What is Guided Myofascial Therapy?
Guided self-massage sessions, using movement-based bodywork techniques and intentional pressure to relieve tension and pain. We will be focusing on Myofascial trigger point release and acupuncture point stimulation using a lacrosse ball and subtle movement to release tension, ease pain and establish healthy movement patterns.
Guided Myofascial Therapy is my own form of therapeutic bodywork, informed by my years of experience in Myofascial Release, Acupuncture, and Movement Therapies.
It is my intention with this work to help empower people, showing them first hand how to resolve pain and learn how their body is connected. In this way the work becomes your own, and its something you can continue to draw from well after the session is done.
I guide you through movement sessions designed to target and access myofascial trigger points and acupuncture points using a simple lacrosse ball. I teach you how to approach different body regions by explaining how the muscles and fascia work together, helping you locate specific areas of your body, and how to safely and effectively apply pressure. I then introduce breathing, visualization, and movement techniques that will help you sink deeper into your edge of comfort, melt away tension and relieve pain.
Small group classes are available multiple times a week, as well as personalized one-on-one sessions to dial in your specific pattern. Guided Myofascial Therapy is easily accessible and available on Zoom in the comfort of your own home, and in-person on the North Shore of the island of O'ahu.
BENEFITS YOU WILL FEEL:
These sessions are designed to be challenging, educational and empowering. They are deeply relaxing, and help you take control of your health, relieving chronic pain and tension. In this work you will tune in to deeper body awareness, learn to feel how your muscles and fascia are connected and what patterns may be contributing to pain or dysfunction.
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I offer 3 group sessions per week on Zoom. Each class focuses on a specific body region. I recommend trying to work with all areas as time allows, but you are welcome to take just one session at a time as well. The group classes are generally the best place to start with this work and can be used regularly as a tune up or check-in. Remember the body is all connected through myofascial TENSEGRITY and movement patterns, so we often find great results with treating distant regions from where you feel the pain or tension.
*I offer individual sessions so you can dial in the specifics of your body and pattern.
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ALL YOU NEED FOR THE GROUP CLASSES:
-lacrosse ball (a tennis ball will work ok)
-yoga block (thick book will work ok)
-mat (or enough comfortable floor space to lay down)
UPCOMING ZOOM CLASSES:
SUNDAY: 3pm Pacific, (12pm Hawai'i)
TUESDAY: 8pm Pacific, (5pm Hawai'i)
THURSDAY: 9PM Pacific, (6pm Hawai'i)
Thursday (7/2): Outer Shoulder & Arm Lines
Sunday (7/5): Inner Shoulder; Scapulothoracic Region
Tuesday (7/7): Balance the Pelvis
Thursday (7/9): Inner Shoulder & Upper Back
Sunday (7/12): Myofascial Patterns of Knee Pain
Tuesday (7/14): Lower Leg & Foot
Thursday (7/16): Pelvis & Core Stability
Sunday (7/19): Addressing Lower Back and Hip Pain
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INDIVIDUALIZED SESSIONS: MYOFASCIAL RELEASE & MOVEMENT COACHING:
I recommend these sessions to dial in to your specific pattern and issues, and provide relief from pain while developing more functional mobility. Whether you are seeking more performance and better recovery for intense physical activities or simply trying to make it through the work day with less pain, these 75 minute customized sessions are the best way to target your specific needs and learn valuable techniques which you can use for years to come.
With the individual sessions we have a chance to use more immediate feedback, focusing in on a deeper level to points and movements specific for YOUR body and pattern. With in-person individual sessions I generally do some hands-on release work in addition to the guided myofascial bodywork for the more precise and tricky to find trigger points which don't lend as well to self-treatment.
*Use these individual sessions to dial in your specific needs, and the group classes as a way to regularly check in with your body and form.
-FREE 15-MINUTE ONLINE ZOOM CONSULTATION to see if an individual session is what you need!
-INDIVIDUAL SESSIONS: $80 online, $120 in-person, add 20% for at-home visit on O'ahu.
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When I'm not helping people heal their bodies, I love rock climbing, bodysurfing and making quality food with my partner Ashley. I have established many first-ascents of new rock climbs in California and Hawai'i, donating countless time and energy into establishing fun and safe routes for all to enjoy. I enjoy pushing my personal limits and have established the most difficult climbing routes on the island of O'ahu, and made a free-ascent of Yosemite's El Capitan back in 2002. I currently climb regularly at my local crags in Mokule'ia, and bodysurf my favorite breaks on North Shore and all around the island. I maintain a personal somatic movement practice every morning which is crucial for keeping me centered, tuned-in and moving well. It’s all about engaging in the process; simply BREATHING and BEING PRESENT is what I've learned that makes these movement forms so powerful, and this is what I love sharing with people from all walks of life. I’m constantly humbled and in awe of it all. There’s always more to learn.
Rock Climbing full-time through my teens and early twenties without enough rest and regenerative practices led to chronic overuse injuries in my back, shoulders, hips, knees, hands and feet. This is what directed me to the study of massage therapy, medical qigong, acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine in order to find relief from the pain, and to help others in resolving chronic pain and imbalance. Dynamic balance is an important presence in my life. The regenerative bodywork and movement are crucial for maintaining overall balance with the stress and strain of daily life, the yin to the yang, so to speak.
Acupuncture and Qi Gong continue to guide my bodywork practice. In my practice I've found that steady, precise pressure with awareness and movement can activate and release the points and the effect tends to be more lasting when one is consciously engaged in the process, as opposed to passively laying on a table while an 'expert' does the work.
I love sharing this work because it helps people feel empowered in the process of their own healing, and more present in their own body. Health, wellness and optimal movement is an ongoing process, not a destination, and my purpose is to help you dial in with that process no matter where you're starting from.
-Masters of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine at Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine College, Berkeley, CA (graduated 2010), including over 1,000 clinical hours treating patients in the community clinic with Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine and Medical Qi Gong, and 3.5 years (2,000+ hours) of year-round full-time, in-person coursework in Acupuncture, Western Biomedicine, Orthopedics, Anatomy and Physiology, Pharmacology, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Integrative Medicine.
-Board-licensed Acupuncturist (LAc), licensed in the state of Hawai’i (HI DCCA #973) since 2011
- Certified Medical Qigong Therapist, Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine College, Berkeley, CA (2008)
- Certified Massage Therapist & Health Educator, focusing on Myofascial Therapy at National Holistic Institute, Emeryville, CA (2006), including 1 year/ 730 hours of coursework, and a clinical externship and subsequent employment at Chiro Kinetics, an Integrative Functional Rehabilitation clinic where I was trained in Frequency-specific Microcurrent in conjunction with Myofascial Therapy techniques.
-Rock climbing outdoor route-developer and indoor route-setter, with a focus on technically challenging and thought-provoking routes, emphasizing complex body engagement and movement form.
-Skydiving Instructor at Skydive Hawai'i, sharing the unique movement of the 3D air-realm and the process of consciously facing ones fears with over 7,000 first-time jumpers from all around the world.
- Hundreds of hours of ongoing Continuing Education; some highlights include numerous courses with Tom Myers of Anatomy Trains, Balanced Body Pilates Mat teacher training with Jaydene Sniffen, and Anatomy Trains in Motion with Karin Gurtner.