Periodically, I’d like to offer recommendations for local businesses in my column. This month I must recommend a dish at the Loft Brasserie. The Dungeness Crab Macaroni Gratin is made with white truffle oil and is an amazing and rich delight. I suggest ordering it without crab so that the savory truffle flavor is the star of the dish. This dish serves as inspiration for my column this month. . . read on to learn more about truffles and the surprising way in which truffle pigs and massage therapists are alike.
During a session several months ago, I honed in on a troubled spot of a client and she enthusi-astically said, “You are like a truffle pig for [finding the source of] pain!” As a foodie and truffle fan, I thought this was such a great compliment. For those of you who are not familiar with what a ‘truffle pig’ is, let me illuminate why I found this comment flattering.
Truffles are wonderful, flavorful, and rare mushrooms. Just a small amount of them can hugely impact the flavor of your dish. Truffles live underneath the soil and aren’t apparent to the naked eye, so they are very difficult to find. Even when you carefully brush away the dirt around an area where truffles are, unless you have a very trained eye, one may be right in front of you and you may miss it. Pigs have a keen sense of smell, are naturally drawn towards the scent of truf-fles, and have an affinity for rooting in the earth for food. Because of these natural skills, humans have used specially trained pigs to help them find truffles for centuries.
Just like with truffles, sources of pain in the body can often be buried, evasive, and difficult to find. Also akin to how a small amount of truffles can impact the flavor of an entire dish, a grain-sized trigger point or an adhesion pattern can hugely impact several muscle groups and create pain or tension in a large portion of the body.
Similar to the delicate nose of a pig, I’m able to ‘sniff’ out those hidden areas of tension in your body with my hands. I’m naturally drawn to and want to find the roots of your pain. Like a truffle hunter who carefully removes the soil around the truffle, once I find the root of your pain, I care-fully unwind the holding patterns around the source to free up that delicate part of your tissue that is longing to be liberated. Healing pain in the body is my passion. This is why I will gladly accept the compliment of being compared to a truffle pig anytime.