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What can I expect at my first appointment with Bruce?

The first appointment is up to 90 minutes long.  A complete medical history, postural assessment and assessment of the  chief major complaint, 50-60 minutes hands on treatment, and stretching will be included.  Please understand that you will still be booking a 60 min appointment on the schedule, even though it may take longer. 

You will be asked to undress to your under garments for postural assessment and treatment, so women should wear yoga/exercise type bra and full coverage underware (no thongs please).  Men please wear underwear or tight running shorts (no loose boxers or thongs please).

Bruce will be treating the issues in the order that brings about the best result for your problem. The 'unraveling process' may not make sense to you right at first, but he will explain as he goes along to help educate you about this process and how it works.

This work is NOT like a relaxation massage at all. The application of pressure is firm, and works along with you moving joints and muscles to stretch, open and untangle the muscles and fibers that are locked together. The pain level from the touch received should be  a "good hurt".  You, the patient, are in control of how much pressure is used. You are in control at all times of how much sensation you experience throughout the session.  With guidance from Bruce  for movements during his treatment, you will learn the different sensations on what is a "good hurt" and what is not.  Never are you to feel bruised, beaten up or injured in any way.

Bruce will also be teaching you how to maintain the work you accomplish with him between visits. He will give you "home work" of exercises to do to set the muscle and fascia memory into place, so that re-occurrence is minimal.  This requires some commitment on your part, and a willingness to participate in maintaining your own health.  It is a partnership, not a 'free ride'.

It is advised for you to set up two consecutive appointments, one week apart when you book your first appointment.  Too much time between first and second treatments is a waste of your money and time.  For the work to be successful, it needs to be reinforced. If, however, you wish to cancel the second appointment, there is no problem with doing that with a 24hr notice.


What if I want to see Ama for the first time?

Like Bruce, Ama will be taking a full medical history intake and assessment as well. She will go over with you your main concerns before treatment, and discuss with you a plan .  Ama teaches stretching and awareness techniques during her sessions, so that you can maintain the ease of pain,  range of motion and sense of well-being after you leave. 

During times when Deep Relaxation is requested, Hot Stones may be used to 'melt' away tension in the muscle tissues.  Smudging with Sage, guided meditation or healing sounds with Tibetan singing bowls may be used  to heighten all the senses and focus the brain into higher healing vibrations.  You will leave with your body feeling looser and moving more freely, your muscles feeling longer and less stiff, and your mind calmer and less anxious.