In addition to Rolfing and Massage Therapy, we provide Lymph Drainage Therapy, Neural Mobilization, Craniosacral Therapy, and Visceral Manipulation.
Our bodies’ tissues accumulate waste from chemicals, additives, drugs, and regular metabolic processes. The lymph fluid—the fluid of the immune system—gathers these wastes and transports them from your tissues to your lymph nodes, which clean the fluid. The lymph’s transportation channels (like the arteries and veins for the blood) can get clogged and sluggish, so they no longer effectively transport wastes and clean your tissues. When wastes accumulate in our body, we experience fatigue, allergies, illness, and pain. Lymph Drainage Therapy clears the lymph’s channels and amplifies its flow, therefore detoxifying the body and improving health and immune function. This work is good for people with chronic swelling or swelling from injury, auto-immune diseases, and chronic inflammation as well as those who are interested in cleansing and regenerating their tissues. See The Chikly Institute for more information about this therapy.
Neural mobilization work frees the very specific paths of your nerves, which reduces pain signals and allows your muscles and joints to relax and move freely. Nerves, like all tissues in the body, are encapsulated in connective tissue that differentiates them from surrounding structures. In response to inflammation or chronic holding patterns, these neural sheaths develop adhesions that make them stick to their surroundings. When healthy, nerves can slide in their designated pathways as you move. But when adhesions develop, nerves can’t slide fully when you move; you experience pain, and the body restricts its movements so as to not irritate the nerve. Neural mobilization relieves pain, reduces tension, and allows more freedom of movement.
The connective tissue that supports the organs and the muscles of the digestive organs can develop restrictions in response to illness, irritation, and injury, just as muscles develop adhesions and chronic contractions. Visceral manipulation treats the restrictions in the connective tissue, ligaments, and muscles of the organs. These restrictions limit the mobility of the organs and their ability to function optimally. Additionally, because the organs' fascia and ligaments attach to the bones of the body, tensions in these tissues pull upon the skeleton, contributing to structural problems, such as pain in the shoulders, hips, back, neck, and head. Visceral work can, therefore, improve organ function and relieve underlying causes of chronic spinal pain. See www.iahe.com for more information.
The craniosacral system is composed of the tough membrane and fluid that encase your central nervous system–the brain and spinal cord. In Craniosacral Therapy, the therapist works with the bones of the skull to relieve tensions in this membrane. This relieves pressure on the brain, the cranial nerves, the spine, and the spinal nerves that enervate the whole body. It also improves the flow of cerebrospinal fluid, the fluid that brings nutrients and carries away waste for the the central nervous system. Craniosacral Therapy can greatly alleviate chronic headaches, backaches, emotional difficulties, TMJ syndrome, and fatigue. It has also been effectively used to improve symptoms of autism, post-traumatic stress disorder, and brain and spinal cord injuries. This therapy is especially potent because it treats the core of your nervous system (the central nervous system) as well as the core of your structure (the spine and skull). See www.upledger.com for more information.