CranioSacral Therapy (CST)
Lori Leitzel Rice, LMT, CST-D
A gentle, hands -on technique, pioneered by Dr. John E. Upledger.
Though named for the bones, the cranium and the sacrum, the craniosacral system consists of the membrane around the brain and spinal cord, and the fluid that nourishes and protects these.
The membrane (known as the dura) attaches inside the skull, around the opening at the base of the skull and is continuous to the tailbone. The cerebral spinal fluid within the dura is produced and reabsorbed through the system creating a “pulse” or craniosacral rhythm of 6-12 cycles per minute. The craniosacral rhythm is distinct from the cardiac pulse or respiratory rhythm and can be felt throughout the body.
Assessing the craniosacral rhythm, how strong it is, how it feels from one side of the body to the other, enables a CranioSacral Therapist to pinpoint where restrictions are in the body. Using this evaluation tool, the therapist is better able to address the core of an issue rather than solely the symptoms.
The CranioSacral system is accessed and treated using the bones and connective tissue around it. An imbalance at the core of the system can telegraph to the more superficial tissues, and injury or trauma in the bones and tissues can create dysfunction in the CranioSacral system.
The process of CranioSacral Therapy works to bring balance back to the whole system. Releasing chronic tension patterns and enhancing fluid motility allows the body’s own healing mechanisms to operate more effectively.
A CST session is performed with the client fully clothed, lying on a comfortable massage table.
Safe and effective for infants, children and adults, CST can be useful in addressing many conditions including:
ϖ Chronic pain
ϖ Chronic Fatigue
ϖ Rheumatic conditions
ϖ Post-Traumatic Stress disorder
Tyler Holt, LMT
Visceral Manipulation (VM) targets the organs of the body and their surrounding tissue, which, when restricted, can result in dysfunction in the organ itself or may manifest in musculoskeletal problems in other areas of the body. VM uses a specific type of evaluation to find the area(s) of tension that the body is expressing at that moment. Treatment involves gentle stretching and mobilization of the organs and supportive tissue.
VM has proven an effective treatment method for a variety of problems including but not limited to: Inflammation within the body, digestive disorders, circulation, lymphatic and respiratory diseases, pain management and various emotional issues/blockages which can manifest in the tissues of the organs.
Emily Gordon, Advanced Certified Rolfer
Named after its founder, Dr. Ida P. Rolf, Rolfing Structural Integration is a form of bodywork that reorganizes the connective tissues, called fascia, that permeate the entire body.
Lynda Sowbel, PhD, MSW, LCSW-C
Sera Crandell, RYT
Somatic Pathways Yoga Therapy
Enjoy the support of a guided, personalized physical practice, with a gentle touch to incorporate energetic healing and a deeper sense of presence. Depending on the intention, this could be a more active or more meditative practice, involving dialoguing around sensory and inner awareness. Hands-on assists offer better physical alignment in poses, and/or the deepening of stretches, if desired
Instinctive Meditation & Ritual
A practice consisting of dialoguing through the sensations and inner associations brought up from experiences in life, creating a personalized method of connecting to resources through a free form flow which may involve breathing, simple movements or visualizations. This practice is often combined with the Integrative Somatic Energywork session.
Integrative Somatic Energywork
A gentle, supportive touch using techniques from Craniosacral Therapy, Zero Balancing, Reiki and intuitive energywork, this practice allows the client to surrender the physical to connect more deeply on the mental and emotional levels. It may also resolve many physical issues as well.
This session may include dialoguing through the sensations and inner associations brought up in the practice of self-awareness, such as in an Instinctive Meditation session, and is often combined with this practice.
Reiki (pronounced ray – key) is a Japanese holistic, non-invasive deep relaxation treatment.
Medical Reiki Master | Resiliency Coach & Educator
The effect of this treatment, that involves light touch or no touch, is to reduce stress, pain and tension while bringing a person’s system back into balance on all levels: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. Reiki treatments stimulate the body’s own innate wisdom to promote self healing and recovery. It facilitates self-awareness and supports building your resiliency.
Commonly referred to as energy medicine, Reiki is also know as a type complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Reiki works in conjunction with conventional medical treatments with no known contraindications.
Reiki is being administered with positive results in Hospitals, Cancer Centers, VA Centers, and Hospice across the United States, Canada and the UK. Patients who have received Reiki report faster healing with less pain, accelerated recovery from surgery, improved mental attitude, reduced negative effects of medication, and reduced anxiety during pregnancy.
Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine
Joan Strawson, M.Ac, L.Ac
According to the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), Oriental Medicine is a "comprehensive health care system encompassing a variety of traditional health care therapies that have been used for more than 3,000 years to diagnose and treat illness, prevent disease, and improve well-being". Oriental medicine includes the practice of acupuncture, Chinese herbs, moxibustion, and a variety of Asian bodywork techniques.