While much of my practice is acute injury care, I offer a variety of techniques that fall under the heading of massage therapy. Much of my focus is helping correct and dissipate long standing tension in the body, like old injuries. Myofascial release is a strong technique I utilize. I enjoy making change to the tissue in an effective way that helps attain my clients’ goals on the table for long lasting change.
I have recently had excellent results with a new technique with the acronym of L.I.F.T. which stands for Ligament Influenced Fascial Technique. Strongly supported by research, this relatively new technique targets rebalancing the ligament communication between the muscles and the nervous system. Ligaments are showing to have 10x the mechanoreceptors as found in muscles, meaning that ligaments are playing a much stronger role in regulating (or deregulating) muscle tension than popularly understood. This technique brings rapid change to the body, often offering full release of our muscles. It can be done clothed and can make a significant change to posture, tension, aches and pain.
Craniosacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle and relaxing form of hands-on therapy. I find it a tremendous assessment tool in feeling where in the body restrictions are located and then helping to facilitate release. It is not invasive, it is not heavy handed, but rather supportive to the client and the healing process. It utilizes a light touch. Anyone can benefit from this work, from young kids to the older generations. Injury and pain are not prerequisites to this form of therapy. Those of us dealing with injury and pain, however, may have more urgent benefit from CST. I have not found another technique that can release the ‘energetic trauma’ to the body nearly as effectively as this. It is especially helpful for direct impact injuries and falls. Car accidents are included here partly due to the compressive force to the back of the head as it hits the head rest behind. Additionally, if your foot is one break when you are hit, for example, the force of impact can send tension up your leg to your hip and low back.
The craniosacral system is comprised of the bones of the head and lower spine, the deep fascia or ‘dura mater’ and the fluid that irrigates the brain (cerebrospinal fluid). It is within the craniosacral system that we find our central nervous system. Holdings or dysfunction here as a result of your injury can lead to a host of symptoms and imbalances in the body, including muscular pain, anxiety, vertigo, joint dysfunction and headaches, to name a few.
Our nerves transition out of the spinal cord and through the tough membrane of the dura mater to communicate to our vessels, muscles, ligaments and organs. Restriction effecting this system may be found within the nervous system or outside it. As might be deciphered by the name, special attention is often given to the head and tailbone during a session, where the dura mater connects to our skull and brain (cranium) and tailbone (sacrum). The skilled therapist spends time ‘listening’ and ‘feeling’ during a session, identifying what areas need to be attended to and helping to facilitate a return to optimal function.