Myofascial Release
 MFR is an alternative medicine therapy that treats skeletal muscle immobility and pain by relaxing contracted muscles, improving blood and lymphatic circulation, and stimulating the stretch reflex in muscles.

Trigger Point Therapy
Trigger points are areas of hyperirritability in the soft tissue structure. These can be acute sources of pain or latent, unnoticed by the client until pressure is applied by the practitioner. Trigger points are manifested as small contraction knots in the muscles, that control the state of contraction and active ones may cause muscle spasm and referred pain.  Treatment consists of physical therapy, manipulation and stretching. A firm digital pressure is applied by the practitioner, who is able to locate the specific points causing pain and restricted movement and these may often be located in places different to where the client actually feels the pain.

Manual Lymphatic Drainage
MLD is a type of gentle massage which is intended to encourage the natural drainage of the lymph, which carries waste products away from the tissues back toward the heart. The lymph system depends on intrinsic contractions of the smooth muscle cells in the walls of lymph vessels (peristalsis) and the movement of skeletal muscles to propel lymph through the vessels to lymph nodes and then beyond the lymph nodes to the lymph ducts which return lymph to the cardiovascular system. Manual lymph drainage uses a specific amount of pressure (less than 9 ounces per square inch or about 4 kPa) and rhythmic circular movements to stimulate lymph flow

 Deep Tissue/Sports Massage

Deep tissue massage is a type of massage therapy that focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscles. It is used for chronic aches and pain and contracted areas such as a stiff neck and upper back, low back pain, leg muscle tightness, and sore shoulders.  Some of the strokes are the same as those used in classic massage therapy, but the movement is slower and the pressure is deeper and concentrated on areas of tension and pain in order to reach the sub-layer of muscles and the fascia (the connective tissue surrounding muscles).   With chronic muscle tension or injury, there may be adhesions (bands of painful, rigid tissue) in muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Adhesions can disrupt circulation and cause pain, limited movement, and inflammation.  Deep tissue massage works by physically breaking down these adhesions to relieve pain and restore normal movement.  To do this, the massage therapist uses massage oil and often uses direct deep pressure. Muscles must be relaxed in order for the therapist to reach the deeper musculature.  

Myofascial Dry Needling
Trigger Point Dry Needling is a hands on technique that eliminates trigger points from muscles.  It is the best way to completely remove trigger points and is often more permanent than other manual trigger point therapies

Cupping therapy is a form of alternative medicine in which cups are placed on the skin to create suction. The cups can be made of a variety of materials, including:
  • Glass
  • Bamboo
  • Earthenware

Supporters of cupping therapy believe the suction of the cups mobilizes blood flow to promote the healing of a broad range of medical ailments.

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Trauma Touch Therapy
Trauma affects us all at one time or another.   It is all around us.  Unfortunately, many of us minimise trauma's effect (to the detriment of our physical and emotional health).   Many survivors become numb from dissociative survival skills learned during their traumatic event(s).   They could be numb from drugs and alcohol, or even numb from the other distractions they have created to hide behind.  Survivors of trauma often can't feel their bodies or have peeled apart their various pieces of being.  Trauma Touch Therapy works to integrate those pieces again.
Trauma Touch Therapy is a slow application of touch that helps bring the client back to themselves,  to take residence back in their own bodies.    The work is led by the needs of the client, actually asking them to think through their own somatic (mind and body) needs:  Where is the pain?  Where is the tension? Is it okay to touch? 

Trauma Touch Therapy is a process of integration,  weaving itself through the course of 10 sessions with the client typically clothed.   The one requirement for entering into a Touch Therapy program is that the client must be in active psychotherapy.  While the therapist might help emotions and wounds come to the surface, it is the psychotherapist who helps the client find meaning.  The bodyworker remains just that, the bodyworker.