What to Bring
Prior to your appointment, you will receive an online intake form. Please fill this out at least 30 minutes before the start of your appointment.
Please arrive at least 10 minutes early at your first appointment.
Bring a list of medications, vitamins, or other supplements you are currently taking.
What to Expect
Your first appointment will begin with a conversation about your current health and goals for the session. I will review your intake forms in detail with you, and we'll discuss the modalities and treatment plan that will best address your concerns.
Your initial appointment will run about 15-20 minutes long for this reason.
If needed, stretches and additional exercises will be given to supplement your treatment.
Modalities I Employ
Craniosacral therapy is a medical module that comes from Osteopathy and is a way of working deep restrictions and strains in your connective tissue in the deepest parts of your body - even as deep as your nervous system. It's like unwinding your body from the inside out. It's light touch is relaxing and can go into the realms of emotion, energy, mind body or memory which can help with pain management, stress reduction and emotional growth. Learn More
Myofascial therapy is applied directly to the skin without the uses of oils, creams, or lotions. The practitioner directly contacts the skin with a sustained, firm but gentle pressure, allowing the fascial to warm and lengthen. Releasing restrictions can reduce pain, increase range of motion, and in some cases help with chronic posture issues.
Trigger Points are tight areas within muscles that can cause pain in other parts of the body. This is called referred pain. For example, a trigger point in the shoulder area (border of the Trapezius) can cause pain around the eye, the back of the head, and jaw. Treatment consides of compression (or isolated pressure) and release. Cycles of this continue as the patient takes deep breathes and the trigger point releases.
Deep Tissue is deep pressure massage (albeit similar to Swedish Massage) that focuses of the deepest parts of the muscles, fascia, and tendons. It may include the use of oils, lotions, creams, etc depending on need.
Swedish massage is the type of massage most thought about when massage is brought up. It includes oil, lotion, or cream and is a gentle, gliding massage that decreases muscle toxins while increasing lymph flow, oxygen levels in the blood and relaxation.
Hot stone massage and hot stone treatment massage include the use of heated stones in any of the above. Oil, lotions, and creams may or may not be used. Hot stone can be particularly useful in Myofascial treatment massage.