory massage, where during the course of the massage I verbally guide you into a relaxation process, and occasionally, encourage you to release stress with simple movements, breathing, and stress clearing skills.  These are simple mind-body skills.  This approach is more effective to achieve the benefits of massage.  We can discuss this further in your first appointment.

 

A traditional massage session is simple and straightforward, focusing on relaxation, pain relief, and integration..  

  1. We start by clarifying your goals for the session.
  2. Then review your intake forms.
  3. Then discuss the benefits of a participatory, guided experience during your session.YOU choose either silent and non-participatory, or participatory.
  4. We then progress to the massage.
  5. I’ll follow up after a few days to check in with you.

A 90 minute traditional massage is allocated in the following portions:

  • 5 minutes check in to determine your needs and goals
  • 85 minutes table massage

 

Progressing from a traditional massage session to ‘mind-body-somatics’ or ‘trauma bodywork’ session.

 

It is possible that in the process of a traditional massage that deeper emotions can arise, such as  apprehensive, fearful, or anxiousness.  These and other emotions may might arise after the session as well.  This suggests that the traditional massage triggered an unexpected stress response with in you.

 

At times, clients can start off receiving a traditional massage, then over the course of time, incorporate more mind-body-somatic elements into their sessions.  And even, explore aspects of trauma resolution within their sessions.

 

Therefore, either during the massage or during the next session, we discuss how to recognize if ‘something’ is arising, and how to transform the experience into a positive experience.

 

 

Mind-Body-Somatics

 

There are two approaches to a mind-body-somatics session:

First, the session includes all of the elements of the traditional massage and adds mind-body-somatic elements into the massage session.  

Second, the mind-body-somatic session does not include massage, or only a small amount of massage.

 

Somatics, is a general term used to describe processes of being, presence or internal awareness that are deeper in the body then cerebral thinking and feeling states.    Somatics can, in general, also be called ‘mind-body skills’.   Both ‘somatics’ and ‘mind-body skills’ involve internal awareness skills, such as meditation, movement, breathwork, emotional awareness, body scanning, state generation, and expression. These support your journey inside yourself.  These skills are often used to support relaxation, stress relief, self-awareness, or improved health.

 

Mind-body-somatics:  identify stress and emotions held in the body,  Focus on positive cultivation of energy.

 

Mind-body-somatic skills and experiences can include:

  • Guided internal awareness
  • Guided energy cultivation.
  • Meditation
  • Sounding and vocalization
  • Sound vibration and percussion tools: bells, bowls, rattles, etc.
  • Embodied affirmations
  • Energy awareness.

 

Session Process - Mind-Body-Somatics

 

There are several steps in a ‘mind-body-somatics’ session:

  1. We start by clarifying your goals for the session.
  2. Then review your intake forms.
  3. You share your story.
  4. We discuss the benefits of a participatory, guided experience during your session.
  5. We agree upon a progress, or signal, for you to let me know if you want to express something about your experience, are feeling uncomfortable, experiencing too much stress, having challenging emotions, or need to pause, redirect, or stop the session.
  6. We engage in a variety of Internal awareness experience.
  7. We engage in a variety of generative experiences: standing postures, expression and energy cultivation.
  8. We continue with a massage
  9. We then discuss the implementation of skills.
  10. I’ll follow up after a few days to check in.

 

The approach uses several tactics to help you become aware of the layers of thinking, emotions, and sensations within yourself.   Elements of the session can be conducted sitting and discussing, sitting in Internal awareness and meditation, standing in a posture, standing and moving, or on the massage table receiving a range of touch and massage methods, including,  light touch, swedish massage, or deep internal organ massage.   The guided awareness process, expression and discussion can also occur during the course of the massage, to understand and express the emotions or sensations that arise.

 

At the end of the session there is an integration component to help integrate your experience and implement new awareness, behavior and skill.

 

A 90 minute Mind-Body-Somatics session is allocated in approximately the following portions:

  • 5 – 10 minutes intake and goal setting
  • 5 – 10 minutes mind-body skills
  • 70 – 75 table massage 
  • 5 minutes debriefing

 

Trauma Bodywork

 

A trauma bodywork session includes all of the elements of the traditional massage session and mind-body-somatics session and adds the following elements.  However, a trauma bodywork session does NOT have to include touch or massage.  It can be focused only upon mind-body-somatic skills and the resolution of trauma.

 

Trauma bodywork supports your broader life goals, specific issues, emotions or feelings in your present life, or from your past.  It  incorporates multiple mind-body techniques that can also include massage.   

 

A central goal of trauma body work is to help you understand and transform internal stress-related sensations, beliefs, memories, behaviors and physical response to achieve better self-awareness, integration, coherence, positive emotions, calm and relaxation, improved health, recovery from physical accidents, to gain insight, and to support expression.   The central tactic of trauma bodywork is to help you be aware of your internal state, to regulate that state,  expression and catharsis. and to generate your desired internal state, and to achieve resolution.

 

Trauma  body includes discussion, inner emotional and felt sense experience, expression, and resolution.  Trauma bodywork includes a deeper journey of self-awareness, integration  and express then do the process of ‘mind-body-somatics’ described above.

 

Trauma bodywork requires a more full relationship between you and I, and involves a more elaborate and deeper quality of trust between us.  

 

Session Process - Trauma bodywork

 

There are several steps in a ‘trauma body work’ session:

  1. We start by clarifying your goals for the session.
  2. Then review your intake forms.
  3. You share your story.
  4. We discuss the benefits of a participatory, guided experience during your session.
  5. We agree upon a progress, or signal, for you to let me know if you want to express something about your experience, are feeling uncomfortable, experiencing too much stress, having challenging emotions, or need to pause, redirect, or stop the session.
  6. We engage in a variety of Internal awareness experience.
  7. We engage in a variety of generative experiences: standing postures, expression and energy cultivation.
  8. We continue with a massage
  9. We then discuss the implementation of skills.
  10. I’ll follow up after a few days to check in.

 

The approach uses several tactics to help you become aware of the layers of thinking, emotions, and sensations within yourself.   Elements of the session can be conducted sitting and discussing, sitting in Internal awareness and meditation, standing in a posture, standing and moving, or on the massage table receiving a range of touch and massage methods, including,  light touch, swedish massage, or deep internal organ massage.   The guided awareness process, expression and discussion can also occur during the course of the massage, to understand and express the emotions or sensations that arise.

 

At the end of the session there is an integration component to help integrate your experience and implement new awareness, behavior and skill.

 

A 90 minute Mind-Body-Somatics session is allocated in approximately the following portions:

  • 5 – 10 minutes intake and goal setting
  • 5 – 10 minutes mind-body skills
  • 70 – 75 table massage 
  • 5 minutes debriefing

 

If you have further questions about these different style, please email or call.  Or, we can discuss further in your first session.