Sherri Anne Mills, M.A., L.M.T.
encourage my client’s increasing health and vigor requires all
of my sensitivity. When I touch them I must be grounded
and open-hearted. My intentions must be clearly apparent. I touch my
clients with great care.
There are levels of touch in this life. The moment that I meet someone,
although there is no physical contact, I experience the feel of their
energy field, of their personal space. It is a tangible experience for
there is light touch. It is almost more difficult than
any other, as it requires great attention. As I increase the pressure
of my touch, I feel greater responsibility for the well-being of my
client, but it also becomes more possible to feel the needs of the fine
structure of that person’s skin, muscles and fascia.
hands act like radar. I experience them feeling, but
also seeing. Seeing with an inward—and outward focus, as the information
in the tissue reveals itself. My hands see, and they also listen. When
I touch a client who is in a stressed state, I sense that person’s
whole body as it arranges itself in relation to the problem. I search
for those areas within my patient where there is a lack of subtle movement.
I collect the data, but not intellectually. I am in a sort of a light
trance, as I feel for these immobile or dense locations, yet still maintaining
my own fluidity of movement, which interacts with that inactive tissue.
Together we can release the (fascial) restriction.
must invision the body as a whole—with these blockages,
and also without these blockages. I must all but dance with that tissue,
so that the whole person begins to move more homogeniously. Sometimes
these are large areas and sometimes tiny. Waiting is essential. I must
wait for the troubled tissue to soften or melt. Sometimes I must wait
a long time, as the area needs to rest—and then It responds to
am not just working on a body part. This person is a
total gestalt, a whole, a body plus a mind. To succeed, I must gently
allow my patient to feel comfortable and safe, as well as open to self-express
. This is so even at the very beginning of the session when I drape
my patient. I make certain they feel covered. It is like wrapping a
baby. The mother is always paying attention to the baby for its fluctuations
of mood or comfort. I assist my patient to abandon their ordinary state
of tension, as we all need internal surrender. We all need to surrender
to our own bodies. We all need to allow our bodies the freedom to let
my energy, I can touch at a very deep level, far deeper
than the hand-body interface—the point of contact. Then, I slowly
wait for the body’s communication and gradually discover the needs
of the tissue. This is not a thought. This is a dance between my hands
and another’s flesh. If I touch without massage oil, there is
more potential to follow the fascia. It becomes a shifting three dimensional
process. So touching is a meeting of two minds, two consciousness’—two
CLIENTS' EXPERIENCE OF TOUCH:
body recognizes the excellence of Sherri’s touch.
is the finest and most effective that I have experienced.
intelligence flows through her physical tissue.
needs no words from me,
she works in graceful silence. I depart buoyantly.
Mills has been my massage therapist since I had a laminectomy four
years ago. She is a dancer and knows the physiology of movement thoroughly.
She approaches massage holisticly.Her technique is gentle yet penetrating.
She is open to methods from other cultures. We discuss diet,
nutrition and exercise. She is always searching for better, more
effective, individualized treatment for each patient.