My goal as a bodyworker is to work with the body, not on the body.
I do not fix problems, but rather guide you and your body
towards greater health.
Although I have been schooled in a wide range of bodywork and massage modalities, I am drawn to the light-touch end of the spectrum.
Listed here are the three main types of bodywork that I offer.
CranioSacral Therapy (CST) (Cranio = cranium or head, Sacral = sacrum or triangular bone at base of spine) is the predominate type of bodywork that I do. This work typically uses 5 grams of pressure (the weight of a nickel) to effect the CranioSacral System. This system includes the bones of the head and face, brain, spine and spinal cord (including tail bone), fluid and fascia that surrounds and bathes these tissues. This system directly effects the Central Nervous System. Although the touch is light, the effect can be profound.
SomatoEmotional Release (SER) is a component of the CranioSacral Therapy curriculum (CST III = SER I). SomatoEmotional Release addresses emotions that can be physically held within the body. Releasing this emotion, previous experience or trauma can tremendously shift ones health for the better.
This form of CranioSacral Therapy was developed by Dr. John Upledger.
The client remains fully clothed and typically lays on his/her back the entire session.
Most lymph vessels are very close to the surface of the skin. Therefore, with a very light touch, the lymph fluid that travels though these vessels can be manually moved through them.
We have lymph vessels almost everywhere in the body that we have blood vessels. However, there is no central pump for the lymphatic system like there is for the circulatory system. So it is often the case that the lymph fluid does not move efficiently through the body. Manual Lymph Drainage can help tremendously.
Dr. Bruno Chikly is credited for this form of Lymph Drainage and his courses are also offered through the Upledger Institute.
(Please note, I am not qualified to work on individuals with Lymphedema.)
Due the the delicate nature of the lymph vessels, skin to skin contact is needed to manually move the lymph through the vessels. The client disrobes to his/her comfort level and is always appropriately draped while on the massage table.
Usui/Holy Fire Reiki Master
Reiki is a light touch modality from Japan and can be used on its own or combined with the other types of bodywork that I do. According to Reiki.org, Reiki is "based on the idea that an unseen 'life force energy' flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one's 'life force energy' is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy." Most clients on the table report feeling a great deal of warmth coming from the practitioners hands, and that they feel very relaxed.
Reiki was developed by Mikao Usui in 1922. This ability for Usui to channel Reiki energy was obtained during at twenty-one day Buddhist training course. After this experience, Usui was able to teach others about how to use this Reiki energy. Reiki is very easy to learn and has quickly spread around the world.
Who can receive bodywork?
Anyone and everyone! From pregnant women, to newborn babies to older adults, literally everyone can benefit from therapeutic bodywork.
Bodywork can be done on a preventative basis to keep the body functioning at it's optimal level. This work can also be done on those who would like to resolve old trauma, injuries, accidents, surgeries, illnesses (acute or chronic), pain syndromes, etc.
Regular bodywork is an integral part to a well rounded personal health care plan. Just like eating well and getting plenty of fresh air and exercise, regular bodywork sessions can go a long way in maintaining a high quality of life.
Humans are not the only ones that can benefit from this light touch bodywork.
Our dear four-legged friends can too!
I also do work on domestic cats and dogs. They can experience aches and pains from injuries or aging joints. Whether they are sporting or working dogs to lovely lazing lap cats, furry critters respond quite well to bodywork.
All sessions are home visits (unless other arrangements are made). Please contact me directly with questions or to set up an appointment.