Craniosacral Therapy (CST) is a light touch approach that aids in the release of tensions and restrictions held deep in the body. This gentle approach supports the relief of pain, dysfunction and stress management, to improve whole body health and performance. It taps into your body’s ability to take better care of you. In addition to helping improve sleep, CST has been shown to help:
Migraines and Headaches
Chronic Neck and Back Pain
Stress and Tension-Related Disorders
Motor Coordination Impairments
Spinal Cord Injuries
Central Nervous System Disorders
Craniosacral therapy is supported by the American Cancer Society to help diminish and ease side effects of medical procedures and cancer treatments.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage
Manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) is a holistic approach to promoting a healthy lymphatic system. Lymphatic drainage is a gentle form of massage that consists of rhythmical and specific movements to stimulate movement of the lymphatic fluids and promote drainage. Stimulating the lymphatic system promotes detoxification by carrying germ-fighting materials to cells when they are under attack by viruses. This treatment greatly supports the immune system and aids in reducing localized swelling due to injury or surgery. Receiving lymphatic treatments prior to surgery will support the healing process.
Pre and Post operative Treatments
One of the biggest advantages to trying alternative practices like massage therapy or cupping/vacuum massage is that these methods don’t pose the risk of unwanted side effects like pharmacological drugs or surgery (but sometimes surgery is needed). Studies have shown that certain massage modalities and treatments can help boost immune function and speed up healing time without the use of any medications or even herbs. These are just some of the benefits of cupping therapy.
Plan Ahead for your Post Op MLD
Contact Debra-Jean to schedule a series of sessions.
CranioSacral & Lymphatic Fusion
Craniosacral and Lymphatic Fusion is a dynamic healing combination! These two systems work together. The Craniosacral and Lymphatic systems nourish, cleanse, and drain wastes out of the tissues creating a healthier environment – a healthier you! Craniosacral Therapy will aid in releasing those deeply held painful body tensions as well as assist the somato-emotional process to promote stress reduction, reducing anxiety and promoting better health. Manual Lymphatic Drainage will move and circulate the important lymphatic fluids, both systems compliment and work with each other. This treatment will aid in releasing and moving waste products thereby supporting and bolstering the immune system and leaving you feeling profoundly relaxed.
“Viscera” relates to the internal organs of the body. Visceral Manipulation (VM) is a gentle manual therapy that helps your body’s ability to release restrictions and unhealthy compensations that cause pain and dysfunction. Emotions have a great impact on how our body functions and different emotions affect different organs. When the brain receives negative emotions, it sends tension to the related organ, and then tension is sent back to the brain from that organ, resulting in a vicious cycle. Emotional reactions can translate into simple spasms in the gallbladder, heartburn, vomiting, gastrointestinal issues, or serious diseases.
Orthopedic Massage and Therapeutic Bodywork
Therapeutic Orthopedic Massage and Bodywork focuses on treating painful conditions and chronic pain that affect the soft tissues of the body. This session is designed to treat problems with the musculoskeletal system, as well as injuries and medical conditions that require extensive training. A range of techniques is used to treat these conditions. Please feel free to contact us with your questions and concerns.
Orthopedic Cupping, Vacuum Therapy and Medi-Cupping
Stubborn and chronic conditions that may have been present for decades can be easily resolved with Cupping. Nothing works better at opening up and releasing restricted joints, connective tissue and muscles than the use of negative pressure and movement. The use of suction is commonplace throughout the history of the Olympic Games for maintenance, pre- and post-event injuries, detoxification and recovery.
Scar Release and Scar Release for Burn Scars
Whether your scar is a result of injury, surgery or a severe burn, it can a cause enormous physical and emotional pain. Scar tissue can be painful or “stuck down” to the underlying tissues. This restricts movements and range of motion, which keeps the area from feeling “normal.” Fascia surrounds every tissue and organ in our body, including nerves, blood vessels, muscle and bone. Trauma, scarring or inflammation cause the fascia to lose its pliability and it becomes tight and restricted. Releasing the restrictions can improve the function of every tissue and organ of the body. Aside from the person’s experience, treating and rehabilitating tissue that has suffered a third-degree burn is one of the toughest challenges the medical community faces. Although some are hesitant at the thought of having their scars and/or burns touched, research has consistently shown that massage therapy plays a valuable therapeutic role in burn rehabilitation. Because bodywork can boost body image, improve comfort levels with touch, reduce anxiety, minimize pain and increase circulation to diminish itching, numbness and edema, massage therapy can truly make a difference in a survivor’s life.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have about your scars, new or old, surgical or burn.
