Tissue Manipulation Techniques
At the beginning of each treatment, I will ask you about your goals for the session. I customize your treatment based on this information and what your body tells me. Utilizing Swedish Massage (gliding, kneading, bending) as a base, I incorporate the following techniques to work at a deeper level.
What is it? Sustained pressure on a muscle spasm, chronic or acute, intended to interrupt the spasm.
What does it feel like? Deep pressure on one spot- we are looking for what I call 'sweet discomfort.' It is deep but you can relax into it. The sensation may radiate out from where I am touching. We move on when the sensation or radiating has changed.
What is fascia? A thin layer of connective tissue that covers the entire body. When there has been stress and strain on the body, the fascia that usually glides, becomes adhered.
What is it? Performed without lotion, I glide the fascia over itself, releasing the adhesion. This can increase range of motion and decrease pain.
What does it feel like? It's very effective, but honestly, it can cause some discomfort.
Cranio-Sacral Therapy (CST)
What is it? Manipulating the soft tissue of the body and the cranial sacral rhythm with a light touch no more than the weight of a nickle. It can relieve pain and dysfunction while increasing whole-body health.
Pioneered and developed by Osteopathic Physician John E. Upledger, cranio-sacral therapy applies a light touch to gently manipulate the joints of the cranium and soft tissues of the central nervous system. This helps to regulate the cerebral spinal fluid and relives stress and dysfunction deep in the body. It is extremely relaxing and serves as a re-set for your nervous system.
Cranio Fascial Therapy (CFT)
What does it feel like? It is a light-touch therapy that is generally deeply relaxing-like being rocked to sleep.
What is it? Trauma accumulated from birth and throughout life contributes to tight and dysfunctional bodies. CFT unwinds this tightness with a gentle and engaged touch. The release in fascial strain throughout the body can relieve pain and limited mobility that place restrictions on the brain and spinal cord.
What does it feel like? Unwinding fascia can feel like a slow, gentle gliding of the tissue. In general, it is also quite relaxing.