Bodywork – bod-y-work ˈbädēˌwərk/
An advanced generic term for the use of touch (e.g., massage, deep tissue manipulation, movement awareness, energy balancing, exercise, and others) to either improve bodily structure and function (e.g., circulation and relaxation) or as a therapeutic modality to reduce pain and heal damaged musculoskeletal units. Central to all forms of bodywork is the belief that there are blocks in the flow of energy and fields that indirectly cause disease, and which, when unblocked, result in a return to the state of health.
My bodywork sessions combine a variety of massage, Myo-Fascial techniques, breathing, healing and structural stretching, all of which enable me to address my client’s issues, injuries, or movement limitations. My focus is to find the root cause of the problem and not just treat the symptoms.
Many people suffer from muscular aches and pains from injury, repetitive motion, poor posture, or by living a stressful lifestyle.
Throughout my career, I have found that both Lymphatic Drainage and Myo-Facial Release techniques have helped my clients profoundly. Allow me to elaborate:
The lymphatic system is a vital bodily defense system that helps to fight infection and disease. Lymphatic drainage massage is one of the best things you can do to help your body help itself.
The human lymphatic system is, in a sense, the body’s second circulatory system. It is made up of lymphatic vessels, lymph nodes, lymph (the interstitial fluid drained through the vessels), and lymphocytes (specialized immune cells). The tonsils, adenoids, spleen, and thymus are all part of the lymph system.
Our lymph nodes are soft, small internal structures located in the armpits, groin, and neck, as well as in the center of the chest and abdomen. The lymph nodes produce immune cells that fight infection while filtering lymph fluid to remove foreign material. When bacteria or other immune threats are present in lymph, lymph nodes increase production of infection-fighting white blood cells, which can cause the nodes to swell.
The lymphatic system has no “pump” of its own to move lymph through the system, as the circulatory system has the heart. Rather, bodily movement and breathing function to move liquid lymph through the vessels and filters of the lymph nodes. For people who get too little exercise and eat too much-processed food, the lymphatic system can easily be overtaxed – resulting in a body that is susceptible to infection and disease.
Studies show that massage can push up to 78% of stagnant lymph back into circulation, making it perhaps the most pampering way to speed weight loss! Within us all there is a silent system working to keep us healthy- the lymph system. Without it our bodies would swell up like balloons, swamping our cells with stagnant fluid. The lymph system’s impact is so far reaching that many don’t even realize that minor aches and pains, low energy or susceptibility to colds and flu may be due to a sluggish lymph system and resulting compromised the immune system. Lymphatic massage is so effective because over 70% of the initial lymphatics are in and just under the skin. The initial lymphatic is a very delicate structure, one cell thick. Those cells are supported by the connective tissue by collagen and elastin fibers that help to anchor them in place. By performing lymphatic drainage massage correctly, we can stimulate the opening of the initial lymphatic and increase the volume of lymph flow by as much as 20 times. Lymphatic drainage massage is a profound technique to help increase lymph flow. With an increase of lymph flow immune function is increased. Have you ever thought about where those pounds go that you want to lose? They have to pass through your system to be processed out of your body and that means you want your glands, organs, and lymph working at maximum capacity!
Toxins can interfere with your thyroid function and other body systems necessary to metabolize and release stored fat, and massage can free these trapped toxins so they can be more easily carried away by the lymph system. As another benefit, during your detoxifying lymph massage, you will additionally experience the benefits of a cellulite massage to help with that dimpled/ripply appearance of your skin. Beyond its application for injuries, healing, and weight-loss, estheticians have been using lymph drainage massage for years to enhance the quality of the skin, especially on the face. When the lymph is flowing, the cells are being bathed in fresh fluid, causing the skin to look fresh and alive.
