I've been in practice since 1999, beginning in my home state of Virginia, and in Nevada City, CA since 2004. I've taken extensive training in many modalities and accumulated over 2000 hours of study, and over 20 years of experience. All this to say, I know that listening to each person's body is what's most important, and placing my attention on the breath and trusting my hands is how we can work best together.
With slow, deep precision, Deep Tissue bodywork unwinds and releases dysfunctional tension in the deeper muscle layers and fascia. By slowly lengthening soft tissue structures, breaking up scar tissue and decompressing joints, Deep Tissue can shift chronic dysfunction towards freer joint mobility and supple muscular movement. Deep Tissue is effective for rehabilitiating acute or chronic injuries, structural rebalancing, improved joint range of motion and release from muscular tension. It can also help reduce the inflammation and pain caused by arthritis, tendinitis, vertebral disc injuries, multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Few structures have as much influence over the body’s ability to function properly as the brain and spinal cord that make up the central nervous system. And, the central nervous system is heavily influenced by the craniosacral system – the membranes and fluid that surround, protect and nourish the brain and spinal cord.
Every day your body endures stresses and strains that it must work to compensate for. Unfortunately, these changes often cause body tissues to tighten and distort the craniosacral system. These distortions can then cause tension to form around the brain and spinal cord resulting in restrictions. This can create a barrier to the healthy performance of the central nervous system, and potentially every other system it interacts with.
Fortunately, such restrictions can be detected and corrected using simple methods of touch. With a light touch, the CST practitioner uses his or her hands to evaluate the craniosacral system by gently feeling various locations of the body to test for the ease of motion and rhythm of the cerebrospinal fluid pulsing around the brain and spinal cord. Soft-touch techniques are then used to release restrictions in any tissues influencing the craniosacral system.
Craniosacral therapists can most easily feel the CSR in the body by lightly touching the base of the skull or the sacrum. During a session, they feel for disturbances in the rate, amplitude, symmetry, and quality of flow of the CSR. A therapist uses very gentle touch to balance the flow of the CSR. Once the cerebrospinal fluid moves freely, the body's natural healing responses can function.
PREGNANCY AND POST-PARTUM
Prenatal massage helps women through all stages of pregnancy, helping to prepare her physically and mentally for childbirth. Easing the mother-to-be through the dramatic changes in her body, massage greatly improves circulation and relieves the aches and pains associated with pregnancy. The discomfort of sciatica, carpal tunnel, joint stiffness, swelling and muscle cramps can be greatly reduced. Pregnancy massage gives mamas much needed down time to restore and replenish their vital energy.
"Viscera" relates to the internal organs of the body, such as the liver, kidneys and intestines. Visceral Manipulation is a gentle manual therapy that aids your body's ability to release restrictions and unhealthy compensations that cause pain and dysfunction. Visceral Manipulation, or VM, does not focus solely on the site of pain or dysfunction, but evaluates the entire body to find the source of the problem. The VM therapist feels for altered or decreased motion within the viscera, as well as restrictive patterns throughout the body and then applies VM techniques. VM therapy re-establishes the body's ability to adapt and restore itself to health.
VM assists functional and structural imbalances throughout the body including musculoskeletal, vascular, nervous, urogenital, respiratory, digestive and lymphatic dysfunction. It evaluates and treats the dynamics of motion and suspension in relation to organs, membranes, fascia and ligaments. VM increases proprioceptive communication within the body, thereby revitalizing a person and relieving symptoms of pain, dysfunction, and poor posture.
An integrative approach to evaluation and treatment of a patient requires assessment of the structural relationships between the viscera, and their fascial or ligamentous attachments to the musculoskeletal system. Strains in the connective tissue of the viscera can result from surgical scars, adhesions, illness, posture or injury. Tension patterns form through the fascial network deep within the body, creating a cascade of effects far from their sources for which the body will have to compensate. This creates fixed, abnormal points of tension that the body must move around, and this chronic irritation gives way to functional and structural problems.
Fascial Integration offers complementary skills in postural analysis, physical assessment, problem solving and fascial manipulation, especially for tricky clients not responding to one's current methodology.
Developed by Bruce Schonfeld after extensive studies in Rolfing Structural Integration and Visceral Manipulation, Fascial Integration (FI) is a natural continuation of Ida Rolf's method of Structural Integration (SI).Paying forward her whole body approach to physical alignment through fascial manipulation and education, FI looks through the same architectural lens and applies a 'local and global' logic to the next layer deep, the interfacing membranes. Like the biomechanics of other body-based systems that require normal range of motion to fully function, membranes also need to slide and glide and are a critical component of more comprehensive fascial continuity. Whereas Structural Integration segmentally balances fascial components of the overall musculoskeletal system, Fascial Integration embraces systems anatomy and balances the body with additional depth and dimension. FI evolves Rolf's holistic relationship with the musculoskeletal system by linking it with the underlying membranes and larger visceral ligaments. Finding dynamic balance within a deeper fascial web, of compounding internal and external forces, FI takes a dynamic, volumetric and three dimensional approach to balancing membranous tension.