Very relaxing, grounding and centring
Valerie's postnatal massage was very good; enjoyable and great for releasing tension.
It was a combination of recovery and relaxation massage and foot reflexology. If you want to treat yourself (as well as work on post natal 'issues'), go! Highly recommended.
A private session with Valerie is a kind of miracle... Valerie is a "body whisperer". A session with her is a bubble of privacy, a moment out of time when you connect with your body, with yourself. Valérie reads your body as no one. She sees through your body to reveal your qualities and heal your energy. She is attentive, professional, open-minded, respectful, she listens to you, your emotions and your body. It is the perfect way to feel better and to work on your body. She makes you access through exercises and massages to well being, and to a better yourself. Or more exactly, your true self. Thank you so much Valerie!
After only a couple of minutes into my very first appointment with Valérie Schraauwers at BodyAwareness she had already told me an incredible amount of things about my body and my life by just "reading" my foot soles, and she was right on the money. I was completely amazed at how she could know all that she had just told me about myself through just feeling my foot soles. The specific conscious breathing techniques she then guided me through helped me release so much stress and traumas from my body that it was almost unbelievable. Ever since that first appointment she's taught me many more of her unique and very beneficial exercises and how to care for my body in a very different way than what I'm used to, which has helped me rediscover and rebalance so many things about myself, both on a physical as well as on an emotional level. I can highly recommend all of Valérie's types of treatments and workshops, she and her techniques are truly one of a kind and of the highest quality!
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I first went to see Valerie in June 2014 for a severe back pain (that happened to be a slipped disk in my spine) and now that I am healed (December 2015), I can see how the sessions I had with her have built the foundation for my relationship I have today with my body: caring, attentive and present. That first session really struck me as I discovered how my posture and the way I was reacting to people and events in my life were keeping my pain going. She would ask me "how is it going with your partner?", I would reply and she'd say "look at what you are doing right now? Your shoulders, your belly. Is it comfortable? Can you breathe easily?" Obviously not. Throughout the sessions (I took maybe 9 sessions with her over six months), I learned how to recognise when my body was going into "fight" mode, how to release the tension I was creating myself and how to replace this automatic reaction with an alternative posture, more flexible and grounded. And in the most difficult times, how to manage pain.
What I love about Valerie is that she is really honest, direct and has a lot of humour. It's very invigorating to work with her. She is very down to earth, she knows what she is doing and at the same time she is very sensitive and can literally read my life in my feet and in the way I move my body. I will always remember how I arrived at the Body Awareness Centre one day, in such pain that I couldn't stand up straight, and after one session, the pain had gone. It was unbelievable. She really taught me to become responsible for my health by slowly and kindly observing my body and ultimately know myself. Thank you. I can warmly recommend Valerie to anyone in pain, either physically or emotionally or anyone willing to really be present in their life.
3 years agoReport