Kinesiology with deep tissue massage
The practitioner asked me about any chronic body issue I have had (stiffness in my neck which is partly a result of long hours at my computer) and as soon as I lay on the table he got right down to work.
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It had been a long time since I had a session with a guy, and the difference in strength was immediately apparent as he was able to get into those deeper more protected areas quickly.
He sometimes spoke as he worked about the various sore spots, how via Kinesiology principles these pains related to the internal organs and what behaviour or dietary factors may have produced these symptoms/tension.
He is one of those bodyworkers who have been doing this kind of thing for years, always adding a new modality or technique to his repertoire.
He was full of information about various body systems, and is very enthusiastic about the latest addition, Neuro-kinetics, which apparently is the culmination of lots of research into brain/body phenomena and is about spinal integration without manipulation.
This is do with the pairing of energy points, and what happens in the brain in terms of energy movement and hormonal release when these pairs are touched, quite lightly and in sequence, for a designated period of time, creating a particular biofeedback loop.
Whatever he was doing, it felt really good to feel some old and deep tensions dissolving as he kneaded and stretched, kneaded and stretched again, and somehow I felt very supported to relax and to allow those sore spots to hurt when they did.
There is something delicious about deep and strong bodywork which is all about enjoying opening the body, and it always leaves me feeling more grounded and more present.
Parts of my neck actually felt a bit numb afterwards but definitely much softer.
He had quite a bit to say about diet, about lifestyle, never in a judgemental sense but more in terms of what kind of adjustments were realistic and achievable within the demands of my lifestyle and work.
He also does follow up half sessions, priced accordingly, which create a completion in terms of Neuro-kinetics.
Written by Mark O’Brien for the “Session of the Month’, Here & Now magazine 1999-2005
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