Therapeutic Bodywork and Somatic Healing

A male massage therapist performing a neck pull to release neck pain and tension.

The Recipient's Intention

The bodywork services that I offer are simple, and best reflect where you are in this moment.  From pain, stress management and soft tissue mobilization, to whole-body unwinding and moving you towards spiritual alignment, you'll find the best types of bodywork address where you are right now.

Before meeting in-person, I'll often work with you in the Dreamtime first, so that we are better prepared to address your concerns that are found in our shared, and waking reality.  There is no effort that is required at this point in time, your intention alone will guide you to what you are in search of.  When we dream together, we begin to awaken, and when we begin to awaken, we can heal in ways that are unknown to the conditioned mind.

This type of somatic healing often includes the release of long-held beliefs, their emotional and energetic holding patterns, and the soul-level memories that are tied into them.  And it's with the full-realization of these memories when you are able to let go and release the karmic patterns that can lead to disharmony, stagnation and possibly disease.

The time that I've spent developing a relationship with Spirit, as a healing force, is also supported with a clinical education in the art and science of the Lotus Palm Method of Thai Yoga Massage, the John F. Barnes' Myofascial Release Approach, and Visionary Craniosacral Work® with the Milne Institute.  This background in shamanism, strengthened with professional training and experience in therapeutic massage, forms a unique, hands-on skill set that allows us to connect with our own sources of spiritual power, and facilitate a sacred time and space that are uniquely your own.

Although I no longer offer Thai Yoga Massage as a standalone service, I have included this as part of a larger story of my medicine and how I came into being:

Shamanic Healing

Shamanism traces its roots to indigenous communities, and for those of us that have been born outside of an indigenous culture, one way we can learn their knowledge is through the shamanic journey.  Shamanic journeying, which is most commonly experienced with the aide of rhythmic drumming, moves the individual from an ordinary state of consciousness, into an altered one, where they may then be able to embrace the power of their ancestors and totemic allies.

Shamanic healing is a continuation of that journey, when we consciously invite our ancestors in the healing process.  By working with our primary totems, and sources of power, we are able to guide the awakening process into a catalyst for change and transformation.  This type of hands-on healing is not a separate experience from what you may have already encountered in a traditional bodywork setting, the distinction is that we are allowing, and inviting, our benevolent ancestors into the healing process, and from the perspective of non-ordinary reality.

The Lotus Palm Method of Thai Yoga Massage

Thai Yoga Massage is an ancient healing practice that has roots in Ayurveda medicine and the temple arts of Southeast Asia, including India, Thailand, and Tibet.  This dynamic style of bodywork, as learned from the late Kam Thye Chow, includes assisted yoga postures, deep rhythmic compression, and the thumbing and palming of your body's Sen (energy) lines.  This heart-centered, full-body massage infuses the recipient with Mettā, or compassionate loving-kindness, while releasing stress and tension from every major muscle group, and will leave your body feeling soft, relaxed, and energetically aware.

Table Thai Massage is a modified version of Thai Yoga Massage and is performed on a massage table.  This type of bodywork is recommended for those who require, or prefer, the ease and use of a traditional massage table while enjoying the benefits of this ancient healing practice.  Both types of massage are performed while remaining fully clothed, and do not include the use of oils, lotions, or creams.

John F. Barnes' Myofascial Release Approach

Myofascial Release, as taught by John F. Barnes, is a safe and effective hands-on healing technique that includes gentle, sustained pressure into restrictions of the body's fascia.  These time-sensitive releases soften the connective tissue, eliminate pain, and increase movement from within your body's structures.

Fascia is a layer of continuous, web-like connective tissue that covers the body's internal structures from head to toe, is not a system of separate coverings, and may be visualized as a three-dimensional, internal spider web.  Fascia is an important part of our body's structural support and it's here where we begin to see how each part of the body is connected as a whole.

Trauma, inflammation, adhesions, poor posture, and repetitive injuries all create fascial restrictions which then limit movement, and increase tensile pressures within the body.  These pressures build up over time, leading to greater soft tissue restrictions, resulting in increased pain.  The John F. Barnes' Myofascial Release Approach is performed directly on the skin without the use of oils, lotions, or creams, and helps to manually release these restrictions, while returning you to a pain-free and active lifestyle.

Visionary Craniosacral Work®

Visionary Craniosacral Work®, like Myofascial Release, is focused on treating the whole person, and this includes balancing the energetic and physiological movements of your body's central nervous system.  This non-invasive type of bodywork begins with releasing restrictions of the craniosacral system, that consists of the cranial bones, brain, spinal cord, sacrum, fascia, and the fluids and membranes that support and protect it.  The light touch of Craniosacral Work is often used in conjunction with the passive stretching techniques of Myofascial Release, and helps to center, align, and focus on the healing potential of the client-practitioner relationship.

The Heart of Listening, as coined by author Hugh Milne, is a term that applies to the breath of life that flows through the craniosacral system and imbues it with somatic intelligence.  It's when we turn inward, sit with stillness, and quiet our minds, that we can learn to listen to this voice and access its wisdom for the healing of the self, others, and the planet.

Somatic Healing Is Intended For

  •  Somatic Awakening   •  Pain Management   •  Stress Management   •  Soft Tissue Release
  •  Past Life Trauma   •  Dreamwork   •  Energy Attuning   •  Psychic Awareness
  •  Soul Retrieval   •  Ancestral Healing   •  Soul-Level Memory   •  Consciousness Studies

Craniofascial Unwinding

With either Craniosacral Work or Myofascial Release treatments, there may come a time when your body and mind begin to soften and release into somatic movements.  You're encouraged to allow yourself to feel and to allow your body to move as it needs to throughout your bodywork treatment.  Ranging from very subtle, to quite vigorous, this whole-body unwinding is one way that your body and mind will release the restrictions that have bound it in place.  Under the guiding hand of a skilled therapist, our role is to keep you safe, while allowing your body the space it needs to move, release and unwind with.  From here, deep healing can more easily occur, as your body reorganizes its place in space and time, while moving closer to its core and into spiritual alignment.