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We Asked: What is your best client success story?
Here is what you told us…
Mighty Joe Polk, as we call him, was born with arthrogryposis, an extreme case of congenital joint contractures. His legs, arms and fingers were so twisted and hardened that he looked like a pretzel. Doctors advised surgery, saying his arms would still be paralyzed. Fortunately, his parents sought out craniosacral therapy, and I was blessed to work with Joe at the Upledger Institute with other talented therapists. The softening in his tissues and limbs was amazing to witness. Joe is now nearly 3 years old. He can feed himself, climb a ladder and cut with scissors, and his doctors no longer advise surgery.
An elderly man came into my massage establishment, hunched over and barely able to walk. He told me, "No, I don’t have osteoporosis. I am just in so much pain." I worked on him for almost an hour and he got off my table and said, "Wow, it is a miracle. I can walk again and I have no pain! You certainly are the miracle-cure woman." It was a very enlightening day.
I perform hot-stone massage on fibromyalgia clients, which has proven to be amazing. A daughter made her mother an appointment because her mother was in constant pain and hadn’t slept for more than an hour at a time in the past five years. She had withdrawn from her daughter and her grandchildren due to the pain. The day following her mother’s session, the daughter called me, crying, and said, "You have no idea what you have done for my mother and for our family. My mother slept eight hours straight when she got home. She also ate dinner with us that evening and took her granddaughter home to spend the night. I felt I got my mom back." She thanked me over and over. But it was I who was thankful to have helped and been part of this wonderful experience.
One day I got a call from a lady who had fallen while letting her dog out for a walk. She complained of pain between her shoulder blades and in her upper arms. I gave her a tui-na massage session. Two days later she called to let me know that the pain had disappeared the next day.
I had just completed my craniosacral I class when I had a client come in with vertigo so bad that she couldn’t live alone or work. I saw her twice a week for an hour and a half each time. After a month and a half, she had improved dramatically. Her episodes were few and far between, and the intensity went from full-on spinning vision to slight ‘shifting’ that would stop almost as soon as it started. I felt incredibly blessed to have had that client at that exact time, to learn the benefits of the technique I had just learned.
One day each week I visit our local extended-care facility and have a massage session with a young man who is in an extreme stage of multiple sclerosis. These sessions usually last for about one and a half hours with me doing all the rolling, moving and positioning of the patient. My experience is that there are two successes that take place: 1) He tells me he looks forward each week to the one time where positive touch is applied, the relaxation he accomplishes, and feeling his body again; and 2) I experience personal growth and a feeling of gratitude from the sessions.
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