Oncology Massage and Emotional Healing Through Compassionate Touch
Oncology massage can help ease the trauma, anxiety and pain associated with any type of cancer, but it also provides you with a respite, and a time to not think about the disease, treatment, or prognosis…if only for an hour or so.
Oncology massage is the modification of existing massage therapy techniques in order to safely work with complications of cancer and cancer treatment. Anyone who has ever received cancer treatment, from those in active treatment to those in recovery or survivorship, as well as those at the end of life, are best served by a massage therapist who has received training in oncology massage.
The essential aspects of an oncology massage therapist’s skill set are an informed understanding of the disease itself and the many ways it can affect the human body; the side effects of cancer treatments, such as medications, surgery, chemotherapy and radiation; and the ability to modify massage techniques in order to adapt for these side effects, as well as for the disease.
Please feel free to contact me for more information.
Breast cancer can be physically, spiritually, and mentally traumatic for anyone, both women and men. The person receiving treatment feels strange in their own skin. Their hair may be falling out, major body changes have occurred due to surgery, and the breast area may have scar tissue that is painful and unattractive. The area may be swollen, and may have nerve damage, unexplained pressure, and loss of sensation. The treated area can be tender for a long period of time, especially if radiation was part of the treatment. Cupping for massage breast therapy can be used to decrease scarring, support healing, increase lymphatic flow and stimulate the immune system (especially important after the trauma of treatment). It can also relax the mind, reduce stress and just make the person feel good.
Massage Cupping is wonderful for breast cancer survivors, because it relies on suction/negative pressure, not compression or downward pressure, to accomplish the same (and often better) results as traditional massage. When done by a certified provider, massage cupping provides lifting of the tissue, decreasing pressure and pain receptors. This allows the tissue to soften and release pressure and adhesions with minimal discomfort. The lift also encourages lymphatic flow, decreasing pain and swelling, and creating stimulation of affected tissue, with a sense of calm wellbeing.
When used in conjunction with gentle manual lymph drainage techniques, massage cupping can increase the drainage of an area, significantly decreasing swelling and lymphedema. It is important for therapists using this technique to have a strong background in lymphedema therapies and an understanding of the mechanics of massage cupping.
Do you have any of these symptoms:
Grinding your teeth
Episodes of dizziness or vertigo
Clinking when opening your jaw
Difficulty opening your jaw
If you suffer from any of the conditions listed above you symptoms may be related to TMJD. Do not suffer in silence and do not wait to seek treatment. Even if you have been unsuccessfully treated for TMJ in the past, don’t let that discourage you. It is possible to get relief from your unpleasant symptoms. TMJ treatment is not an instantaneous cure and can take devotion on the parts of patient, massage therapist and dentist alike. Craniosacral therapy and/or Face Cupping can gently relieve many symptoms. Remember, taking care of yourself is more than a luxury; it’s a necessity.
Facial Rejuvenation with Vacuum Therapy (Cupping)
Cosmetically, this service is very effective in reducing everyday facial puffiness, creating a lifted appearance, reducing dark circles under the eyes, minimizing bags under the eyes, firming up jowls, diminishing wrinkles, and assisting with the resolution of facial scars. Furthermore, this Face Rejuvenation Lymphatic Treatment can offer relief from sinus congestion, ease the symptoms associated with seasonal allergies, relieve some headaches, resolve some earaches, and decrease the pain and swelling associated with TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder.
Relaxation Massage is a gentle to medium-pressure massage consisting of long strokes, kneading and rubbing of the outer layers of the skin to promote relaxation and release your stress. Massage covers a wide range of areas on the body including the back, legs, arms and neck. Relaxation massage is not a deep tissue massage, and it is not designed for working the deeper muscles of the body. For injuries, see Orthopedic Massage and Therapeutic Bodywork.