Lori Nelson-Martin | BODYWORK
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hellerwork structural integration

Hellerwork Structural Integration is an integrative system of bodywork that is based on the teachings of Dr. Ida Rolf and the Rolfing method of Structural Integration. This work combines structural manipulation, movement education and dialogue. It helps you make the connection between body alignment, tension patterns, movement and personal well being. By bringing greater balance and alignment to your structure, Hellerwork allows you to become free of limiting physical and emotional patterns.
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Hellerwork is a whole body approach to healing that seeks to restore the ideal structural balance of your body. Long, deep stretching strokes are used to release tension in your muscles and fascia. This deep tissue bodywork is not like ordinary massage. It is sometimes called myofascial release and it helps to restore your body’s optimal balance, alignment and flexibility. It can melt and transform old, hardened patterns in your tissue bringing tremendous relief to those who live with densely rigidified muscles.

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Movement awareness helps you to become more in tune with your body habits and movement patterns. By making subtle changes to these patterns you can eliminate discomfort, enhance your sense of well being and prevent the return of tension to your body.

craniosacral therapy

Craniosacral Therapy (CST) is a very subtle method of bodywork that treats and assesses the craniosacral system and related structures. The rhythms of the cerebrospinal fluid are addressed to balance the functioning of the central nervous system, optimize brain function and improve overall health.

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The craniosacral system consists of membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. It extends from the cranium down to the tailbone area. This vital system influences the development and performance of the brain and spinal cord. Imbalances or restrictions in this system can potentially cause a number of sensory, motor or neurological problems.

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I use light touch to assess and treat restrictions and imbalances in the craniosacral system. CST often promotes an altered state of consciousness and deep relaxation that encourages your own natural healing mechanism to dissipate the negative effects of injury and stress on the central nervous system.

energy work

Energy medicine is an emergent field of practice and study involved with working with the energetic field of the human body. Energetic practices work with healing the physical human body by way of working with the energetic field of the body. The energetic modality that I most often use is called Sourcepoint Therapy.

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The foundation of this work is that there exists an energetic blueprint of health for each of us; that is how we would be arranged, physically, psychologically, and energetically in perfect health. Sourcepoint Therapy accesses this template through specific points in the energy field that connect you to your natural state of order, balance, harmony and flow allowing for restoration and maintenance of health.
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Experiences with energetic work vary. Most people often feel relaxed and more centered after receiving this work.

yoga

Yoga is an enormous school of thought, practice, and philosophy, bridging thousands of years of history across many continents. There are several branches of yoga, including the physical practice of hatha yoga, which includes many of the types of yoga that are practiced in the US.

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While I am not currently teaching yoga, past teaching and my own practice inform my work significantly. The form of yoga that I have taught is Forrest Yoga. It is a form of hatha yoga, which includes both the practice of postures (asana) and breath work (pranayama). This practice is focused equally on strengthening the body, increasing flexibility, creating balance and cultivating a greater sense of inner calm. Some practitioners will feel more energized by the practice, while others will feel calmer.
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I may incorporate yoga postures or breathing practices into your session as appropriate. I am currently not teaching public classes. However, I am available to help you tailor your existing yoga practice to the specific needs of your body, give you ideas about improving your practice or to assist you in making accommodations for injuries.