How I work osteopathically
I aim to support your health by focussing on those areas of your body that need attention, as well as helping you identify the areas of your life that may be out of balance and contributing to your symptoms, eg lifestyle, outlook, actvities. I use a blend of many different approaches, depending on what you need at that time. Examination is often carried out simultaneously to treatment, both at the first and at any future sessions. As well as examining painful areas, often this will involve examining and moving other parts of your body. A session can typically include gentle rocking movements of your neck, spine, arms and legs, and gentle holding approaches, to help your body relax and to release restricted joints and tight muscles.
Session length - time to relax
*Initial treatment: up to 60 - 75 minutes
*Follow up treatments: up to 60 minutes
In my experience, to get the most out of a treatment, it is important to allow enough time to both get a real sense of what is affecting your health, and to allow your body to deeply relax and feel comfortable. These factors are reflected in the one hour long session.
Ways of working and how they may help:
soft tissue work - similar to massage. Improves lymphatic drainage, circulation, and also enhances relaxation
deep tissue work - as the name suggests, deeper work on the muscles and connective tissues
rhythmical movement and rocking techniques, - improving mobility and drainage from injured and congested areas, helping stiff joints unwind, reducing congestion and pain. People often experience this as deeply relaxing.
cranial work and gentle holding , focussing on different areas of the body (not just the head), tuning into the subtle movements in the body and energy, letting your body tissues unwind at their own pace
I became involved meditation, bodywork, and chinese exercise many years ago, wanting to deepen my understanding and experience of health and well-being in the body. As part of this movement, I went on to train as a soft tissue therapist and then as an osteopath, qualifying at The College of Osteopaths in 1998.
I worked for many years, both individually and in group, with Hillmar Schonauer, who shared the meditative and focussing approaches of Bob Moore. I aim to bring this 'mindful' approach to the osteopathic sessions. I continue to explore Buddhist and Taoist approaches and in recent years I have returned to the Tai Chi and Chi K'un practices which I first began over 30 years ago. These are some of the influences that inform my osteopathic practice.
The body and mind are deeply interwoven. Osteopathy is one way of working with this connection and the act of being present with and ‘witnessing’ another can in itself support our innate capacity to rebalance.
I take part in ongoing reflective practice, study and exploration with other osteopaths. This has included study with Professor Eyal Lederman, and participation the 'Osteomap' programme - (osteopathy, mindfulness and acceptance programme for persistent pain) - which involves exploring ways of integrating meditative and mindfulness based approaches into osteopathic practice. Osteomap and mindfulness principles are very helpful for those experiencing acute pain as well as those with more persistent pain.
Call 07941 531 737
Bodymind, 72 Holloway Rd, N7 8JG
West Hill House, 6 Swains Lane, N6 6QS
You are welcome to call me with any questions you have.
Email is for non urgent enquiries only please. It is always better to call rather than email.
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Sue Step Registered Osteopath
Registered with The General Osteopathic Council,
Member of the Institute of Osteopathy.
Cranial and Structural, Mindfulness based approach, North London Islington & Camden areas