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Integrative massage is Jason's best work. While Jason is certainly willing and available to do sessions of just Craniosacral Therapy, just Reiki, or just Myofascial and Neuromuscular Therapy; his best work happens when Jason is free to design your session to fit your needs without restriction to just one view of the body or one set of techniques. Select a few different styles, let Jason know what you feel you would like to get out of the session, and let him work with you to achieve those goals.
Maybe you are looking for some meditative time, a "Zen Moment" - let Jason know that's what you're looking for, to relax and recenter. He will ask a few questions to come to an understanding of what is bothering you on various levels and what Cranial Rhythms to look for, and set up a relaxing massage with a lot of Craniosacral, Polarity, and Reiki and just enough Myofascial and Neuromuscular work to remind you of your connection to your body.
Maybe the concern is headaches - Jason can select a variety of techniques to help your headaches whether they are muscular, fascial, Craniosacral, or energetically based; and work with you to help reduce your headaches.
There are as many approaches as there are people, and what worked well yesterday may not be perfect for you next week. Jason can adapt the session to fit your needs, today.
There is no limit to the ways massage can be done to help you, other than professionalism and the training of the therapist. Contact Jason and feel free to ask questions to help both you and Jason find a way for massage to help you.
Orthopedic massage is more of an approach to deciding what to massage rather than a style of massage therapy. Jason is working on Certification for Orthopedic Massage through the Orthopedic Massage Education and Research Institute (OMERI) founded by Whitney Lowe as well as through The Center for Pain Management founded by James Waslaski. From the OMERI website:
"Whitney Lowe’s Orthopedic Massage system is a research-based and outcome-based system. Whitney has spent the last 20 years researching, teaching, and exploring the applications of massage therapy. The techniques and methods he uses are a combination of proven and cutting-edge approaches to treating pain, injury and other conditions with massage.
Lowe uses the term ‘orthopedic’ to refer to the locomotor system, as it is used in conventional medicine. An analogy can be made with the phrase ‘orthopedic medicine’, which describes a conceptual approach to medical practice. Similarly, the phrase ‘orthopedic massage’ describes a particular approach – a comprehensive system – rather than prescribed techniques."
Orthopedic Massage sessions will have a few components that are different from typical massage sessions. First, Jason starts with Orthopedic Assessment following a scientific protocol including a detailed history of the injury and the effects of the injury. Therapeutic observation and palpation follows as part of the assessment. These three steps then guide the rest of the assessment or proper and responsible Active, Passive, and Resistive tests followed by appropriate Special Resistive Tests. None of these tests require any special equipment, and are all part of the session. You, as the client, remain in control and informed about what is going on. Any tests that cause any increase in pain are stopped as soon as the increase in pain or numbness is reported as that increase in pain or numbness provides the information necessary to identify or rule out potentially injured tissues.
The results of the assessment give Jason an understanding of the injury that allows for a treatment plan that is appropriate for the injury. The treatment plan includes a customized plan for what tissues are massaged to provide maximum effectiveness and efficiency of the massage. If the tests show that massage is not likely to be beneficial, you will be informed to that result with detailed medical notes explaining why, and a referral to find appropriate therapies to help you.
The other aspect of Orthopedic Massage is the actual technique. This is why Jason has studied so many different ways to help the body. The use of the right technique by someone who has spent years working on himself to become an ideal therapist with excellent listening and palpation skills provides an opportunity to get quality results. The techniques are generally slow and targets specific tissues at an appropriate level of depth and pressue to be within the comfort and pain tolerance for you as the client.
Myofascial massage is a technique used to treat injuries and discomfort, reducing pain and increasing range of motion. Myofascial massage differs from other types of massage in that it targets the fascia - the membrane surrounding muscles - rather than the muscle itself. Since fascia completely encases every muscle in the body, imbalances in the fascia can have serious effects on your range of motion and comfort level. While other forms of massage can overlook the fascia, myofascial massage focuses specifically on releasing tension in this important membrane.
Myofascial work integrates well with many other types of bodywork that Jason practices. From an Orthopedic perspective it addresses the fascia that can be the cause of so many pain, numbness, and restricted movement issues. From a Craniosacral perspective, fascia and cerebral-spinal fluid are both types of connective tissue. From an energetic perspecive, the energy flows through the connective tissues of the body.
