My practice is centered on helping people regain a sense of ease and expression in their bodies, expanding range of motion and coordination of movement, and relieving chronic pain issues. I use several specialized Western and Eastern approaches - Rolfing structural integration, Barral neural and visceral manipulation, traditional Thai bodywork, and Thai abdominal massage. These approaches can be integrated or we can focus on the approach best for you. Because the approaches are holistic and...
My practice is centered on helping people regain a sense of ease and expression in their bodies, expanding range of motion and coordination of movement, and relieving chronic pain issues. I use several specialized Western and Eastern approaches - Rolfing structural integration, Barral neural and visceral manipulation, traditional Thai bodywork, and Thai abdominal massage. These approaches can be integrated or we can focus on the approach best for you. Because the approaches are holistic and address body and mind, people often find good results after other approaches such as PT and chiropractic have not worked. All healing ultimately comes from within, from changes you yourself can make to support good feeling and health - my role as a therapist is to help guide that process and give you the tools to reset and find ways to be in your body with more ease.
Rolfing structural integration is a unique approach which locates and releases restrictions or blocks in the connective tissue and helps the muscles work together to provide the body with support, adaptability, balanced tone, and connectedness. It uses not only manual work on the fascia at different layers, but also movement cues and exercises. While Rolfing aims to create natural dynamic posture and movement throughout the body, not to "fix" one part of the body, clients typically report that tension and aches they have had for months or years are reduced or eliminated. Because the work is based on awareness, results are long-lasting. Just as once you learn to ride a bicycle you never forget, once your body finds ways to move easily, you keep it for life. Clients are encouraged to do a complete session of 10 progressive sessions which over a period of 2-3 months which works out issues throughout the entire body and leads to the most long-term changes. However, individual single sessions are also available.
Rolfing is not the kind of relaxation massage where you can tune out and float away on your own thoughts - in fact it is quite different from massage. You will be asked to remain engaged and actively participate in the session by "tuning in" to what you are feeling, using your breath, and moving your body into the work. You will walk and do movements for assessment before and after the table work, and sometimes during as well. Manual work is done on a table, with you sitting on a bench, and even standing or walking. A Rolfing Session feels more like a mix of bodywork, a private yoga or movement class, and a physical therapy session.
Barral neural and visceral manipulation are powerful light-touch approaches which can have surprisingly quick and deep results. We work with the nerves and organs to restore mobility. These approaches are helpful for a wide range of conditions - chronic pain, nerve-type pain, etc.
My therapeutic Thai bodywork draws on years of study with master teachers in Chiang Mai, Thailand. This whole-body approach has the unique ability to focus and calm mind and body. Since it is done on a mat on the floor (you will wear loose clothing), we can explore a much wider range of movement and if needed apply much deeper pressure. Compression, stretching and breath are used. Thai bodywork may be done either for general rebalancing and waking up or calming the body as needed, or can be used to address specific issues.
In addition, I provide Egoscue postural exercise sessions, which empower people to resolve their own issues themselves.
All of thee modalities provide additional tools which I may incorporate into my Rolfing sessions.
I offer these modalities because they are they ones I have found highly effective at resolving my own pain issues. I completed my training at the Rolf Institute of Structural Integration,and have had related training in Anatomy Trains and KMI Structural Integration, and neural and visceral manipulation through the Barral Institute. I am certified at the advanced level in Thai bodywork, and have studied extensively with master teachers in Thailand over the last seven years. I am certified in Egoscue postural assessment.
DC # MT2103
Rolfing Structural Integration
Anatomy Trains Workshop
Phase I, KMI Certification Program
Thai Massage to Advanced Level
Neural Manipulation 1 (NM1)
Visceral Manipulation 1 (VM1)
Neural Manipulation 2 (NM2)
Chi Nei Tsang
Ongoing extended study with master teachers in Chiang Mai, Thailand