how fiercely you bloom
when you let your body
- Vinati Bhola
I am once again seeing clients for in-person sessions.
There is no agenda to how I work; each session is unique as I respond to what is literally in hand.
I seek to fit the work to you, listening to your experience of your body and finding what resonates for you. Offering my knowledge, compassion, and intuition, I seek to work in collaboration with you, as a partner in your exploration, a witness to your discoveries, a fellow traveler honored to take part.
What I know is that change feels good. The physical sensation of change, once experienced, informs you of your capacity, your agency in your own transformation. The sense of "rightness" that scaffolds & solidifies one's feeling of a bodily shift comes as a relief, as when a picture is straightened on a wall. "Every painful, uncomfortable feeling is potential towards the right direction if given the opportunity."
What I hold as my intention is to focus on the health and intelligence of the body.
Both on the table & off my intention is to support you in your quest for greater health & healing.
Before we meet I’ll email you an Intake form to help frame our session. I suggest to use it
as a tool to set your intentions for the work, to prompt your thinking about what you'd like
to address in your session. Whatever you share is held in strict confidence unless you give written authorization to release to another caregiver.
Initial sessions take time to explore what's in play in your present health, current and past issues; to learn what is happening in your life- how you are sleeping, eating, your energy level, what stresses you may be experiencing. I find that time of getting familiar with one another allows me to know how best to work with you that day, what treatment best serves you.
Generally the Polarity & Craniosacral sessions I do have several components: first there’s a conversation to assess what we will focus on that day, then the bodywork itself- done clothed on a treatment table- and time afterwards for anything you'd like to share or ask questions about.
I may make recommendations to address your issues- breathing or movement exercises, meditations, dietary shifts, a book or articles to explore.
A session is always a dialogue, you are embraced as an active participant though welcome to drop into a quiet state. In Craniosacral & Polarity the body is part of that dialogue, my hands "listening" and responding through gentle contacts.
polarity energy field
The session itself can be very quiet as you shift into a deeply relaxed state or it can be quite an animated conversation as nuances in your body become noticeable. You may experience physical shifts in your body- contractions, releases, energetic pulses- a stream of thoughts, emotions or images, or all of these.
The work can be energizing, as your body experiences a novel liberty or it may be a more peaceful, harmonizing & relaxing experience. It’s very respectful work allowing a person to be held in a safe, non-judgemental, spacious relationship.
Ilene's finely tuned intuition; her dedication to the craft; and her conscious, continual expansion as a practitioner make her one of the finest people to have bodywork with. She opened my level of awareness to my body and somehow magically taught me how to carry myself with more ease. Her expert hands guided me to find increased inner and physical balance. I have always been a fan of a deep tissue massage, but I have since discovered when paired with craniosacral and polarity work my level of physical relief grew exponentially. This is no small feat for a 48-year-old woman with scoliosis, who has relied on massage to make her more comfortable on a day to day basis. I always feel more relaxed and at peace with my feelings and body, refreshed and in balance.
I also might add that Ilene’s inner calm, her laser focus, and her ease with people makes the entire process, from beginning to end, both enjoyable and effortless. I consider Ilene to be a phenomenal healer and highly recommend her.
~ Elizabeth I.