Massage can help balance... restore... rejuvenate... transform... Massage relieves physical, mental, and emotional stress.
Massage is an effective way to help manage stress, musculoskeletal restrictions and postural misalignments due to muscle tension/weakness. The benefits of massage include relief of muscle spasms, relaxation of tight muscles, and improved posture and overall feelings of well-being. With improved posture and muscle function, many symptoms such as headaches, chronic fatigue, chronic pain and TMJ syndrome can be improved. Regular massage treatments have been found to greatly enhance the body’s natural ability to heal. Since stress is so prevalent today, it is essential for the mind-body to have the opportunity to release and connect on a deep plane. Studies at University of Miami School of Medicine Touch Research Institute has shown that massage has far reaching benefits that include but are not limited to:
• Increases attentiveness and learning
• Facilitates growth
• Alleviates pain
• Improves immune function
• Reduces stress
• Supports effective digestion and breathing
• Lessens premenstrual symptoms
• Lowers blood pressure, anxiety and hostility levels in individuals with hypertension
• Reduces pain and increases range of motion in individuals with low back pain
There are many forms and techniques of massage. However, the fundamentals of massage are the same: a manual manipulation of soft tissue through an application of rubbing, pulling, pressing or touching through different levels of pressure and speed.
Myofascial Release is a gentle yet powerful hands-on treatment that addresses tight connective tissue in the body. This connective tissue, or fascia, connects and embeds all muscles, bones, nerves, vessels, organs, and systems of the body, creating a three dimensional web. Healthy fascia provides both support and flexibility throughout the body. Restrictions in the fascia can pull at more than 2,000 pounds per square inch and put pressure on pain sensitive structures such as nerves and vessels. This can cause many symptoms including pain, limited range of motion, fatigue, and poor function in many body systems. Adding gentle yet sustained pressure into the fascia helps to release these restrictions and, in turn, improve posture, reduce pain, increase range of motion, and improve overall function. More information is available at www.myofascialrelease.com.
CranioSacral Fascial Therapy is also a gentle form of hands-on therapy that addresses the flow of a vital fluid in the body that nourishes cells and removes toxins: cerebrospinal fluid. When fascia is pulling on vital structures, especially the head and tailbone area, the flow and function of the cerebrospinal fluid is affected and can cause poor function. Releasing the fascia and allowing this fluid to flow in its natural rhythm can help to improve cognitive function, reduce pain, and improve overall health and well-being. Visit https://gillespieapproach.com for more information.
Therapeutic Touch is a subtle energy therapy that addresses congestion in the energetic field. Clearing this congestion allows the body to receive hands on therapy more deeply and can prevent rebounding effects from healing. More information is available at http://therapeutictouch.org/what-is-tt/.
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Mind-Body Services is home to Pennsylvania licensed practitioners who are committed to providing you with customizable therapy that fits your specific needs. We look forward to aiding your quest towards your desired state of health and wellness.
Catherine is a licensed occupational therapist and massage therapist specializing in pediatrics, as well as John F. Barnes Myofascial Release and CranioSacral Therapy. She is an Expert Level Myofascial Therapist under John F. Barnes and has been directly trained by him in his clinic. She has been practicing MFR since 2009. She is an Advanced Level Craniosacral Fascial Therapist and has been practicing this work since 2000. She has been directly trained by Dr. Barry Gillespie and has certifications in the Advanced Adult and Advanced Pediatric courses. She has also been very honored to help teach this work to other students, serving as an assistant for Dr. Gillepsie in the Adult Class and as his colleague in the Infant Classes. She has, furthermore, studied traditional CranioSacral Therapy through the Upledger Institute. She has been trained in Therapeutic Touch by Dr. Peggy Fuhs and has also served as an assistant teacher with her. Catherine feels so fortunate that she has known and used this powerful work for almost two decades with amazing results! She has worked with children as an occupational therapist since 2004. She completed two internships at The Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children, including time in the NICU, as well as inpatient and outpatient rehab. She is very passionate about combining her skills in OT with fascial work to maximize function for all children. She began her schooling as a pharmacy major and realized that she wanted to help people on a deeper level. While she realizes that there is a need for the medical model of healthcare, she is a firm believer in holistic care for chronic issues, especially those that can be relieved when the body is aligned and not restricted by fascia. Through her own journey towards well-being, she has learned a great deal about pain, dysfunction, and true healing. She is excited to share this knowledge and the insights she has gained in order to make the path easier for others!
Catherine believes that her massage therapy approach is unique because it combines the powerful techniques of traditional massage, myofascial release, craniosacral fascial therapy, and therapeutic touch, allowing the body to heal on a very deep level. More importantly, Catherine treats the whole body/mind complex, rather than just individual parts or systems. Her clients are active participants in their healing and she follows what their body needs in that moment and what it is ready to release (rather than trying to force an 'agenda' or protocol). Catherine believes that only by meeting the body where it is can true trust and healing occur.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact our massage therapists at 610-664-6446 x4.
Catherine can also be contacted directly at 267-603-1785 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.