To help individuals become aware of the connections between body, mind, emotions, and spirit - with the general goal of improving well-being - I offer bodywork sessions in a private office in Gallatin, TN and at St. Mary's Sewanee. I am also available for multiple-day group retreats where bodywork would enhance the retreat experience.
Regardless of location, bodywork sessions may include one, some, or all of the following modalities:
- Jin Shin Do® Acupressure – "Jin Shin Do" means "Way of the Compassionate Spirit. Jin Shin Do® Bodymind Acupressure® uses gentle yet deep finger pressure on specific acu-points and verbal Body Focusing techniques to help release "armoring" or chronic tension, balance the "Qi" or energy, and improve vitality. This clothes-on method helps relieve stress- and trauma-related problems. A unique synthesis of a traditional Japanese acupressure technique, classic Chinese acu-theory, Taoist philosophy, Qigong (breathing and exercise techniques), Reichian segmental theory and principles of Ericksonian psychotherapy, Jin Shin Do® Acupressure was originated by Iona Marsaa Teeguarden. (See www.jinshindo.org for more information).
- Fascial Release - A modality that seeks to release restrictions in the fascia - a tissue that forms a network that supports and connects the muscles, bones, and organs. Although it can be done as clothed work, it is more often done when the client is undressed. It is generally done without lubrication. The particular approach I use is done slowly, with the depth increasing as the fascia softens and releases. Releasing fascial restrictions not only makes it easier for muscle tension to release but it can also increase client awareness of physical connections within the body as well as connections between physical and emotional, mental, or spiritual experiences.
- Swedish Massage – A modality incorporating a variety of strokes performed with lubrication. Swedish massage can help increase body awareness, reduce muscle tension, and stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system, encouraging relaxation.
- Reiki – A modality that recognizes the existence of a “universal life force energy” that exists within everything, including our human bodies. Incorporating Reiki into a session, the practitioner seeks to encourage the free flow of “life force energy” within the client's body, enhancing overall well-being. Many clients find the experience to be very relaxing, leading to a meditative state within which insights may arise.