What will a typical session include?
I begin by talking with you about where you want to go. Your aims may be long term, or more immediate. If you are seeing me for persistent pain, we would then move into very gentle movement, guided relaxation, and time to talk about what’s going on for you. Those without persistent pain may see me for more specific yoga instruction, or coaching. You will be offered a home practice to take away with you and small steps you want to make towards your aspirations for work and life.
How many appointments will I need?
Most people with persistent pain have three appointments. If you are good at “self-learning” and your pain is not so bad, one may be enough. Each includes practical things to do at home, and a followup. The first session gives you skills to avoid making your pain worse, easy techniques to calm your nervous system, and how to approach activities you are presently unable to due to pain.
Those without pain generally come every six weeks to six months as we go into a lot of depth that will keep you going for a while. Some, though, like weekly appointments to keep on track.
I have pain: What benefits can I expect?
Clients have returned to photography, camping, sport and other activities they had felt were out of reach due to pain or fatigue. Others learn to live an ordinary day – breastfeeding, washing clothes, and having a cup of tea – without making pain worse; then with satisfaction; finally with pleasure and enjoyment. Almost everyone says they learn to reduce pain. Others say they feel acceptance rather than a fight, a shift of focus from pain to themselves as a human being, and being more at ease with people they care about.
I have pain: How do I know it will work?
Yoga for Pain is a distinct approach tailored to your needs. We start by addressing the most common issues faced by people with pain, as they present individually for you, such as habits and beliefs that make your pain worse. You practice ways to respond to pain symptoms. These same principles, with a little tweak, then allow you to approach any new activity that feels beyond your current limitations.
Like most things, results are based on you doing it. You don’t need hours every day, but regularity is important. (See blog for lots of stories about others who have gone before you.)