Typically, the Adaptive Bodywork assessment will begin with an extensive interview about your history and current habits. Most Adaptive Bodywork assessments are done in underwear or a bathing suit, without draping. Your practitioner will want to observe you standing and walking before the session starts, to assess your current structural patterns. Photos will be taken to create a visual record of your body’s ‘before ABW’ structure so both you and the practitioner will have a baseline for comparison as you progress through ABW. Since there can be dramatic changes in your body shape when going through the ABW process, and sometimes not, you will ultimately judge the work by how you feel, however the photos are quite useful to identify primary areas of focus.
Adaptive Bodywork is done on a variety of surfaces (floor, table, bench, stool etc.). The practitioner will use their best tools, namely fingers, hands, feet, arms, or elbows, to contact the compromised tissues. By actively participating in your session, you will provide continuous feedback that will inform you and your practitioner on how your body is limited and its response to the bodywork. Based on this feedback, your practitioner’s will adapt the session’s trajectory as necessary by selecting the bodywork required to resolve your issues in an expedient fashion.
Our goal is to leave you with a lasting and progressive change that will echo throughout the rest of your life
The process of opening these tissues can involve some burning, like a yoga stretch or exercising some long unused muscles. The pain, if the sensation gets that far, should be short and bearable. Please be open and honest with your practitioner to find the right level of depth for you that allows the maximum value for each session consistent with your comfort. The idea is to achieve a balanced body that is pain-free.
Traumatized tissue can also contain emotional pain. Without being a psychologist, your Adaptive Bodywork practitioner has been trained to sensitively work with you around these issues as they relate to your body structure. Feel free to work with your practitioner to find the level of work that is right for you.
It is not unusual to have odd feelings – physical or emotional – during and between sessions. Please discuss with your practitioner if you have a cause for concern. Often, old long-forgotten pains will resurface for a time – this is a positive sign that the process of unwinding is well underway. Please refer to, “Getting the Most From Your Adaptive Bodywork Sessions”, which can be helpful.
Every Adaptive Bodywork session focuses on a specific issue. The Adaptive Bodywork series focus on your entire body from head to toe.
View your Adaptive Bodywork series as a project, with a beginning, middle, and an end; not an ongoing and endless therapy.
The initial 4 sessions deal with the superficial layers, the middle 4 sessions with deeper structures, and the last sessions of the Adaptive Bodywork process integrate the two layers and bring it into everyday movement. Results will continue to accrue after you have finished your final session.
Clients often return once a twice a year for a ‘tune up’ session. Others simply go on to some other maintenance routine such as yoga, Tai Chi, Feldenkrais, a workout routine – whatever is appropriate to them. Still others return periodically for a shorter series of sessions, advanced work designed to take the process deeper into your body and your experience.