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My work is a combination of Neuro-structural, Trigger Point, and Myofascial Release that uses techniques from Rolfing, Feldenkrais/Hanna Somatics, A.R.T and Rice Release Techniques: all modalities that are clinically proven to reduce pain and promote the body's natural healing process. Please read below for more detailed descriptions.
Neuro-Structural Bodywork (NSB)is a somatic therapy which combines a variety of techniques including fascial release, neuromuscular reeducation, craniosacral adjustment and breathwork in restoring balance to the musculoskeletal and nervous system. Neuro-Structural Bodywork has proven highly effective in:
- releasing fascial restrictions and allowing for new neurological impulses which support postural balance and free range of motion.
- treating both acute injuries and chronic conditions including strained muscles, upper/lower back and disc problems, frozen shoulder, joint injuries fibromyalgia, migraines, jaw pain (TMJ) and chronic fatigue syndrome.
- dramatically increasing range of motion, sensory perception and motor control as well as enhancing athletic performance and efficiency of movement.
- creating a more receptive environment for a variety of other modalities (especially chiropractic and physical therapy), increasing results from exercise and supporting the body in sustaining skeletal adjustments.
- providing a possible alternative to more invasive treatments (including surgery) in cases where fascial restriction and/or loss of sensory perception and motor control is the underlying cause or exacerbating factor of a more serious condition.
- supporting emotional release and psychological integration therapies while enhancing one's poise, balance and sense of well-being.
Compressive Deep Tissue
Compressive Deep Tissue (CDT) is performed on the floor with the therapist standing above the client and using the feet and/or knees to place pressure on the back, legs and arms. Because the therapist's entire body is above the client's, maximum downward force is available to compress the large muscle groups of the back and legs which are sometimes difficult to release using the hands, forearms/elbows alone. The therapist can adjust the pressure from broader to more focused by using one or both feet (or knees), shifting weight from the heel to the arch, grasping or pressing with the toes, and changing the angle of force from vertical to more horizontal.
Shiatsu Massage is a Japanese form of massage. The word Shiatsu comes from two Japanese words - "shi" (finger) and "atsu" (pressure). In addition to the direct stimulation of pressure points along the energy pathways of your body, gentle stretching techniques are applied over a wider area of the body to integrate the point work and encourage the flow of Qi (energy) throughout the body. Shiatsu is a meditative healing art that honors the body, mind and spirit.
Trigger Point Therapy
Trigger Point Therapy is a style of bodywork that focuses on stimulating and releasing “trigger points” in your body. Trigger points are tender areas of tension similar to acupressure points, except they occur in the belly of the muscle tissue rather than along the energy pathways of the body. These ‘knots’ are built up throughout a person’s life due to physical, mental, and/or emotional stress. During a session, focused pressure is applied through a variety of techniques order to release your trigger points. This process can be quite painful at times, yet the effects are lasting and profoundly transformative.
Stone Therapy is a type of bodywork that uses deep penetrating heat and/or alternating cold from specialized stones. The physiological benefits of alternating hot and cold to the body have long been scientifically and medically proven.
Stone Therapy delivers a profound expansion and contraction inside your circulatory system, improving the function of your lymphatic and immune systems, and enhancing your body’s self-healing mechanisms. This style of bodywork takes you into deep states of relaxation, releasing stress and anxiety, detoxifying the body, and balancing your nervous system.
Swedish Massage is a very relaxing and therapeutic style of bodywork. It combines oils or lotion with an array of strokes such as rolling, kneading, and percussion to help the body improve its circulation. The benefits of this type of bodywork are wide-ranging and include relief from aches and pains, decreased stress levels in the body, enhanced mental clarity, improved appearance, and greater flexibility.