MASSAGE THERAPY / MYOFASCIAL RELEASE
A present and compassionate touch not only feels good, it facilitates our body to heal itself. Our sessions blend trigger point work, acupressure, and Myofascial Release techniques which addresses chronic and acute physical issues.
In Myofascial Release Therapy, the fascial or connective tissue system is our focus. This system has recently been hailed as an organ (known as the interstitium)! Most bodyworkers and athletes know how important it is for fine tuning endurance, agility, and grace.
Fascia is responsible for all fluid communication and is also responsible for our body form and posture. It is the system that "talks" to all parts of us and is the actual physical manifestation of our wholeness. Myofascial bodywork is one of the most direct and gentle approaches to making lasting change in our body.
CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY AND MORE ABOUT BIODYNAMIC MOVEMENT
Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy (BCST) is a bodywork practice that incorporates light hand held positions to access your body's deeper healing potential. It was developed by osteopaths over a hundred years ago when they discovered the bones of the skull are not permanently fixed structures. By accessing the fluid nature of the spine and cranium, we are able to change our pain and discomfort into ease and pleasure.
Our bodies are composed of at least 70% water. BCST engages with this fluid nature of our body. Practitioners sense the active shaping processes of the fluids which move in many directions and speeds to serve physiological function. These dynamic movements, which operate around centers of stillness, are occurring in what is termed as 'fluid body'.
BCST and Biodynamic Movement is born from the paradigm shift of experiencing our body as a fixed, solid structure to the perception that we are inherently fluid beings.
In the Biodynamic model, the word Biodynamic means "wholeness". For BCST, wholeness is not a theory, it is an actual perceived somatic experience.
The study of fluid body rhythms or ordering movements began over 100 years ago with biologists and embryologists, and especially with William Sutherland, an osteopathic physician. Dr. Sutherland theorized that these rhythms were governed by one life force. He called this force the Breath of Life. Biodynamic work centers around the slowest rhythm, called Primary Respiration, which is governed by this force.
Biodynamic Movement practice, or "movement of wholeness", is mostly inspired by the meditations and teachings of Dr. Michael Shea, co-founder of the International Affiliation of Biodynamic Trainings. The practice uses varied somatic movement methods and bodywork principles to discover our fluid nature. As we consciously embody fluidity, we serve our vitality.
Fluid body consciousness allows Mother Nature to reconnect with our physical system. A sort of "re-booting" occurs when realizing one is integrally connected with one’s environment, and our body is able to resolve trauma by accessing its inner resources. We bring movement back to the places in our body that have been 'frozen' or over-stabilized due to any sort of physical or emotional trauma or repression. By discovering the sensibility of our fluid nature through an embodiment practice like Biodynamic Movement, we can heal ourselves.
In the application of BCST, a practitioner facilitates a client to develop this skill as well. The session engages the client's deeper resources through light touch and guided meditation. The BCST practitioner guides the client into relaxation, fostering a reconnection to the natural rhythms of the body and the environment.
The result can be an increased sense of physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. It also has effects similar to massage therapy, such as reducing heart rate, lowering blood pressure, improving digestion, increasing blood circulation and lymph flow, relaxing muscles, improving range of motion, and increasing endorphin production (which affects perception of pain). BCST may also hasten recovery from injury and lead to a more complete resolution of it.
In the practice of Biodynamic Movement, a student is guided into the physical embodiment of their fluid nature. In a BCST session, the client and therapist are outwardly still. In a Biodynamic Movement class, a participant's physical activity ranges from still to very active. In both, we explore the nature of water in our bodies and break free of repetitive movement patterns. Movement with fluid body consciousness greatly improves strength, endurance, and flexibility whether you are a professional athlete, a weekend warrior, or someone who is challenged by a physical impairment.
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Ali offered a safe, non-judgmental space when I was going through a very difficult time in my life. I am not sure how to articulate it because it felt much more than that. In the bodywork portion of sessions, I felt like I was floating in the Caribbean and always felt like 15 pounds of psychic weight was lifted. I learned how to listen to my body and exercises that I still use today to get clarity on what I need.
TAKE YOUR YOGA OFF THE MAT.
Applying what you learn in yoga off the mat is just as important as practice on the mat. Yoga is meant for a deeper understanding of how you move in the world.
Our goal is to develop the skill of bringing breath and movement together within regular everyday life.
When yoga is implemented in our sessions, it is for the specific purpose of developing deeper habits of self-care and growing curiosity about daily movement habits. Yes, ultimately it makes you stronger and more flexible ...AND it cultivates a (ON the matt) connection between your breath and movement. Yoga offers us a controlled environment to practice the balance between rest and activity and then it is meant for more!
We ask : How does my practice translate to everyday life? How does yoga inform how I sit, walk, and think?
If you have any injuries from any prior yoga training, you get to explore other ideas about how to 'do' yoga. Many people misconceive yoga to be a practice that embraces the concept that our bodies need to be improved, strained, and manipulated to get the results we want. This is not a clear picture of yoga.
Yoga is meant for meeting you where you are and then gently pushing you to discover more space and breath in your body. This means anyone can practice! It is about allowing our breathing to be our guide and lead us instinctively into what our bodies need for overall strength, endurance, and flexibility.
Using the fascial, connective tissue anatomy as a map to complement our understanding of a yoga asana, or posture, students have clear access into understanding habitual patterns. In a session, we feel what areas are holding, causing stagnation, and need more strength and flexibility.