Health is not merely of the body. It is the natural expression of the body, mind and soul when they are in rhythm with...Life"
- Randolph Stone, DO, ND, DC
Craniosacral System & Cerebrospinal Fluid
CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle touch therapy used to balance the craniosacral system: the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord, from the cranium down to the sacrum and coccyx (tailbone). CST is helpful in releasing restrictions in the craniosacral system to improve the functioning of the sensory, motor, and nervous systems as well as the fascia throughout the body.
CranioSacral Therapy is non-invasive, and uses deep listening and palpation skills to unwind the connective tissues throughout the body, where the cellular memory resides. Because it is such a gentle treatment, it is useful for people of all ages, from babies and children to the elderly.
An important concept in CranioSacral work is the midline > think the spine > which includes the spinal cord, cerebrospinal fluid, & dura. All living beings have a midline, and the midline is where cell divides.
5 Elements | Reflexology | Spinal balancing | Autonomic Nervous System
Polarity Therapy was developed by Dr. Randolph Stone, an osteopath, chiropractor, and naturopath. It is a synthesis of Eastern and Western medicine, culminating from healing modalities such as: reflexology, acupressure, craniosacral balancing, yoga, qi gong, and Ayurveda. Dr. Stone distilled the essential principles of healing into a comprehensive and clear approach to holistic wellness. His goal was to find a unified healing principle underlying the many different healing practices.
He taught that the human energy field is affected by diet, movement, conscious and subconscious beliefs, relationships, life experiences, trauma and environmental factors. Polarity sessions balance these issues through bodywork, verbal counseling, self awareness, nutrition, and Polarity yoga exercises.
The foundational energy principle of Polarity is that life is filled with polarities : positive, negative, and neutral poles. The goal is to integrate and hold space for whatever types of energy are present without judgment. It's impossible to avoid the negative experiences, but we can learn how to move freely in and out of them. Many of our issues arise from the inability to move in and out of different states of being (aka feeling/being stuck) and unprocessed issues over time manifest in the body as pain, disease, and illness.
SOMATIC TRAUMA THERAPY
Trauma-informed Processing, Resolution, & Coaching
Stress takes a toll on the body, gradually wearing it down. Factors like limiting beliefs, imbalanced relationships, poor boundaries, and strong attachments such as addiction contribute to overall stress. Ironically, negative thoughts and behaviors often develop as survival mechanisms to protect against pain. Overwhelming experiences at any stage of life can lead to chronic stress, pain, illness, and a dysregulated nervous system. While our bodies adapt for a while, eventually the compensation mechanism breaks down, causing people to struggle with their usual level of functioning.
To develop a healthy and strong self-identity, it is important to address unprocessed trauma, regulate the nervous system, establish boundaries, and make conscious choices. We assist individuals in becoming aware of their somatic (body) processes and provide tools and resources to help them shift towards a more expressed and embodied state of being.
We are not licensed psychotherapists or counselors. We have the training to support and hold space for people's processes, bring awareness to individual/developmental/systemic patterns and energy contributing to pain, and provide tools to regulate the nervous system somatically.
trî has advanced training through Somatic Experiencing International.
LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE THERAPY
Lymph Fluid Mapping / Re-mapping, Scar Tissue Release
We use a method that is a mixture of both traditional lymph drainage techniques and anatomical specificity. With these techniques we detect and palpate the specific rhythm, direction, depth, and quality of lymph flow anywhere in the body. Utilizing listening skills to map the lymphatic vessels. We assess and enhance overall circulation as well as determine the best alternate pathways for draining stagnant body fluid (lymph, interstitial, synovial fluid, etc…). These subtle manual maneuvers activate lymph and interstitial fluid circulation as well as stimulate the functioning of the immune and parasympathetic nervous systems.
Manual lymphatic drainage therapy is a gentle technique that can help improve lymphatic circulation and reduce swelling in the body. It can also aid in detoxification and boost the immune system, making it beneficial for individuals with conditions such as lymphedema, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue syndrome. Additionally, it can promote relaxation and reduce pain and inflammation, making it a useful therapy for pre-surgery, post-surgical recovery and managing chronic pain.
We credit Chikly Institute for our Lymphatic Drainage Therapy training.
alina also has Ayurvedic lymphatic bodywork experience.
