We are always looking for the “Goldilocks” point of what you can do on your own and when you need help from us. As clients begin to move and feel better, a necessary step is to test what changes they can maintain on their own in between sessions. It is where client success stories get fun.
We love when clients begin to test what they can do, test what they have learned about caring for the myofascial health of the body. We celebrate when they come back and tell us about their adventures.
Rebecca is one of the clients we are celebrating with as she begins to test her limits and her ability to care for and maintain her body in a new way.
Rebecca has been seeing us about twice a week for the last 3 months. She is working toward some very specific goals that are important to her. They include more fluidity in her body, and a weeklong backpacking trip, or longer :), without limitation in her ankle or hip.
She is getting closer to those goals.
And she is beginning to test what she can do.
A few weeks ago I had a conversation with Rebecca as she was preparing for a trip and some time with friends. There would be a period of time where she would not have a second visit with us during the week. She understandably had some concerns about how her body would do during that time. Would she regress? Did we need to squeeze in an appointment neither of us had time for? What if she couldn’t do the things she wanted to on the trip and was in pain?
I have worked with Rebecca for much of the last 3 months and have watched her progress. She has a great deal of body awareness and is consistent and diligent about myofascial self treatment in between her sessions with us. She comes back with questions about what she has been doing and what she is experiencing in her body. She is curious about what she notices and how things have been changing.
As I listened to Rebecca’s concerns, I had no hesitation in reminding her that her body will let her know what is needed. That she has been practicing listening to and caring for her myofascial system in a new way. And that she was ready for a test run. That I was available, by text, or email, or phone, if she had any difficulties. But that she was ready. And the upcoming trip would be a marvelous opportunity to test all that she has been learning.
It was a week before I saw Rebecca again. Time she spent traveling and skiing with friends. Time she spent testing the limits of things, finding where she could help things and allow her body to settle and where she couldn’t. She didn’t have a lot of time for self treatment. And she came back feeling like a few areas of her body were scrunched up, pulling, and rotating again.
We took some posture pictures. Rebecca hasn’t seen them yet (my fault. . . ), but they visually show just how well Rebecca’s body did during her week long test. She did amazing!
Take Your Body For A Test Drive, Learn, Repeat!
So much so that she tested things again the next week.
Another week spent skiing with friends. With plenty of time for self treatment. She came back again feeling like some things were shifted and collapsing in her body. But in her yoga class she was able to settle into the warrior 2 pose in a way she hasn’t previously been able to do. Which is amazing progress!
She is taking her body for another test drive this week as cousins come in from out of town with a good possibility of more skiing.
We love working with Rebecca! And are excited to see just how far she has come. We still have some work to do to get Rebecca on that backpacking trip. And she will continue to test her ability to care for and maintain her body in this new way as we find her “Goldilocks” point for long term health and ease in her body.
Rebecca, well done!