I have many techniques that I integrate into my bodywork, pulled from my "toolbox" to reduce or eliminate many chronic pain conditions. I provide, Rolfing® Structural Integration in Anchorage, Alaska with many of the "tools" explained below.
Bio Mat I Include in all my services the Bio-Mat technology. It is an Amethyst Far Infrared Negative Ion mat that is placed on the bed/table, under the sheets. Many clients find that the Bio-Mat is very helpful in helping their wellbeing and pain or discomfort disappear. Amethyst stones are placed in horizontal rows within the mat.
The Amethyst Stone is often associated with peace. It is known to calm and protect the mind and soothes those who have engaged in rigorous mental activity. The Amethyst is known as "nature's tranquilizer".
Far Infrared Rays penetrate 6 inches into the human body. Therefore, these rays not only benefit the muscles on the surface of the body, but all the cells including blood vessels, lymph glands, and nerves in the deepest parts of our bodies. Because of this, these rays can warm our body from the inside out and stimulate most of our body's essential systems, including the immune system.
Benefits of Negative Ions
Purification of Blood:
Through research done by Dr. Tanaka in Japan, it was discovered that when negative ionization is introduced, the ions in calcium and natrium (salt) in the blood increases, and the blood is purified by increasing blood alkalinity.
Reviving the Cell:
When the amount of negative ion in the blood is increased, the function of a cell is activated. The electrical material exchange speeds up the cell function, and, as a result, nutrition is fully absorbed by the cell and waste material is eliminated. Metabolism is increased and the function of the cell is gradually revived.
As the amount of negative ion increases, the Gamma Globulin in the blood increases, resulting in blood rich protein and antibodies.
Control Function of the Autonomic Nervous System:
Dr. Tanaka found that negative ions control the balance in the autonomic nervous system between the insulin and adrenal functions. This provides strong resistance to diseases.
Structural integration is a scientifically validated system of restructuring the human body. It releases the body from lifelong patterns of tension and allows gravity to naturally realign them. This therapy is highly effective for improving posture, reducing or eliminating chronic pain, and releasing long-term emotional and mental stress.
A typical treatment (called a "10 series") consists of ten weekly, one-hour sessions, with each session focusing on a certain area of your body. These sessions are organized into a specific sequence to most effectively realign the entire body. When the treatment is complete, you will experience a 'new' body that has better posture and a more relaxed relationship to gravity. Your treatment plan will be collaborated to fit your health goals in your first visit.
Certified Rolfers™ often prescribe a sequence of ten sessions to "balance and optimize both the structure (shape) and function (movement) of the entire body," During a Rolfing Structural Integration session, a client generally lies down and is guided through specific movements. The Rolfer manipulates the fascia until it can operate in conjunction with the muscles in a "normal" fashion. This takes place over a course of ten 60 minute sessions, with a specific goal for each session, and an overall goal of cumulative results. Some clients find Rolfing painful, but Rolfing has evolved over the decades into a practice far more gentle than in its early origins. Your Rolfer will mostly likely begin your first session by asking you to take a walk around his or her studio. This protocol is simply so that your Rolfer can accurately observe your body's alignment and gait. After and in between sessions, try walking. Try running. Try cardiovascular exercise of any kind, you might be surprised how differently your body moves once it's been Rolfed.
After completing ten sessions with a Certified Rolfer™ a client can expect to experience a greater sense of allover freedom. Better posture, coordination, improved flexibility and improved movement can be expected. An enhanced understanding of how the body operates in harmony with gravity will be developed through the sessions. This new comprehension of the self can then be taken forward by the client and further experienced as a process of lifelong learning. In addition to improvements in the physical functioning of the body, Rolfing can promote an increase in one's emotional sense of well being.
Yes, photographs taken of clients' years after the Basic Ten Series show that changes are still present and structure often improved. Keep in mind, however, as life changes, bodies change in response. Any injuries, accidents, lengthy illnesses, and emotional stress may necessitate additional tune-up or advanced work.
It depends on the insurance policy and the circumstances. With a physician's prescription or a Chiropractor referral, many insurance companies cover myofascial release and physical manipulation type of bodywork which Rolfing, Structural Integration bodywork includes. For your convenience I can bill your insurance for you with your Dr. referral. You are responsible for your deductible and or copays at the time of service. This is no guarantee of coverage by your insurance company or health savings account. I encourage you to learn about your health insurance coverage.
Rolfing is a technique that works on the connective tissue, not only the surface structures, but also deeper structures that massage does not address. The goal and results of Rolfing is to balance the over-all structure of the body. Massage does not generally produce balance and alignment in the body. Rolfing is a complement to these disciplines.
Rolfing is named after Dr. Ida P. Rolf, who fifty years ago called her work structural integration. Dr. Rolf devoted her energy to creating a holistic system of soft tissue manipulation and movement education that organized the whole body in gravity. She discovered that she could achieve remarkable changes in posture and structure by manipulating the body's myofascial system. Rolfing is the nickname that many clients gave this work.
Trigger Point Therapy
Trigger Point Therapy is a style of bodywork that focuses on stimulating and releasing "trigger points" in your body. Trigger points are tender areas of tension similar to acupressure points, except they occur in the belly of the muscle tissue rather than along the energy pathways of the body. These 'knots' are built up throughout a person's life due to physical, mental, and/or emotional stress. During a session, focused pressure is applied through a variety of techniques in order to release your trigger points. This process can be quite painful at times, yet the effects are lasting and profoundly transformative.
SourcePoint Therapy is a simple non-invasive energetic approach to healing intended to support and enhance whatever modality you are using as a practitioner or receiving as a client. SourcePoint Therapy works with points in the human energy field that connect the physical body directly to the universal blueprint of health that contains the information of order, balance, harmony and flow necessary to sustain life. SourcePoint Therapy teaches and uses a body scanning technique that locates energetic blockages in the body that obstruct the information of order, balance, harmony, and flow inherent in the universal energy from manifesting in the physical body. SourcePoint Therapy has profound effects on the healing process as it reconnects the body and it's energy fields to the fundamental information of health.
Who can benefit from SourcePoint Therapy training? Bodyworkers (Massage Therapists, Cranial-Sacral Therapists, Rolfer's, etc.), Acupuncturists, Medical Doctors, Polarity Therapists, Physical Therapists, Nurses, Psychotherapists and in general anyone interested in maintaining their own health, or that of family and friends, through simple healing methods.
Reiki is a Japanese form of energy healing that cleanses and balances the energy patterns in the body. As a result, the body's natural self-healing mechanisms strengthen, helping to establish optimum mental, emotional, and physical health. During a session, I work in energetic connection with you in order to remove blockages, detoxify your energy system, and restore your vital life force energy. The Reiki technique utilizes a gentle laying on of hands to conduct the necessary energy force between us. The benefits of Reiki range from the release of habitual mental/emotional stress to alleviating chronic pain.
Acupressure is a form of bodywork similar to acupuncture, with the aim of stimulating specific points along the energy lines of the body to establish overall health and vitality by balancing your Qi (energy) flow. Unlike acupuncture however, with this modality I use my hands to apply pressure to the specific points rather than needling, producing similar therapeutic results.