I am trained in a wide variety of therapies, and can use any of these disciplines to best meet your specific needs.
As a therapist, I have been trained to assess, analyze and manipulate areas of injury. Please understand, I do not diagnose any structural injury, nor do I prescribe treatment. If you have an injury, please receive diagnosis and advice from your chosen care practitioner; I’m happy to work with them to aid in your rehabilitation.
Yoga therapy can be considered lifestyle management therapy. The training focuses on the therapeutic applications of yoga and includes philosophy, postures (asana), breathing exercises (pranayama), meditation, mantra chanting, and lifestyle modification according to principles of yoga and ayurveda. My goal as a yoga therapist is not to treat a specific pain or illness, but rather to support improved physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being; although yoga therapists aren’t focused on “fixing,” the tools they offer clients typically facilitate healing and often result in resolution of pain or disease. Yoga therapists assess clients from a holistic perspective—physically, energetically, emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually. They recommend individualized practices to promote well-being, complement other medical interventions, and empower clients.
- Increase red and white blood cell counts
- Quicken healing time
- Increase immunities
- Increase nutrition to the body
- Help to rid the body of wastes and decrease edema
- Increase muscle tone and help to relieve muscular aches
- Help correct postural issues which may cause pain
- Revitalize and nourish the skin
- Calm the nerves and rejuvenate the mind
Neuromuscular Therapy uses more targeted techniques designed to release muscles and fascia, improving range of motion and alleviating muscular pain. If you have a specific area of discomfort where you need focused, sustained and possibly intense work, this is the treatment for you.
The amount of pressure uses is determined by the tissues and by the client and practitioner. The techniques of Neuromuscular Therapy can be combined with Swedish strokes to create a unified and balanced session, helping to relax the nervous system while decreasing the discomfort of chronically contracted or adhered tissues.
Literally translated, the term “myofascial” means muscle connective tissue. Every part of your body, down to every cell wall, is connected to and surrounded by fascia (connective tissue). The fascia attaching muscles, bones and skin is the most susceptible to postural habits, injury, scar tissue and overuse, which create patterns of holding in the body. When fascia is holding in an inappropriate area, it will constrict nerves and cause pain and reduce range of motion.
Myofascial therapy addresses the muscles and joints in three dimensions, using pulls, stretches and broad compression to achieve movement. The techniques can be quite subtle or applied deeply, and typically employ long holds, giving the fascia time to melt and release its powerful grip. The work can achieve very profound results in decreasing pain and increasing range of motion. Regular myofascial work can result in improved posture and gait and significantly improved circulation, especially in the joints. (Back to top)
One of the most subtle and yet profoundly powerful treatments available at Therapeia, cranial-sacral therapy helps regulate the circulation of cerebrospinal fluid. The brain, spinal column and the fluid surrounding them make up the dural system, which is separated from the rest of your body by its own membrane. The dural fluid has its own pulse, different from your heart’s rhythm. Cranial-sacral techniques work to detect the dural pulse and normalize the rhythm with gentle manipulation of the head, neck and sacrum. The treatment feels like the therapist is gently cradling your head.
Cranial-sacral work can be especially beneficial for clients with history of trauma to the head or sacrum. After a session, many people report experiencing relief from migraines, headaches, jaw tension and temporomandibular disorders (TMD). Cranial-sacral therapy is also sometimes used to address emotional and psychological issues. It does not typically involve other modalities like Swedish and deep tissue, although a short session can be included at the end of a classic therapeutic massage. (Back to top)
Trigger point therapy focuses on the source of chronic pain or spasm in a muscle or muscle group. A unique characteristic of trigger points is their ability to register and affect referred pain from other pars of the body. Many complaints in the hands, arms and head stem from trigger points in the neck muscles. Sciatica-like pain patterns can be referred from gluteal and hip flexor muscles.
When you’re injured, your body quickly develops a protective pattern. Think of how when you bang your knee, you automatically curl up to hold your knee. Your body has a powerful memory, and will hold on to patterns for long periods of time. Trigger points develop within that pattern of protection. Through compression and stretching, trigger points can be released. The result is often relief to a much larger area of discomfort.
I frequently combine trigger point work for a specific muscle with Swedish or deep tissue massage. If you have an area of chronic discomfort or pain that has not been properly addressed, you may find trigger point therapy helpful. (Back to top)
Lymphatic drainage lets me get all that badness out of your lymph nodes, reduce swelling, and accelerate healing. yadda yadda. (Just wondering if you are still reading, haha!) This is gentle, amazing, effective work and great for injury recovery and pre-and post surgeries. (Back to top)