Well done on booking a session with Dr Nell. Below are some suggestions and questions that will allow us to maximise this process:
- Be intentional – it’s important to be clear on what you are looking for.
- Ask questions – useful questions to ask are:
- What have people said about the pain you are in and what it means – whose opinion do you value highly?
- What generates fear when it comes to your pain/problem?
- Try spend some time remembering the context and situation that the pain arose – what was happening?
- Not just in your body/mechanics, but in your thoughts, mental states, work and relationships?
- Realise that we are embodied, complex beings living in a specific culture at a specific time. Our access to information, our previous experiences, dealings with family, friends and previous interactions with practitioners influence our minds and bodies.
- Please draw on the provided body map the history of your body. Be as creative as you wish.
- Please provide a list of things that are important to you. What makes you feel well, connected, engaged. What is significant in your sense of overall wellbeing?
- What movements are important in your life? Sport/recreation
- Where in your body do you carry tension? What are the typical triggers for that tension?
- How much time are you willing to give this process of healing/completing/resolving?
- Describe your work, home environment?
Post treatment resources:
Embed yourself in nature as frequently as possible – come and walk around the forest surrounding the new clinic. Allow the curves and folds, the waterways and the verdancy to begin to sculpt some healing space in your pain experience. Feel the compression of life disengage. Allow yourself to shift gear and reset!
Drink water – lemon squeezed in water. Try to refrain from caffeine and alcohol.
Allow for significantly more rest and sleep after your sessions. Keep moving (slowly, gently, loosely, easily). If there is pain with movement, experiment with strategies to alleviate or alter the pain.
Use thermal modalities (hot/cold) freely and frequently.
Realise that “pain journeys” are seldom straight forward and very often involve lifestyle changes.
Listen to your body.