Bodywork as Healthcare at Seeing Through the Hands
Getting regular bodywork--especially bodywork that attends to our mind, body, and spirit together--is a way to care for our bodies to prevent or heal from injury, strengthen, gain flexibility, and bring breath, vitality, and more possibility into our day-to-day lives. With consistent care, your body will understand that it is being tended to and doesn't have to hold and do everything alone. It will become familiar with how to stay open, centered, and lengthened.
Any bodywork--regular, intermittent, or simply whenever you are able--is a gift to your body, mind, and spirit.
Seeing Through the Hands is not geared towards one "type" of client. Rather, I work with each individual and their body as a canvas, seeing what the experience of guided breath, supported movement, and intentional positioning will create.
My clients include people of all ages and abilities, from elderly to infants. I work people who have many different demands on their bodies, including athletes, pregnant women, performers, health practitioners, artists, people recovering from all types of injuries and surgeries, people with limited mobility, cancer patients, trauma survivors, people in hospice, as well as people with unique individual conditions.
I believe Bodywork in the form of Massage, Positional Therapy, Reiki and other forms of Energy Work, Pranayama Breathing, Yoga, Personal Training, and Hula-Hooping has unique ways to give our mind, body, and spirit more room for movement and for strengthening our natural curves and alignment, more room for growth and releasing, more room for breath and awakening, and more room for balance and accessing your joy.
If this sounds like something you would like to explore in your body, then I would be excited to work with you.
ARE WE A GOOD FIT?
WHAT TO EXPECT
OUR FIRST SESSION
Assessment through Bodywork
In our first session, I assess what is going on with your body by getting to know your skeletal system, evaluating your alignment, and understanding areas that need to be strengthened, stretched, and slackened. I also evaluate what methods (Massage, Positional Therapy, Personal Training, Reiki and other forms of Energy Work, Pranayama Breathing, Life and Wellness Coaching, Yoga, Hula Hooping, etc.) might bring the biggest benefit. All of this is done by working with and listening to your body.
Length of Sessions
Our sessions can range from 60-120 minutes, with the biggest benefit, of course, coming out of longer sessions as they allow us to address both acute and chronic issues like injuries, as well as allowing more time for the "yummy" part of relaxing massage. No matter the length of time available, we will make the most of the time we have to provide the best benefit to your body.
Often after a session, there are things that will help that we have done together for next time. I will likely give you some exercises to do, like alternatives ways to accomplish daily tasks that will help you maintain alignment and openness. The more you do the homework, the easier the alignment will be and the breath access will be and the easier the next session will be. You will always have the option to email me once a week to tell me what you did. No matter if you did everything with enthusiasm or you barely slugged through one step, there is no judgment, and I always respond with a smiley face. I find that having accountability helps motivate me and I want to offer you that.
If it is an option for you, we will set up a sustainable recurring schedule of bodywork.
Keeping the movement of the body is a gift that allows you to push past maintenance into intentional self care. It allows you to let the brain go and just work with and listen to your body. Doing something consistently also enables deeper care each time, as your body becomes familiar with how to stay open and centered and lengthened.
Consistency is so important. Whether it's weekly, biweekly, or monthly, your body will know at a certain point that it is being tended to and that it doesn’t have to do everything alone. This kind of maintenance also strengthens your immune system and helps prevent injuries.
And if you are able to do weekly session, wow, the places we could go! We could go deeper and deeper and open up in ways you may have never experienced.
A session here and there is amazing. Any body work is important. Once in a blue moon as a gift, or once in six months because that is what is financially accessible to you--that's great too. The more health care the better, but if we can only do it once or a few times, we can take those sessions and make them matter.
A Sustainable Schedule
Seeing Through the Hands serves your body and your needs. I will work with you to create a sustainable schedule.
FROM THE PEOPLE I WORK WITH
Email yogaemz [at] gmail [dot] com with your testimonial and we will post your experience. You may also submit a review to my page on Yelp.com! Thank you!
My mother was really happy with the massage you gave her on Wednesday. She had two massages with someone else while you were away. Although this other person came highly recommended, my mother said there was no comparison - you are the best. For the whole day, she had absolutely no pain anywhere in her body, which is unusual for her, and she was in the best shape imaginable for her long trip back to Europe.
