Dana has practiced as a Licensed Massage Therapist and CranioSacral practitioner since 2001. Her therapeutic bodywork integrates Advanced Myofascial Techniques – or deep tissue massage – with Swedish massage, CranioSacral techniques, strong anatomical knowledge and a mature intuition. Some of the special areas in which she works are providing prenatal massage, working with people with chronic conditions such as fibromyalgia and arthritis, and working with acute musculoskeletal issues, such as TMJ syndrome, frozen shoulder and muscle strains. She also sees clients who are recovering from car accidents and can bill insurance for MVA (motor vehicle accident) claims.
The CranioSacral system includes the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround, nourish and protect the brain and spinal cord. Imbalances in this vital system can cause sensory, motor, or neurological limitations and can reflect challenges at the levels of the body, psyche and spirit. Dana uses gentle touch to feel and amplify the client’s inherent rhythms and help the fluids and tissues to release restrictions. This work is deeply relaxing and balancing and therefore supportive of the body’s natural abilities to heal and restore. Some of the more common imbalances CranioSacral work can address are migraine or tension headaches, TMJ syndrome, sleep disturbances, anxiety, depression, chronic pain, sinusitis, low back pain. CranioSacral therapy can be particularly healing for people challenged with illnesses, such as cancer and chronic ailments such as fibromyalgia. Because this work supports the healthy function of the central nervous system, it is excellent to receive at any time.
Pregnancy is a precious and relatively brief time in a woman’s life. It is filled with expectation, incredible potential and awesome changes in one’s body and psyche. Sometimes those changes are delightful, and sometimes they are downright uncomfortable. Prenatal massage is a special way to nurture expectant mothers as well as provide comfort and potential relief to sore and adjusting bodies. Dana was very grateful for the massage she received during her pregnancy and very much enjoys sharing the gift of touch with pregnant women.
Dana teaches couples massage lessons in two sessions. Each partner gets one tailored session to receive the bodywork. The other partner and Dana work in tandem to provide a basic full-body routine with focus on techniques for specific areas that need attention. It’s a lovely way to get hands-on instruction, deepen your touch relationship and learn a valuable tool for mutual care.
Infant Massage Classes
Infant massage is a terrific way for new parents to deepen their relationship with their new baby, offer loving and healing touch, and aid in her/his growth and development. Intentional time parents devote to giving massage is a special opportunity to learn more about what and how their baby communicates and establishes the foundation for a lifelong relationship of trust and sharing. Experience has shown that massage helps infants with digestion and clinical research has shown that regular massage helps babies sleep better. Dana is happy to schedule private or small group classes for families with infants. The three-class series includes massage techniques for the whole body, gentle movements to help motor development, a sequence for gas amp; colic, and massage for the growing child. Classes are taught to parents/caregivers of babies from one month old to crawling.