Somehow I missed this thread over the years.
I am going to take some of the things others mentioned and build on it.
I am definitely a specialist in neck work. It is my passion. And, I am quite good at it. It fits my hands/fingers. Most of the neck work I do is supine (face up) and generally I can spend an hour just on the neck and related regions (traps/upper back). Now, that does not mean that I don't believe there are other regions that affect the neck, but when someone comes to me for very specific neck related issues, what I find is that I can clear out many problems by focusing on this area alone and that it is what many people are searching for when they come into my office, because they have been referred to my by someone else who got help from me in this same manner. Generally this work starts firm and gets deeper as the sessions progress. In the end, this work is significantly deep tissue.
I don't push people and so if they will let me move into the other areas of the body I will do so in future sessions, but their initial 8-10 sessions are structured in a way that most all of the work is neck, TMJ, trap related.
So, that's my specialty.
I am quite flexible and offer general and varied techniques ranging from swedish/relaxation, deep tissue, myofascial and sports. Much of my practice revolves around pain relief and the sessions are generally combination in application. Each session, even with my neck work is going to be quite unique to the individual client.
hargrcha wrote:Instead of viewing what we do as a specializing perhaps we should view it as having a "main attraction". Yes, we have all these other talents in other modalities but what "main attraction" are we a bit more focused on?
I do not view the specialty neck work that I do as a main attraction. It is definitely a specialization. Not many people in my area do the kind of work I do, and enough therapists get gritchy when asked to focus on just one area. In my office, I try very hard to give my opinion without getting upset if a client requests I provide some other type of work/or combination of work for their session.
I consider my "signature-type" work to be a very firm to deep swedish massage (doing my best to make it feel like 4 hands instead of 2), however, I don't get many opportunities to provide this. I call it my signature work and not my specialization, because it is the type of swedish that I don't find provided in many other offices in my area. But, doing swedish for me is not a specialty. Of course, it could be considered as such, but I personally consider specialties to be more of specific area work, specific types of people (autistic children/pregnant women) or advanced education training (MFR, Dubbing, CST, Rolfing, etc.) above and beyond the basic swedish style.
Not that swedish is not important. And getting an excellent swedish therapist can be the difference between night and day, but as a base-type work, I see it as more "signature" than "specialty".
Oh, I hope I don't offend. Finding the right words, seems to be difficult for me in this particular instance.
Speaking of "Dubbing",
massagecenter wrote:My Other was Zen Bodytherapy ( Structural integration) Much like rolfing.
massagecenter, I am wondering id the Zen Bodytherapy you do is the offshoot of Dubbing, I had heard in the past that it was. I know your post is old, but I am hoping to boost your interest to add a thread about it in the Massage & Holistic Therapies (Techniques, Modalities, etc.)