After first hearing of Emily Huber through a LAVA fundraiser last year, I taken both my teenage daughter and my elderly mother to her for massage therapy. We have been really happy. My mother suffers from ostheoporosis and has long-standing serious issues with alignment but after a session from Emily she was able to walk upright with no pain. Since then, whenever she visits from Europe, a massage from Emily is very high on her list. My mother has seen other massage therapists, but says there is no comparison. My teenage daughter had a knee injury and problems from tension, and also came home feeling very calm, re-aligned and pain-free.
Francesca Zaccheo, Brooklyn NY
Emily is wonderful. I was moving through my day a little too fast. I fell down and injured my shoulder. Emily saw me right away and helped restore movement and balance throughout my body. She Rocks!
Toshi Reagon, Singer/Songwriter/Musician, Brooklyn NY
"Emily, I feel so lucky to be getting massages from you! Your touch is so precise and confident, yet gentle and intuitive. You are so gifted. xo Sarah"
Sarah Hirshan, Pilates Instructor, LAVA Company Member, Brooklyn NY
Ok, I just came back from the most unbelievable massage. I mean I left floating if not a little high. The best. She found the source of my back woes in my toes. If you need someone to lay their hands on you and make right what aint. Check Emily Huber out. Here is her email: firstname.lastname@example.org. I sware by her!
Hanifah Walidah, Singer/Songwriter/Musician, Brooklyn NY
Hanifah Walidah, Singer/Songwriter/Musician, Brooklyn NY
Really thank you for our session yesterday. When I left your house, I was so grounded + light in my body and was moving as slow as the earth and that felt amazing. I don't know if you knew how much you were taking on when I first walked into your space -- but you are a great healer and i'm glad and stunned that it has been so possible for me to open up the way I need and want to. My chest is still open... So thank you."
Kara Lynch, Brooklyn NY
Emily is amazing, she really does "see through her hands", it's almost as if you don't have to tell her where you sore spots are! If you ever need a massage, I HIGHLY recommend her!
Darlinda Just Darlinda, Performance Art / Burlesque / Actor / Model / The Schelp Sisters / Fou York, Brooklyn NY
I heart Emily! After suffering from a painful kink in my neck for over a year I finally decided I needed to get it (among other intermittent back issues) taken care of and took the recommendation of a friend to call Emily. I figured that it would take at least a few sessions to work the kink out, however a couple of days after the very first massage, it was gone! It was like a gift to be able to turn my neck in all directions without pain for the first time in so long. So I am of course grateful to her for that. But in addition to that and through more sessions, I've also come to appreciate massage not only as a treat (which indeed it is!), but also as both a preventative and restorative means to better physical and mental health. And I think of Emily in particular, as a kind of healer, who becomes familiar with my body and its individual tendencies and administers the appropriate remedy. I find it refreshing and reassuring to know that there is someone as caring and dedicated to her craft as Emily on my side.
Phoebe Summersquash, Queens NY
Not only did Emily's clear instructions for a few slackening positions help me find immediate relief when I was in acute pain from a pinched sciatica, but her continued knowledge and insight are helping me to find a new balance and ease in my body that I have long sought.
She is clearly a gifted healer who is trained in a variety of traditions and techniques. Her generosity with information and ideas as well as her supportive and positive nature inspires me to find my ideal path to well-being.
Julie Strong, Manhattan NY
I went to Emily at the urging of a good friend. I waited and waited and waited until I was in enough pain to call her in, what felt like, an emergency. I'm so sorry I waited so long-- it feels like I've found a secret, buried treasure right in the middle of Brooklyn. Emily absolutely, without question has a very special gift-- and truthfully it feels more like a magical power.
Rachel Friedman, Life Coach, Brooklyn NY
I started my yoga practice with Emily at Seeing Through the Hands to help me get fit after my first pregnancy because nothing else I had tried worked. Not only is it a relaxing, and peaceful time, but I haven't felt better in years. I've also been able to continue yoga through my 2nd pregnancy, and it's made all the difference. I feel better and more energized than my first. Emily's thoughtfulness and professionalism have been awesome, and she is totally tuned in to my needs, customizing my practice to my pregnancy. And, Emily's prenatal massages are the best in the world! She is very considerate and thorough. With all the aches and pains that come with pregnancy, Emily's massages are the cure! Seeing Through the Hands rocks and I highly recommend Emily!
