The Hidden Power In Your Hands That Gives You Career Control

How is the physical impact of treating clients making you feel?

Manual Therapists such as remedial massage, Bowen, or myotherapy have reported to us about their concerns surrounding the wear and tear on their bodies.

Therapists in the worst place report being physically, emotionally and mentally exhausted from the treatments they relying on to pay the bills.

This is not a happy place – next stop is it is “all too hard time to give it up” – often therapists just starting out in the industry can slip into the discomfort of being in this situation – It is a place familiar to many therapists and unfortunately therapists of many years of service under their belts can find themselves here due to injury and having no practice exit strategy for retirement or having someone to hand the reigns over to.

New Therapists and returning therapists are advised to build up their endurance to the physical outlay treatments can often inflict. “ You’ll be fine once you have built up your stamina”

Let’s imagine you are physically blessed with a strong, fit and healthy body only to find the worry of the financial responsibility is all too much –sleepless nights about paying rent, insurance, training costs, association fees – turns into stress.

You see stress all the time on your treatment tables and as you know stress when left unsupported and unaddressed has the opportunity to escalate into depression and anxiety.

What if there was a way to reduce the personal impact of treatments and running a business physically, emotionally and mentally? 

What if you knew a way – would you shout it from the roof tops so that you could help other therapists?

Of course, you would! I didn’t realize that I accidentally stumbled across a way to truly negate the physical, emotional, and mental impact of being a manual therapist until I moved to Australia and found out what I had been doing was really unusual.

I even began to feel like fraud like I wasn’t working hard enough  -my clients loved what I was doing so much they rebooked over and over – they couldn’t get enough, they told their friends and family and I was busier than ever.

Even when I put my prices up again and again until I was the most expensive therapist in my small rural town and still there was no shortage of demand –in fact, I was more popular than ever – my waitlist was huge and my staff mambers were also fully booked.

So what is this hidden power that gave such career control, saving my hands, body and mind from the impact of manual therapy.

Remedial Hot Stones.

Not just Hot Stones but Remedial Hot Stones.

This is no spa treatment. Using the stones as an extension of you has so many benefits. For those like me, who are sensitive to the energies of others it created a physical barrier between the client and myself which really helped to stop me from absorbing unwelcome energy.

The heat of the stones warming up my hands not only felt lovely but then being able to achieve a beautiful depth within the tissue with no effort and using the stones to work with the fascia and trigger points was hugely beneficial.

The approach that is used when applying remedial hot Stones permeates the whole structure of my practise.

It gives therapists mindfulness and sophisticated techniques which are delivered to give a uniquely connected experience that clients love which positions you as the only therapist to go to.

It is so important to have a sustainable practise and by sustainable I mean physcially, emoitionally, mentally and financially.

But it is not just about that, is it?

I believe it is truly about giving dedicated therapists what we believe they truly deserve; the ability to Give with Ease.

Which is why I have developed courses to help therapists be able to give with ease to themselves, their clients, the wider community and beyond.

Discover The Give With Ease approach.

The approach is applied to pioneering modalities like Remedial Hot Stones through a specific framework to deliver a sustainable practice, a connected client experience and ultimately your personal fulfilment.

Want to find out more about how the Give with Ease approach to Remedial Hot Stones can help you to personal fulfillment then download the course information here.

C- Section Scar Therapy

C-Section Scar Tissue Therapy

Having a baby is a BIG deal. 

Whether you are a first time mum or experienced it all before. All mums have countless concerns about having a baby. If you’re having a planned caesarean section, also known as a C-section, the prospect of having a surgery AND a baby at the same time can be overwhelming. 
Don’t Panic! 
You are in good company 1 in 3 women in Australia have C-sections and welcome healthy babies every day. 

A Guarantee of a C-Section is a scar
Medical science has improved and along with it better methods are now used to reduce internal scar tissue adhesions. Modern C-Sections nearly all use the Pfannenstiehl incision (horizontal just above the pubic bone). Generally, no abdominal muscle tissue is actually cut instead the surrounding fascia is and a method termed blunt entry is used. (The fascia gives the muscle it’s shape.) The incisions made are to the fascial walls of the abdominal cavity and finally to the Uterus in order to bring your baby into the world! 

Think of your scar like an iceberg – what you see on the surface is not the whole story. 

There is much that can be done to improve the health of the tissue surrounding the scar and the scar itself with massage.

In order to understand why you should massage your scar it is important to understand a little bit more about scar tissue itself. 

Scar tissue is a fiborous tissue mostly made of collegen which means it is really strong and inelastic, it is sticky stuff and ‘sticks’ the incision back together the trouble is it is indiscriminate about what it adheres to. Scar tissue adheres to skin, muscle and connective tissue also known as fascia. 

So what does that mean for you? 

