Bodywork

The Spiral Techniques method of Neuromuscular Therapy is both a physical and energetic form of somatic bodywork which has received international recognition for its remarkable success with a wide range of muscular and trauma-related challenges. Spiral techniques combines Eastern and Western methods of healing to free the mind/body of limitations and associated dysfunction which is present as pain, limited range of motion, structural anomalies and soft tissue injuries. Spiral techniques is an extraordinary alternative to drugs, surgery, rehab and living with pain. If you are an athlete experiencing a hamstring pull, a chronic pain patient suffering from a back injury, a business executive seeking a higher level of performance, parent/grandparents wanting to remain playful throughout life, a weekend warrior suffering with knee trouble, or simply seeking to improve your physical, mental, and emotional health – all of these challenges respond quickly and dramatically to the spiral technique method.

A session of this therapy involves the restructuring of connective tissue, treating the entire body with a system of simple assisted movements in which the clothed body is pre-positioned in basic yoga postures that are supported by specially designed tables. Connective tissue, or fascia, is the substance that surrounds, supports, separates, and protects the various body organs and structures. When compressed connective tissue is released, you can experience the remarkable benefits of greater flexibility, increased range of motion, and the relief of pain. The psychological benefits possible are equally extraordinary. Painful events from past, both physical and emotional, manifest themselves as restrictions in the body and dysfunctional behavior. Through the application of the spiral techniques method, the mind body connection can be stabilized allowing the unified body and mind to connect with the spirit. This is accomplished through the release of those physical, mental and emotional traumas that have manifested as memories and become recorded in the connective tissue of the body. By unwinding connective tissue which erases layers of trauma memory, we can release patterns that hinder our growth and development.

Penetration is accomplished through direct physical contact, lengthening is done through manual traction, and unwinding via the practitioners movement in a spiral fashion. This is unique to the spiral techniques method and what differentiates it from other forms of bodywork, such as deep tissue sculpting, passive joint movement, or assisted stretching with compressions. These three touch and movement principles are part of a whole approach, or greater gestalt. The intuitive and energetic aspects of spiral techniques, however, are absolutely critical to its practice.

Whereas most somatic practitioners use power in their arms and hands in the application of the healing work, with spiral techniques, the practitioner uses her whole body to first gather, then channel and focus, and finally project energy into areas needing release. The points of contact between practitioner and client are beyond touch – beyond even deep tissue work. The specific point of contact is, rather, a portal – an opening for the transfer of energy between practitioner and client.

You’ll discover immediately that your massage session provides an island of calm amidst the sea of anxiety. The luxury of an hour or more away from situations that stress you, basking in a comfortable and secure environment, can have amazing results on your body, emotions, and mental attitude. A program of regular massage will put you in touch with your body, teaching you to monitor its signals and needs so you’ll know when you should take time out from the things that worry you.

 

Swedish Massage

A vigorous system of treatment designed to energize the body by stimulating circulation. Five basic strokes, flowing toward the heart, are used to manipulate the soft tissues of the body. The therapist uses a combination of kneading, rolling, vibration, percussion and tapping movements with the application of organic carrier and essential oils. The many benefits of Swedish massage may include generalized relaxation, dissolution of scar tissue adhesions, and improved circulation, which may speed healing and reduce swelling from injury.

 

Deep Tissue Massage

A generic term used to describe bodywork which goes below superficial connective tissue with the intent of breaking up old structural patterns and allowing the free flow of nutrients and oxygen in the blood. Deep tissue requires the therapist to apply a considerable amount of pressure to specific areas of the body. Deep breathing from the client along with assisted movements by the therapist help to facilitate the treatment. Benefits may include the reduction of pain, increased range of motion and flexibility, relaxing and soothing the muscles, dissolution of scar tissue, and stress reduction.

 

Lymphatic Drainage Massage

A gentle form of massage that is used to increase the natural circulation of the lymph in the body. Light, rhythmic strokes are used to mimic the natural action of the muscles along the lymph system to help move the stagnant fluid. This massage helps to clear blockages, eliminate metabolic wastes and toxins from the body, transport nutrients to cells and increase metabolic efficiency, all adding to the reduction of excess fluid and assisting in weight reduction. It has a calming effect on the nervous system and helps relieve stress and tension. Lymphatic drainage massage is also used to treat lymphedema, sinusitus, allergies and tinnitus. It can be used pre- or post-surgery to help reduce the swelling and bruising associated with soft tissue injury. In addition, it can be used for the treatment of soft tissue trauma resulting from sprains, muscle or ligament tears and tendonitis.

 

Myofascial Release Therapy

This therapy focuses on releasing muscular shortness and tightness. It is used to equalize muscle tension throughout the body. The goal of Myofascial therapy is to stretch and loosen the fascia so that it and other contiguous structures can move more freely and the clients motion is restored.

 

Reflexology

A science which deals with the principles that there are reflex areas in the hands and feet which correspond to all of the glands, organs and parts of the body. Stimulating these reflexes properly can help many health problems in a natural way, a type of preventative maintenance. Crystals of calcium and uric acid (toxic wastes) that have built up are dispersed. Reflexology is a holistic healing technique that provides balance in the bodies various systems as well as healthy blood circulation. It is known as a therapy that facilitates general good health and mental serenity. Benefits can include relief from stress, chronic pain, allergies and sinus problems, high blood pressure, sleep disorders, fibromyalgia, gout, migraines, arthritis, diabetes, kidney and digestive problems.

Modern medical science acknowledges that there are many processes of our body that are electrical and every cell in our body has its own electrical generator. These currents are measured by the electrical activities of the brain (EEG), the heart (EKG), the muscles (EMG), the skin (GSR), and microcurrent (MOSS).

Research has discovered that Microcurrent technology works hand in hand with the other electrical fields of the body. It stimulates the production of Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP), which is stored cellular energy that allows a cell to function. This wakes up the body’s natural bio-chemical healing process.

Our bodies are electrical beings and our health depends on the electrical current that runs through it. As our cells awaken, this natural process allows the body’s intracellular fluids to be restored, electrolyte levels to be replenished and the absorption of nutrients increased. Amino acids, blood circulation, lymphatic flow, and protein synthesis which assist in tissue repair, are all increased.

Microcurrent can be used to decrease pain in many areas of the body and to facilitate the body’s own healing process. It helps to re-educate, tone and strengthen the muscles.