Typical Trajectory for Recovering From an Accident

Before the Accident:

Most people who are injured in an accident were not in perfect shape before the accident.

Chances are you have a job where you have to sit at a computer all day and don’t get up to stretch and move that often. You could probably improve your diet. You may or may not have an exercise routine, but you most likely do consider yourself very busy and often stressed out.

If this is not the case for you, congratulations! Your injuries are likely to be less severe than others and even if they are more severe you will likely heal much quicker.

For the rest of us, chronic bad habits have been building up in our bodies and an accident is just the tipping point that pushes that occasional achy neck and back to now be causing us a lot of pain and discomfort. The accident is what gets our attention.

The good news is that your body now has your attention. This is an opportunity to develop new habits that will not only get you through your recovery, but could very well lengthen and improve the quality of your life.


Each person’s treatment plan will be unique to their particular circumstances. As I have been working with people recovering from accidents I have noticed a pattern that emerges with nearly everyone, regardless of the severity of the injuries, although each phase may be longer or shorter from person to person.

At some point you will notice improvement. For some people this happens after just a few weeks of treatment, for others it may take longer, but you will get to a point where you really are feeling much better. You’ll feel relief from the pain you had been experiencing. You will have greater range of movement. This improvement will encourage you and you will feel very optimistic and maybe have more energy.

You may think, well that was great. I feel much better now. I am better now. I can resume my life now.

And here is where I caution you… Give yourself more time to rest and recover. What often happens is people jump right back into those old habits and busy (maybe too busy) routines. They push themselves too much too soon and then…

Suddenly they feel much worse!

Then comes frustration, discouragement, maybe even a touch of hopelessness. But do not despair. This is normal. Allow yourself more rest. Continue with your treatments and any self care exercises you have been doing. Be gentle with yourself and allow yourself to be where you are.

Because what I have noticed is that usually not too long after you seem to hit that wall… it comes down. You begin to feel better, but different than last time… really better, maybe even better than you felt before the accident.

After Treatment:

As I mentioned at the beginning of this article, your accident can be an opportunity for you. Maybe it is cliché but it is true that often something that looks terrible at first is really clearing the way for something new and better to come into your life. During your treatment your health care providers will hopefully give you many new tools for taking care of your body. Rather than looking at these as something else you have to do, I hope you will embrace them as new ways to treat your body that allow you to feel better, to have more energy, to move through life with grace and ease. You might want to turn it into a daily ritual of caring for yourself. Instead of thinking, “I have to do my stretches and exercises” rephrase that to say, “I love the way I feel after I do these things for my body.”

I hope even after you are done with your treatment that you have made some new habits and continue to make yourself and your body a priority in your life.

A Study to Validate the Health Benefits of Massage


If better health is your intention for 2011 regular massage can be an enjoyable way to reach your goals.  I would be honored to be a part of your healing process.

Very Pregnant, Beautiful Mother and Life Coach

“There is something special about Christina’s massage. I’ve had three from her now and every time I feel so relaxed it puts me to sleep. This has never happened to me before and I’m no stranger to massage! Her pressure is perfect (not sure how to describe it but she doesn’t go too deep yet it’s not too soft either) and she hits all the right spots. I never experience a moment of discomfort. The experience is pure relaxation. Afterwards my body feels energized and relaxed at the same time. Seriously, I feel very fortunate to have met Christina. She has a gift. If I were Lady Gaga I would take her on tour with me :-)”
– Amy P., Life Coach

You Won’t Believe What I Found

What if I told you I that I knew of a substance that can help to reduce or eliminate

  • Chronic Muscle and Joint Pain
  • Headaches
  • Constipation and other Digestive Problems
  • Fatigue, Weakness and Dizziness

It also can assist in

  • Weight Loss
  • Lowering Your Risk of Heart Attack
  • Reducing Your Risk of Certain Cancers

This amazing substance also can

  • Clear Up Your Skin and Leave You With a Healthy Glow
  • Assist in Flushing Out Toxins and Waste Products From the Body

And it gets better!

It is available to you

right now

for free or nearly free.

Have you guessed yet?

It’s water.  Yup, water.  Are you drinking enough?

Don’t forget to drink even more water after receiving bodywork as massage can dehydrate you.

Photographer with Chronic Lower Back Pain

“I have chronic lower back pain and needed a Professional Massage.  I went to see Christina Weber who is a LMT working out of the Sanctuary in NW Portland, a Wellness Healing Center. She has worked on my lower and upper back muscles on several occasions. She is careful not to go too deep and makes sure I am not uncomfortable. She finds the problem muscle areas by herself (without my direction) and eliminates my discomfort. The center she works in is an old house near Good Samaritan Hospital. It is very clean and comfortable. There are many other health professionals using the same facility. It is a pleasant place to go to! Christina is very professional and is an excellent listener.”
-Roger A, Photographer

Student with Chronic Shoulder Tension and Blocked Heart Energy

“I have received massages all of my life, in numerous places throughout the world and none have come close to Christina’s massage.  Her ability to heal on an energetic, emotional and physical level is truly a gift.  Christina has helped me clear numerous energetic and physical blocks through her intuition and talent.  This includes releasing chronic tension in my neck and shoulder, opening my heart and allowing love to enter into my life.  She is an incredible goddess of light and a gifted healer.”

— Kristina G, Occupational Therapy Student

Factors in Choosing a New Therapist

I am curious what people consider the most important factors in making the decision to try out a particular therapist.

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Where Do I Find the Right Therapist?

You know when you have found the right therapist.  It’s in the connection that you begin to feel from your first contact with them, either by phone, email or perhaps when you walked into their establishment.  With each interaction you feel comfortable, welcomed, valued, listened to, and understood.  The massage addresses your concerns and you leave feeling so much better than when you came in.

But how do you find this perfect therapist in the first place?  It seems that there are thousands of therapists in Portland alone.  But how many are going to be a good match for you?  And where do you even begin your search?

The number one best way, is to ask your friends and family.  Do you know someone who has had a similar problem that you are facing?  Ask them who they went to for help and what their results were.  Do you have other trusted health care providers that you have received care from?  They may have a connection with a great therapist that they could recommend.  There’s nothing better than a referral.  Heck, you could even ask your Facebook or other social networking community for suggestions, if you are so inclined.

If you don’t have luck with referrals you can search online.  The obvious: Google, Yahoo, and craigslist.  City Search and Yelp have the added benefit of reviews and ratings.  When you are searching this way, you may want to be a little more thorough in getting to know the therapist, even before you come in for your appointment.  Of course you want to ask the logistical questions such as location, price and types of massage offered, but here are some other questions you might try to get a better sense of who you are scheduling with.

  • Why did you decide to become a massage therapist?
  • How long have you been practicing massage?
  • What are your favorite types of clients to work with?
  • What kind of results do your clients experience?
  • How often do you get massage?
  • What other things do you do to take care of yourself?

If you have a particular concern you would like to address, be sure to ask what his or her experience has been, either personally or working with others, with similar conditions.

I would love to hear from you.  Where do you go to search when you need to find a new therapist?  What has worked best for you?

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