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CranioSacral Therapy (CST)


CranioSacral Therapy is a highly effective yet gentle form of bodywork that helps to identify and unwind tension patterns that are often at the core of illness(dis-ease) chronic pain or unresolved injury.  By working with the body rather than against it, CranioSacral Therapy is capable of affecting profound changes without pain or discomfort.

CranioSacral Therapy treats restrictions by gently manipulating and freeing the connective tissue that surrounds the brain, spinal cord, organs, muscles and bone structure of the body.

As membrane restrictions are released and the body begins to return to optimal functioning, many possible sensations may occur. The release may be felt as heat, pulsing, relaxation, or in many other ways.  Because memories of trauma and injury are often stored in the connective tissue of the body, sometimes the release is accompanied by emotion or old memories related to the original cause of the restriction.  When this happens, the client and therapist work together to allow the expression of these patterns of tissue memory, often dramatically reducing the level of pain or dysfunction in the area involved.

Because of the central role the CranioSacral System plays in the functioning of the entire body, any restriction of it’s normal motion can have far-reaching and varied effects. Possible symptoms can include:

  • Migraines and Headaches

  • Neck or back pain

  • Chronic pain anywhere in the body

  • Dizziness

  • Seizure Disorders

  • Low energy

  • Poor immune system functioning

  • Ringing in the ears

  • Vision problems

  • Learning disabilities

  • Sleep disorders

  • Numbness

  • Temporal mandibular joint pain [TMJ]

  • Depression

  • General nervous tension

  • Poor digestion or elimination

  • …and many others

Shiatsu Massage

Shiatsu is a form of massage that originated in Japan and literally translates to, “finger pressure.” Shiatsu also uses palm, foot, and knee pressure throughout the body in sequences of compressions, stretches, and dispersal techniques. The main goal of Shiatsu seeks to restore balance and harmony in the meridians, or energy lines in thebody. Traditionally, this technique is performed on a mat on the floor as the client is fully clothed in loose fitting, comfortable attire. Based on preferences, one can opt to receive Shiatsu on a massage table. Shiatsu works very well in conjunction with acupuncture as both use the same system of points and theory.

Deep Tissue  & Neuromuscular Massage

Deep tissue massage is the manipulation deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue using various techniques, to enhance function, aid in the healing process, decrease muscle reflex activity, inhibit motor-neuron excitability, promote relaxation and well-being, and as a stress management tool. Target tissues may include muscles, tendons,ligaments, fascia, skin, joints, or other connective tissue, as well as lymphatic vessels, or organs of thegastrointestinal system. Massage can be applied with the hands, fingers, elbows, knees, forearm, or feet.


Neuromuscular therapy (NMT) is an approach to soft tissue manual therapyin which quasi-static pressure is applied to soft tissue to stimulate skeletal striated muscle. Often these areas of muscle are myofascial trigger points. NMT practitioners apply knowledge of trigger points and addresses structural misalignment (poor posture), biomechanical dysfunction, nerve compression syndrome, and ischemia. In NMT, one must apply manual pressure perpendicular to the skin surface to treat.

Swedish/Circulatory Massage

Swedish/Circulatory massage therapy is priamrily for relaxation. There are many different styles; sympatheic and parasympathetic; Elsalen; etc...This style of massage uses basic massage strokes. With long smooth strokes, most commonly known as effleurage, oil is applied. Petrissage, which involves applying strokes in a kneading manner, awakens the nervous system and invigorates blood flow. Tapotement is a series of systematic and rhythmic tapping or precussion.  All these different types of strokes have proven effective in improving circulation in patients and relaxing the nervous sytem.

Sports Massage

“If you have a body, you are an athlete.” Contrary to what the name implies, sports massage is not solely for people who play sports. This modality studies how patterns of movement can affect the body. From running to yoga, and from spending 8 hours a day on a computer or sleeping 8 hours in bed, essentially all repetitive activities can impact the way bodies function. Sports massage can help increase circulation, range of motion, and flexibility.

Craniosacral Therapy and Integrative Bodywork 

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