Treating David - Session two (by Amber)
David came for his second session having had a chest infection. He had been to visit Somerset which he believes is a very special place for him describing it as his ‘spiritual home’ and it was obvious he had been feeling a lot of emotion in the previous few weeks since we last met. I asked him how the return of sensation in his face had been since the first treatment and he informed me that he was still able to feel more in that area and was pleased the positive effects from the last treatment had remained, although he said his eye still felt numb/warm.
I asked him what he would like for the session we were about to undertake and he said he would like to focus on an area between his shoulder blades which felt as if someone was poking a finger in it. He said it had been there for some time and felt intense at times. It was difficult for him to pin point the area exactly.
Tuning into David’s body I could still feel tension in his system as if it was still carrying a lot of shock energy. I feel this as a vibration and David’s vibration was powerful/energetic but as I started to work he immediately started to release from his occiput (base of skull). I also focused on his left shoulder which really drew me in. Using an unwinding technique I worked to release the fascia in his left shoulder. As this happened there was a strong intensity of emotion which felt like a lot of grief and sadness being released from David’s heart (the heart sits to the left of the mid-line of the body) and the left shoulder unwinding seemed to facilitate an emotional release around the heart. It was very powerful and David’s emotion came through in me as a strong desire to cry, which I did (these were David’s tears, not mine).
At the end of the session I could see that David felt very emotional and although silent in the treatment, it had obviously been a very powerful release. He was able to say to me that he felt the change in his body throughout the treatment and he felt much more peaceful but also surprised at the intensity of the emotion that had come up.
David had been reading ‘Waking the Tiger’ by Peter Levine since the first session and I had encouraged him to try the exercises in the book at his own pace. I felt this could support his recovery especially between sessions. I guess some might call it ‘homework’ but I was pleased that David was working hard to embrace this new more embodied way of releasing residual stress still held in his body through his own efforts.
I ensured David was fully grounded and settled before he left to travel home.