Heidi the Bodyworker
My journey in 2016 began when I attended a Thai Bodywork level one training in New Orleans. Also this was the year I got rid of my migraines with the help of Dr. Amy Yasko's theory & book on Nutrigenomics (DNA-gene mutations).
I took a leap of faith in 2017 and started a massage program at LA Institute of Massage Therapy in Lake Charles to become a LMT in Louisiana (LA8905). During the same time I also studied and continue to study at the Coaching the Body (CTB) Institute in Chicago, IL. My teacher, Chuck Duff developed his own technique that took everything I loved from all my beloved therapies and combined them together with protocols for each body area. The work blew my mind, it made so much sense, relieved my pain, and gave me purpose.
My 3rd class I had a CTB shoulder session with my teacher that took my pain away for three months that I’ve been having for 11 years. My 7th class was CTB Low Back. After spending all weekend barely being able to stand up and lay down, I was chosen to practice on by the students. This was my pain chart from this class and this is the last pain chart I did. After 3 hours of bodywork, I popped up and was able to move like that guy on the matrix; I felt such joy, and extreme freedom in my body that I only feel when I’m floating in water.
I was hooked on my 3rd class but on my 7th class is when I decided to dedicate my life to helping people get out of pain without the use of surgery and pharmaceutical drugs, in which I have always been against.”
The recipient wears loose, comfortable, stretchy clothing and lies on a floor mat. The receiver will be positioned in a variety of yoga-like positions during the course of the session, which is also combined with deep static and rhythmic pressures.
The massage generally follows designated lines (``sen``) in the body. The legs and feet of the giver can be used to position the body or limbs of the recipient. In other positions, hands fix the body, while the feet do the massaging. A full Thai massage session may last up to two hours and includes rhythmic pressing and stretching of the entire body. This may include pulling fingers, toes, ears, cracking knuckles, walking on the recipient's back, and moving the recipient's body into many different positions. There is a standard procedure and rhythm to the massage, which the giver will adjust to fit the receiver.
Coaching the Body
Trigger point therapy emerged from western medicine, and is documented in the 2-volume textbook, Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction: The Trigger Point Manual by Janet Travell, MD & David Simons, MD. Travell & Simons cite studies estimating that over 80% of pain presenting in clinics may be due to muscular causes. Thai Bodywork founder Chuck Duff originated the Coaching The Body approach, combining Thai massage and trigger point therapy. Chuck says that we have successfully addressed a huge array of complaints and diagnoses - a partial list includes frozen shoulder, carpal tunnel syndrome, migraines, back pain, knee pain, plantar fasciitis, thoracic outlet syndrome, rotator cuff issues, and many more. We take a conservative approach, and if we feel that a physician referral is warranted we will do so.
My goal is for us to work together so you can find personal freedom from pain. I am the only one practicing this “Coaching the Body” Technique in Louisiana at this present time!