Jen Watts, Brooklyn NY
As a musician, I was SO grateful to get to work with Emily. She listens carefully and is incredibly skilled at what she does, coming up with a personalized strategy for addressing your issues. She helped me figure out a number of a problems I was having and how to better address them, particularly before performances. I can't wait to go back!
Louisa Rachel Solomon, The Shondes, Brooklyn NY
Can I tell you how fabulous my body has felt this week?! You are seriously magical. I felt a difference in my body as soon as I was walking to the train from you, but I didn't think it would last this long! And I've been dancing a lot this week, so it's incredible that I've barely had any pain in my left hamstring/quad at all! I seriously can't get over it. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU. I've been telling all of my dancer friends about you and positional therapy, so hopefully there will be some more dancers headed your way. One of my teachers asked if I could give her your card... And I expect I will be coming to see you again fairly soon - my body loves it!! I should also tell you that this weekend in dance class I was able to do the splits on my injured leg, without any pain, for the first time in, literally, months. Amazing! Can't thank you enough. "
Karly Powell, Dancer, Brooklyn NY
Emily is amazing! Not only does she give a great massage, but she also does positional therapy, which is incredible! Her work is focused and she brings lots light to her work.
I don't usually fall asleep during massages, but Emily put me totally at ease while still working out all the kinks. It's an all around beautiful experience.
Shelley Nicole Jefferson, BlakBushe, Singer/Songwriter/Musician, Brooklyn NY
Emily is amazing. I recommend her to all of my friends...and most of my friends play rugby, so we all need a lot of adjustment! She does positional therapy, which I had never done before. After our session, I felt more comfortable in my body then I ever had. She is so skilled and I can't wait to go back.
Amanda Leinberger, Brooklyn NY
Emily is a focused, articulate and compassionate healer. She not only relieved my back pain but gave me resources to address future problems. Highly recommended.
Pat Humphries, Emma's Revolution, Mount Rainier, Maryland
Emily your hands are magical! Thanks so much for turning me into a mush. I'm still floaty. =)
Nedra Jonhson, Singer/Songwriter/Musician, The Bronx NY
Coming from a yoga background but being an avid gym-goer, I'd always wanted to work with a personal trainer but was turned off by the trainers I'd seen at the gym. It took a long time to find someone who understands the place of both yoga and traditional cardio/strength training methods and could offer me a healthy blend of both. Emily was well worth the wait! I look forward to greeting the day with her sunny disposition and genuine love for what she does. Her commitment to her clients' healing and well-being is unmatched.
Michelle Neuringer, Brooklyn NY
Emily, thank you for the fantastic massage and wonderful tips! I feel taller and lighter today! After all those hours studying and writing at the computer, my neck really needed some serious help - and I found it in your hands. As an Italian living in California, I have tried many massage therapists, chiropractors, acupuncturists and reflexologist, both in Europe and in the US. You are among my very favorite ones. I am so happy I found you in my brief stay in NYC. I will continue to practice the poses you taught me and to look at your stretching videos. Thank you so much for making me feel better.
Cgiara Logli, California
As a massage therapist, I have often wished for the ability to replicate myself in order to receive the thorough and satisfying body work I give others. My first session with Emily felt like that wish came true. Her technique and intuitive awareness provided the comprehensive restoration I needed. She is definitely my local "go-to" bodyworker from now on!
Jessica Egan, Brooklyn NY
Let's talk about Emily Huber. I've known her since I started massage school back in 04' and we have kept up a wonderful friendship ever since. When we met, we both lived in Harlem and my wife (then my girlfriend) and I would see her for regular massages. We both marveled at not only her technique on the table, but also at her follow up advice post treatment to best maintain the results we had received. As expected of someone who lives their passion, Emily has increased her skill set over the years. Specifically she has added Thai Massage (which she learned in Thailand), Positional Therapy, Personal Training, and Yoga Instruction, to name a few. I receive a 2 hour massage with Positional Therapy from her every 2 weeks, and it's been life changing for me during a year where I've been starting over in many ways.
Why speak on someone who offers similar services to me?
My schedule is typically nuts and I want to make sure you all get the very best massage and personal training that you can get whether you are able to book with me or not.
I am not a yoga instructor
Some of you or those you know don't want to receive massage from a male.
I many not be geographically convenient to all those on my list.
So, if you fit any of those categories, reach out to Emily . She has my highest recommendation
James Nicholson at Evolved- Fitness, NYC