Acupuncture * Herbal Medicine * Bodywork & Massage
Massage and Bodywork - Please contact me for specific answers about how manual therapy may help you.
Massage in my vocabulary is all about something relaxating. It could be techniques like: Shiatsu, Swedish, Relaxation, Hot Stones, Aroma Therapy, Energy work, Abdominal massage... All those types of things. It is likely aimed at reducing stress, and one may fall asleep to it. I do some of the things listed above, except for Hot Stone treatments. These are all things you may find at a spa, and I don't do a lot of this type of work as enjoyable as it can be to give or recieve.
My favorite from the list above however, is abdominal massage - the type I learned specifically is from Thailand, and is called Chi Nei Tsung. As with "Visceral Manipulation", a technique I have heard of aimed at helping with digestive issues, this technique will aid in the mechanical aspect of digestion. It is however, mainly focused on emotional release, and has a specific meditation aspect to it, along with deep belly breathing that I coach the patient through. It is very transformative and sometimes leads to breakthroughs and discoveries of one's own mental and emotional nature so they can be healed or released.
What is bodywork then? In my vocabulary, it is something that you will likely not fall asleep to, since pressure and friction is used to achieve results, and because of this, there can be a lot more therapeutic sensation involved which could be uncomfortable. These are a combination of techniques I combine like: Deep Tissue work, Trigger Point therapy, Myofascial Release, Positional Release, Neuro Muscular Techniques, Sports Massage, and Orthopedic Massage work that includes Passive, Active, and Isometric range of motion testing, and stretching / strengthening. This type of work is best suited for car crashes and injuries, congenital misalignment issues, or repetitive stress. It combines with other structural work like: Chiropractic, 1-on-1 Pilates Reformer instruction, Physical therapy, or Yoga therapy. The aim to balance opposing sides of the body, reduce asymmetry, increase range of motion, and reduce pain. I do A LOT of this type of work, and is what I love.
Feel free to ask me if massage or bodywork is right for your situation or condition.
Insurance coverage: I do accept Auto and Personal Injury cases, but at this time there are no openings for acupuncturists or bodyworkers in the Twin Cities to be an "In-Network Provider" for any health insurance companies. I can give you a bill (superbill) to submit to your FLEX spending account, or to submit to insurance, or I can bill Auto / P.I. directly, which tends to be what most people prefer. Please contact me if you have specific questions regarding insurance coverage.