My approach to manual bodywork integrates touch, and movement therapies, re-patterning mind, body, and emotional anatomy; addressing acute and chronic pain, movement dysfunction, healing trauma, maintenance, and well-being.
The inner-connected neuro(nervous)myo(muscles)fascia(connective tissue)web, responds to multiple sources, in multiple ways. For this reason, numerous manual therapies may be used during a session. As well, various body maps are used to guide the session. Utilizing trigger point charts, developed from the work of Janet Travell, M.D. and David Simmons, M.D., and myofascial connective tissue lines, from Anatomy Trains, by Thomas Meyers (see intro video below), I integrate techniques to speak directly to your individual body movement patterns.
The following list of studies include my primary sources of integrated therapies : NeuroMuscular Therapy American Verision™ (Certified Therapist, CNMT); Fascial Release Technique™, Deeper Tissue Release, utilizing Anatomy Trains Myofascial Merridian Lines (see intro video, below); Thai Yoga Bodywork™ (adapted for table); Somatic Re-patterning; Tru-Align™ Spinal Decompression; KineticTapping™; and last but never least, traditional Swedish Massage and Movement techniques.
Direct and Indirect techniques, refer to blending myofascial, deep-tissue, neuromuscular and gentle based touch modalities.
Direct techniques generally uses sustained pressure into neuro-myo-fascial restrictions to eliminate pain and increase mobility.
Indirect techniques utilize gentle, three-dimensional lengthening of soft tissue to free fascial restrictions and enhance neuro-myo-fascia function.
Bodywork is the intersection of body and consciousness. The moment of connection brings immediate awareness.
NMT assessments and examinations primarily address
ischemia (tight tissue with reduced blood flow)
myofascial trigger points (hypersensitive points within muscles that give rise to referred phenomena, including pain)
neural entrapment (pressure on nerves by muscles and other soft tissues), and nerve compression (pressure on nerves by osseous and other bonelike tissues, such as cartilage ordiscs).
postural assessment (assessment of the position of the body as a whole)
and dysfunctional gait patterns (manner of movement when walking)
with constant consideration for many other perpetuating factors, such as hydration, nutrition, breathing patterns, and psychologic stress.
NMT is highly effective for clients who present with chronic pain and is often successful in reducing or eliminating even longstanding painful conditions. Some of the techniques can also be applied to acute injuries and for post-surgical care; many help to improve performance in sport or dance and to prevent injuries due to these activities.
Pathologies, postural positioning, habits of use, nutritional components, emotional wellbeing, allergies, neuroexcitants, neurotoxins, and other core elements can masquerade as myofascial pain and dysfunction.
Most factors that cause pain and dysfunction can be easily grouped under three general headings of biomechanical, biochemical, and psychosocial factors, with the interface between these being profoundly related. Most practitioners apply strategies from only one of these categories, often resulting in improvement that plateaus before full recovery. However, a synergistic effect - often with significant relief - is obtained when all three categories are addressed. This may required a multidisciplinary approach.
“Structure and function are inter-related.”
Andrew Taylor Still, M.D., D.O., founder of Osteopathic Medicine