Thursday, October 13, 2005

the experiment, part deux

Goodness! Apparently this is a problem that is not just confined to the singing community! I had my second appointment this morning, and am feeling even better than after the first. So far, I'd say the clenching has been reduced by 75%. I've never had these kinds of results before -- with regular massage, stretching, night guards, you name it, I've tried it. It's definitely not comfortable while it's happening, but the results are amazing. We've set up weekly appointments for the next month, and I'm assured that by the end, there will be no clenching, even in my sleep, and the shiatsu won't even hurt anymore, at which point I can switch to a monthly check-in.

According to my sister, there are literally thousands of forms of shiatsu, variations stemming from several original masters and dating back thousands of years. This particular method is known only by Mike (my sister's Sensei), and his brother, who has a practice next door to Mike's in Seattle. Mike has chosen three students --his nephew, my sister, and one other woman -- to pass on his knowledge to and ensure that the tradition will continue. Pretty cool. All I can say is, if the Seattle area is accessible to you and you suffer from this problem, you should go see them!

5 comments:

Gia-Gina said...

Melissa, consider yourself tagged.

Ariadne said...

Let's see, Southwest flights to Seattle ...

Canadienne said...

Man, I will DRIVE TO SEATTLE EVERY DAY when I am singing in Vancouver next spring, if I can find someone to stop me clenching. For each step forward I take in loosening this area technically while singing, I take another two back - because at night I bite pieces off my mouthguard. Aiiiiiiii!

Thanks for sharing this!

Melissa said...

Well, it would be great fun to meet, if you do drive down, and I'd be happy to email you with my sister's number. Just let me know!

Ariadne said...

Meantime, til I can get to Seattle from Baltimore, the acupuncture seems to be doing the trick for me! I'm starting with the sinuses and the weight loss; jaw thing is sporadic and a lesser concern for me right now. (Funny how clearing out sinues and losing body fat is all about "clearing out" and "letting go"...)

Have some further thoughts on the flute/jaw clenching thing, for later.

(ps Did you see southern gal's post today? Yikes! Haven't we all been a hurtin' bunch lately?)