Energy & Bodywork
Everything is stored in the body. No approach is complete unless it takes the body into consideration.
Fascia & Trauma Release
Although slow and subtle, this treatment is deeply effective. Working with the fascia is different from working with the muscles. Most massages focus on directing downward pressure into the muscles. Fascia & Trauma Release (FTR), works by exerting a diagonal pressure on the body resulting in creating a piezoelectric current in the fascia, causing the fascia to release and lengthen, helping relax the muscles and surrounding fascial tissue that house traumatic memories and unlock the frozen components of the nervous system.
Trauma, repetitive stress, surgery, and gravity all play a part in limiting flexibility. If not released, it thickens over time. The process of release supports the tissue to dump stored toxins.
What is Fascia?
Fascia is a thin casing of connective tissue that wraps, separates, and holds every organ, blood vessel, bone, nerve fiber, and muscle in place. It has nerves that make it almost as sensitive as skin and every region of the body is in communication with another through the fascial network and it is closely connected to the central nervous system. When trauma or stress occurs, the web of connective tissue changes to protect the injured area; it also holds emotions from trauma and shock. Healthy fascia enhances proprioception (knowing where your body is in space). (Source: lizekimble.com)
This statement about ocean currents reminds me of how FTR works; by applying pressure to the skin and superficial fascia layer, we can reach the second layer around muscles, bones and nerves and then the deepest layer around the organs.
"Meanwhile, in the open ocean, wind is the major force behind surface currents. As wind blows over the ocean, it drags the top layers of water along with it. That moving water pulls on the layers underneath, and those pull on the ones beneath them. In fact, water as deep as 400 meters is still affected by the wind at the ocean's surface."
What is a FTR session like?
Sessions start with a discussion about where any pain in the body is felt. It is a full body massage using a small amount of oil. While it sometimes might not feel like too much is happening during the session, you will feel very relaxed and spacious after a treatment.
Chi Nei Tsang (Abdominal Massage)
CNT or Taoist Abdominal Emotional Detox Massage
Chi Nei Tsang integrates the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of our being. It focuses on clearing energetic and physical blockages in the abdomen so that the Chi (energy) can flow smoothly.
Chi Nei Tsang literally means "working the energy of the internal organs" or "internal organs chi transformation." It uses all the principles of Kung-Fu and Tai Chi Chuan known as Chi-Kung; therefore, CNT is a form of "applied Chi Kung."
Chi Nei Tsang treatments:
~ Address the digestive, nervous, muscular, respiratory, and immune system
~ Promote detoxification and stimulation of the internal organs
~ Increase personal connection to body and breath
~ Support emotional balancing
Who is Chi Nei Tsang for?
Most people can benefit from Chi Nei Tsang, but it can be especially helpful for those having:
~ Digestive issues: constipation, bloating, diarrhea or acid reflux
~ Scar tissue and tension from a surgical procedure in their abdomen (at least three months post surgery)
~ Stress and/or sleep difficulty
~ Emotional stuckness, depression, anxiety, excessive worrying, grief
~ Chronic muscular pain/tension
~ Headaches, chronic fatigue, menstrual cramps, sciatica, uterine fibroids, infertility
~ Lack of positive connection with their body
~ Lack of sexual desire
What is a Chi Nei Tsang session like?
Sessions start with a discussion about your health history, energy levels, sleep/digestion patterns, physical activity, and where any pain is felt in the body.
You will lay on mat on the floor, face up with your shirt pulled up to your lower ribs and pants worn just below the pubic bone to expose abdomen. I will use manual techniques with oil to increase circulation, focus on areas of tension, stimulate organs and clear pathways of elimination.
Morning sessions are advised as it is best to experience CNT on an empty stomach. If you can only come later in the day, do not eat for at least 3 hours before and avoid large meals on the day.
I recommend booking a series of three sessions, about a week apart, for optimal results.
This modality works very subtly on the spinal reflexes on the feet, hands and head. Using a very soft touch, it stimulates your own healing impulses to resolve blockages in your life, acknowledging your prenatal pattern, which was established throughout the stages of our gestation from pre-conception to birth. Sessions are 60 minutes.
What is a Metamorphic Technique session like?
You are fully clothed and seated for the session. I will work alternatively on each foot and hand, and the back of your head.
It's hard to find words for this experience of the fascia & trauma release massage, but here is my best attempt: while it probably isn't for everyone (it is a very soft and slow approach), my body and being, my whole system totally fell into it, an arriving as it were, in a deep world of wonder, release and healing. I personally found it to be an incredible experience and totally love it. It 'works' with the deep, deep layers of fascia, and I was surprised by how much tension (and emotion) was held there and released through this wonder-ful technique. Tara's strong and gentle presence and her refreshing and absolute 'realness' with whatever IS, created a safe and loving container for the sessions.
I see Tara as a "midwife" as I always receive a bodywork from her at the times when I am shedding old skin and coming into a new stage of my life. Tara helps me to birth that new part of me. I can always drop very deeply with her because she impeccably holds a very safe space. Tara has a gift of touching me deeply, reaching those spaces that I didn't know existed.
Scarborough & Rondebosch,
Cape Town, South Africa