(...formerly Heart's Content Healing)

formerly Heart's Content Healing

Specializing in Pain Relief for injury, surgery, and, chronic conditions

An Introduction to Techniques

Therapeutic Massage: During a Therapeutic Massage, I utilize a variety of healing techniques. Oil may be used directly on your skin to provide glide for the flowing strokes which are designed to release muscular tension, increase blood circulation, ease nerve pain and improve immunity by stimulating lymph flow.  Your modesty will be protected as only the part of your body that is being worked on will be uncovered- this is called "draping". 

Pressure varies during your personalized massage. It can range from light to firm. Therapeutic Massage can also include some deeper work on areas of specific muscle tension, such as, Neuromuscular Therapy, which is defined as static pressure applied on specific myofascial points to relieve pain. This deeper pressure can relieve several factors which contribute to our experience of pain in our bodies, including, restricted blood flow to an area, build up of cellular waste products and entrapment or compression of nervous tissue within the soft tissues of the body. These points of pain are clinically referred to as Trigger Points and are known generally as "stress spots", as in the example: "I hold all of my stress between my shoulder blades." These points are often rather dynamic and  have been  found to have  unexpected, but very real connections with other patterns of pain that we experience. When there is a "knot" in the muscle fibers of one area of the body, it can "pull" on adjacent areas and affect the whole body, much like when we pull on the fibers of a sweater- the whole sweater loses its integrity. When Neuromuscular work is included in a session there will be communication about pressure threshold, sensation referral patterns and pain relief as the trigger points are discovered and addressed. We will work together to find a pressure that you can "relax into" that won't cause you distress. 

I also incorporate Acupressure, known as Shiatsu. It is a system of bodywork based on Traditional Chinese Medicine, just as Acupuncture.  The body's needs are met through the lens of Five Element Theory and the organ meridians. Finger and palm pressure are calmly and rhythmically applied to points along your body's energy meridian system. 

I am also attuned to offer Reiki which means Universal Life Force Energy. It is a healing technique in which the practitioner utilizes a light touch or holds their hands slightly above the recipient's body.  Reiki provides a meditative space where there is no over-stimulation of the systems of the body.  In this quiet space, you can take time to process emotions, experience clarity of mind and gain personal insight into life's more subtle connections.  Reiki helps us move out of the "fight or flight" functioning of our nervous system and allows us to open up to the healing potential of our parasympathetic nervous system- what is sometimes referred to as the "rest and digest" portion of our internal energetic system.  Partly because of this affect, Reiki is noted to assist in and speed  the body's natural healing process, balance the neuroendocrine system, promote deep sleep, ease anxiety, and, boost the immune system.  Reiki can work as an excellent complement  to other healing modalities.  In fact, according to the American Hospital Association, over 800 American hospitals offer Reiki as part of hospital services.

Another technique known as Cranial Sacral Therapy is subtle yet profound and offers a balancing gentle touch the head, face and sacrum. The head and lower back are intimately related through the flow of Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF), a viscous liquid that bathes the brain and spinal cord and has its own circulatory pattern. The cranial and facial bones have suture joints which move ever so slightly and as such can shift out of alignment. Cranial Sacral Therapy seeks to tune into this juncture as it interweaves with the deeper meningeal structure which extends throughout the skull and spinal column.

I also utilize Associative Awareness Technique. It is  a treatment approach specifically designed around the neuroscience of trauma and resultant chronic conditions. AAT is a 6 Step Process that is designed to change your patients current conditioned negative associations by creating new positive sensory and cognitive awareness. This will restore homeostasis to the Central Nervous System, which will in turn reduce or eliminate many of the Autonomically driven physical conditions your patients are currently experiencing. AAT site

Each Therapeutic Massage will be tailored to your particular needs. I draw from my knowledge and breadth of experience, as well as, my intuition to provide you with a top notch therapeutic experience.

Integrate MASSAGE into your healthy self-care routine because it... 

  • Feels GREAT!
  • Alleviates low-back pain and improve range of motion.
  • Enhances immunity by stimulating lymph flow?the body's natural defense system.
  • Exercises and stretches weak, tight, or atrophied muscles and relax and soften injured, tired, and overused muscles.
  • Improves the condition of the body's largest organ?the skin.
  • Increases joint flexibility.
  • Lessens depression and anxiety and increase productivity.
  • Pumps oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs, improving circulation.
  • Reduces spasms and cramping.  
  • Releases endorphins?amino acids that work as the body?s natural painkiller.
  • Relieves migraine pain. 

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