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The Somatic Experiencing® method is a body-oriented approach to the healing of trauma and other stress disorders. It is the life’s work of Dr. Peter A. Levine, resulting from his multidisciplinary study of stress physiology, psychology, ethology, biology, neuroscience, indigenous healing practices, and medical biophysics, together with over 45 years of successful clinical application. The SE™ approach releases traumatic shock, which is key to transforming PTSD and the wounds of emotional and early developmental attachment trauma.
CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle, hands-on approach that releases tensions deep in the body to relieve pain and dysfunction and improve whole-body health and performance. It was pioneered and developed by Osteopathic Physician John E. Upledger after years of clinical testing and research at Michigan State University where he served as professor of biomechanics.
This effective therapy involves delicate manipulations that bring relief to problem areas and reduces stress on the brain and spinal cord. This effective technique increases the bodies’ ability to heal itself.
Neural Manipulation examines mechanical relationships between the cranium/spine hard frame to the dura and neural elements. It provides assessment and treatment approaches to address restrictions of the dural and neural components not commonly focused on with musculoskeletal symptoms. Neural Manipulation identifies and releases local nerve restrictions while at the same time examines the effect these local fixations have on the rest of the body, and by accessing this relationship, resolves the more comprehensive (global) dysfunctional patterns. A nerve only functions correctly when it is able to move feely within its surrounding structures. The modality of Neural Manipulation facilitates nerve conductivity and intraneural blood supply for local and systemic responsiveness. By understanding the detailed anatomy of the neural manipulation, one can clearly see the potential for pathological change when nerves are restricted.
In response to massage, specific physiological and chemical changes cascade throughout the body, with profound effects. Research shows that with massage:
• Arthritis sufferers note fewer aches and less stiffness and pain.
• Asthmatic children show better pulmonary function and increased peak air flow. • Burn injury patients report reduced pain, itching, and anxiety.
• High blood pressure patients demonstrate lower diastolic blood pressure, anxiety, and stress hormones.
• Premenstrual syndrome sufferers have decreased water retention and cramping.
• Preterm infants have improved weight gain. Research continues to show the enormous benefits of touch—which range from treating chronic diseases, neurological disorders, and injuries, to alleviating the tensions of modern lifestyles.
Consequently, the medical community is actively embracing bodywork, and massage is becoming an integral part of hospice care and neonatal intensive care units. Many hospitals are also incorporating on-site massage practitioners to treat post-surgery or pain patients as part of the recovery process.
Somatic Practice describes a body of work and an educational approach that can’t be simplified into a definable method or a predetermined set of techniques.(Kathy L. Kain)
It has a deep commitment understanding the resilience each of us have and to assisting us to increasing our regulation.
The lymphatic system is a part of the circulatory apparatus. It originates in the interstitial fluid, or the connective tissues and is found throughout the body. It is a second pathway back to the heart, parallel to the venous system. Lymph is the body’s system that cleans or filtrates waste, broke blood cells, germs, and excess substances out of the body. It consists of tiny vessels and nodes, the purification centres. Lymph nodes breaks down and destroy particles so they can be flushed from the system. The largest nodes are in the neck, groin, and armpits. They all work together to make sure "clean" lymph is transported back to the veins that carry blood toward the heart.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage is a gentle massage technique that stimulates the lymphatic flow and helps transport the lymph from swollen or congested areas to non-swollen or congested areas.
Ortho-Bionomy was developed by Arthur Lincoln Pauls, DO.
Dr. Pauls combined the structural principles from Osteopathy with the philosophical concepts of Martial Arts and Homeopathy to create Ortho-Bionomy.
Dr. Pauls stated that "Injury or disease results from what I call 'misunderstanding’. Ortho-Bionomy offers a new perspective which invites the person to offer an alternative response.
An Ortho-Bionomy session offers the body an opportunity to move from pain to comfort. A treatment is done with clothes on; gentle techniques are used to activate self-corrective nerve reflexes, allowing the body to discover a new normal.
Ortho-Bionomy has been used successfully to assist people with a variety of health issues including; acute injuries such as whiplash; chronic conditions like headaches, back pain and stress.
Ortho-Bionomy Practitioners are highly skilled, competent professionals who adhere to a strong code of ethics and high standards of practice.