massage & bodywork
My Therapeutic Philosophy
The stress of life
When in a state of stress, the body has an evolutionary response to activate our sympathetic nervous system, otherwise called our "fight or flight" instinct. This increase in "sympathetic tone" comes with a variety of psycho-physiologic responses such as increased heart rate, slowing or stopping of digestion, anxiety, fear, or a change in blood pressure. The stress, however, is not inherently bad. The sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems work together to regulate homeostasis. Therefore we do not seek to eradicate the stress of life altogether, rather find a balance.
The body's burden
If we are unable to find balance, and the scale is more often weighted towards sympathetic tone, the body's varied responses will become more generalized and conditioned. This may create holding patterns in the muscle or visceral tissue, which can interfere with our health and well-being. In my own life, I have found massage and bodywork to be very helpful practices which lead me further toward rest and integration of my mind, body and spirit. For this reason, I hope to use what I have learned in school and in self-discovery to explore your aches and pains from a holistic and intuitive perspective.
Vis medicatrix naturae
Our body naturally works to heal itself when we are able to leave "fight or flight" and settle into "rest and digest". I believe you are the expert on your own unique body, and will work with you to attend to what feels most meaningful. I am trained in a variety of techniques, which I will use to create a tailored massage based on your health history, goals, expectations, and preferences. The work begins with your own intention and willingness to heal, my job is merely to help you along the way.
"The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well" -Hippocrates