As most therapists with long careers, Carol blends the various trainings she has received. Most extensive training includes: Neuromuscular Therapy, CranioSacral Therapy, and Sports massage, along with numerous continuing education classes. Special training includes mentoring with a certified Rolfer (www.rolf.org).
CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a light touch approach that can release tensions deep in the body which directly affect the central nervous system and can relieve pain and dysfunction. The releasing of those tensions can allow the whole body to relax and self-correct. (www.upledger.com).
Neuromusclar Therapy (NMT) is an effective treatment for the elimination of pain caused by soft tissue (muscular) strain, overuse, and trauma, regardless of when the injury occurred. It utilizes the principle that precise trigger points can refer pain symptoms in tissue sometimes far away from where they originate. For instance: trigger points in the anterior Trapezius muscle can re-create headaches. (www.nmtcenter.com).
Sports Massage includes techniques that address specific pain and injury symptoms. Ben Benjamin, Ph.D., who trained Carol’s Sports Massage instructor, Michael Loomis, explains:
"Most people do not realize that the cause of most chronic pain from soft tissue injuries is the initial poor healing of the injury. Adhesive scar tissue forms, binding the originally damaged tissue to the adjacent soft tissues. Scar tissue formation is normal when injuries are repairing. When scar tissue forms in the appropriate places, it is the biological glue that holds torn fibers together. However, if this healing process occurs in a random fashion, the scar tissue forms a jumbled mass of adhesions, which tear on normal movement. . . Until all the abnormal adhesive scar tissue is removed from all of the affected structures, a pain-free state cannot be achieved."
Ben Benjamin holds a doctorate in education and sports medicine. He is the founder and president of the Muscular Therapy Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and the author of Listen to Your Pain, Are You Tense? and Exercise Without Injury.
SMRT (Spontaneous Muscle Release Technique): Similar to Positional Release or Strain-Counterstrain, this technique allows that tissue will release when held in its ‘slack’ position (www.fullcircle.com).
Rolfing: Named after it's founder, Dr. Ida Rolf, Rolfing Structural Integration is a form of bodywork that reorganizes the connective tissues, called fascia, that permeates the whole body.
“When I have a session with Carol I feel totally embraced with her tender care and presence. My needs are heard and addressed with the utmost integrity, knowledge, experience and skill.” – K.H.