It means that scar tissue has the ability to pull on all the surrounding soft tissues three dimensionally making these areas taut and tight. Thereby reducing the healthy blood flow, lymphatic flow to the scarred area.  Which really means that the tissue in that area does not receive as much oxygen, nutrients and has a reduced ability to deal with metabolic waste these reduction can effect the nerves and fascia which then can become irritated, altering their function and giving sensations pain or numbness.

Scar tissue can also be the cause of referred pain this can be experienced quite far from the sight of the incision and often the scars evolvement is overlooked.
The referred pain can be caused by myofascial trigger points, nerves and/or functional compensations in movement resulting in a myriad of problems like chronic pain, loss of sensation, increase in sensitivity, numbness and/or itchiness and disruption to organ function. 
Of particular interest to me is the commonly ignored or minimised global effects to the scar owner, the wider effects to their live and those they love. 
Scars really are like icebergs!

In order to help your recovery and reduce complications with scar tissue adhesions it is recommended that scar tissue Therapy is performed once the visible scar has healed.
You will know it has healed once it no longer has a scab.

There should be no heat, swelling, bleeding or other fluids coming from the scar if there is go back to your doctor.

All the scar therapy is done with a light touch and no ointments. 
If there is any pain stop what you are doing. 
It can be helpful to do the massage whilst looking in a mirror. 

Get to know your scar with some massage!

  • Look at your scar  – what do you think?
  • Gently touch your scar. 
  • use the same pressure as you would use when touching your eyelid.
  • Are there any areas that feel more or less sensitive than others? 
  • Are there any areas that feel hard or soft?

Scar Therapy 
How well does your scar move?

It is good to test how flexible the scar is and get to know how it moves. 

  • Place one finger at each end of your scar. Keep one hand still and let the other hand gently explore how it feels to move your scar in the directions of a compass. North, South, East and West. 
  • Are any of the directions easier than others? 
  • Revisit the directions that do not move as easily and hold then wait for a minute or two they may give a little and you might feel a subtle movement. 
  • Repeat this holding the other end of the scar still.

Help your scar

  • Using your fingertips with the eyelid level of pressure gentle stroke in towards the incision from above and blow the scar itself.
  • Notice the texture of the surface skin. Is t smooth or bumpy.
  • Then place fingers pads on the scar and gentle bright your awareness to underneath the scar your finger pads will very gently and slowly begin to sink in a little until to feel a hard ropey area. be patient
  • I invite you to explore the ‘landscape’ of the underneath ‘hardened’ area and keep fingers soft think about holding a baby bird.
  • you can choose an are to stay and be still letting the finger pads connect deeply.
  • wait and you might notice a softening happen.

DO NOT – EVEN if YOU HAVE OLD SCAR

  • Do not rub your scar vigorously – this will cause more ropey scar tissue to form.
  • Do not use circular motions all around your scar that information is out of date 
  • Do not try to break up scar tissue – it is not possible – it is a bodywork myth

Scar Tissue Therapy is a safe way to improve the appearance of your scar and the surrounding tissue – a common issue is the appearance of a ‘shelf’ below the scar. Fascial work greatly improves this and it is something you can learn to do for yourself. 
Specific work for this area is done after the the 6-8 week check up as this is when the internal uterine scar has healed.

I have experienced working with many types of Abdominal Scars. Some are 30years on from the time of incision and some are new scars of 8weeks old. In all cases there has been visual improvement and emotional and physical change for the better after the massage. 
Results are surprisingly quick. 

I like to involve clients in their Scar tissue therapy. 
By teaching them how they can reconnect with their bodies and be in control of their own treatment.

Scar tissue massage should NEVER be painful and the results are quick. Scar tissue massage can be used anywhere on the body and can give far reaching benefits.
So if you are having trouble with backache, period pain, Urinary tract infections, incontinence, bowel issues or experience pain during sex and you have an abdominal scar or pelvic scar of any age. It might be worth exploring what Scar therapy or a trained Scar Therapist can do for you. 

If you are looking for a Scar Therapist to help

CKMassage Training runs runs the longest and most comprehensive scar course available in Australia so if you look at our therapists directory you will find the top percent of Scar Therapists listed there.

If you are a therapist and you want to know more about the Scar Mastery Course

Every Scar has a Tale to Tell

Some scars like the story behind them fade within a few months and are long forgotten however it is becoming more widely known that scars have the potential to cause long term and far reaching effects for both our bodies and minds.

Body Image Risk and Reward in Massage

Body image. Almost everybody has something about their body that they don’t like.

For many people it’s a minor issue, no big deal. For some people it is a major issue which can have a wide reaching affects on every sphere of their lives in a negative way.

Most people react very positively when they find out what I do for a living – compared to other professions massage therapists have a great reputation!

However knowledge of my vocation can also illicit a less than favourable reaction.

My Sobering Experience at Rehab with Massage Therapy

Hot Stones and Remedial Massage Therapists? – Get Serious!

Giving Mixed Marketing Messages for Your Remedial Hot Stone Massages