Danielle Mansfield is not only a highly skilled masseuse, level. she also has skills that transcend high-level skills in this area and bring them to a medical level. As a 35 year professional musician I can attest to her giftedness in this field. She is the best , I only wish I was in the vicinity where I could avail myself of her skills presently.Paul Peabody
Myofascial Release is a whole body approach focusing on releasing the connective tissue called fascia. Fascia is a specialized system of the body that has an appearance similar to a spider’s web or a sweater. Fascia is very densely woven, covering and interpenetrating every muscle, bone, nerve, artery and vein, as well as, all of our internal organs including the heart, lungs, brain and spinal cord. The most interesting aspect of the fascial system is that it is not just a system of separate coverings. It is actually one continuous structure that exists from head to toe without interruption. In this way, you can begin to see that each part of the entire body is connected to every other part by the fascia, like the yarn in a sweater.
Physical and emotional traumas, inflammation, surgeries, repetitive motions and poor posture lead to tightening of the facial system. As certain areas solidify, pain, loss of function and symptoms set in.
Myofascial Release is a safe and very effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure into the Myofascial connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion.
MFR is a whole body approach that addresses the true cause of your symptoms and releases them allowing for your body to return to its natural healthy state.
Myoskeletal alignment is designed to restore balance and proper length, mobility, and strength to the muscles, joints and other soft tissues of the body. Any loss of normal motion or position of the spinal or other joints of the body often leads to pain, stiffness and further loss of movement. Myo-Fascial Release is used to locate and correct the body’s alignment, relieving pain and restore ease. I create corrective movements and exercises designed to address your particular issues, which helps to maintain the effects of your bodywork sessions.
I have trained in a wide range of therapeutic massage techniques and services designed to impart optimum benefits to you. I’m certified and trained in the following Treatments:
Deep Tissue Massage / Trigger Point Therapy
Focused and intensive, this massage technique is true to its name. We work deep into the layers of tissue to provide relief to sore, tired and tense muscles.
Indian Head Massage
In essence Indian Head Massage focuses on holistic care, concentrating on maintaining and improving health rather than just treating pain and disease.
IHM stimulates the circulation of blood and lymph and encourages oxygen and nutrients to the hair and scalp, and helps eliminate waste products…. basically it ‘clears’ the head, and helps us feel more focused.
Sports massage therapy is geared toward athletes of every kind, from world-class professionals to weekend joggers. The particulars of the sports massage technique are specific to the athlete’s sport of choice. Focusing on areas of the body that are overused and stressed from repetitive and often aggressive movements.
Through controlled manual manipulation, sports massage breaks down scar tissue and crystallization, loosens muscles, releases toxins and allows blood and oxygen to circulate properly.
A relaxing and pampering treatment specifically designed for the particular needs of expectant mothers. This modified therapy combined with a luxurious moisturizing treatment improves circulation, eases muscle discomfort, calms the nervous system, increases positive energy and promotes peaceful sleep.
(offered only to expectant mothers in the second or third trimester)
Specific pressure is applied to points or areas on the feet (hands and ears) that correspond to every organ, gland and system in the body, to help normalize function, thereby producing a state of homeostasis. The benefits of reflexology most commonly include: relaxation, improved circulation, and the facilitation of detoxification. Reflexology is based on zone theory, which states there are ten energy zones that run the length of the bogy. Because each zone or part of the body has a corresponding reflex point on the feet, stimulating that reflex point causes stimulation in the natural energy of the related organ. Crystalline-type deposits and/or tenderness may indicate a dysfunction, and pressure is applied to restore normal functioning and health.
Research studies in the U.S. and around the world indicate positive benefits of reflexology for various conditions. In particular, there are several well-designed studies, funded by the National Cancer Institute and the National Institutes of Health, that indicate reflexology’s promise as an intervention to reduce pain and enhance relaxation, sleep, and the reduction of psychological symptoms, such as anxiety and depression.
Aromatherapy is the inhalation of plant oils, called essential oils, for improved physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Essential oils are the pure essence of the plant and can provide both psychological and physical benefits. Essential oils have been used for therapeutic purposes for nearly 6,000 years. The inhaled aroma from these oils stimulates brain function, and when absorbed through the skin, travel through the bloodstream and can promote whole-body healing. After an initial discussion with the client, a specific oil is chosen. Only pure and undiluted essential oils are used.