Why Network Chiropractic and not having my spine “cracked” like most Chiropractors do?
Traditional Chiropractic methods are wonderful. Michelle worked with them for years with great results. Over time, however, she found that the physical nature of that way of working, was more frequently making people sore after treatment and with clients that were seeing her for a long time, it seemed as if their primary complaints weren’t changing in nature or resolving long term.
Network Chiropractic is safe and gentle for all ages. The body has a chance to be given space and time to process any gentle changes we are asking it to make and alongside the physical symptoms, our emotional difficulties can also start to lighten and change. This is because Network reaches the deeper structures within the nervous system, so that rather than simply working on the external tension we can easily see and feel, Network Care begins to stimulate the structures that support and anchor these elements together, for example the fascia and membranes. As these deeper internal structures have a chance to unwind and let go of what they have been holding onto, so the external elements can then naturally begin to unwind.
Network is great if you’re looking for something deeper. If you’re feeling called to more gentle body work. If you have symptoms that seem to be “stubborn” and not responding to other modalities. And for those that are interested in finding more clarity, peace and purpose in their lives.
What To Expect
Initial consultation– how long does it last?
The initial consultation lasts for about an hour. This time enables Michelle to gather as much information as possible, from your current and past history, to enable her to focus the examination and create a treatment plan designed for you. It takes into account lifestyle, dietary and physical factors, as well as any emotional situations/ stressors that may be bothering you. Its is all held in a safe, confidential space, one to one with Michelle.
The initial consultation is a chance for us to really begin to understand what your body needs.
What does it include?
You’ll fill out a detailed form on arrival, with a cup of tea if you wish 🙂 Michelle will then run through this form, asking you any pertinent questions that allow her to build a picture of what your body is calling for. She’ll then examine you- by assessing movement in your spine, using some orthopaedic tests to assess motion and tension, checking your reflexes and other neurological signals and by feeling along the spine and muscles to see precisely where the issues are being held.
What should I wear?
You will be fully clothed throughout the examination and treatment. Its helpful to come comfy and not wearing anything with a collar or roll neck. You can always bring something with you to change into.
Will I have a shared session straight away after the initial consultation?
Yes. It’s important that we start the body in that powerful space, so you get as much benefit as possible, from day one.
Why are Network treatments done with more that one person in the room ?
Benefits of the Group Entrainment Environment
Research shows that people who have Network Care in a shared session progress further and faster through the levels of care. It helps to have the energy of other people’s healing process in the same room and it is good to be in communal environment to realize that you are not alone with your problems.
During a session, people often stretch, move and express emotions. For example, if an individual experiences an emotional breakthrough and weeps during a session, it is possible that others (who would normally find it hard to express their emotions) may suddenly find the freedom to let go. If being in a room where genuine emotion is being expressed is off-putting to you, it’s ok. Our culture/society discourages public displays of uncomfortable emotions, but doing just that is crucial to your health! Network Care, over time, really helps us to be more at peace with your own and others’ emotions.
Our bodies seek the most amount of stability and function with the least amount of effort, so your body isn’t interested in picking up other peoples “stuff,”regardless of what they may be going through. Instead, when someone around you makes a shift in the right direction, you also get some of that change. When you’re around anyone in their time of change, your own change becomes irresistible. That’s an example of entrainment (network treatment- we are literally re-training your nervous system).
The vitalistic quality innate in living things ensures that your system moves more towards organization, especially when you’re in a healing environment like our healing space.
Regarding noises and distractions during your entrainment: We live in a crazy world…. not a quiet, peaceful treatment room. Optimizing your nervous system while there are noises and distractions around will help you deal with general day to day stressors more efficiently.
The focus Michelle puts on you and your care will be enhanced by the shared session element.
What happens in a shared session?
You will be shown to a bench and can lie down and start switching off straight away. There will be a maximum of three treatment benches set up, so each session will include 2 or three people. Everyone typically arrives at a slightly different times, so the other members of the group may already be in the room and enjoying the blissful feelings that come with a Network session, when you get there.
There is no sharing of your story. No hand holding. No introduction to the other members, unless you choose to introduce yourself in passing. It is very much about YOU’RE individual process. The extra bodies simply allow each of you to have increased energy in the room, so that your healing can be more efficient and more powerful. The shared sessions also give us a reminder that we are not alone in our pain. It brings us together. To heal together. To gently hold each other, energetically. To drop out of the story and to simply allow the body to guide us in what is needed to begin to create change for you.
If you’re feeling the need to share something with Michelle and don’t want to do so with others in the room, you can let Michelle know at the beginning of the session and she can create some space for you at the end to discuss this. You are also always welcome to email her beforehand, so she can then give you a call.
During your treatment plan, Michelle schedules in 1-2-1 check in sessions, about every 4-6 sessions to discuss anything that has arisen and to keep the treatment plan focused on where you are and what you need.
During the session, in which you will lie face down on the treatment bench, Michelle will use your feet as a way of checking where the tension is releasing in your body (the feet are hugely connected to the spine and internal membranes). She will ask you to turn your head left, to the centre and then to the right, tapping your feet to show you the way. When she has found where the adjustment needs to be made, she will use a very light thumb contact in a very specific point on the tail bone or neck, to cue the brain as to what needs to be released and unwound. She will then give your body space, to integrate this change- to allow your brain to recognise what’s needed. While this is happening, she will move on to the next person in the shared session, coming back to you when your body is ready for the next adjustment to be made.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does a session last?
Around 30-45 minutes depending on how long your body needs to process the adjustments. The session end time will often be staggered so each person will finish up and leave separately.
Can I pay by card?
Yes. We accept cards, cash or BACS payments.
What should I wear?
You will stay fully clothed throughout the session. Just come comfy and preferably in nothing with a collar or roll neck.
How many other people are there in a shared session?
A maximum of 3 people.
Do I have to speak to the other people in the group?
Not unless you choose to. It is very much about your individual process. The session naturally see, to fall into silence, and often people arrive and leave at separate times.
Can I have a 1:1 treatment instead?
Network Spinal is designed to be done in a shared session environment and it is done this way as an enhancement of the work, so this is how Michelle chooses to practice solely as she wants the maximum effect for her clients. If you experience a few shared sessions and are struggling with certain elements, Michelle is always happy to discuss with you and and the best way to help you.
What does it feel like? Does it hurt?
NSA is extremely gentle You won’t feel any pain. You sometimes feel your body wanting move, wriggle or stretch as tension releases. People often feel light and floaty and tingly in their body. As you go deeper into care, sometimes emotions can release. This wil only happen if your body feels safe to do so and is a wonderful way of allowing the deeper elements of your pain to shift.
Can Network care help with things like low back pain and neck pain?
Absolutely. Network works well for physical pain, by allowing the body to drop tension, find a new way to hold itself and to allow your body to heal.
I'm feeling really stressed and overwhelmed, can Network care help me?
This technique is renowned to helping people feel an increased ability to cope with day to day stress and emotion. We are working with your nervous system, which means that fight or flight response that we often get stuck in, can be suspended, so the body can drop out of that stressed place. The more we ask your body to do that, the more your nervous system will learn how to do that on it’s own- so with time, your system will have more buoyancy and a greater ability through change, transition and stressful or busy times, with more ease and clarity.
How many sessions will I need?
Everyone is different and it really depends on what your goals are. Network can be subtle in the beginning as it reaches structures that may not have been reached before. It’s a bit like exercise- we can’t lift weights once and expect that muscle to be bigger and stronger. It takes time, consistency and repetition.