Body therapy is ultimately a way of facilitating self-awareness through the body. Mindful touch brings awareness to the condition of the tissues - we learn about how we are holding ourselves as we become aware of tensions, sensations and connections. It is a process of embodiment which is a matter of being who we really are by righting the relationship between thoughts, feelings and actions. My appointments are tailored to your needs at the time, including Craniosacral Therapy (Biodynamic approach & the Upledger approach of subtle manipulation), Restorative Massage which includes Deep Myofascial Release & Visceral Release, TMJ Release & Acupressure.
The essence of my approach is contained in my understanding of Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy, which is a deeply attuned, hands-on therapy that I can best describe as a healing relationship of embodiment. Our primary focus is with the innate expression of health, the inherent subtle rhythms of the living form. The core of our bodies contains cerebral spinal fluid which is always flowing like a tide upward into the brain and downward to the sacrum. As the whole system opens to this rhythmic flow, more and more of the body fluids and tissue connections take part and communication opens. The "nervous system" is everything. There is a wide, spacious unity referred to as dynamic stillness which seems to underly all of experience. When we can allow and be aware of this flowing life force that is always with us, the specific pathways for healing start to open up and the whole body/mind is able to reestablish its own connections.
When I combine craniosacral with massage therapy, I am continuing to listen to my client's body, to get with the natural rhythm and help deep connections re-establish. My physical assistance is attuned to the nervous connections, the fascia, the organ systems, the bones, the fluid pathways, the membranes, and the muscles - all as one unified system that functions best when we can be present and aware to the unification. Sometimes clients drift in and out or even sleep deeply during sessions, and that is perfectly fine. Rest is so needed in our lives and I support my clients to feel safe and capable of releasing the habitual and give space for being refreshed. Sometimes clients remain awake and aware, discovering new sensations and connections and learn more about themselves in the moment.
In the Biodynamic approach, we are primarily focusing on the health that's already there, which naturally invites the discordant aspects of the whole system to rejoin it's own flow, whereas many forms of body therapy primarily focus on the injury or discord. It's a shift in perspective from the usual compartmentalized way of relating. Biodynamic Craniosacral is directed by the client's system, the very particular experiences held in the client's body, which includes ALL experience - physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, genetic. There is a truthfulness in this approach that the wisdom of the body/mind recognizes, opening the door for surprising, relieving discoveries to happen. Because it is also in a therapeutic relationship, I am there to help with integration of the changes into the structure and life. Big changes can be initially relieving but can leave us disorganized and adrift if they are not metabolized and integrated. That process is not predictable so a healing relationship is important, which I love to create with my clients.