Virtual Bodywork

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.  

Embracing Virtual Bodywork

This summer, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, I recognized that folks would need phsyical and energetic support for their bodies during a time when  in-person bodywork would feel very unsafe for many, myself included.  I wanted to create a shift into a virtual space for healing from pain and stress in a way that would feel safer for everyone.

In a month-long neurovascular release training, I learned the necessary skills to translate the nerve work I already do with the addition of an artery release component, into a format in which I can support folks in a virtual setting to facilitate their own healing by doing the hands-on work themselves, with my guidance.  These sessions foster self-care empowerment and bring clients a new understanding of their own power in healing.

The techniques offer a way to ease tension in the nerves and arteries, which can allow for increased range of motion, decreased pain and tension, and an overall settling of the nervous system.

3 Part Series: Full Body Neurovascular Release

Session 1: We begin the journey in the part of vagus nerve and carotid artery located in the neck, in order to help decrease the flight or fight response that many of us are finding ourselves in during this time of uncertainty.

Session 2: Next, we navigate through the rib cage, freeing up the ribs and spine to allow for a greater expansion of breathing and a greater sense of ease in movement.

Session 3: Finally, we continue down into the pelvis and legs, freeing up the hamstrings and quadriceps, and offering ease in the hips and a greater sense of support and grounding through the legs.

Throughout the series, we look at a general sense of the body, as well as tailoring techniques to your specific body. Each session comes with handouts, so you can continue the work as part of your self care routine. After going through the series, if there are specific aspects that you would like to look at in more detail, we can continue on with individual sessions, or allow your body to settle and continue to work on the techniques on your own.

Virtual Bodywork Testimonials

I was so happy when I found out that Terri is able to meet with clients online to do body work...

I was so happy when I found out that Terri is able to meet with clients online to do body work. We specifically focused on the nerves and the vascular system.

She demonstrated and then guided me through each technique. Anatomical illustrations were used to make things clearer. The techniques are easy to do on my own body and handouts will help me continue the work on my own.

As always, her work is gentle, thoughtful and tailored to the client. -Julie R.

I had five neurovascular release sessions on zoom with Terri, and I’d just like to tell you how much they helped me...

I had five neurovascular release sessions on zoom with Terri, and I’d just like to tell you how much they helped me. In March 2020, I was rear-ended in a car accident. Prior to that, I was regularly working out at a gym, mostly on an elliptical. Then after the accident, I started physical therapy, and they told me to take a couple weeks off from the gym. During my physical therapy, things shut down due to Covid, and although I was able to finish my PT, the gym was closed.

 

I had issues with my neck and left hip and leg following the accident. I couldn’t completely turn my head to the left, and I had a lot of pain and stiffness in my hip and leg. The exercises from PT did help the pain stop in my neck, but I still couldn’t turn my head and look over my left shoulder.

 

The first session with Terri, we worked on the neck. She demonstrates what you need to do on zoom, and you follow the directions. It’s very easy to do. By the end of the first session I could completely look over my left shoulder! I couldn’t believe it. I also had increased rotation on the right side too. And even though the following sessions went on to work different areas of the body, I still have that increased movement in my neck.

 

Also, I started back at the gym in mid-June. I was going regularly, but even after a month, I didn’t have the endurance back in my legs that I had before the accident. Once Terri did the sessions on the rest of the body, my endurance came back as well. I’m now able to use the elliptical at the same pace that I was doing prior to the accident. And, I also have less pain and tingling in my left leg. Prior to working with Terri, my drive to the gym in the morning was very painful, as sitting caused a lot of discomfort in the back of my left leg. I’m now able to drive to the gym with no pain.

 

I can’t say enough wonderful things about this experience with Terri. I would recommend it to anyone dealing with pain and stiffness in their body. She and the neurovascular release are so powerful.  -Michele B.

I wasn't sure what to expect from my online sessions with Terri, but have found them to be helpful in several ways...

I wasn’t sure what to expect from my online sessions with Terri, but have found them to be helpful in several ways — it’s been good for my spirit to feel that I’m taking care of myself during this shutdown; it’s been good for my intellectual curiosity to explore and learn more about anatomy (who KNEW how all those nerves and arteries connected?); and it’s been surprisingly effective at releasing the physical tightness that’s coming from so many hours of video meetings. You can expect to learn some tiny therapeutic movements with large impact, and the best part is that you get reference sheets so that you can do the exercises on your own whenever you want. I’ve very much looked forward to each session, and have been joyfully surprised by how effective it is.

Sera L.

My Experience & History in Bodywork

Even though I am not currently offering hands-on bodywork, my experience in structural integration and craniosacral therapy continue to influence the healing work I offer. I am able to see the human body, even via a computer screen in a zoom call, with the lens of decades of hands-on work with the human body.

The type of Structural Integration techniques that I have historically utilized 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. Rest assured that my background in this work will continue to feed into our healing work together, through this new medium that is more appropriate for the times in which we find ourselves living.

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