Craniosacral Therapy (CST) is a light touch approach which aid in the release of tensions and restrictions held deep in the body. This gentle approach supports the relief of pain, dysfunction and stress management; to improve whole body health and performance. It allows your body’s ability to take better care of you. It has been shown to help:
Migraines and Headaches
Chronic Neck and Back Pain
Stress and Tension-Related Disorders
Spinal Cord Injuries
Central Nervous System Disorders
Craniosacral is supported by the American Cancer Society to help diminish and ease side effects of medical procedures and cancer treatments
This treatment is helpful for those working with PTSD and veterans.
'Viscera' relates to the internal organs of the body. Visceral Manipulation, VM, is a gentle manual therapy that aids in your body's to release restrictions and unhealthy compensations that cause pain and dysfunction. Emotions have a great impact on how our body functions and different emotions affect different organs. When the brain receives negative emotions it sends tension to the related organ, and the back to the brain from the organ resulting in a vicious cycle. Emotional reactions can translate into simple spasms in the gallbladder, or heartburn, vomiting, gastrointestinal issues and serious diseases.
Therapeutic Orthopedic Massage focus on treating painful conditions which affect the soft tissues of the body. This massage is designed to treat problems with the musculoskeletal system, injuries and medical conditions which requires extensive training. A range of techniques are used to treat these conditions.
For those stubborn conditions that may have been present for decades. These can be easily resolved with Cupping. Nothing works better at opening upand releasing joints, connective tissue and muscles than the use of negative pressure and movement. The use of suction is commonplace throughout the history of the Olympic Games for maintenance, pre and post event injuries, detoxification and recovery. For more details visit Cupping Page
Scar Release and Scar Release for Burn Scars
Whether your scar is a result of injury, surgery or caused by a severe burn it can a cause enormous physical and emotional pain. Scar tissue can be painful or "stuck down" to the underlying tissues. This restricts movements and range of motion which keeps the area from feeling "normal". Fascia surrounds every tissue and organ in our body including nerves, blood vessels, muscle and bone. Trauma, scarring or inflammation cause the fascia to lose its pliability and it becomes tight and restricted. Releasing the restrictions can improve the function of every tissue and organ of the body. Aside from the person's experience, treating and rehabilitating tissue that has suffered a third-degree burn is one of the toughest challenges the medical community faces. Although some are hesitant at the thought of having their scars and/or burns touched research has consistently shown that massage therapy plays a valuable therapeutic role in burn rehabilitation. Because bodywork can boost body image, improve comfort levels with touch, reduce anxiety, minimize pain and increase circulation to diminish itching, numbness and edema, massage therapy can truly make a difference in a survivors life. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have about your scars, new or old, surgical or burn.
Manual Lymphatic Massage
Manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) is a holistic approach to promoting a healthy lymphatic system. Lymphatic massage is a gentle form of massage which consist of rhythmical and specific movements to stimulate movement of the lymphatic fluids and promote drainage. Stimulating the lymphatic system promotes detoxification and by carrying germ-fighting materials to cells when they are under attack by viruses. This treatment greatly supports the immune system and aids in reducing localized swelling due to injury or surgery. Receiving lymphatic treatments prior to surgery will support the healing process.
Pre and Post operative Treatments
One of the biggest advantages to trying alternative practices like cupping therapy or massage therapy is that these methods don’t pose the risk for unwanted side effects like pharmacological drugs or surgery do, but sometimes surgery is needed. Studies show that certain massage modalities and treatments can help boost immune function and speed up healing time without the use of any medications or even herbs. And these are just some of the benefits of cupping therapy.
Oncology massage techniques can help ease the trauma, anxiety and pain associated with any type of cancer, but it also provide a respite or time to not think about the disease, treatment, or prognosis...if only for an hour or so.
Oncology massage is the modification of existing massage therapy techniques in order to safely work with complications of cancer and cancer treatment. Anyone who has ever received cancer treatment, from those in active treatment to those in recovery or survivorship, as well as those at the end of life, are best served by a massage therapist who has received training in oncology massage.
Essential aspects of an oncology massage therapist's skill set are an informed understanding of the disease itself and the many ways it can affect the human body; the side effects of cancer treatments, such as medications, surgery, chemotherapy and radiation; and the ability to modify massage techniques in order to adapt for these side effects, as well as for the disease. Please feel free to call for more information.
Breast cancer can be traumatic for women, physically, spiritually, and mentally. The person receiving treatment feels strange in their own skin. Their hair may be falling out, major body changes have occurred due to surgery and the breast area may have scar tissue that is painful and unattractive. In addition the area may be swollen, as well as have nerve damage, unexplained pressure and loss of sensation. The area can be tender for a long period of time, especially if radiation was part of the treatment. Cupping for massage breast therapy can be used to decrease scarring, support healing, increase lymphatic flow and stimulate the immune system (especially important after the trauma of treatment). It can also relax the mind, reduce stress and just make the person feel good.
Massage Cupping is wonderful for breast cancer survivors, because it relies on suction/negative pressure, not compression or downward pressure to accomplish the same (and often better) results. When done by a certified provider, massage cupping provides lifting of the tissue, decreasing pressure and pain receptors. This allows the tissue to soften and release pressure and adhesions with minimal discomfort. The lift also encourages lymphatic flow, decreasing pain and swelling, and creating stimulation of affected tissue, with a sense of calm wellbeing.
When used in conjunction with gentle manual lymph drainage techniques, massage cupping can increase the drainage of an area, significantly decreasing swelling and lymphedema. It is important for therapists using this technique to have a strong background in lymphedema therapies and an understanding of the mechanics of massage cupping.
Face Rejuvenation with Vacuum Therapy
Cosmetically, this service is very effective in reducing everyday facial puffiness, creating a lifted appearance, reducing dark circles under the eyes, minimizing bags under the eyes, firming up jowls, diminishing wrinkles, and assisting with the resolution of facial scars. Furthermore, this Face Rejuvenation Lymphatic Treatment can offer relief from sinus congestion, ease the symptoms associated with seasonal allergies, relieve some headaches, resolve some earaches, and decrease the pain and swelling associated with TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder. For more details about this treatment visit the Face Rejuvenation page
Reiki calms and relaxes the body so it is excellent for stress and anxiety, promoting feelings of peace, security and wellbeing. Reiki treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit creating many beneficial effects.
Relaxation Massage a gentle to medium pressure of long strokes, kneading and rubbing of the outer layers of to promote relaxation. It will cover a wide range of areas on the body including the back, legs, arms and neck. It is not a deep tissue massage. It is not designed for working the deeper muscles of the body.