Supporting People in times of change and adversity
How are you feeling today?
What do you want... to feel?
When you are not feeling what you want to feel and have decided that you want to change that, than you are in the right place. During an osteopathic reaset consultations my aim is to help you feel the way you want to feel through enhancing your ability to adapt, self-manage (health) and futurize y'ourself to flourish and thrive in these fast-changing times (wellbeing).
We are living in fast-changing and challenging times. A time where we are under immense pressure due to the radical disruptive changes the world is going through at an accelerating speed. We are also living in a time where job skills and working conditions are changing and millions of jobs are at risk of being automated due to new emerging technologies that are affecting entire industries and making others obsolete. Furthermore, while all this is happening, let us not forget that climate change is affecting our natural environment, fuelling conflict and mass migration in many parts of the world, and also harming our health and wellbeing, global security and world peace.
In these unsettling times, with everything changing so rapidly and extensively, I see in my practice more and more people who feel disconnected, stressed, anxious, and tense and who find it difficult to unwind and motivate themselves. In other words, they are struggling to cope with the increased levels of uncertainty and change that they experience in their lives, affecting their health and wellbeing.
Health and wellbeing are our most valuable assets in these fast-changing times. Fostering health and wellbeing is vital to coping and being resilient for the challenges ahead and flourishing in the flow of evolution.
While most therapeutic methods look first - and sometimes only - at the symptom(s), and some newer, more holistic approaches look beyond and start with the biomechanical /structural or psychosomatic origin of a patient's problems, the osteopathic reaset healing approach takes it one step further. This step is what makes the approach, developed over 20 years, so unique.
As the challenges of life and living are rapidly changing, so are the threats to our health and wellbeing. With changing conditions come changes in the cause, onset and type of disease, but also the symptoms with which the patients present themselves. Symptoms that often seem unrelated and are treated separately without effect.
I see this all too often how patients come for physical ailments like neck, shoulder or back pain but also report a.o. disturbing sleep patterns, a feeling of unease, difficulties concentrating, mood swings and emotional instability, and so many other seemingly unrelated health problems. Problems for which they have sought the aid of many without success, costing them and society a lot of time and money. The result is waning hope of improvement and feeling let down by traditional medicine in which they have believed. Patients also complain more about how inhuman and degrading medical care has become. This is especially the experience of patients with multimodal and medically unexplained symptoms.
The osteopathic reaset approach is an integral treatment solution for changing times. It is foremost a human-centred hands-on treatment modality that, from the beginning to the end, addresses the evolutionary process of dis-ease and that has led to patients' multimodal and often unexplained pain, discomfort and/or illness. The physiological state of "Ease" must be promoted first for health and healing to have a chance to express itself.
Only in the treatment's second phase is attention given to the biomechanical/structural/psychosomatic dysfunction(s) and the biofield to clear what I call the overcompensations. Overcompensations are the adaptive shifts and changes in the body influenced by changes in posture, behaviour and mindset from the onset of the problem and/or the experience of pain/discomfort.
In the third phase, I pay attention to the actual symptom or symptoms the patients come with. It can be that these symptoms have already been resolved or have improved significantly. Lingering symptoms - now without interference of other structures as they have been cleared in phase two - are treated further with specific osteopathic techniques.
All this is done in one treatment session. However, healing is a process, an individual non-linear experience. Depending on the a.o. problem, inner resources and one's environment, a single or multiple sessions are needed.
Mind your body, before your body reminds you, always.
Tom Meyers Ostéo & Co Av. H. Pauwels 7 B-1200 Brussels (WSL)