I will be describing techniques to the best of my ability. I hope to have videos of many of the techniques I will be describing.
It is important for me when I am working with (not on) someone to be in a proper state of mind. I must chose to leave whatever is going on in my life that is less than positive outside of my work area. to cleanse my aura as it were. This is not an airy-fairy situation, It is important to be fully present with my person if I am to help them with their problems. Thoughts are not just wispy entities that flitter about your mind. Thoughts are things. Thoughts are measurable. Masuro Emoto, a Japanese scientist believes thoughts affect our environment by changing the molecular structure of the water in your body. His photographs, documented in his book Hidden Messages in Water, imply that when your thoughts deliberately turn to positive emotions your body responds. We know that radio waves and sound waves travel through space and and materials. If people can be treated with sound waves, (eg. ultrasound) why do people balk at the concept of healing thoughts and loving thoughts having the ability to heal.
I recommend healers with personal problems learn how to be very present in the work they are doing, develop an interest in the person practice meditation so they can keep their thoughts focused. I find having positive songs, anatomical charts, words of encouragement or even ‘love’ as a mantra makes me a more effective agent of helpful change in the bodies of others. I am a Christian and pray for my clients during and between sessions, Although others claim I have magic hands, I credit having the God that created the universe as constant companion and adviser as a significant part of of my high success rate in helping people get out of chronic pain.
I believe the top is connected to the bottom, the front is connected to the back, the right side is connected to the left and that diagonals are intrinsically important. Ironing is a technique that has been in my ‘toolbox’ since I was about ten years old. My first ‘client’ was my gramma. She was wrinkly. She had a ‘bad neck’ my grandpa would rub her neck and shoulders and she would thank him and offer him milk and cookies. I like milk and cookies, I tried to copy grandpa, but when she thanked me and offered me cookies, I got 2, Grandpa got a plateful. In my child-mind I knew he was way better than me, so I started listening with my hands, asking Gramma what felt better this or that.It is my understanding after we moved out, it was over a decade before she had neck problems again. I was able to feel the wrinkles on the skin, in the skin, and under the skin. My grandmother was big on crisply ironed clothes. I would watch her pre-heat the iron, mist the clothes, and carefully press the wrinkles out. I had discovered how to heat my hands at an early age, Gramma had lotion for ‘skin misting’ and from playing with my food I understood the contours of the body were shaped by the muscles under the skin, bones, tendons cartilage etc knit together stored in this sack of skin.Irregularities like wrinkles. Because my gramma was a seamstress, I understood how a well pressed,trimmed seam affects the lay of fabric.
Direction, timing, position and pressure change the effectiveness of ironing. Some fabrics have grain and can be misshapen, too quickly and ironing is ineffective, too slow and the fabric can be burned. Kinks, folds in the fabric can be ‘ironed in’ or smoothed out. Seeing how hard it was to unwrinkle a crease that had been ironed in, gave me my earliest understanding of scar tissue. Sometimes creases were desirable and needed to be restored or the pleated skirt looked tired and Grandpa’s pants just weren’t right. Every now and then string or a crayon would be under the fabric and it’s discovery by how the fabric responded was accompanied by the closest thing to swearing my gramma ever did. Ironing was never accomplished by pushing down, pressing really was different, and my gramma showed me how. She never knew I used principles she taught me with clean laundry to help make her better and become the base for my personal therapy keystone .
When I begin an ironing session with a stranger, and they are face down supported at the ankles, pelvis, chest and forehead, Before they have ‘assumed the position’ we will have discussed their history including old injuries, medications, possible contraindications. We discuss their desired goals for that specific session, general relaxation, general pain relief, specific healing from a specific injury, increased flexibility etc
I look at the lay of their skin, notice bony landmarks, I notice relative position of the hips, spine,shoulder blades, the tip of the head when the person believes they are straight. I look for color difference, mole positions, scars. I use a massage medium to make it so that my hands nearly glide on the skin’s surface, (Alboline and coconut oil are my two favorite mediums) As I smooth on the moisturizer, I pay close attention to relative temperature in the skin. Some bodies have wild temperature differences indicating underlying lack of circulation or active inflammation. I feel for consistency of the tissue some people feel like water balloons, others like knotted messes. Ironing has adaptations for the differences in the body’s fabric. Fortunately my hands are more responsive and have many more ‘settings’ than a flat iron. This initial skin contact is made with relaxed hands that rest into the contours and helps determine the pressure of the first ironing pass.
Ironing itself is relatively simple, designed by a child trying to make sense of the body, and each body, although uniform in general form is uniquely different. Now my hands are feeling for symmetry or lack there of from side to side. Maintaining my hands at the same body landmarks on each side throughout and where irregularities exist adapt the speed of my hands to reach different landmarks on the way at the same time I position my hands at the outsides of the upper arm draw them in so I can see how the shoulder blades move, when I reach the base of the neck I move towards the base of the skull with the slightest amount of traction seeing what movement there is at the base of the neck and checking for segmental movement from the cervical vertebrae. I switch to thumb exploration at the base of the skull and move downward, flat palmed with thumbs checking the hollow that should be next to the center spiny process of the back. I monitor my pressure so that no matter how tight the muscles are I can maintain a constant rate of motion. Frequently the lower rib cage area is thicker with waste products and depth needs be adjusted to make this feel like a smooth motion to the body beneath my hands, this thickness will be addressed either through later different work such as manual lymphatic drainage ) or successive repetitions at progressive depths.
When the top of the pelvis is reached, the thumbs follow the line of the iliac crest (large pelvic bone) out to the end paying attention to flexibility, rotation, elevation murmurs of pain or appreciation and sometimes I will gently rock the pelvis at this time to see if one side has more restriction than the other . I twist my hands to change positions so I can bull lax tissues up towards the rib cage checking for relative distance of the lower ribs from the pelvis, and their general mobility as I come up over each rib. This motion continues through the armpit where I briefly visit the upper arm coming back across the top of the triceps and into the shoulder blade below the spinous process…………….
- smooth medium check temperature and consistency
- begin outsides of arm draw upwards and in compressing scapulae
- upwards at side of the neck
- inwards crease at base of skull
- downwards at para-spinal hollows
- outward trace of upper pelvis
- palms rotate at outer edge of pelvis
- hands pull upwards from outer hip
- check outer rib mobility on the way up
- hands follow under curve of arm
- palms come in across shoulder blades
- downward motion ‘catching’ medial scapular border and inner rib flow
- palms coming to rest on pelvic bone resting and creating slight downward traction and pause
- release traction, trace sacrum with palms
- pull upwards with palms noticing ‘attitude’ of muscles in buttocks
- continue upward motions allowing fingers to become aware of irregularities
- slight traction at base of skull
- slide hands down pausing with distraction
- with heels of hands move outward and return to the starting point
- repeat as necessary
We are electro-magnetic beings…Medical professionals define a person as dead when their brain no longer produces energy…electricity. We run on the stuff. Hearts function is monitored electrically in every hospital I’ve ever worked. Nerve conduction tests measure how electricity passes through designated tissue. Cellular nutrition occurs though osmosis (pressure) and ionic transfer positive and negatively electrically charged particles attracting or repelling each other through space or membranes.