Mind/Body Healing Arts

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A BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF PSYCHOLOGICAL APPROACHES I USE:

 While the definition focuses on what distiguishes this technique from others, all the therapies I use - mind or body - are seen as an integral part of the whole person. Many of the psychotherapies rely on awareness of physical sensation and relaxation,and the physical therapies stimulate psychological growth through relaxation and stimulation of neuromuscular networks associated with memories and feelings.

EMDR - a very powerful and brief therapy to defuse emotional charge around past, present, or future situations or relationships. Bilateral stimulation is used while the client is focusing on the disturbing image, memory, or situation. A very specific protocol is followed to help the client integrate and process disturbing mental content. It has been extremely effective in treating Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome and many other psychological conditions in a very short time.

 EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques)   and TFT (thought field therapy) -  both rely on tapping acupuncture points to change ingrained habits of thinking and feeling. They can be used to treat anything from stress, anxiety, depression to allergies. While TFT relies on specific formulas (algorithms) for different states, EFT uses a more general approach combined with psychological affirmations.

VISUALIZATION - the body responds to an internal image as intensely as an external image. Deep states of relaxation can be created by focusing on peaceful and beautiful images from all the 5 senses. Imagery can also be used for symbolic journeys in inner space that reveal blocking beliefs, thoughts and feelings on the way to reaching one's goal. Visualization engages the right side of the brain which has access to and upon the deeper structures of the brain not available to left-sided cognitions. Memories, dreams, physical habits and automatic responses can be accessed and altered from here.

HYPNOSIS - the subconsicous is enlisted to support stated goals and to bypass conscious blocks. By focusing on breathing and other body sensations or images, the conscious mind relaxes, and attention can be directed to memories or awarenesses needed to achieve goals. New neural associations can be establsihed that leads to new behavior.

 SELECTIVE AWARENESS - a sympton is traced back over time to its original formation and cause. It is then healed while in the past state allowing it to resolve in the present.

 COGNITIVE BEHAVIORAL THERAPY - the impact of thoughts and beliefs on feelings and behavior is observed and challenged. Early beliefs about the self as a result of early experience still govern feelings. These beliefs are identified and challenged.

 

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF DIFFERENT MODES OF BODY THERAPY I USE. A more elaborate description of all modes of bodywork available can be found at the following website: www.massagetherapy.com


Neuromuscular Therapy is a deep tissue therapy that focuses on the specific muscle that is causing postural distortion or neural entrapment. Both the area where the pain symptoms exist and the compensating areas are addressed.

Craniosacral Therapy is a very subtle therapy working on the fascia encasing the brain and the spinal cord by a gentle manipulation at both the sacral and cranial level.

Myofascial Release is a hands-on technique providing sustained pressure and stretch to eliminate pain and restore motion by releasing tension and stress in the fascia, the web-like sheath of connective tissue that covers and interpenetrates every muscle, bone, nerve, artery, and vein of the body, and yet is one structure from head to foot without interruption.

British Sports therapy is a form of sports massage that combines stretching and rhythmic movement to reset the programming in the motor part of the brain that sets muscle tension and length. There is a one-second stretch that is mildly uncomfortable depending on the amount of additional stretch tolerated by the client.

Ortho-bionomy is a form of therapy that is totally comfortable and leads to deep relaxation. By compressing and positioning, the therapist releases muscle tension and triggers fascial unwinding, a self-correction experienced as a gentle rocking movement as the body seeks a new balance guided by its innate intelligence. The technique creates slack in the muscle which then relaxes much like a rubber band will when you bring both ends closer to each other.

Polarity Therapy is a combination of Eastern and Western therapeutic techniques and concepts. An osteopath and chiropractor, Dr. Randoph Stone went to India and studied the ancient Ayurvedic medicine and created a new therapy by combining the concepts of energy flow and spiritual ideas found in Eastern philosophies with Western spiritual concepts and understandings of the body. It is a mind/body approach that includes working on the body's energy points, yoga stretches, diet, and holistic spiritual and mental attitudes that lead to health.

Lymph Drainage Therapy is a subtle hands-on technique used to stimiluate lymph circulation when it stagnates. Proper functioning of the lymphatic system affects the body's ability to remove toxins and metabolic waste. Using a very light pressure, the therapist can detect direction, rhythm, and quality of lymph flow and stimulate this system.

Active Isolated Stretching - The Mattes Method is a very effective stretching technique to restore full range of motion in the joints and stimulate circulation and oxygen to muscles and connective tissue. By using this method of stretching, injuries can be prevented and healed much faster than traditionally expected. Although particularly important for weekend warriors and athletes, it is important for everyone who care about their posture and flexibility and general sense of well being.