Certified Yoga Teacher | Neurosomatic Therapy | CranioSacral Therapy | Myofascial Release | Yoga Therapeutics |Positional Release/Counterstrain
Alignment and postural corrections are the foundation of my approach. What also makes my practice unique, creative and highly effective is the variety of therapies used in a single treatment session. Usually one would need to visit a different practitioner for each one of these modalities. Based on over 40 years of experience as a healing practitioner, I combine the best of each modality for your individual body’s needs.
What Is Neurosomatic Therapy?
Neurosomatic Therapy (NST) is an integrative form of manual therapy that identifies and corrects structural and biomechanical patterns in the body that cause chronic pain. Traditionally, chronic pain is treated in a way that addresses only one aspect of the condition. Whether it be massage therapy; physical therapy; or medicinal pain management, these methods fail to fully address the soft tissues causes of pain. In contrast, NST uses careful analysis of dysfunctional postural and movement patterns to create a comprehensive therapy program that includes a home program.
What Is Craniosacral Therapy?
CST is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the functioning of a physiological body system called the craniosacral system – comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord.
Using a soft touch generally no greater than 5 grams, or about the weight of a nickel, practitioners release restrictions in the craniosacral system to improve the functioning of the central nervous system.
By complementing the body’s natural healing processes, CST is increasingly used as a preventive health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease, and is effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction.
I have found CST to have profound affects on a multitude of ailments. Virtually all issues related to the cranium – TMJ dysfunction, tinnitus, sinus issues, eye strain, headaches, concussions and also sleep disorders, chronic Lyme disease and anxiety are greatly diminished by CST.
What Is Myofascial Release?
Trauma, inflammatory responses, and/or surgical procedures create Myofascial restrictions that can produce tensile pressures of approximately 2,000 pounds per square inch on pain sensitive structures that do not show up in many of the standard tests (x-rays, myelograms, CAT scans, electromyography, etc.)
The medical approach is to drug patients so they temporarily are free from pain, but does nothing about the “straight-jacket” of pressure that is causing the pain. Traditional physical, occupational and massage therapy treats the symptoms caused by the pressure of the “straightjacket” of the Myofascial system, but does nothing about the “straightjacket” of pressure that causes and perpetuates the symptoms. This is why so many patients only have temporary results never seeming to get better with traditional therapy. Myofascial Release treats the entire Myofascial mind/body complex eliminating the pressure of the restricted Myofascial system that causes the symptoms.
Patients who have tried medicine, surgery or traditional therapy or massage did not produce the desired results will often find relief from Myofascial Release. It can safely and gently release the entire Myofascial complex for lasting and comprehensive results and authentic healing.
What Is Positional Release/Counterstrain?
Having treated many serious yoga practitioners and senior yoga teachers, it always has confounded me that a muscle could be extremely flexible, while at the same time have many restricted, painful areas that hold so much tension. Positional release is the answer for this conundrum. For all the people who say that they stretch and stretch without any lasting results, Positional Release is the missing link. It is in essence, the opposite of a stretch.
Counterstrain removes painful, reflexive tissue contractions from the body via a gentle hands-on process that involves slackening or decompression of the involved structures. The treatments are completely painless making it a viable option for even the most painful or delicate cases. Counterstrains powerful, multi-system effects are believed to be due to the deactivation of deep fascial pain receptors (nociceptors) which maintain the body’s soft tissues in a persistent guarded or “over-protective” state. During Counterstrain treatments, there is a palpable, often visible reduction in localized tissue edema. This combination of metabolite drainage and proprioceptive re-setting gives Counterstrain unparalleled carry over. Many patients report lasting relief of chronic conditions after only one or two treatment sessions.
What Is Yoga Therapeutics?
Yoga is a magnificent ancient practice with many healing benefits. However, when it is done with a misaligned body, it can both aggravate old injuries and create new ones. In addition, most yoga classes are not balanced with an overemphasis on forward bending. This also has the potential to cause injuries as modern lifestyle already has us hunched forward over our cell phones and computers. Poses such as plank and handstands, place tremendous pressure on the wrists and shoulders which are not designed for weight bearing.
Yoga therapeutics seeks to address and balance the best of yoga with alignment issues.. Working in combination with the postural assessment of Neurosomatic Therapy, specific yoga poses can be done based on the individual’s needs. Very often, one side of the body will need an emphasis on different postures than the other. Yoga therapeutics can take the yoga practitioner to the next level of practice with a deeper perspective on alignment.