What to expect:
At the beginning of each session, a short time is spent checking in together. From there the session may include; movement (both standing and sitting), working with a large physio-ball or a stability disc, tossing a beach ball, wringing towels or sharing conversation that’s directed towards tracking sensations. Then, often, we will move the session towards working on the table, which is described in greater detail below.
You, the client, are invited to lie down (fully clothed) on a massage table. Pillows, bolsters and blankets are used to allow clients to feel comfortable and supported, which is necessary to begin moving towards regulation.
Most often the first contact will be supporting the kidney by bringing my hand directly below one of the kidneys, near the spine in the mid-lower back. Why the kidneys? The kidneys are topped by the adrenal glands, which produce cortisol and norepinephrine (adrenaline), chemical produced in the body’s threat response. This part of the body frequently experiences a constriction when the nervous system is dysregulated. The presence of a therapist’s hand (which doesn’t move in SE touch) encourages the muscles in this area to relax and blood flow to increase. As this happens, the kidney often descends a bit and begins to reflect the pulse. Once this regulation is achieved, the therapist moves to the other side of the table to support the other kidney.
Depending on the client’s nervous system, I may stay with the kidneys for one session or multiple sessions before moving on to other parts of the body. Frequent areas of touch include the base of the head, neck, shoulders, joints and feet with the goal of these parts of the body reflecting increased nervous system regulation.