Darryl and Sharole Burch have changed my life drastically in many ways. From healing my body from several car accidents to teaching me lifelong skills that I will be forever grateful for.
I was in several car accidents at the age of 18 that left me in a lot of pain with a scared outlook of what the future would hold for me. I had a very dim outlook on how I would age. I went to many doctors, chiropractors, and massage therapists without much if any relief for many years before I met the Burch family. I had so much pain in my knees from inflammation that I had a hard time walking in the morning, which I learned all came from my lower back misalignments. During the treatment process, I learned how my body compensated for the injuries I had sustained during my car accidents.
Their work was so miraculous for my life that it inspired me to go to school to become a massage therapist to continue the work that they do. This type of work would not have been possible for my body without them.
Today I get to work with people that come in with that same look of fear in their eyes that I once had when I walked into Darryl and Sharole’s office. I get the opportunity to help people in the way that they helped me to live my life in the fullest without the daily pains and stiffness that restricted my body. I am forever grateful for the gift they have bestowed upon me.
After a decade in the massage profession and having built a thriving practice, I was faced with the possibility of having to give it up. I was waking up in pain sometimes having to wear a neck brace for support while driving or sleeping and often needing help to get up or turn over in bed because I couldn’t move my head. I received frequent chiropractic adjustments and often by the time I returned to my car, the adjustment had already slipped back to where I started, lucky me, a hypermobile gymnast who had a car accident and a bunch of torn ligaments in my neck. I was distraught. My physical health was affecting my practice and my personal life.
When I first met Darryl and he realized I was another massage therapist he was so incredibly excited and confident about what he had to share that he came across as arrogant and pushy. Perhaps my ego was just getting in the way! I shortly thereafter met his wife Sharole and we began to trade services. I was intrigued as I realized how positively my body was responding and that the results lasted much longer than other types of treatments I had tried. This type of MET work was different than my original Neuromuscular training in how it could be used to specifically address each individual joint in the spine. My curiosity turned into a determination to learn as much as I could about Applied Postural Mechanics!
For the next three years I studied with Darryl and Sharole coming to appreciate them both for the loving, genuinely caring people they are. I continued receiving therapy from them, an experience that both deepened my understanding of the modality and strengthened my physical ability to perform the techniques I was being taught. From my personal practice I brought easily a dozen patients who were willing to help me learn to be a better therapist by working with myself and Darryl or Sharole. On countless occasions Darryl has patiently explained again and again the steps to perform techniques I struggled with. I remember one day in particular laying supine on the massage table with both legs straight up, feet clutching my Anatomy skeleton’s pelvis, suspending it to the same position in relation to me as my head was in Darryl’s hands determined to understand how to place my fingers. After discussing the point, the moment dawned on us how funny this would appear to the random individual and we both started laughing. Today, I am confident in my practice of APM and I am stronger physically than I have ever been. I have found wonderful mentors and I cherish the knowledge they have shared with me and the privilege to be part of sharing it with others. They encouraged me every step of the way, and without them I would not be the therapist or teacher I am today.