Skillful Means Bodywork -
Integrated Manual Therapies
Since 1992 my career as a licensed massage therapist unfolded blessings I could not have imagined possible. I have touched the lives of many hundreds of individuals in a healing way and with each touch, the connection brought me deeper into my own healing and understanding of what is most meaningful in my life. My comprehensive massage training included studies in anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, pathology, psychology related to the bodymind connection as well as a broad base of massage techniques to relieve and heal many conditions and under many circumstances. Looking back over my 25 yr career my passion for the healing arts has only increased as has my commitment to bringing you the excellence of my experience in this field.
What is CranioSacral Therapy?
CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle, hands-on approach that releases tensions deep in the body to relieve pain and dysfunction and improve whole-body health and performance. It was pioneered and developed by Osteopathic Physician John E. Upledger after years of clinical testing and research at Michigan State University where he served as professor of biomechanics.
Using a soft touch which is generally no greater than 5 grams – about the weight of a nickel – practitioners release restrictions in the soft tissues that surround the central nervous system. CST is increasingly used as a preventive health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease, and it''s effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction.
My training in CST began in 1995 with Upledger Institute and consists of CST I, II, Somato Emotional Release.
VM assists functional and structural imbalances throughout the body including musculoskeletal, vascular, nervous, urogenital, respiratory, digestive and lymphatic dysfunction. It evaluates and treats the dynamics of motion and suspension in relation to organs, membranes, fascia and ligaments. VM increases proprioceptive communication within the body, thereby revitalizing a person and relieving symptoms of pain, dysfunction, and poor posture.
Read More about Visceral Mobilization
UTube of Visceral Mobilzation
My training in VM began in 1996 and consists of VM I, II, III(a), III(b) and Visceral Listening Techniques.
MANUAL LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE
Learn more about the lymphatic system
My training in Manual Lymph Drainage began in 1997 with Dr Bruno Chikly and consists of MLD I,II.
Check out this UTube demonstration and effect of MLD on the liver to free shoulder restriction.
REFLEXOLOGYReflexology is a healing art whose origins are traced to ancient Egypt. As a modality it deals with the principle that there are reflex areas in the feet and hands which correspond to all of the glands, organs and parts of the body. Stimulating these reflexes properly can help many health problems in a natural way, a type of preventative maintenance. Reflexology is specific and should not be confused with massage.
I began learning about and practicing reflexology at the tender age of 12~ over 50 years ago! During the early 1990's I served as assistant reflexology teacher at CCMT where I also studied the art and science of massage therapy.
In 2011 I participated in a highly reputable 250 hr classroom course that taught 'Cinical Aromatherapy for Health Professionals', an I added 33 essential oils to my repertoire of healing modalities, for anti-inflammatory, calming or stimulating, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, antispasmodic, mildly analgesic etc. There is a science and an art to clinical aromatherapy that has an important role to play in healthcare. I am privileged to be a part of this movement and to bring it to my clients.
Clinical aromatherapy is the controlled use of essential oils for specific outcomes that are measurable. These effects can occur at a physical or psychological level. The choice of essential oil is often based on the chemistry of the essential oil, as the chemistry will indicate the properties of the essential oil and thus the safest method of use. The choice of essential oil will also take into consideration the smell likes and dislikes of the patient.
Essential oils are
stored inside microscopic secretory structures within aromatic plants and
are only obtained by a process of distillation or expression. Essential
oils are complicated compounds containing up to one hundred different
Pachakuti Mesa Tradition Medicine Carrier
Graduate Apprentice of Heart of the Healer
and Advanced Universal Shamanic Arts practitioner