BodyCentric Healing Arts

Bodywork Therapies

Bodywork refers to various forms of touch therapies that may use manipulation, movement, breath work, and /or re-patterning to affect structural changes to the body and promote awareness of the mind-body connection.

Craniosacral Therapy:

Craniosacral therapy (CST) is a gentle, hands-on method that is effective in facilitating the body’s ability to heal itself. It is proven effective in treating a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction as well as to enhance overall health and performance. CST enhances the environment of the craniosacral system. This system extends from the bones of the skull, face, and mouth, which make up the cranium, down to the sacrum or tailbone and consists of a compartment formed by membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. Since this system influences the development and function of the brain and spinal cord, any imbalance or dysfunction in the craniosacral system could cause sensory, motor, or neurological disabilities. Effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction including: chronic neck and back pain, eye difficulties, scoliosis, temporomandibular joint syndrome (TMJ), migraine headaches, motor-coordination impairments, learning disabilities, post-traumatic stress syndrome, and other dysfunctions of the central nervous system. CST encourages the body’s natural healing mechanisms to improve the functioning of the central nervous system, dissipate the negative effects of stress, and enhance health and resistance to disease. Using a light touch the practitioner assists the natural movement of fluid and releases restrictions in the soft tissue surrounding the central nervous system. Often the evaluation alone may remove the restriction and allow the system to correct itself. The treatment is usually received fully clothed unless combined with another modality that requires appropriate draping. Back to the top

Integrative Bodywork

Recognizing that each person is more than the total components of anatomy, physics, and chemistry and is instead affected by emotions, thoughts, social interactions, mind, spirit, consciousness, soul, and more. Integrative bodywork combines multiple therapies to locate and alleviate health challenges through individual body systems and aim to integrate them into a unified whole. Utilizing a combination of structural manual therapies and functional therapies to restore functional outcome according to the optimal potential of the client. Back to the top

Myofascial Release Therapy:

Myofascial release is the application of sustained pressure and movement into the myofascial system of connective tissue in order to relieve pain and restore function. After visually analyzing the human frame, and palpation of the tissue texture of various fascial layers the practitioner applies gentle and sustained pressure to the area of restriction and facilitates the release of the tissue as well as any emotion or belief system that may be impeding progress. Myofascial release is an effective therapeutic approach in the relief of cervical pain, back pain, fibromyalgia, scoliosis, neurological dysfunction, restricted mobility, chronic pain, headaches, and emotional trauma in addition to other painful conditions. Back to the top

Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy:

Based on the causal relationship between chronic pain and its source, myofascial trigger point therapy is used to relieve muscular pain and dysfunction through applied pressure to trigger points of referred pain and through stretching exercises. These points are defined as localized areas in which the muscle and connective tissue are highly sensitive to pain when compressed. Trigger points may be hyperirritable and cause referred pain in other areas of the body. Sometimes these points are mistaken for arthritis, tendonitis, or bursitis because of the pain pattern they may mimic. The primary benefit of this therapy is pain elimination and re-education of the muscles to move with pain free habits. Additional benefits include increased circulation, removal of toxins, and improved flexibility. Back to the top

Neuromuscular Therapy:

This comprehensive program of soft-tissue manipulation balances the body’s central nervous system with the musculoskeletal system. Neuromuscular therapy (NMT) is a significant methodology for assessing, treating and preventing soft tissue injuries and chronic pain. Physiologic factors such as ischemia, trigger points, nerve entrapment/compression, postural distortions, nutrition, and emotional well being that may create or intensify pain are examined. The goal is to help relieve the pain and dysfunction by understanding and alleviating the underlying cause of the condition thereby restoring functionality of the muscles and joints. Neuromuscular techniques are used to locate and release spasms and hyper contraction in the tissue, eliminate trigger points that cause referred pain, rebuild the strength of injured tissues, assist venous and lymphatic flow, restore postural alignment, proper biomechanics, and flexibility to the tissues. Back to the top


Manipulation of the feet, the hands, or the ears without lotion that corresponds to a system of zones and reflex areas correspond to every part, gland, and organ of the body. Applied pressure is intended to stimulate organs, relieve areas of congestion, and remove blockages of chi, or vital life force energy, in the corresponding area of the body. This is convenient when an area of the body is unable to be touched directly or inappropriate for direct manipulation. Used to stimulate self-healing, reduce pain, increase relaxation, and stimulate circulation of blood and lymphatic fluids. Reflexology is also beneficial with stress-related illness and emotional disorders. Back to the top

Somato Emotional Release:

Somatic, meaning “of the body”, is a whole body approach that attempts to integrate body /mind and aid in the balance of emotional well-being, as distinguished from a physiology specific approach. Somato Emotional Release is a therapeutic process that helps rid the mind and body of residual effects of past trauma and associated negative responses as the result of accident, injury, or emotional trauma. Following trauma, the body isolates the “energy cyst.” The practitioner helps the client physically identify and expel the energy cyst through resolving unpleasant incidents. Somato Emotional release is often integrated with other forms of bodywork such as craniosacral therapy or myofascial release therapy. Back to the top

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