A happy body is a healthy body!
I am fascinated with patterns! Movements, thoughts, and habits all play a very important part of how we feel. I believe that how we move, how we hold our posture, and how we think about our movement needs to be gently brought to the surface. Most of these are unconscious and we don't even know about them. The more we learn about our patterns, the better equipped we are to navigate past pain and dysfunction to live a happier and healthier life. We will work as a team to assess the depth of your awareness. My skills and training in massage and the Trager approach to movement re-education will help your nervous system adapt to change and feel at ease again.
Sidelying Somatics and Decompression Somatics.
I found Trager during my search for massage methods that were kind to the therapist's body.
I had been suffering with arm pain for years. My pain developed from massaging, but it was later that I recognized it was also from working as a waitress years earlier. This ended up being a key factor. The patterns I had developed from holding a tray with my left hand, surfaced very clearly once I began to use my hands a lot more when massaging.
I attended my first Trager Intro Workshop not really knowing what it was but when I left, I felt hopeful again! I was given permission to focus on myself that day. I had spent years focused on the person on the table only, developing more and more pain for myself. I pushed through the pain because that's what I thought my clients needed me to do in order for them to feel better! I was depleted, and I had nothing more to give. I didn't last very long doing things this way. I began looking for another career within 5 years of graduating massage school.
I did eventually find my way back to a healthy body and I thank God for finding Trager everyday. It helped me to notice many holding patterns that were creating the pain that I was experiencing. I may still have a sore muscle, an ache or a spasm, but it doesn't take over my life anymore. Through my awareness and gentle movement, I have the tools to move beyond it. I feel the best benefit is that when I focus on feeling good and leveraging my body properly, it feels so much better and much more effective for my clients. Its a win-win!
You can only pass on what you have developed in yourself.
"Thank you for the great work you did on my body this past year including today. I have no pains or stiffness.
The rocking of the torso, shaking and elongating of the limbs, and the turning and pulling (lengthening) of the neck and head brought integration into my spine. The same rocking, shaking, and pulling of my legs and feet decompressed my ankles, knees, and hips. I had no pains getting out of my car after the 40 min drive home. I am in more touch with my right shoulder as to how repetitive action has been affecting the function of its motion.
Always checking to keep it back and down for everything." JH
"I HIGHLY recommend EVERYONE experience a Trager session with Linda! She is an experienced, thoughtful practitioner with deep listening skills. She is very skilled as a practitioner and a teacher. In the 12 years I have been her Trager client, I have experienced relief from chronic pain from repetitive over use injuries. After every appointment I leave feeling fully relaxed, connected to my body and with a deeper level of understanding of mindfulness in my movements. If it was practical for me to have a standing weekly appointment, I would! Do yourself a favor, and book a session, thank me later! CC
"Receiving a Trager session from Linda MacConnell is one treat that I hope does not become a “rare treat”. Linda’s positive manner throughout the session is contagious. As I relaxed into her confident hands, I could feel my muscles becoming freer and my mood brightening as I relaxed and became totally present. Linda had just enough communication to make sure she was giving me the session that I needed at that time.
I felt great for several days after the session and with that great feeling, I felt the gentle reminder to relax myself throughout the day. I am looking forward to my next Trager session with Linda.
Thank you, Linda." GH