What to Expect in a Session
Before the Session
- I offer a specialised service, so if you are worried for your general health or a medical condition you should see your primary healthcare provider first (this is good practice for everyone, it is the law for children). I do not diagnose medical conditions. If you have an acute infectious illness (e.g. COVID-19, flu), please stay at home. My COVID risk assessment is linked for your convenience.
- I normally work with you clothed (a single layer of loose fitting natural fabric works best. Please don't wear anything which would make it hard to work through such as tight jeans or skirts). If taking shoes on and off is not straightforward, you can keep them on for the treatment. For scar work I will need to work directly on the scar itself. Avoid eating a heavy meal or drinking alcohol before your session.
- Please fill in and return the INTAKE form immediately below. It covers contact details and medical history.
During the Session
After The Session
- I suggest that you avoid other physical treatments for about a week either side of your session, especially chiropractic or osteopathy. There is no problem with exercise (whether from a physio or just normal exercise), talking therapies, nutrition, or herbal medicines. Ask me during the session if you have any doubts.
- Walk, Don't Sit: Go for a 15 minute walk after the session to "walk it in". Walking helps your nervous system review the changes that are happening as a result of the work. Light exercise is excellent, but avoid heavy training for 24 hours afterwards. Do your absolute best not to sit for long periods of time for the 24 hours after a session, especially immediately after treatment.
- Water. Drink more water than normal: sometimes people get a bit dehydrated after treatment.
- Reactions. It’s not unusual to feel a bit knocked out afterwards. People also experience "ghost injuries" (where old injuries come back to haunt you for a while), headaches, feelings of hot/cold and emotional releases. These should not last more than a few days and are usually encouraging signs of change. Avoid using ice to manage pain.
- How Many Sessions? Sessions should be spaced 5-10 days apart, ideally a week. It's impossible to predict, but an initial series of 3-5 sessions is enough for many people. Scar work can sometimes be done with fewer sessions. Anatomy in Motion sessions can be done freestanding, as part of a series or in combination with hands on work.
- Maintain and Prevent. For people with complex, multiple or chronic issues, those who re-injure themselves through lifestyle or activity, and people managing chronic pain, a more regular, ongoing maintenance session every 4-6 weeks can be helpful. Others choose to come every 3 months or so, regardless of how they feel, just to prevent issues building up.