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Therapy for the head, jaw, and mouth

I am back in the office after several days of serving as a teaching assistant for the training in TMJ and the cranial base. This class was taught by Christian Current, who did a great job teaching this for the first time. I’ve taken this class as a student twice from Ryan Hallford since 2013. They’ve both taught me a lot.

Christian is my officemate, along with Denise Deniger, who just completed this series as a student. It was a pleasure to be able to assist him and to share time with all of these biodynamic and classical craniosacral therapy students over the past 18 months. I’m looking forward to our study/practice group!

I’m also practicing the techniques I learned in the Upledger Institute’s classical craniosacral therapy classes and am signed up for another class in mid-August.

Between these trainings and several years of practice, I can help with many mouth and jaw issues of pain and alignment.

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I’ve become aware that a lot of folks simply live with “issues in these tissues” because they don’t know that help is available. A dentist may recommend wearing a mouth guard for TMJ problems, but this only protects the teeth from grinding away.

Real, lasting help means working with the muscles that hold the bones in place. Just as you can lengthen your hamstrings by holding a standing forward bend for a few minutes, a bodyworker trained in mouth work can guide the small but powerful muscles around your jaw to lengthen.

The work is gentle, slow, and precise. It should never hurt. You can signal me at any time to remove my gloved finger from your mouth.

This work can be helpful if you’ve had braces or a bridge that crosses the midline of your upper teeth. Dentists are not usually aware of the craniosacral rhythm, and braces and bridges can affect the alignment of your cranial bones.

Other reasons to seek out this work include having experienced facial or head injuries, including concussions. Curiosity is another good reason to come in!

I am running a special offer this summer: Come in for up to three 60-minute craniosacral therapy sessions and pay $70 each. Just go to the home page and click the link to book your first appointment online. You’ll get an email confirmation, and you can opt for a text reminder the day before.

 

Feel a migraine coming on?

Come in for a session before it becomes a full-blown migraine.

Craniosacral therapy can stop a migraine in its tracks when treated during the prodrome period, 2-6 hours before onset. This is when you feel the aura or a premonition of a pending migraine.

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Courtesy: The People’s Pharmacy

How to get in quickly:

  • You can text me (512-507-4184) to see when my next opening is.
  • You can email me at mareynolds27@gmail.com.
  • You can call (leave a message if we haven’t worked together before — I get so much spam, I screen all calls from unknown numbers).
  • You can book sessions online up to 2 hours in advance if I have openings.

We still don’t always know what causes migraines: hormones, stress, dehydration, food, alcohol, weather, eye strain, noise, bright or flickering lights, or genes.

How craniosacral therapy helps: it activates the parasympathetic (rest and digest) nervous system to help your body-mind system relax. By gently and slowly decompressing your cranial bones, you feel more spaciousness inside your head. Cranial nerves are decompressed and blood flow improves.

Craniosacral work can also help with the endocrine system (pituitary and hypothalamus), helping your hormones become more balanced.

If you regularly suffer from migraines, regular craniosacral therapy can be beneficial.

 

Catching up: AC fixed, training through June 3, come on in for CST/TMJ work!

Our office air conditioning was not working over Memorial Day weekend. Last Thursday it got up to 81 in my office — a bit too warm and humid for giving or receiving bodywork. I asked several clients if they wanted to reschedule, and they all said yes.

It’s fixed as of Tuesday morning, thank goodness, because temperatures of 100 are expected next week.

It feels fine now. It also sounds fine. The condenser or compressor (whatever the part is that sits right outside my office window) makes a different noise, like an industrial strength exhalation. I definitely dig that! It’s wonderfully pleasant compared to the metallic grating sound it used to make. I’m grateful to everyone who played a role in getting it fixed.

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I will be assisting at a training, TMJ and the Cranial Base, from Thursday, May 31, through Sunday, June 3. I’ve taken this class twice as a student since 2013, and I have used these skills a lot in my practice, including in a session today.

I look forward to assisting Christian Current teaching it and working with the students to learn and refine their skills. It’s more of an integrative technique than is taught in Upledger classes, drawing on massage,  myofascial release, trigger point therapy, orthopedic massage techniques, and the slow waiting and listening that is a signature for manual craniosacral therapy.

I will be available for sessions the rest of June, all of July, and part of August, so if you’re thinking of getting some bodywork, I’ll be ready and able starting Tuesday, June 5. I’m running a special for TMJ work this summer to practice and prepare for another Upledger Institute class in August, Somato-Emotional Release I. Please check my Welcome page for details.

May your summer be full of ease and joy!

What is biodynamics?

