CranioSacral Therapy / Visceral Motility
This is my favorite way of working. When I was in my mid twenties I saw a therapist that used CranioSacral Therapy, and did intraoral work that blew my mind. She worked inside my mouth, and I felt like she had molded my face as if it were soft clay. I had to stare into the mirror to see if my cheek bones had widened--or if I looked any different. Years later, when I became a Massage Therapist I knew I had to pursue this way of helping with people.
As a CranioSacral Therapist, I listen to and follow what your body presents. This is a gentle touch therapy, and clients lay face up on the table. I use my hands lightly to identify and release restrictions that affect the spinal column and central nervous system. The work is deeply relaxing and restorative. It has an amazing ability to peal traumas off the body, without re-traumatizing the recipient.
We each have an Inner Wisdom that knows exactly what we need, and how to unwind. A CranioSacral Session helps the body re-calibrate, I think of it as de-fragging the hard-drive.
I have studied extensively with Upledger & Barral Institutes:
- CranioSacral Therapy I
- Cranio Sacral Therapy II
- Somato Emotional Release I
- Somato Emotional Release II
- Visceral Manipulation I (Abdomen)
- Visceral Manipulation II (Thorax)
- Visceral Manipulation III (Pelvis)
- Visceral Manipulation IV (
- Listening Techniques I
- CranioSacral Therapy and the Immune Response
- CranioSacral Therapy and the Immune Response (Abdomen)
- CranioSacral Therapy and the Immune Response (Heart/Lungs)
- CranioSacral Therapy for Pediatrics I
Even though I travelled through both the CST, and VM curriculums, I think of myself as a CranioSacral Therapist, that does Visceral Manipulation--to bring the organs back into their natural and dynamic range of motion. The visceral education has made me a better therapist; I am able to be more precise with my detailed knowledge of human anatomy.
Therapeutic Massage is a wonder of its own. Our bodies love to be touched, our muscles like to be rubbed, and our brains like to decompress. Cue the soft music, and skilled manual therapist, and I've got your back.
I offer a Signature Wellness Massage. This incorporates Hot Stones, Heated Bamboo, and hot steamy towels as accents to your massage. The heat penetrates for deeper work. The depth and pressure are determined by your level of health, and what your tissue needs. I meet your tissue where it is at, and provide deeper work, and Trigger Point Therapy where you need it. After our session you should feel deeply restored, and rejuvenated.
I also offer:
- Massage for People with Cancer
- Pregnancy / Prenatal Massage
- End of Life Care
Sessions are 60 or 90 minutes. Honestly, once you try a 90, you'll never go back.
If you are looking for an "all deep tissue, it has to hurt, beat me up" massage--I am not your therapist.
Massage for People with Cancer
After loosing my mother and one of my best friends to cancer, I dug into learning the essentials for working with people with cancer, and offering comfort-oriented compassionate touch. I have worked with all stages, and different types of cancers, people in treatment, end of life, and remission. When working with people with cancer, the key is to place no additional demands on the body.
I have had the honor of studying with Gail MacDonald, author of Medicine Hands, and Massage for People with Cancer. I have taken these courses:
- Massage for People with Cancer
- Intensive at Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU)
- Hematology / Oncology & Radiation Clinics
- End of Life Ritual and Celebrations (with Meg)
- Dying with Dignity, Healing Form the Core, Nov 2020
Distance Healing Sessions
I was introduced to Suzanne Schurlock, and the Healing from the Core curriculum through the Upledger Institute. I have her books: Full Body Presence, and Reclaiming Your Body, as well as her CDs Healing from the Core.
In the Summer of 2019, I traveled to Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California (on the week of my 54th birthday), to take the
- Healing from the Core, Full Body Presence, Grounding and Healthy Boundaries (Aug 2019)
I spent 5 days soaking in the hot springs, doing yoga, exploring the wonders of Esalen, and of course attending class!
Here are other courses I have taken:
- Distance Healing Sessions - 5 Pillar Formula Intensive, June 2020
- Somatic Body Wisdom to Address Anxiety, Overwhelm, and Re-Activated Trauma, Aug, 2020
- Distance Healing from the Core Certification, 2020-2022
- Dialoging Immersion, Oct 2020
- Dying with Dignity Immersion, Nov 2020
Distance Healing Sessions are based on "Somatic Experiencing."
- Somatic experiencing is a form of alternative therapy aimed at relieving the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental and physical trauma-related health problems by focusing on the client's perceived body sensations (or somatic experiences). Wikipedia, 2020
A session is 60 min. It is usually phone call, but we can also do a video conference if you prefer. The client sits or lays in a comfortable position. We tune in, until it feels like we are present in the room together. I like to start with a guided body scan, so that we get fully embodied, and grounded. During the session, I act like a satellite dish, receiving and transmuting energy. Through the body scan you will pick up on areas of discomfort, tension, or places that seem disconnected. We follow your body's pace and you determine where we investigate.
I will ask you, "What are you noticing?" We are looking to stay present to he primary sensations: Hot, Cold, Burning, Throbbing, Tingly. I will ask if there is a color or density associated in that area. We are not looking to engage the story aspect of an old injury or trauma, We bring it back to the sensations. Some times there will be a message that this area has to inform you, or a color or something that it needs. We stay connected and present, witnessing what is happening in your physical body. Some people see images, or hear words. Some feel like it is a waking dream into their Inner landscape.
These sessions are deeply transformative, and many clients feel as if we've had an in-person, hands-on session. This is really beautiful work. I love that Wiki describes it as being beneficial for PTSD.
This is now my second favorite way of providing care. Of course, in the COVID-Pandemic, it is an excellent alternative for people who are Immune-compromised, and would prefer to reduce in-person exposures.
I offer BEMER Therapy sessions individually, or as an add on to manual therapy, or coaching sessions.
- First 3 sessions are free
- $10 add on to any Session
- $60 for (5) BEMER Therapy sessions
- Sessions are 16 min in length.
BEMER Therapy is a FDA Registered Class 2 Medical Device from Europe. This Pulsed Electro Magnetic Field Therapy (PEMF) device stimulates smooth muscle-- specifically vasomotion in the capillaries which enhances blood flow.
When blood flow is enhanced ALL of the cells and tissues are supported. More oxygen and nutrients into the cells, and more waste products removed = better function in every system. Better blood flow enhances the body's natural healing mechanisms, and helps the body get back to homeostasis.
I've had my own BEMER Pro Set since June of 2019. I am sleeping better, have more energy, my mood is better, and I actually have WAY LESS plaque on my teeth!
I am an Independent BEMER Distributor, visit PerfusedWellness.com my online store to purchase a BEMER for your home, office, or horse.