Frequently Asked Questions
- What should I bring / wear to a session?
I usually suggest that folks bring shorts, loose clothes, a sports bra or underwear they are comfortable in to the first session. After that, we'll have a better idea of the kind of work we'll be doing and what will be best. We will, of course, be working with blanket draping during the session as well.
- How long are sessions?
I prefer to work in 45 minute or 90 minute sessions. There can be exceptions, but I've found these times best allow space for everything we'll be trying to accomplish.
- Where do you currently see clients? Do you do outcalls?
As of January 2016, I have relocated to continue with my graduate studies. As such, I now handle session location by appointment or monthly depending on travel. Please get in touch with me and we will arrange whatever is more appropriate for our work.
I see clients in MI, AZ, UT, WA and OR and at offices in other states. Please send me an email to discuss. When contracted for films or events, work is usually done on the project site.
- Do you do evaluations / consultations over SKYPE or Google Chat?
- How often do people come to see you?
Because I do a variety of kinds of work, there isn't an easy answer to that question. For folks with particular goals, injuries, or unique schedules - I try to talk with them about the most effective strategy for their issues and we'll lay out a timeline. For structural work that's happening in a specific series (one session builds upon another in pursuit of a particular outcome) it's best if they can come in every week or two. Otherwise, folks can come in as often as they please.
- I've heard structural work can be intense, yet I've also heard CST is very light. What gives?
Structural work (i.e. connective tissue therapy, rolfing, structural integration, fascial release) does get a wrap as intense or painful - and I think that's a bummer. It doesn't "need" to be. It should not be a "no pain no gain" kind of treatment and, in fact, too much of that can be counter-productive. Pressure varies, technique location is important, and client preparation is a must. We'll work at your pace and be in communication about how you're feeling.
CST is often regarded publicly in the opposite light. It is noted for being gentle or subtle. While it is usually true that the application of the techniques generally requires less pressure or effort, the experience of the work can range from pleasantly relaxing to highly emotional.
Similarly to how some people can naturally excel in one subject in school (art) yet be confused by another (math) - it's true that some individuals are more sensitive to certain stimulus over other kinds of stimulus. Perhaps you know someone who is quite physical in their life yet doesn't seem to over think things too often. Or another person who seems to "live in their head" and tends to not be so emotionally responsive. We all still get by. When it comes to bodywork, some people respond better to direct stimulation work and others to indirect or more subtle work. We'll find what works best for you.
- What do you mean that you specialize?
There are no shortages of perspectives / explanations / techniques / processes in the bodywork world. Early on, I found styles that really rang true for me in my own experience of life and of my body. I decided to concentrate on those through my education and career. You can read more about the specialties on the ABOUT page of this site.
- Isn't this just massage?
Though I am a trained, licensed and nationally certified massage therapist, bodyworker and structural therapist - I tend to not give 'massages' as they are generally conceived of. I prefer to engage people in the areas I am most trained in and that have specific applications toward their preferences and goals.
- So, I've seen a Rolfer before. Is some of your work the same as that?
Rolfing is a particular method and process of optimizing the alignment of body structures with gravity. It is a trademarked word and system. It is also just one perspective on how this can be done and it fits under the larger umbrella of Structural Integration work. I have been trained by Rolfers and other SI practitioners and my some of my work is based upon that style. I do offer series work and alignment optimization, yes - however, I am not a certified Rolfer through their institute.
- So if I come to do the series work, I'll be all better - right?
That is a BIG question and truly depends on how you walk in. One of the things I love about structural work is that there is no golden standard we're measuring you again. We are looking at you as an individual - your posture, movement, lifestyle, etc - and optimizing your structure from there.
- How do I know if this is right for me?
Feel free to shoot me an email, give the CNS office a call or come in to try. I happily refer clients to other practitioners if I feel their needs would be better met elsewhere.
- What kinds of people come to see you?
I see many athletes, musicians, professional movement folks and artists but I am open to working with anyone.
- Do you ever work with other practitioners?
Yes, I often do. We can work together in sessions at the same time, work individually with you or any number of other options.
- Do you ever work with doctors?
Yes. Referrals both ways are common. I'm not one of those practitioners who poo-poos the medical work. I think there are just differences in what is offered.
- Why are there fewer sound therapy events than before?
The kind of soundwork that I do requires a fair amount of space, setup and, of course, neighbors who don't mind lots of sound. Thus, these events have become less frequent since returning to the Chicago-land area. However, they still do happen! Email me if you'd like more information.
- Do you diagnose things?
No. My license class / scope of practice does not include the ability to professionally medically diagnose a condition for insurance purposes or otherwise. I can provide an assessment based upon or to help inform a physician diagnosis. I can also work with physicians / other providers in relation to a potential diagnosis.
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