Neuro-Anatomical Listening & Release
Brain therapy is a manual therapy that focuses on the brain, spinal cord, and related pathologies such as closed-head injuries, headaches, whiplash, dyslexia, cerebral palsy, cognitive behavioral dysfunctions, learning disabilities, ADD/ADHD, Parkinson's, and Alzheimer's disease.
Using specific techniques to release brain-centered restrictions, we can limit the damaging effects that these restrictions cause. These techniques are advanced and work extensively with the brain parenchyma, gray and white matter, cranial and spinal nerves, and vascular structures rather than mainly on cranial bones and membranes.
We credit Chikly Institute for our Brain Therapy training.
We all have retained and recurrent neonatal and general reflexes. Many children and adults have neurological disorders, learning disabilities, or cognitive challenges. Studies show these individuals often have retained reflexes or may have reoccurring neonatal/primary reflexes. Neonatal reflex inhibition allows for more sophisticated neurological structures to develop and connect. Optimally, these reflexes are inhibited/integrated in the first months of life. However, adults can see the recurrence of these neonatal/developmental reflexes in many pathologies, including trauma, whiplash, PTSD, Parkinson’s, stroke, dementia, etc.
Retained and reoccurring reflexes can create numerous neurological dysfunctions, learning disabilities, and sensory integration dysfunctions. There are approximately 28 neonatal reflexes present at birth. We work with a lot of these reflexes and few permanent reflexes (lifelong reflexes), including:
Fear Paralysis Reflex (FPR)
Tendon Guard Reflex (TGR)
Tonic Labyrinthine Reflex (TLR) forward and backward
Symmetrical Tonic Neck Reflex (STNR)
Asymmetrical Tonic Neck Reflex (ATNR)
Spinal Galant Reflex
Perez / Pulgar Marx Reflex / Vollmer Reflexes
Babkin Palmo-Mental Reflex
Hand Pulling Reflex
Crossed extension Reflex
Rooting Reflex, etc.
We use quick, specific, and efficient manual therapy techniques to inhibit these primary/infant reflexes.
Organ mobilization / Functional / Structural Relationships
Visceral manipulation/mobilization is a combination of gentle manual therapy techniques that focus on releasing tension and restrictions in the internal organs. We assess how the organs and body move and function by looking at the overall pattern of restriction in the body. By locating, evaluating and normalizing primary areas of dysfunction within the abdominal cavity, many other issues can be relieved.
For example, a car accident can cause the organs to shift and move. An organ out of place can create issues within the organ itself, disrupting its function (ie. digestion, respiration, etc), but the pulling can create tension and poor posture which creates pain in other parts of the body. Traditional massage often does not release the organs, so it’s important to look at releasing organs manually, if chronic conditions persist.
Visceral manipulation/mobilization therapy can improve organ function, circulation, pain, posture, movement, flexibility, digestion, immune function, and reduce stress and anxiety by releasing tension in the organs.
We credit Barral Institute for our Visceral Manipulation training and Chikly Institute for our Visceral Applications trainings.
Hidden Patterns & Dynamics, Ancestral & Developmental Trauma
Family Constellations was developed by psychologist Bert Hellinger. He was deeply influenced by his many years living with the Zulu people, his studies of group dynamics from Anglican clergy, Gestalt therapy, psychoanalysis, and family therapy. Since Hellinger, constellations practitioners have developed ways to focus on not only family dynamics, but also ancestral, systemic, nature, business & organization, and identity-oriented psychotrauma constellations.
Constellations work focuses on looking at issues that are systemic in nature. It is a unique way to reveal hidden dynamics and patterns, and helpful for those who wishes to work on a relationship issue, look at a theme in their life or an illness, or reveal entanglements within a family that could the root of disruptive life patterns. Within a family context, it looks at unresolved trauma that could have been handed down generationally.
Restoring the flow of love (or energy) is an important principle in Constellations work. Oftentimes, a traumatic event or trauma can interrupt the flow of love in our lives. Individually, we can find ourselves in repetitive types of situations because we are trying to resolve something that never got fully processed or integrated. That can also happen at a systemic level, because a trauma or death was never fully processed by the group.
By witnessing. acknowledging, and honoring what was hidden, excluded, or denied, the flow of love and energy can return. When this happens, we can move from feeling trapped in unconscious systemic patterns to living more freely as ourselves.
This is a service that is provided by trî only.