Neuromuscular work focuses specifically on points of chronic contraction in the muscle tissue that are the cause of pain or dysfunction, known as trigger points. Jason combines Neuromuscular with Myofascial because the Myofascial work gives a structure to the massage that allows Jason to find the trigger points while also releasing the fascia around the trigger point so the muscle has someplace to relax to. The Neuromuscular work also allows a change in the flow of the session and space for other work to happen, as well as an optimization of the benefits of the myofascial work.
Craniosacral Therapy, sometimes referred to as Cranialsacral or Sacred Cranial, is a very relaxing healing style. Jason has studied Craniosacral Therapy through a number of differnet teachers including The Milne Institute and The Upledger Institute with the intention to become certified for Craniosacral through these and other teachers in this wonderful healing style.
Quoting the Milne Institute website for a accurate and understandable description of Craniosacral Therapy:
'Craniosacral Work is an evolution out of Cranial Osteopathy, a specialization of the osteopathic profession that was introduced to the world in the 1930s by an American osteopath and visionary called William Garner Sutherland.
Craniosacral therapists often focus upon optimizing the position, fluid movement ('wave') and energy (piezoelectric charge and chi) of these parts of the craniosacral system. Or they may focus on bringing the craniosacral system back to balance in the central line of the body, called 'midline.' Some schools focus on differing wave states, tides, and opening to the arrival of stillness.'
The view of Craniosacral Therapy taught by the Milne Institute is based both on physical anatomy and on energetic anatomy. They teach both the physical technique and the logical reasons to use a specific technique as well as the use of intuition to distinguish between when the client's condition calls for the technique and when it feels right, and probably is right, to actually use it. Craniosacral Therapy is most effectively taught from a combination and balance logical and the intuitive approaches.
The work itself is subtle and meditative, and its strength and results come from its subtlety. The deep state of relaxation the approach generates encourages the body to heal itself while the application of the proper technique at the right time can induce other physical and energetic changes to assist the body in healing itself.
Jason started studying Usui and Raku Kei Reiki in 1997 and teaching Reiki in 1999. Reiki focuses on working with the human energy field, which includes chakras, the auric field, and other energetic structures. The philosophy of Reiki is that the body wants to be healthy and that when the energy flows efficiently the body can move in greater ease and therefore less dis-ease and disease.
Physically, the session is very relaxing and meditative. A relaxed state allows the nervous system to switch from the Sympathetic (fight or flight) to the Parasympathetic (relaxed and healing). When this occurs, the blood pressure normalizes and blood flow decreases to the major muscle groups and increases to the organs. The result is that digestion and clarity improves and the immune system becomes stronger.
Jason has also studied a number of other energy work systems to varying levels of depth.
The core belief in energy work, regardless of the philosophy, is that if one's energy, known as ki, Qi, Chi, and a number of other names, becomes restricted in its flow than dis-ease is the result. Energy work then seeks to return these energetic systems to their normal functioning so that the body can return to a state of greater ease, comfort, balance, and health.
Jason particularly likes a Shamanic approach to energy work for a couple of reasons. First - Shamanic practice is like Buddhist philosophy, it blends easily and completely into all facets of life without changing the core of the practice - there is no need to change the technique, goal, or approach only the viewpoint of the therapist or practitioner. Second - the viewpoint of Shamanism is that there are greater forces in the universe than people, and that it is possible to journey or shapeshift to these forces and entities and bring back knowledge and energy to help with the situation at hand.
Note that most clients find that the Shamanic and Energy Work is best blended into other approaches to massage and bodywork. It is certainly an option to pursue a Spirit Guide Meditation during a massage session, but it is far more common that the energy work simply is used to help Jason get the massage stroke a little deeper with a little less pain and discomfort and to help that trigger point resolve itself a little more quickly and easily.
This approach can also be used to influence the layout of the massage. As an example, you may be seeking a massage to help with the "bad back". The Orthopedic Massage may get us to a point where we know what tissues are involved however the Shamanic aspect of the work may guide Jason to start someplace that doesn't appear to be related, for example a Craniosacral hold at the head, and then to work through the tissues in a particular order. The approach can offer a flow to the session and help make it relaxing despite working in tissues that would normally be quite sore and tender.