An integrative approach to health
My great teachers give me the practice, tools, and access to insight in order to treat each individual holistically and functionally. Working together we can help the body/mind restore itself to its optimal mechanical and physiological integrity. Dr. Andrew Taylor Still, the progenitor of the art and science of Osteopathic Medicine, defined this integrity as that which reflects "the law of mind, matter, and motion." That law is the Vital Force or Life Energy, also known as Prana, Kundalini, Chi, Pneuma, Shekinah or Ruach Elohim.
In each session I employ hands-on treatments to "listen" for imbalances and restrictions, feeling for areas of greater heat, fluid retention or pathways of pathological motion. I then respond to what I "hear" by moving muscles, bones, lymph and joints via gentle pressure. I may lengthen, expand, and release trigger points, guide particular yogic movements through active or passive resistance and range of motion. Thus together, we work to help the body/mind remember and return to its own natural state of health and well-being.
Osteopathically Oriented Manual Therapies
Osteopathic therapies complement traditional and non-traditional healing practices as well as possibly preventing surgery and or the extended use of prescription drugs.
Osteopathically Oriented Therapies include, but are not limited to:
• Cranio-Sacral and Spinal Therapies
• Trigger Point Release
• Passive/Resistive ROM
• Neuro-Muscular release & manipulation
• Postural Evaluation
• Gait Training
• Lymphatic Drainage
Customized to Your Needs
The holistic focus of Yoga encourages fascial health and the integration of mind, body, and spirit. As a Yoga teacher I teach postures, breathing exercises, and meditation, which when practiced regularly, can vastly improve mental, physical, and spiritual health. However, Yoga should always be customized to the individual. Therapeutic Yoga focuses on your needs. It is a gentle approach which can be used to create space in areas that are compressed, detoxify the physical and psychological bodies, relieve tight muscles and help induce the imperative "relaxation response" in restorative postures.
The Science (Veda) of Life (Ayur)
Abhyanga and Shirodhara
are two gently transformative Ayurvedic therapies that involve pouring or massaging warm, herb-infused oils over the forehead (shirodhara) or over the entire body (abhyanga). These traditional, deeply soothing treatments calm the central nervous system, aid in the movement of lymph, hydrate connective tissues, clear toxins, and integrate the mind and body to achieve a heightened state of awareness, relaxation and contentment. These treatments are customized to each individual. Different oils from India are used for particular imbalances for deep and effective healing.