Your nervous system sets tone, responsiveness and awareness everywhere in your body.  If your nerves are on alert as a result of stress, pain, anxiety, habit or dysfunction, your body will not be able to relax or function optimally.  For this reason, my work focuses on soothing and integrating your nervous system’s communications.  Sometimes I think of it as couple’s therapy for you and your body — helping you interpret your body’s signals, and making sure everybody feels understood and supported.  My work tends to be slow, specific, and deeply relaxing.  People often remark that it is unlike other work they have received.  Each session is unique to your needs, yet while the “typical” session may vary, I draw on the following techniques:

Neuromuscular Therapy

This technique uses slow or static pressure to make your nervous system aware of areas of localized tension (trigger points).  Once these areas come back on the radar, your own body will reset it’s tension levels to release the trigger points and the pain they cause.

Craniosacral Therapy

Craniosacral therapy is a gentle and subtle form of bodywork that helps your body to reorganize patterns of contraction so that your whole system can recover energy, efficiency, ease, communication and awareness. This is a very gentle technique that can be done fully clothed, or incorporated into a massage session.  Craniosacral therapy accesses deep layers of rest and healing in your body, and works with your body’s own rhythms to unwind tension and restore balanced alignment.  It can be especially helpful for injury or issues in your head, jaw, neck, spine or sacrum, as well as emotional or endocrine imbalances. This treatment is also deeply rejuvenating, and allows other work to be more fully integrated into your body and your psyche.

Structural Integration

Structural massage focuses on the fascia, or connective tissue, that wraps around every muscle, bone, organ and tissue in your body.  If your fascia becomes tight or sticky it can hold you in an uncomfortable position and limit your range of motion — much like too much time spent sitting in an awkward chair.  Sometimes it is a real chair that is behind our fascial dysfunction, or habitual posture or movement patterns, or compensations to injury.  This work brings your body back to optimal posture, alignment and movement.   Yoga and movement therapy are helpful in combination with structural bodywork.