About the work
Alignment Based Yoga Therapy: Having studied mostly in the yoga traditions of Iyengar and Anusara my classes bring a heavy focus to both detailed alignment, deep relaxation and yogic philosophy. When done in a mindful way yoga is profound method to heal the physical body, postural imbalances, pain, injuries stiff joints, shortness of breath, and even organ depletion. Having studied the body in detail over the past 15 years, I combine my knowledge of yoga along with my study of manual therapies to help each student achieve balance in his or her own body. Every person's structure is different, however there are universal principles of alignment that, when practiced, can bring greater health and resilience to anyone's structure. Yoga postures, done in the right way, can heal injuries, create more mobility and strengthen the body.
I also use yoga as a way to treat stress, insomnia, depression, anxiety and other mental and emotional instabilities. I incorporate breathing practices (pranayama), mindfulness techniques, relaxing meditations, the study of classical yogic philosophy, and yoga postures in each of my classes to work with the mind, body and spirit simultaneously. For the breath and the mind are intimately linked to the health and wellbeing of the indivdual. When mindful breathing is incorporated into daily life, people expereince greater peace and calmness. When Yogic philosphy is studied and expereintially applied as a way of being, huge shifts in one's happiness, conentment, compassion and understanding take place. Yoga is about so much more than just the body, although the body is the gateway. The classroom is a labratory to learn and practice these techniques in order to take them into everyday life.
Yoga is such a powerful science that in some cases it can even replace medications. I am a living example. I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety at age 20. I took medication for about 6 months, and thereafter started practicing yoga. After 1 month of practicing I simply forgot to take my medication for depression, and never took them again. Yoga is still my choice of medication and that which i perscribe.
Awareness Oriented Structural Integration: A somatic technique of deep manual manipulation, movement education, and awareness intended to help in the re-alignment of the body by altering the length and tone of myofascial tissues, bringing postural balance and functional ease. The basis of this practice is the belief that misalignment of myofascial tissues, resulting from improper posture and emotional and physical traumas, may have a detrimental effect on a person's energy level, self-image, muscular joint efficiency, mental and emotional perceptions, posture, pain level, organ functions, and general health. One of the over arching principles of Structural Integration is that the body is constantly being effected by the powerful force of gravity. When the body is misaligned, it has to labor to stay upright in gravity. Structural bodywork is intended to reorganize and integrate the body's form in relationship to gravity by manipulating soft tissues and/or correcting inappropriate patterns of movement to re-balance the body and nervous system.
This system is also known as Rolfing. It is usually performed in a 10-12 session series which systematically moves through all areas of the body opening superficial and deeper layers of fascia in an organized recipe. This work is know for getting people out of chronic pain, tension and holding patterns. The 10 sessions of Structural Integration is an intelligent way to realign the body's structure and movement patterns.
During a typical session the practitioner may use slow, deep stokes along with stretching movements. You may also be asked to move as pressure is applied, sit, or stand and move during a session.
As tissue is being opened, it is common to experiece a wide variety of sensations ranging from warm and pleasant to uncomfortable. During sessions I am constantly in communication with clients in regards to pressure, so you are in control of the pace and depth of the work.
Sometimes, as the tissue is released and balanced, clients experience the release of emotions, memories or traumas that have been stored in the fascial tissue. Such releases can create the opportunity for change and/or resolution surrounding the issues presented. When the psycho-somatic bindings are recogisned, processed and released healing can happen on an even deeper level. It is not unusual for people to go through this kind of catharsis as the fascia is being manuplated and a person's structure is being reorganised. This is one of the gem's of this work.
Finally, movement education is a part of the Structural Integration series as well. Throughout the 10 session I will help you become aware of your habitual and inhibiting movement patterns, and ways in which you can achieve more fluidity and grace in your movement. This education will help you maintain the work during and after the 10 sessions are complete.
Myofascial Release/ Connective Tissue Therapy: All the structures in the body are surrounded, protected and supported by superficial and middle layers of connective tissue, otherwise known as fascia. Fascia composes elastic sheaths, connecting muscles to one another in continuous chains throughout the body. Fascia provides structural support for the skeleton and soft tissues (muscles, tendons, organs, etc.). Connective tissue therapy manipulates fascia, effectively promoting relaxation, vitality and increased awareness. Under pressure and heat from the practitioner’s hands, the fascia literally has the ability to be melted and molded back into its optimal state. This form of massage therapy can be of benefit to almost anyone, relieving chronic tension, improving posture and relievieng painful symptoms of chronic diseases such as rotator cuff injuries, scoliosis, low back pain, arthritis, tendonitis, TMJ, sciatica and more. This particular technique is the foundation of all of my work, including the 10 series of Structural Integraion. It is incorporated into all the deep tissue and relaxation massages I offer as well as my therapeutic work.
Neuromuscular Therapy/ Trigger Point Therapy: is the utilization of static pressure on specific myofascial points to relieve pain. By stimulating nerve bundles in a specific location on the muscle, the whole muscle is stimulated to release tension and pain. This technique manipulates the soft tissue of the body (muscles, tendons and connective tissue) to help balance the central nervous system.
Craniosacral Therapy: is a form of bodywork therapy focused primarily on the concept of "primary respiration" and regulating the flow of cerebrospinal fluid by using therapeutic touch to manipulate the synarthrodial joints of the cranium, spine and pelvis. To do this, the practitioner applies light touch and uses unwinding techniques to gently communicate with the body's bones, soft tissue, and nervous system. Craniosacral therapy was developed by John Upledger, D.O. in the 1970's, and is a branch of osteopathy in the cranial field (OCF), which was developed in the 1930's by William Garner Sutherland. This technique is an excellent form of light touch therapy to address nervous system disorders, mental traumas, car accidents, chronic pain, sleep disorders, anxiety, depression, back pain and more.