The physical body may be experiencing pain because of physical strain patterns, and pain may also be stemming from, or exacerbated by, the energetic body, emotions, and other-worldly influences. By drawing information from the physical, energetic, and invisible plains, I offer a holistic approach to healing in the moment, as well as teach my clients how to work with their energy bodies. Learning to set proper boundaries often leads to an enhanced ability to maneuver gracefully through one’s body and the world.
Craniosacral Therapy (CST)
A gentle hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the function of the Craniosacral system — the physiological body system comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. CST enhances the body’s natural healing processes to improve the operation of the central nervous system, dissipate the negative effects of stress, enhance health, and strengthen resistance to disease.
I am trained in structural integration as well as massage therapy (NCLMBT #1241). In bodywork sessions, it is helpful to observe a person standing in order to see how the body is working together, where the body is supporting itself, and where support can potentially be built into the system. I work not only with muscle, but also the relationship between the nervous system and the organs. Our body is made up of multiple systems, and only looking at the muscular system can be short-sighted. It is possible to work deep into the body, without using deep painful pressure. The more we can work with the nervous system in a non-threatening, painless approach, the more the body is able to learn to trust and let go.
Structural work is offered as a 12-session series to work with integrating the entire body, as well as single sessions and tune ups.
The type of Structural Integration techniques that I utilize in my bodywork practice is Kinesis Myofascial Integration (KMI) based on The Anatomy Trains by Thomas Myers. Structural Integration utilizes a slow manipulation of muscle and fascia along with client movement, to create balance in the structure of the body. Fascia is a type of connective tissue that surrounds muscles, organs, blood vessels and runs from the top of your head to the bottom of your feet, which means we are working/looking at how strain patterns affect the entire body, not just a single limb or joint.
Structural Integration is best described by Thomas Myers himself:
“The design of KMI(Kinesis Myofascial Integration) is to unwind the strain patterns residing in your body’s locomotor system, restoring it to its natural balance, alignment, length, and ease. Common strain patterns come about from inefficient movement habits, and our body’s response to poorly designed cars, desks, telephones, and airplanes, etc. Individual strain patterns come from imitation when we are young, from the invasions of injury or surgery or birth, and from our body’s response to traumatic episodes. Beginning as a simple gesture of response, movements can become a neuromuscular habit. The habitual movement forms one’s posture, and the posture requires changes in the structure – the body’s connective tissue ‘fabric’. In other words, a gesture becomes a habit becomes a posture and eventually lodges in our structure. These changes are rarely for the better – anything that pulls us out of alignment means that gravity works on pulling us into more misalignment or increased tension to counteract the force. Compensation begets compensation, and more symptoms. KMI is designed to unwind this process and reduce structural stresses. The method depends on a unique property of the body’s connective tissue network.” — Thomas Myers