Biodynamics, which was originally defined by Rollin Becker, D.O., is a way of relating to the Breath of Life within another living being in a manner that allows the BoL (which Becker also called “Biodynamic Energy”) to reorganizing the living system to a higher level of healthy function. Most other forms of CST [CranioSacral Therapy] focus on the manipulation of tissues, missing Dr. Sutherland’s ground-breaking realization that the human body is a respiratory mechanism that is moved by life energy~ from biodynamics teacher Scott Zamarut on Facebook

If you practice attentive, quiet, stillness often and long enough, you will eventually feel yourself being breathed. This is what organizes and heals us.

Special offer: Craniosacral therapy for the upper jaw

You may be aware that I am continuing my training in craniosacral therapy, and in preparation for a class this August, I am offering a technique that you might benefit from. It’s craniosacral therapy for the hard palate, which uses a very light touch to listen to and adjust facial and upper jaw bones and soft tissues.
This technique is recommended for people who:
  • have had TMJ issues
  • have worn braces
  • have had bridges that cross the upper midline
  • have had teeth extracted (especially molars)
  • have experienced facial or head trauma
  • believe they could benefit
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It would be my honor to work with you.
I am happy to offer you up to three sessions at a reduced rate of $70 per session. I’m offering up to three because some of you may want to experience a TMJ Relief session (which I’ve been offering for a few years), and you may also be interested in receiving a full-body craniosacral therapy session (which I’ve also been offering for a few years) before we do a hard palate session.
If you’d like to receive this work, please schedule one to three 60-minute sessions to take place before close of business on Friday, August 3, 2018.
May you experience great ease and joy!

The health path with heart: good medicine

I just got a note from a dear friend, who also happens to be one of my current clients. She wrote:

Hi, MaryAnn! I wanted to tell you about something really good that’s happening to/within me. I think it’s directly related to your sessions.
I’m revisiting everything health-related in my life. I have so much to learn!
I asked the universe for some help getting going on this project, and you offered me that first session. When you were done, I knew it was good medicine for my spirit and energy. I felt renewed and recharged. I’m so grateful for the ongoing sessions!
I’ve continued asking/demanding help from the universe. I just haven’t known what else to do.
I feel like your sessions are really helping connect with what’s good within me and all around me and things are moving. This week, someone gifted me with this thing called Sun Basket. They ship fresh, organic food every week, in a giant box, with everything you need to make 3 meals for 2. They had paleo-esque choices, which I loved. I cooked all three meals and we loved them!
And then I found a health tracking and information app that’s is the best I’ve tried by far. It’s helped me get a handle on so much!
Anyways, thank you for your bright light and your continued presence for good in my life. Your sessions are helping me in so many ways.
Much love.
This is deeply warms my heart for a couple of reasons.
One, my friend empowered herself to revisit everything health-related in her life. How awesome is that?
Have you ever thought of that? Where would you start?
The connection between life and health isn’t usually in our faces as long as we — and those close to us — are not having problems. We’re just living. Yet we are all vulnerable humans, one virus or accident away from losing freedom, joy, and abilities at least temporarily.
Some health issues have a genetic component. Some build over time due to our habits, and when we reach a certain age, we start wanting to take better care of ourselves.
We may see our loved ones go through difficult medical treatments, which can inspire us to take better care of ourselves now.
Two, she asked the universe for help. Is that not awesome as well? Sometimes when I do that, I don’t get a clear answer right away. But I’m still listening — that’s key. Then something shows up.
My friend met opportunity and said yes, and afterward she assessed. She felt it was good medicine for her spirit and energy. She felt renewed and recharged.
How do you tell when something is good medicine for you?
And then something else shows up on the healthy path. And so on. That’s a juicy organic way to get on the health path with heart. It’s not full of fear or compulsive behavior. It’s a journey of asking, listening, saying yes, and assessing.
What inspires you to take care of your health? To learn about what health is and what it is not, and what you can do to improve it and maintain it?
And most of all, how can you do that in a way that brings you joy and well-being and balance?

The alchemy of touch

My training in the alchemy of touch will end tomorrow, Sunday, May 20. It is beyond thrilling to be extending my bodywork skills into a realm of deeper magic and alchemy.

In bodywork, that translates into quantum-like jumps of transformation, and Zero Balancing is already the most transformative type of bodywork I offer for the shortest amount of time, 30 minutes with you fully clothed.

A mysterious blend of osteopathic manual therapy and Chinese medicine and a few other influences, Zero Balancing (ZB) works with your bones to affect both your structure and your energy.

Here’s a video of Zero Balancing creator Fritz Smith talking about his background and how Zero Balancing is a blend of Eastern and Western traditions, as well as Newtonian (particle) and quantum (wave) physics.  Continue reading “The alchemy of touch”