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  1. I just completed the intro to Stretch Therapy material a week ago and as a practicing massage therapist in Texas I have the opportunity daily in our clinic to immediately start introducing the idea of stretching to clients at intake. I've had access to Kit's books and video for over a year however sharing time in class was vital for me to have support for my own experience in stretching. Here's some of the excitement we were having this week... A client working as a janitor complaining of persistent headache running up the neck and behind his ear and neck tightness on his LS who is spending a lot of time working overhead. His Scalene and levator sensitive both sides to palpation. Not 5 minutes into his intake we went through a chair version of #17 neck side bend (lateral only) and headache absolutely resolved on the spot!!! I felt confident and moved on to #18 "neck forward abs side bend" (numbering from Overcoming Neck & Back Pain). He got through the exercise on the left side and instantly became very nauseous and had to stop. Aside: The way I introduce the material to clients is to talk about their Relaxation response as a way to counter not only the physical discomfort but any root of fear that may underlie the discomfort they're experiencing as stress. In each case where I've framed the stretch therapy offer in this way clients have come forward with important information that they on reflection they are in fear - in this young man's case fear of losing his job because of a new manager. When I invite him to consider Relaxation as a priority at least as important as good nourishment he disclosed that he used to play guitar weekly and had stopped doing so as he clamped down at work. I suggested he return to guitar. I gave him water and got him to the table and found everything suboccipital and off atlas working double-time with mastoid and pterygoids muscles bound up and sensitive. The jaw clenching continuing at night such that he wears a night guard. So nausea settled after about 5 minutes and he was able to settle. I was able to continue with the treatment and earned his trust enough that he made a follow up appointment. However as a practitioner I feel doubly responsible for clients experience and wanted to put the nausea in context and would like to invite input here from this forum. Of course nothing is going to replace being a compassionate human being in an instance like this however I'm curious if any other practitioners have a comment on this point. I also repeated this exercise myself and found I would get dizziness creeping in on one side but not the other and had back off. Since this happened I've elected to have the client start with the simplest rotation Left and Right prior to any other neck stretch. Thanks, Michael Parrish
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