Whether for relaxation, pain relief --- or to "be here now" a little more --- your session will be designed around your specific preferences and area(s) of concern. Each session varies as appropriate to you, and your goals, each time we meet.
I've specialized for several years in resolving stress and trauma. With most of my current clients, our work now integrates manual therapy and Somatic Experiencing. Craniosacral Therapy and Visceral Manipulation are based in osteopathic manual manipulation,the science of movement. Each uses gentle, functional contact that is both evaluative and facilitative --- my hands listen while treating.
Neuromuscular Therapy, based on trigger point theory, uses targeted pressure and fascial release for strength, flexibility, and balance. Structural balancing principles from NMT inform my current practice.
Somatic Experiencing (R) (SE) is a potent psychophysiological method of resolving trauma symptoms and relieving chronic stress. Developed by Dr Peter Levine, this approach builds resilience in the body's protective responses, gently freeing up energy in the process. SE's tools allow me to facilitate shifts with stress-related symptoms and nervous system dysregulation expressed physically as anxiety, depression, freeze and dissociation. My focus is resolving trauma from a "shock"(such as from impact, or an event), as well as traumatic disconnect that has developed over time. Please note: My practice is body oriented therapy. I am not trained in psychology, and will often work in conjunction with psychotherapist as a team.
Or--- you may be interested in trying Massage therapy! (Just let me know when you arrive, as we'll set up our space differently!) Massage's research-proven health benefits (improved circulation of blood and lymph, boosting immune, respiratory, digestive functions) have made it an increasingly popular choice as a ritual of preventative self-care. When you specifically request "massage," let me know whether to include full body, or focus on an area of concern.
Health a Serious Concern? See Your Primary Care Provider
Of course it's a good idea to check out any health concerns with your primary care provider. Although I do not diagnose or prescribe, I enjoy working with clients' health care team.