Treatment Massage & Advanced Manual Therapy
These sessions are done partially clothed (ideally something like loose shorts and a tank top - no bra or other tight clothing) and without any oil. This allows us to change positions easily as we incorporate advanced manual therapy techniques to address the issues that are causing you pain or decreased function.
The techniques are aimed at interacting with the nervous system to help reduce pain and tension, and increase healthy movement. Because of the precision and specificity, treatments are able to remain gentle and comfortable.
Visceral manipulation is a method of bodywork that focuses on interacting with the internal organs, and it can be very beneficial when dealing with digestive and other organ-specific conditions. At it's core, the effectiveness of any technique is dependent upon the interaction it has with the nervous system, and visceral manipulation is an incredibly precise and specific way to do this. At the foundation of visceral manipulation is the idea that the body is capable of healing itself, but sometimes due to trauma, sickness, sedentary lifestyles, etc. our bodies become less efficient in this regard. Instead of a therapist trying to "fix you," we are "waking up" the organs and their movement patterns to give the body the space it needs to restore itself. This is true for organ health as well as any other pain or dysfunction in the body.
We always follow the lines of tension in the body and treat with the greatest restriction first, even if it seems unrelated to your issue. Often times the body compensates for a loss of mobility in one area by moving differently in another area. The immobile part might not hurt at all, while the created compensation might seem very painful. In this situation, it is necessary to treat the immobilized area in order to have a real and lasting effect on the painful area.
When we know where we will be focusing, we use gentle pressure to assist the organ in strengthening it's own movement pattern, or to help mobilize areas that have become restricted. As the organ mobility and motility improve, the nervous system will continue to incorporate the changes over the next several days.
Number of Sessions
The number of sessions you need can vary greatly depending on your goals, your condition(s), and your overall health. Three to five sessions (one session every three weeks) is typical for clients to experience significant improvement, but some more complicated or chronic conditions may require more, and sometimes there are big improvements after just one session. Some clients choose to continue treatment on an ongoing basis because they have found it to be helpful and the sessions are very relaxing.
Intraoral Massage Therapy
To put it simply, intraoral massage is massage that takes place inside the mouth. Using a medical exam glove, one finger addresses the muscles in your mouth to treat TMJ conditions and other tension and/or pain in your jaw, face, head, or neck. This is also very effective at reducing whiplash symptoms, teeth grinding or clenching, and jaw clicking or popping. This treatment is sometimes done by itself, and sometimes as part of a larger treatment session. If you're scheduling online, choose "Treatment Massage" and mention intraoral work in the appointment notes.
Kinesio Taping® is a therapeutic taping technique that can be used to assist weak muscles, relax tight muscles, improve range of motion, correct postural deviations, increase circulation, and reduce inflammation.
Not Just For Athletes
Many people have seen Kinesio Tape® on athletes in the Olympics, but Kinesio Tape® is an incredibly versatile modality and can be helpful for all types of people and activity levels. It might be a good option for you if you: are an athlete, work at a desk, have a physically demanding job, drive a lot, are pregnant or the parent of a baby or young child, are a child, have been in a car accident, have been injured or have an area of swelling, have a hard time maintaining good posture, and many more conditions and situations.
How It Works
Kinesio Tape® is a thin cotton material designed to mimic the thickness and elasticity of human skin and connective tissue. The back is coated with a heat-activated hypoallergenic medical-grade acrylic adhesive, applied in a wave pattern (like a very large fingerprint).
The Kinesio Tape® stimulates the nerves in the connective tissues and muscles, which helps the muscles function in a healthier, more efficient way. The shape of the tape, where it is put on, the direction the tension is applied, and how much tension is in the tape will affect the tape's function and produce different results.
The tape also has a lifting effect on the skin which increases local circulation, and can be directed to improve lymphatic drainage, which can speed injury recovery and reduce swelling and bruising.
The tape can stay on for about a week. It is waterproof and you can shower and swim with it.
Reiki is a very gentle modality that encourages relaxation, stress relief, and healing. If you've never experienced Reiki before, it can be a little hard to understand, and also to explain.
Energetic Model of Reiki
Reiki is usually described as a hands on energy medicine technique that was developed in Japan and brought to the west in the 1930s. The basic concept is that there is a universal (or life force) energy that is in us and all around us. A Reiki practitioner can direct that energy to flow more freely and abundantly in their client to bring about relaxation, stress relief, and/or euphoria.
Psychological Model of Reiki
Some people prefer the psychological model of explaining Reiki over the energetic model described above. In this model, you could say we are using the session, the setting, and the placement of hands, combined with the neural and hormonal stimulation from touch, as tools of focus for, and communication with, the subconscious to bring about those same states of relaxation, stress relief, and/or euphoria. In the same way that a sugar pill stimulates the subconscious to create real healing and change through the aesthetic of the medical model, you could say Reiki stimulates the subconscious to create real healing and change through the aesthetic of the energetic model.
I have no agenda to convince anybody one way or the other, and the best part is, it doesn't matter which model you resonate with, or if you feel like it's a mix of both, or even if you see it as something entirely different (like a spiritual model, for instance). You can still benefit from Reiki as long as you commit to the session with an open mind.
I accept cash, credit/debit cards, HSA/FSA cards, Apple Pay, Google Pay, and personal checks for payment at the time of service. I also directly bill auto insurance and workers' comp.
I do not directly bill health insurance, but if your plan allows for out of network reimbursement I would be happy to provide you with a superbill to submit to your insurance.
Please note: The billable rate is $45/15 minutes. The prices shown above reflect pricing for payment at the time of service and do not apply to billing, insurance or otherwise.
36 hours notice is required for cancellation of appointments. If less than 36 hours notice is given, you will be responsible for paying the full cost of the missed appointment.
If you find someone to take your place for your missed session, no charges will be incurred.