Megan Crookshanks LMT
Recieved Training at
Professional Massage Training Center, Springfield MO 2006
My Practice Philosophy
The more you relax, the more your body allows for changes to occur. Many times this means bringing your attention to your breath and slowing the rhythm of your inhale and exhale. Gradually working towards slower and longer breathes.
As soon as you begin to slow your breath, I generally like to start rhythmic acupressure and swedish massage techniques at the feet. This helps to further relax you and puts in touch with your body.
Where the session focuses after that depends on your needs. Some may wish to concentrate on upper body issues like neck and shoulders. Others may find a full body experience with more of the session time used on their individual problem area more beneficial. I find adding stretches and movement along with swedish and myofascial release techniques effective for deep, long lasting relief.
Why I Do what I Do
In 2007 I was in a car wreck that left me with 2 spinal burst fractures in my L2, L3 and a carpal/radial fracture in my left arm/wrist. I required surgery, screws and pins to stabilize my spine and a cast with screws for my wrist.
After the surgery I began using massage and structural therapists to help me regain overall function of my body and to reduce the inescapable pain in my spine. Even though I was able to start working again two months later, I would say it took at least three years for me to feel "normal" again. Recovery is a funny thing. There are good days and bad. Days when you feel better than ever and days that seem to erase all your progress. I just had to keep working with myself and my body until I learned just the right combination of habits to keep me balanced and pain-free.
My first hand experience with chronic/traumatic pain and injury gave me a whole new perspective on recovery. Pain can limit the amount of energy we have to give to the people and things that are important to us. This is why I do what I do. To help my clients find a better quality of life by reducing pain and increasing function.