What can I expect during an individual lesson? Most lessons involve lying down on a table (similar to massage), sitting, standing or even walking around the room. It is not a passive lesson: your awareness and attention to how you feel as you move will bring growth and healing to your brain. This may involve verbal guidance or touch to gently lead you through new movement patterns and movement combinations - and when your body moves according to it's mechanical design, it will feel enjoyable and even fun! When your brain realizes there are easier ways to sit up or that you can actually move your hips when you walk, you will start to become aware in your everyday life when your habitual way of moving isn't as healthy or enjoyable as these better ways.
During the lesson your job is to cultivate an awareness of your comfort, because pain shuts off your brain's learning "switch." When I introduce movements to your brain, you'll focus on the good feelings of healthy movement, and tell me if you experience any discomfort (joints or muscles, temperature, touch, etc). I have tools such as foam pads, towels and pillows to help you find the most comfortable and sustainable postures. "No pain no gain" is not actually true in regards to movement and learning - lessons should be comfortable, without increasing your pain, without stretching or straining. Work smarter, not harder.
After the lesson, to get maximum benefits, cultivate an awareness of how things have changed, sometimes unexpected things - like improved mood, an awareness of posture, reduction in pain or better sleep. Some find it handy to journal or message me when they notice a difference, because it can be easy to forget or ignore the tiny changes. Our brains are complex and it's surprising how a tiny change can someday lead to a major breakthrough, but if we focus on trying to achieve a breakthrough, it can get in the way of the small changes that are required first.
How long are the lessons? Length depends on how intense the learning is for you; at some point your brain has learned enough and needs time to process and integrate, and the "learning switch" will shut off. It's rare to go longer than 45 minutes - sometimes your brain has gathered enough new data after 30 minutes or less, especially for those dealing with brain trauma. Initial lessons are a bit longer as we discuss your health history and talk through expectations or goals.
Are you covered by insurance/health care plans? Neuromovement® is not directly recognized by public health insurance in Manitoba, but other insurance plans may include alternative therapy categories. Invoices are provided, and you may consult your insurer or accountant to see if it qualifies under your plan.
What type of payment do you take? We accept cash, personalized cheque (Canadian only) and Interac e-transfer. We only accept Paypal for American customers if you do not have Interac e-transfer (due to higher fees).
What is your cancellation policy? We require a minimum 24 hours' notice for a cancellation. If you cancel with less than 24 hours' notice you will be billed for the full fee of your appointment, unless it is due to a positive covid test or extreme weather (blizzards/road closures).
How often do I need lessons? There are multiple factors that determine frequency, and I will discuss the options with you based on your unique situation. A general best practice is to begin with an "intensive": 6-10 sessions scheduled over 3-5 days. This creates a solid foundation of learning for your brain to build upon. Some clients choose to do fewer lessons, and I am willing to work with you to find a treatment plan that works for you. Everyone heals at their own rate, and we won't force an outcome that isn't realistic or sustainable just to hit a metric. After the initial lessons we will determine together what works best for your situation and needs moving forward.
What should I wear for the lesson? Wear comfortable clothing that is easy to move in (sweat pants, shorts, t-shirt, etc). You also must wear a pair of clean socks. Please avoid cologne/perfume due to chemical sensitivities of others.
Do you have Covid safety protocols? We follow Manitoba Health mandates, so refer their website for current health orders. Clients must not have any Covid symptoms to attend a lesson. If you become sick, please notify us ASAP to re-schedule. If you test positive for Covid (even without symptoms), please follow all MB Health guidelines. We follow sanitation guidelines and use high quality air filtration. Hand sanitizer is available at the door.
Life Coaching FAQ:
What are your payment options work? I accept Paypal for US or international clients, and Interac e-transfer for Canadian residents. Payment must be sent in order to reserve your appointment time. I will not start a session before payment has been sent. Details will be sent during the booking process.
Are you covered by insurance/health care plans? Public health insurance generally don't cover life coaching, but many private insurance plans do. Check with your insurance provider or accountant to see if this is eligible, and I can send an invoice or extra information upon request.
What is your cancellation policy? Please contact me at least 24 hours in advance of cancellation to get a full refund. For cancellations with less than 24 hours' notice or you fail to show up for your appointment, you will be charged a $60 cancellation fee, which must be paid if you want to reschedule. If you choose to cancel instead of reschedule (within 24 hours of the appointment or after), I will refund any paid amount above $60 (ie if you booked an individual package, you will have paid an initial $150, and so I would refund $90).
What if I start with an individual package, and then my spouse or whole family wants to do it, too? Can I just upgrade to get a better package deal? Yes - many people who get an individual session see how valuable this is (and want their family to understand them better), and so if you can get them on board, we can convert to the package deals.