John Clapham Counselling & Therapy

  • Pain in the neck?
  • Feeling ‘up-tight’?
  • Feeling bowed down?

  • our bodies hold our story

    Person Centred Bodywork #01

    Can Bodywork Help?

    Most of us have times in our lives when we need a little help.
    Sometimes something obvious has happened; at others it’s just a low level feeling that there should be more to life than ‘this’. Times when we feel ‘bent out of shape’, ‘weighed down’, ‘held back’.

    Why bodywork?

    People have always used touch to relieve stress, but what I am offering goes further. Body, mind, emotions and spirit are not unconnected. The body often takes the mind literally, for example, ankles can become painful to someone who had to learn to ’dig their heels in’.

    People come for Person Centred Bodywork who are:

  • Under stress
  • Have physical pain and discomfort
  • Receiving psychotherapy
  • Looking for physical, emotional and spiritual growth
  • Looking for more meaning in their life
  • Have muscle tension and postural problems
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Looking for more vitality and aliveness
  • Physical conditions including fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and M.E.

  • Does it hurt?

    No - this is the complete opposite of the ‘workout’. The touch is soft and gentle as we invite the body to let go of its holding.

    Person Centred Bodywork #02

    What is a session like?

    At first sight it can look like a massage in that the client usually lies on a massage table, while the therapist engages in a whole body treatment involving direct contact with the skin, but unlike massage we do not ‘work at’ muscles. Instead this way of working is distinguished by its gentle, direct touch. Using hands that listen rather than manipulate, I focus on chronic muscle tension. As relaxation occurs and the breath deepens, unconscious feelings, attitudes, and memories may emerge.

    I have learnt to notice subtle changes in muscle tension and shifts in the breath. These can be indications that the client is relaxing and becoming more aware of their body and internal experience. Responding with touch and words I help the client to recognise what has been held in by unconscious muscle tension.

    As this process unfolds, habitual tensions and old patterns may be released, freeing the client to experience more aliveness, new choices in life, and a greater sense of wellbeing.

    This is a subtle therapy where a change of a few millimetres can make a world of difference. I believe a tight muscle is much more likely to release with gentle engagement than by being forced into submission.

    Unlike some types of body work you are welcome to discuss anything that may surface for you during a session if you wish to. You do not however have to. Sometimes emotions will be released and you may want to say something or prefer to remain silent, it's up to you.

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