Craniosacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle, hands on method of evaluating and enhancing the functioning of a physiological body system called the craniosacral system, comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal column. Practitioners release restrictions in the craniosacral system to improve the functioning of the central nervous system. By complementing the body's natural healing processes, craniosacral is a preventative health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease and is effective for a wide range of problems associated with pain and dysfunction, including:
Migraine Headaches, Chronic Neck and Back Pain, Central Nervous System, Scoliosis, Learning Disabilities, Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, Stress and Tension-related problems, Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction Syndrome TMJ, Tinnitus, Post Concussion
Somato Emotional Release
Somato-Emotional Release Approach and Healing SER
Somato-Emotional Release is a therapeutic process that uses the concept of CranioSacral Therapy to help free the body and mind of the discomforting side effects of trauma. The therapy focuses on establishing a strong mind-body connection in order for the release of emotional trauma and the resolution of physical symptoms. Many times, the emotional symptoms that we experience during trauma remain unresolved as the body heals. In order for these remaining symptoms of trauma to heal permanently, a mind-body connection has to be made. Accordingly, somato-emotional release is used as a tool for healing problems that require a mind-body communication. Tissue memory is one of the important concepts in somato-emotional release. Muscle tissues and cells can store memories that are related to our traumatic experiences. When a particular muscle group (for example) is injured during an accident, a memory of that experience is formed in the affected tissue. This usually means that a small, unconscious contraction has formed in the muscle as a protective reminder of the painful experience. If the tissue memory is not appropriately released then the contraction will remain in the muscle as the injury heals, leading to future pain. When these unconscious contractions are not released, they can spread strain to other parts of the body. Usually your body will adjust to these strain patterns and will begin to feel normal. However, later on in life, these strain patterns can eventually cause chronic pain of which the cause is unknown. The therapist uses the CranioSacral technique to engage the muscle contraction in order to evoke the memory associated with the initial trauma. Then the patient can become aware of the memory and deal with it appropriately. Once the release has occurred, the unconscious contraction of the tissue will disappear and it will begin to heal. As cells make up our entire body, tissue memory of trauma can be held in other parts of the body as well as our muscles. Viscera (organs) can store trauma, connective tissue and our skeletal system. It can affect our immune system, circulatory system, cardiovascular system, digestive system causing restrictions and dysfunction. Somato-emotional release is beneficial to patients who are experiencing problems associated with injuries, physical trauma, car accidents, challenging life experiences, and surgery. The release process can be modified to suit the needs of each individual, thereby bringing optimal relief. It can be used as a complimentary therapy to help relieve stress, tension, anxiety, and depression. Often it is the case when the autonomic nervous system has triggered our ‘fight and flight’ response and we are left stuck in this highly reactive, hyper-sensitive state and have not returned to relaxed “normal” state of our nervous system. Traumatic symptoms stem from the frozen residue of energy that has to been resolved and discharged. This residue remains trapped in the nervous system where it can cause long-term and debilitating symptoms. Once we complete the process of moving in, through and out of the “fight and flight” state we can start to heal. Somato-emotional release is a form of therapy that uses the power of the body-mind connection to facilitate change and the healing process, allowing the body to fully recover from traumatic experiences.
Massage is one of best known types of bodywork today. The primary goal of massage is to relax the entire body. Massage is beneficial for increasing the level of oxygen in the blood, decreasing muscle toxins, improving circulation and flexibility. The use of effleurage, long gliding strokes and petrissage, kneading of muscles helps to alleviate restrictions. Massage often incorporates other techniques to aid in release of muscular and fascial tensions. Essential oils when used in conjunction with massage can be an integral piece in relieving stress.
Reflexology is a natural healing art based on the principle that there are reflexes in the feet, hands and ears, which correspond to every part, gland and organ of the body. Through application of pressure on these reflexes, reflexology relives tension, improves circulation and helps promote the natural function of the related areas of the body. Some researchers believe that reflexology is actually well over 5,000 years old. It is speculated that it was brought from India to China and Japan. At the same time European missionaries spread it throughout the rest of the world. Today in England and parts of Europe reflexology is widely practised and is recognized as an important adjunct to standard medical treatment. In China and Europe reflexologists have well documented, government sponsored training and treatment methods. In Canada we have "The Reflexology Association of Canada" which works to maintain professionalism and high standards of education for it's members.
PRE/POST NATAL, LABOUR SUPPORT
Advanced training in assisting women in their child bearing years using reflexology and accupressure.
Reflexology of Canada Therapist #29733
"Aromatherapy is the controlled use of essential oils to maintain and promote physical, psychological and emotional well being." Essential oils are composed of different chemcial compounds.. The chemical mixture that forms an essential oil creates the different properties that are identified within that oil. The use of essential oils in healing,medicine and wellness is the result of thousands of years of study and research. Their therapeutic and medicinal properties are well known and recognized worldwide. There are approximately 250 hospitals in Great Britain, which employ aromatherapists. In France, Doctors issue prescriptions for aromatherapy. Here in British Columbia the government has recognized aromatherapy as a profession and with the development of The British Columbia Alliance of Practising Aromatherapists acceptance is growing widely. The application of essential oils in combination with the benefits of other modalities can offer an effective complementary therapy for a wide variety of concerns. The use of essential oils within a massage to aid in the relief of sore muscles is well know. Aromatherapy is used to treat a wide range of disorders, including digestive problems, Eczema, Headaches, Bronchitus, Insomnia, Stress. Essential Oils detoxify the body, increase blood circulation, boost the immune system and lymphatic system. The oils, stimulate, balance, uplift, soothe and calm.
The primary function of our lymphatic system is to transport lymph, a colorless fluid containing white blood cells that help rid the body of toxins and waste. It has a number of functions, including the removal of interstitial fluid, the fluid that bathes most tissue. It also acts as a system to transport our white blood cells to and from the lymph nodes that act as a filter.
Lymphatic drainage is a type of gentle massage intended to encourage the natural drainage of lymph. The lymphatic system itself has no pump and is stimulated by breathing and exercise. This is why lymphatic massage can be so helpful in aiding the system in its efforts to remove wastes from the body