New Clients — Before Booking
Just a few points for you to have a read of and to get across before you book a session with me for an Anatomy In Motion (AiM) session
Before booking with me I would like to set expectations with complete transparency! These sessions are 2hours long, I do not “fix” you; rather, we, working together as an extremely interactive team, figure out how you can help yourself. In short, the focus of my practice is self-care via knowledge and awareness. Please expect some homework. If you are looking for a more passive treatment then I am happy to refer you to one of the great practitioners at Gilmour Piper.
I highly recommend prior to working with me…
My teacher Gary Ward has created a self-care online video course called Wake Your Body Up which can be found on his website in the link. For just £9.99 you get to experience 3 hours of incredibly valuable content!!! I encourage you to go through this course before booking with me. This online video course will give you a heads up of how we will work when you come to see me and may even help with some of your problems on its own, if it hasn’t it will give you an awareness which will allow us to crack on that much quicker when you see me.
If you choose to work with me, please expect:
A thorough analysis of your injury history.
You’d be amazed how, for example, that left ankle sprain when you were a child might impact your right shoulder today!
A full body analysis of available joint motions and your movement preferences, as well as static holding patterns (i.e. posture).
This assessment includes all 33 joints in each foot — that’s a quarter of all the joints in your body are in your feet!!! The joints movement (or lack of it) in your feet will have a huge impact all the way up the chain to your knees, hips, pelvis, back, shoulders, neck, and jaw!!!
Gait (AKA walking) analysis.
We may take a video of you walking allowing me to analyze your patterns and preferences (e.g. your pelvis really likes to rotate right, but never left). Why gait? Gait is a universal repetitive human movement that involves every joint in your body in all three dimensions of movement. Even a sedentary person takes 2000-3000 steps a day — imagine how many times an active person is repeating a less than perfect pattern through their gait cycle (from heel strike to heel strike) and how this will put tensions and compressions into the tissues of the body. If a movement bias/asymmetry shows up in your gait, it almost definitely shows up in all your activities (e.g. picking up a baby, sports, gardening, etc.).
An individualized home program reflecting your movement analysis. You will learn not just what to do, and how to do it, but most importantly, you will understand the “why” (We will design a program that realistically fits within the time constraints of your lifestyle. Please expect to commit to an absolute minimum of 10 minutes 4-5 times per week.
At the end of the session, I will recommend a course of action moving forward. On very rare occasions, clients experience enough improvement after the intake session that follow-ups are not necessary. This is the exception, not the rule. In any case, I look for us to have six sessions to begin with and then see how we get on after that. This is a journey that we are embarking on together to help you try to work through your bodies and understand them better and begin to move easier. This might mean that the original “pain” doesn’t disappear first but many other aspects of your body and movement all improve before hand. Pain is a symptom that could be from an old injury you have built compensations around for 30 years. Even if pain does disappear it may be a short term thing as the pattern that walked it into your body may still be present.
“Healing is a process, not an event.”
Thorough support post-session.
A detailed email with your home program including links to videos of your exercises; availability to communicate with me via email and messaging between sessions to answer questions and check your form.
If this sounds like a journey that you wish to walk, please get in touch!