It is often through bodywork that we are most intimately put in touch with ourselves. Through the therapist’s touch we come to realize that not only our muscles but some of our organs hold tension. We become aware of where we hold “our stuff,” where we are stuck, and how much of our energy is consumed by tension and pain. Through these changes in our awareness and the power of touch, we begin the process of releasing – of self-healing.
Bodywork Forms Available:
- CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle method of evaluating, detecting and correcting for restrictions in the craniosacral system (the brain, spinal cord and the membranes and fluid that surround them). By releasing these imbalances or restrictions and reducing the stress placed on our central nervous system, CST facilitates our body’s innate ability to heal itself. The following are a few of the wide range of disorders that CST has been used to alleviate:
- Migraines and headaches
- Stress and tension-related problems
- Central nervous system disorders
- Learning disabilities
- Chronic neck and back pain
- Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ)
- Chronic fatigue
- Brain and spinal cord injuries
- SomatoEmotional Release (SER) is based on the principle that tissue holds memory. It is a process that utilizes the principles of CranioSacral Therapy to release from the body and mind the often unconscious adaptive patterns we develop from accidents, injuries and emotional shock. Once these are released, both physical and emotional symptoms begin to resolve.
- Chikly Brain Curriculum is a noninvasive manual therapy that directly addresses specific structures of the brain and spinal cord. Through the use of layered palpation, the practitioner can identify, contact and effect change in both the tissues and fluid of the brain – from an entire system to an individual nucleus. By releasing detected restrictions, the brain, spinal cord and central nervous system are able to return to higher levels of functioning.
- Lymph Drainage Therapy (LDT) is a manual technique that enables the practitioner to feel and affect the direction, rhythm and flow of lymph. While there are many forms of lymph drainage, LDT is the only form that utilizes Manual Lymph Mapping to assess inappropriate lymph movement and to redirect the lymph to physiologically appropriate pathways. LDT helps to recirculate body fluids, stimulate functioning of the immune system, and balance the autonomic nervous system. By doing so, Lymph Drainage Therapy has been shown to result in:
- Reduction of edema (swelling) and lymphedemas
- Immune system stimulation
- Chronic and subacute inflammation (such as allergies, acne and eczema)
- Relief of chronic pain
- Regeneration of tissue (from burns and pre- and post-surgical scarring)
- Reduction of symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia
- Myofascial Release (MR) is a hands-on technique that applies prolonged pressure in specific directions into the fascial system to relieve pain and restore function. Fascia is a tough connective tissue with elastic and collagenous components and a ground substance. This ground substance, which is normally gelatinous-like, can through inflammation and trauma over time begin to solidify and shorten. Pain and restriction result. Only myofascial release alters the collagenous aspect of fascia and the viscosity of its ground substance. Myofascial release is often not comfortable work, so it is important to communicate with the therapist to control the intensity and level of discomfort.
- Deep Tissue Massage (DTM), as the name suggests, relieves pain by penetrating below the superficial muscle into the deeper layers of the body’s tissues, working along muscles, tendons, ligaments and around joints where the more hidden and chronic tension and inflammation lie. It is important with DTM to work deeper slowly, as problems that are of long-standing nature can be uncomfortable as adhesions are broken up and metabolic toxins are released. Although it may be effective to go to the borderline of pain, it is unproductive to overstep the mark. Communication with the therapist as to your pain tolerance is extremely important, for while soreness following a session is common, it should be kept to a minimum.
- Swedish Massage is the basis from which all other forms of massage evolve. Using a system of long strokes, kneading, friction and percussive techniques on the more superficial layers of muscle, Swedish massage promotes deep relaxation, improves circulation, relieves muscle tension, pain and stiffness, and while reducing mental stress it induces a relaxed state of alertness with an enhanced capacity for clearer thinking and an increased sense of harmony and well-being.