Marianna Frantz, CTP, LMT

Massage/Bodywork Practice

Working Agreement

     I understand that the above-named practitioner is NOT a primary therapist or a medical professional.  She does not, therefore, diagnose or treat.  Any idea exchanges are not to be construed as exercise or treatment, but only suggestions based on her training and experience as a Massage and Bodywork Practitioner.

    I understand that Massage is now licensed in Massachusetts. Credentials are also available through national associations, approved schools, and accredited continuing education. The above practitioner's certification is the assurance that she graduated from an American Massage Therapy Association's approved school (Potomac Massage Training Institute) and is a member of that national association in good standing. However, no insurance coverage can be assumed.

     I understand that I am participating in massage and bodywork sessions with a basic knowledge of its purpose and functions (as outlined in Philosophy, Policies, and Code of Ethics pages).  I am aware that I am taking my own responsibility for enhancing my health through this approach.

     If I am currently under a physician's care, I have contacted her/him regarding my participation in massage and bodywork sessions, and that physician has given her/his consent for such services.

     I have read this Working Agreement in its entirety, have discussed any questions that I have regarding its contents, and have noted here any amendments agreed upon by both parties.

     (signed and dated by both parties at the time of the initial session)

MIND/BODY/SPIRIT

     My comment about there being "no separation between the physical and the spiritual" has its basis in what I experience as I conduct a session.  I feel more than the physicality of the body.  A variety of sensations enter my hands such as heat - cold - ripples of movement - prickly sensations.  Sometimes I feel numerous fibers within a muscle shifting position together in a flowing movement. This can happen whether I'm doing Reiki, Trager, Swedish massage or deep connective tissue massage.

     These healing sensations are not produced by the body's tissues.  They are caused by ENERGY--a non-physical current within  tissue that I call SPIRIT. This energy exists outside the body as well as within it. When I teach the Trager Mentastics to a client, I am teaching them to feel that current of energy by doing subtle body awareness work that can change body habits.

     Recall experiences you have had when you felt that somebody was "in your face."  This is an example of you feeling your own energy, and feeling it invaded. It is not a physical experience--yet you do not doubt that what you are feeling is "real."

     These "real" sensations also are evidence of healing on an emotional level. The field of Body Psychology tells us that the tissues hold the stories of our lives on all levels. The Trager Approach recognizes that by calling the work Psycho-physical Integtration as well as an "approach" to life that can be preventive medicine. Chronic Pain is an example of physical pain that often has  emotional/psychological/spiritual components that we can more easily understand, but all pain and traumas can be worked on from any or all levels.

     This emphasis of Mind/Body Integration was already being taught (ahead of its time) in the early 80's when I attended and graduated from PMTI (Potomac Massage Training Institute) and became a member of AMTA (American Massage Therapy Association).  When I became a practitioner of the Trager Approach and a member of USTA (United States Trager Association), that emphasis and focus on "real" sensations was even more refined by using movement to go deep into the tissues to feel that non-physical current. That is why clients have described my work as "MARIANNA'S AWESOME BODYWORK."

     Bodywork methods help us learn to live in our bodies with more awareness, pleasure, and freedom. It's never too late to release old patterns.  I work with a group of practitioners called Hands-On-Elders offering low cost clinics in the Northampton, Massachusetts area.