Leah Knowles, LMP
Massage Therapist
Modalities and Techniques

Lymph Drainage Therapy uses subtle light maneuvers to aid in the recirculation of lymph flow.  When lymph circulation stagnates, fluids and solutes accumulate, including proteins, hormones, immune cells, cellular waste and debri.  By encouraging the flow in lymph vessels, detoxification and immune function are enhanced.  LDT has been compared to floating on water in description of the relaxation this work induces.

For more information regarding Lymph Drainage Therapy, please see:

http://chiklyinstitute.org/ldt/applications.htm

Cranial Sacral Therapy addresses the connection and alignment between the cranium and the sacrum as felt through the pulse of the cerebral spinal fluid, which lubricates and nourishes the brain and spinal cord.  This light, quiet work has a relaxing effect on the entire nervous system.  It enhances the mind and body's ability to heal, and promotes better motility in the structures of the head, spine and pelvis, and beyond.

For more information about CranioSacral Therapy, as taught by John Upledger, DO, Pease see:

http://www.upledger.com/content.asp?id=61

Visceral Manipulation focuses on creating ease in how the organs move amongst each other, with a focus on how organs that need more ease may interact with issues regarding pain or lack of range of motion by affecting our overall posture.  These techniques are chosen specifically for each patient based on the therapists observations regarding walking gait, posture, and tensional patterns found during treatment, or as prescribed by a doctor.  This work makes every treatment different, depending on a patients presentation on a given day. 

For more information regarding Visceral Manipulation, please see:  

http://www.barralinstitute.com/about/vm.php

Lowen Systems:  Dynamic Manual Interface and Fluid Pressure Dynamics

Frank Lowen's course work is a study originally founded while teaching Cranial Sacral Therapy and Visceral Manipulation.  It is an extension, or perhaps a tangent of these works that fine tunes the therapists perceptions and touch, while pushing the practitioner to further themselves in the study of anatomy, physiology, and kinesiology.  This work requires a lighter touch for purposes of palpation of fluid rhythms in relation to structure motility, with the outcome being an enhancement of structure motility and fluid circulation.  Fluid refers to blood, lymph, and cerebral spinal fluid.  Structures including muscles, tendons, bones, ligaments, organs, blood vessels, nerves, and anything else that isn't a fluid.

To learn more about Lowen Systems, please see:

http://lowensystems.com/about/what-dmi-is

About the therapies combined:

This gentle work is an invitation to create improvement to function.  It does not use direct force, rather it utilizes the body's own mechanisms for healing, so it is safe and effective for most individuals and is especailly beneficial for those healing from injuries or other compromise to health.  Those without compromise will find it to be a relaxing way to help optimize excellent health.    

Previous Influences:

Neuromuscular Therapy, Myofascial Release, Shiatsu, among other modalities.  The main thing brought to the current therapy from these philosophies is the patience required to allow the structural relationships to go through a full cycle of change without interuption.  This means that when working with tensional patterns a technique may be held for 1-3 minutes.

Also, often enough a little shiatsu happens down the back at the end of a session, simply because it is nice, and people like it.

 

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