What type of massage do I practice?
Pregnancy/Postpartum massage- fascial balancing and craniosacral blended
Pediatric- fascial balancing for newborns and infants
I graduated from massage school (Brian Utting School of Massage) in 2007. Since that time I've taken many continuing education classes in many different areas of focus to offer my clients the best. I'm certified in pre/perinatal massage for expecting and postpartum mothers, I also work with newborns blending craniosacral, osteopathic, fascial, and visceral massage to relieve common newborn ailments. Birth is a trauma for the tissues regardless of how the infant came into the world, lots of squeezing and chronic positions that were held in the womb may need releasing to allow the babies system to adapt to the rapid changes it goes through daily. With c section babies (my son as an example) it is very important that they be seen quickly. In response to being in a high pressure system (the womb) and then taken out with no squeezing as would occur in a vaginal birth the cranium balloons to try and compensate for the sudden pressure drop. This is what gives c section babies those beautifully round heads, it also can give them one doozie of a headache. Prior to learning about this work my son had massive trouble breastfeeding, would constantly arch his back, hated being held and never wanted to lay on his back, the list goes on. I found a practitioner who was able to release the pressure around his cranium and he was a different child, finally able to settle and snuggle, whilst being held. I only wish I'd found her sooner.
I began studying craniosacral therapy early last year because of my health progress through the work and that of my sons. When you come to see me you will experience a blend of craniosacral, fascial balancing, neuromuscular method, and visceral work. I take pride in my education and truly love to continue learning so that I can offer the best.
My sessions may be different than you have experienced in previous massage. Clients remain fully clothed and usually there is no top sheet, unless you are cold and then I do have some very luxurious blankets. I begin the session with a visual scan of your standing posture, checking in with alignment and sometimes assessing mobility with tests. I will then take up my own space and ground before beginning the session. Craniosacral work can be very quiet as I want to allow your system a chance to truly explore what is the core issue for you. Sometimes emotions that have been stored in the tissues arise, if you feel you would like to give voice to them you always can. Or if you wish to have internal dialogue about the emotion that arises that is perfectly fine as well. This is your time, I am here merely as a tool and to assist in your healing. We can explore them however you wish. For clients that are interested and/or wish for a different type of experience I do offer reiki, chakra readings, and heart listening as a part of my massage sessions. Sometimes I may offer them as I feel they would benefit you, but you are always welcome to ask for them if that is what you feel you need any given day.
Newborns can be treated in a loving caregivers arms, nursing at will and I also have age appropriate toys for those who wish to explore. Babies are always welcome just as they are. This is not a place where baby has to "behave". I'm here to help. I offer in home sessions for newborns as well as sessions at my office. We go at the babies pace. If baby has had enough we stop. We take lots of breaks to help baby integrate the work more fully, giving space for the changes made. Sessions are billed in 15 minute increments to allow for the variability of babies mood any given session.
What is Craniosacral Therapy?
Craniosacral therapy is a gentle technique that was originally developed by Osteopath John Upledger. Practitioners use a soft touch of no more than the weight of a nickel to release restrictions in the soft tissues that surround the central nervous system. Releasing these restrictions allows the central nervous system to operate more optimally and can have a profound effect on all sorts of ailments ranging from neck and back pain, migraines, chronic fatigue, Orthopedic problems, hormonal issues, digestion, etc. This work is gently while at the same time having a deep impact on the nervous system of the client. For women preparing for birth is a wonderful way to get in touch with your relaxation "place" and where you can get in tune with your natural and inherent health and strength.