As my dad’s symptoms of Parkinson’s disease began to progress, I started studying neurovascular therapy because I knew it would help him. I soon discovered it was also the best therapy to help my own nervous system recalibrate from stress, injury, and fatigue. It’s a subtle and profound type of bodywork that’s difficult to explain, however it’s one of the best ways I know how to support someone in shifting out of a stress response towards a more peaceful resonance to facilitate the body’s natural self-healing mechanisms.
My dad was skeptical at first, but our sessions always brought him into a calmer, more still place and helped him cope with the challenges of Parkinson’s. That’s because neurovascular therapy is so brilliant at down-regulating the nervous system and supporting the healthy rhythms of body and mind.
Neurovascular therapy is one of my favourite ways to get the brain and body working together to help people who are stressed out, tired of being tired, or seeking more ease and flow in the body. It’s gentle and restorative and can help you reset towards greater health. I invite you to find out for yourself if it works for you.
Based on osteopathy and early cranialsacral therapy, neurovascular therapy is a form of bodywork that addresses the neurological conversation between body and brain so that your body, mind, and spirit can flow with more ease.
It’s a light-touch therapy that does not introduce more force to your body. As a neurovascular therapist, I use a gentle and informed touch to calm the central nervous system, as well as to track and support the flow and function of the body’s many systems. I also listen with my hands to discover where things are tense or stagnant, and allow time and space for your body to release stress that has arisen from injury, trauma, disease, and other troubles.
Who is Neurovascular Therapy for?
- You’re wired and tired and feel like your nervous system is off kilter. You want to relax and restore without having to do the work (you simply lie on the table and relax—yoga folks, it’s kind of like an hour-long savasana).
- You want to improve the overall health and function of your body. You want to bolster your resistance to illness and disease. You want to support the self-healing capacity between brain and body.
- You may also want support with a specific problem, such as migraine headaches, sinus congestion, chronic neck and back pain, central nervous system disorders, brain and spinal cord injuries, concussions, autoimmune disease, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, emotional difficulties, stress, TMJ and other tension related problems.
What are the benefits?
Here are some of the things that you might learn, get, gain, or feel:
- calmer, more relaxed, grounded, and centered
- a better regulated nervous system
- the release of tension
- a decrease of pain and inflammation
- better digestion
- better sleep
- less stress and anxiety
- improved breathing patterns
- more aware of and connected to your body
I work with individuals during hour-long sessions. While benefits can be had from one session, the number of sessions you need depends on the overall health of your body and the goals you may have. Often problems develop over years, so as a result restoring health may take time. Session scheduling varies from once a week to once a month, or maintenance sessions as needed.
What to Expect
At the start of a session we’ll discuss your health history and concerns. You’ll relax on a massage table fully clothed (comfortable clothes are recommended). I’ll begin and end the bodywork session holding your ankles, noticing the overall fluid flow and observing areas that may be contributing to restrictive patterns in the body. With a sensitive and informed touch, my hands may hold and support various areas of your body, in turn allowing the body to dissolve tension and find its flow.
During our session, I’ll also incorporate Aroma Acupoint Therapy, which means I’ll place pure essential oils on specific acupressure points in order to support even more change in the body that will help restore you to balance.
Overall, you may experience sensations of heat, tingling, increased relaxation, pressure changes, and abdominal gurgling. You may also feel more quietly connected and aware. Each person is unique and therefore may have a different experience.
Because the work is subtle, but works on deep levels, you may want to respect the process by not pushing your body directly after a session. For example, you may find that a quiet walk supports you more than working out at the gym.
Over time, as the body’s systems find greater flow and function, one may experience greater health and vitality.
The Quarry Arts Building | 715 Hill Street, Suite 130 | Madison
A full hour to relax and be restored by this light-touch therapy. Within the beautiful Quarry Arts Building for Madison’s healing community, enjoy gentle music and organic, ethically-sourced, therapeutic essential oils, and experience the gift of stillness.
Cost: $100 per hour-long session | $475 for package of five hour-long sessions
(When I am teaching abroad, Kathy Mc Alister is offering sessions)