Headaches from Hell
I had a client who was told she had to visit me. She had been suffering from regular and debilitating headaches. She has had 6 sessions with a Chiropractor and 6 sessions with a physiotherapist, scans, x-rays, doctors visits and was currently on the waiting list for steroid injections to see if that would help. A friend mentioned our center and that she HAD to have a treatment.
After looking at her whilst she was talking I simply asked her “Has anyone ever worked your chest?” (People watching with a massage therapist is an entirely different sport).
From her chest I could see that her chest was tight, rolling her shoulders forward. As a result of this it would pull your head forward putting pressure on her shoulders, neck and head muscles. Our skull is designed to be stacked on top of our necks. This allows the spine to support the weight of our skull/brain.
After a hot stone massage and some stretching work she left feeling much better. She phoned 2 weeks later to rebook saying she hadn’t had a headache in a week and a half, and it was only slightly starting to come back in. Woohoo!
A chance conversation leading to an amazing result
Just before Christmas I was leaving when I noticed I forgot my laptop. Went back into Willow to grab it. As I did a gentleman popped in wondering about our treatments as he had a sore back.
After discussing with him some of the clinical work we do we started talking about his wife. She had suffered an aneurysm 8 years ago and was struggling to walk. He booked her in for a treatment and when I met her I could see the difficulty she was having. Rather than lifting her leg she was lifting her hip to drag her leg.
After a lengthy consultation about pain, movement ability etc we set up a treatment to best suit her.
One thing I noticed was she would refer to her leg as “it” rather than “my leg” so there was obvious deep set frustration with that part of the body.
So I opted to use a combination of hot stone massage, the Emmett technique, finishing off with a guided meditation. The guided meditation was used to help her reconnect with her foot and leg in a positive way. If you don’t think something will work, then it won’t.
After the treatment her husband helped her off the table and the results were incredible! She walked up and down the shop lifting her leg more effectively. She also said she felt a lot more sturdy than before.
Days like this are why I do this job.
Thankfully she has come back for several treatments over the years with more and more results.
Your friendly Aromatherapist and holistic therapy enthusiast