If you are in pain and visit a massage therapist, the first thing they want to do is to make you feel better. The therapist will do an intake assessment and decide whether they can help you.
Assuming they can help, you are then asked to disrobe and lie on a massage table. Using their hands and a massage lotion or oil, the therapist will massage the areas that are tight or otherwise contributing to your pain. You may drift off into a light doze as you start to feel better. When the session is finished, the pain may not be completely gone but "it feels easier".
A different scenario.
You are in pain and visit a therapist who offers Rossiter Workouts. As before, an assessment is made.
Having determined that the workout may help you, you are then asked to lie down on a mat on the floor. You are shown the "lock position" that is needed for a Rossiter stretch. You are instructed in the first stretching move. The therapist then explains that they will be using their foot to apply pressure to your body. You are to tell them when to stop adding pressure - that is "enough for you".
Once the pressue is applied, you are then coached through the stretch. These are not "soft stretches". You are fully engaged in the process!
There is an initial shock "that the stretch (now that pressure has been added) is hard to do. There is a feeling of a good hurt". You have full control throughout the workout. "Too much pressure!" "No, I can't stretch any more." Throughout the workout, the therapist is asking: "How do you feel" "Do you feel any difference, better or worse?" These responses guide the therapist as to what to do next.
At the end of the session, you feel different, the pain is gone. You are engaged in your own healing process!
Which approach to getting rid of pain do you prefer? Want to be in control of your own recovery? Contact a Rossiter Coach.