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Osteopathy/Massage

Massage has been used to promote relaxation, easy tension, and treat aches, pain, and injuries for thousands of years. Scientific studies show that treatments involving nurturing touch satisfy our basic human need to be cared for.

Osteopathy is an entirely manual medical practice aimed at restoring the functions of all structures and systems of the human body. Its purpose is to assist in the body’s self-regulation, achieving and maintaining homeostasis (balance within the organism). Thorough and precise palpation (manual examination) allows the practitioner to investigate all of the possible causes of neuromuscular, skeletal, visceral, and cranial dysfunction. Whether preventative or reparative, osteopathy is characterized by its focus on individualized treatment.

For over twenty years I have assisted hundreds of clients through effective manual treatment protocols based on sound anatomy and physiology knowledge and precise palpatory applications. Within each session, suggestions are used to ground clients in the understanding of preventative care choices and ideas of how to manage these choices within our lives.  Offering a multidisciplinary approach enhances the outcome of your healing process.

The Clinic Santosha Connection LLC is a multidisciplinary setting with a team-oriented approach to patient care.

Soft Tissue Osteopathy (STO) is a method in which manual touch is used for both diagnosis and treatment. Osteopathy acknowledges the relationship between the body and mind, both in health and in sickness. Osteopathy treats the human body as a whole in terms of structure and function. It assumes that the human body has the capacity to self-regulate and restore its homeostasis.

Neuromuscular therapy (NMT) is used for assessing, treating and preventing soft tissue injuries and chronic pain. It is practiced not only in manual therapy but also in occupational and physical therapy, nursing, chiropractic, osteopathic and physical medicine clinics worldwide. Pressure Point work, which applies deep, consistent pressure to specific nerves, tendons, or ligaments, is the base of NMT work used in the US and around the world today.

Stones warm or cold are placed on key points or problem areas on the body so that they may penetrate to soften muscles and heal tissues. As well, stones may be used to relax by softening the fascia. Gliding a warm stone over the entire body is an amazing experience for the nervous and lymphatic systems. For inflammation or muscle injury, cold stones may be used.

Thai Yoga Massage on the TableThai Yoga Massage incorporates elements of mindfulness, gentle rocking, deep stretching and rhythmic compression to create a singular healing experience. NMT is incorporated along with other applications of western massage such as effleurage (stroking and kneading the muscles), pressure point work (applying deep, consistent pressure to specific nerves, tendons, or ligaments and acupoints) in order to balance the functions of the four body elements. The functions in ayurvedic philosophy are earth (din-solid parts of the body, including nerves, skeletal, muscles, blood vessels, tendons and ligaments), water (náam-blood and bodily secretions), fire (fai-digestion and metabolism), and air (lom-respiration, and circulation).

Massage Cupping and lymphatic balancing ® is wonderful ancient technique that is based on common Chinese cupping therapy. By creating suction and negative pressure, massage-cupping therapy is used to soften tight muscles, loosen adhesions in fascia and bring hydration to body tissues. This complements many health modalities ranging from facial medical massage to physical therapy.

Other elements such as swedish/effleurage (stroking and kneading of muscles) as well as AIS (active isolated stretching), MET (muscle energy technique), ART (active release technique), movement education, and structural integration will be incorporated in your session.

Think of manual bodywork not just as a luxury, but a necessary part of a comprehensive wellness program.