Reach me at 612.735.9993

BodyBraille 

 

  • Who I Treat….

     

  • I help active adults who are experiencing challenges to their health regain control and confidence.

    I have developed a reputation for working with patients who have leaking or incontinence, pelvic pain or instability, and digestive disorders.  Pelvic instability means that the  bones of the pelvis have shifted. This can cause pain in the pelvis, knees or low back and changes in organ functioning.

    Typically my patients present with urinary or fecal incontinence or leaking, pelvic pain, low back or knee pain, constipation, diarrhea, feelings of abdominal fullness, gastroesophageal reflux, irregular or painful menstruation, prolapses or prostatitis.

    Philosophy….

    Your body doesn't tell a story; your body is your story.

    Every experience, emotion, sensation, thought and way of being we’ve had has been embodied—made physical, manifesting in every cell, every tissue.  We often place meanings around these things, but our bodies hold the direct truth.  Those places where we hold tension, where we hold our fat, where we hurt or are numb are those places that are demanding attention.

    We are always effecting change in our bodies--from what we eat and think, to how we move and the stimulation to which we expose ourselves.  Things we are exposed to repetitively, especially over time, create patterns of holding in our bodies—those chronic conditions we can’t seem to change easily. These are the things we need help with. Think of all of the one-sided activities we engage in throughout our days. Driving is a good example. We push our right foot out in front of us, twisting our pelvis and placing stress on our lumbar spine. And we do this every day, many times.  Or think of the repetitive actions we do—bicycling or writing or keyboarding. It’s the daily stressors that tend to have the most deleterious effects on us because in repeating the actions, we’re insisting on the stressors’ effects, teaching our body how to be.

    To change an established pattern, to learn a new way of being, we often need assistance to get that marked shift. And of course it takes repeated attempts to establish that new pattern.  After all, it took repeated efforts, often over the course of years, to establish the deleterious pattern. Even a quick fix is going to take some time.

    How do we translate those patterns and introduce a new language to these tissues?  The languages I’m most studied in include:

    Chi Nei Tsang (CNT) is traditional Chinese abdominal massage. Often neglected in most practitioners’ treatments, the internal organs play a vital role in the functioning of our bodies. The abdomen holds 100 million neurons, half of our lymph nodes and is the site of our immune system and the production of many hormones and neurotransmitters, such as serotonin and insulin. If your “second brain” isn’t functioning optimally, neither are you. CNT is a gentle massage that brings vitality to your organs. It is often combined with qi-gong meditations.  

    Visceral Manipulation (VM) is a method of assessing and gently manipulating the internal organs and their ligaments to ensure proper structural alignment between the organs. Function follows structure, so if structure is compromised by twists in ligaments (double & triple folds of fascial tissue) or adhesions between tissues caused by dehydration, trauma or hormonal changes, then organ functioning is necessarily compromised. VM nudges functioning in the proper direction and encourages full motion of the organs.

    Cranio-Sacral Therapy (CST) attends to the relationships between our parts—all over. Every part—each cell, every muscle, vessel, nerve, organ and bone--has a tissue covering it called fascia. This connective tissue forms a continuous sheath throughout our body. It’s what explains why gallbladder problems often present with shoulder pain or why pelvic asymmetries often cause knee pain. Through the fascia, any part of the body can be accessed through any other part and their relationships restored.

    Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a system of medicine that recognizes that individuals respond differently—to events, environments, feelings, as well as to trauma or pathology. Every individual has a constitution complete with strengths and weaknesses that drive the course of a trauma or pathology. That’’s why people with the same western medical diagnosis can have a pattern of signs and symptoms that are different from one another. Treatment needs to reflect individual patterns and the individual’s underlying constitution. Acupressure, acupuncture, gua-sha (a frictive therapy) and tui-na (TCM bodywork) are some of the methods I use.

    How a treatment works…..

    Each treatment is a dance choreographed spontaneously.

    Usually I start somewhere in the neighborhood of your main complaint(s). Then I follow the tissues—lines of tension, misalignment, or tissues that aren’t responsive. My aims are structural alignment, neuromuscular coordination, tissues that are responsive, of proper tone and communicating with each other.

    A treatment usually includes the languages listed above, but can also include trigger point therapy, myofascial releases, lymph drainage, neuromuscular proprioceptive facilitation (NPF) techniques. I always send you home with homework because reeducation is an ongoing process, and, again, it’s what you do on a regular basis that forms the established patterns of your body.

    How to Schedule an Appointment….

    Call –m. at 612.735.9993 to schedule your appointment.

    Be sure to leave your phone number, even if you think I already have it.

    $120 for a 1 & 1/2 hour treatment; $60 for a 45-minute treatment--cash, check or credit card.

    Packages....

    If you know you'll be coming regularly, try one of these packages to make it more affordable for you. For 1 & 1/2 hour treatments:

    BodyBraille Session Packages

    These packages are for 45-minute appointments. Choose the modality you want to experience:

    BodyBraille Half Session Packages
    Modality

    I look forward to working with you!