BodyAlign

Feel better.

Are we a good fit for each other?

The clients I work best with and who receive the greatest benefit from our work together: 

  • are searching for a non-invasive, holistic approach to their health
  • recognize and value the mind and body connection
  • are ready to deepen and expand their understanding of how their body works
  • are open to making changes that support their body's health
  • want to learn what they can do to help their body work better
  • are in pain and have not been getting the relief they want and need
  • are looking for a partner and collaborator on their wellness journey

Techniques and Training

My sessions are completely unique to the individual and sometimes even different from session to session. I use a variety of modalities depending on what I think the client needs that day.  

I have almost 10 years of experience as a massage therapist and over the years I've discovered that less is more. The body is an extremely intelligent machine that knows how to heal itself if you give it a gentle nudge and a relaxing environment. A typical session with me might incorporate a mix of Craniosacral Therapy (CST), Somato Emotional Release (SER), Stretching, Light Touch Trigger Point Therapy, and MyoFascial Release. 

Go ahead and look over the list of modalities to make sure we are a good fit for each other! Keep in mind that you will be fully clothed during the session. 

Craniosacral Therapy (CST)

CranioSacral Therapy (CST) was pioneered and developed by osteopathic physician Dr. John Upledger following extensive scientific studies from 1975 to 1983 at Michigan State University. 

CST is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the functioning of a physiological body system called the craniosacral system. This system consists of the membrane (dura mater) surrounding the brain and spinal cord and the fluid that fills it. There is an ebb and flow of this cerebrospinal fluid and similar to the breath or heartbeat it can be detected by a trained practitioner.

Using a soft touch practitioners release restrictions in the craniosacral system to improve the functioning of the central nervous system. Focus is given to normalizing range of motion in slightly movable joints between the bones of the skull, the face and mouth, as well as the spinal column and pelvis.

CST also recognizes the importance of releasing restriction and knots in the fascia which is a webbed network of connective tissue throughout the body connecting all parts to one another. 

By complementing the body's natural healing processes, CST is increasingly used as a preventive health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease, and is effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction, including:

 

  • Migraine Headaches
  • Chronic Neck and Back Pain
  • Motor-Coordination Impairments
  • Colic
  • Autism
  • Central Nervous System Disorders
  • Orthopedic Problems
  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Scoliosis
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Emotional Difficulties
  • Stress and Tension-Related Problems
  • Fibromyalgia and other Connective-Tissue Disorders
  • Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ)
  • Neurovascular or Immune Disorders
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Post-Surgical Dysfunction

Somato Emotional Release (SER)

SomatoEmotional Release (SER) is a therapeutic process that uses and expands on the principles of CranioSacral Therapy to help rid the mind and body of the residual effects of trauma. It is not a different modality but an extension of CST.

The premise of this work is that the body and mind are not separate and that there is an innate connection and symbiotic relationship between the two. Sometimes physical limitations in the body are associated with underlying emotional "memories". SER uses gentle integrative techniques to bring these "memories" into conscious awareness. As the client begins to make sense of these related emotions the physical limitations and/or pain in the body dissipate or disappear completely.

Light Touch Trigger Point Therapy and Myofascial Release

The word myofascial means muscle tissue (myo) and the connective tissue in and around it (fascia). Myofascial pain often results from muscle injury or repetitive strain. When stressed or injured, muscles often form trigger points, like contracted knots, that cause pain and tightness. Myofascial trigger points are an extremely common cause of pain. Trigger points cause a shortening of the muscle fibers, and have a special property called referred pain. Referred pain means that a trigger point in one muscle can create pain in another area. When the therapist presses on or runs energy to/through these points they soften and release. Sometimes there will be minimal pain or discomfort as the release is happening.