Soulfire Somatics utilizes a blended approach to bodywork, employing practices from multiple schools of thought while modifying protocols and methodologies to best meet the needs of each client. Approaches and/or the narrative supporting their implementation are subject to changes as new research provides a more informed understanding of pain science, including considerations of biopsychosocial influencers, and developments within the fields of somatic psychology, neuroplasticity, physiology, and kinesiology.
Some of the modalities listed below are commonly used in conjunction with one another within a single session. these approaches are listed here to provide you with a basic understanding of some of the foundational tools of bodywork. Additional practices not listed here are used as well, and some sessions may not incorporate all of the below mentioned modalities.
All sessions are tailored to your specific needs and in support of your goals/intentions.
If there are any questions, concerns, or confusion about anything at all, or if you are looking for something specific, or have special needs/considerations, please contact me for discussion.
Proper communication and clarification will make for a great session for every body.
Swedish Massage: Can be light touch or deep,with long strokes, kneading, direct friction, rocking, and rhythmic percussion all with smooth transitions and light oil. Good for relaxation and circulation. A foundational modality, some form of Swedish massage is present in most bodywork sessions
Neuro Muscular Therapy (NMT/Trigger Point): Static pressure directly and deeply applied to congested, entraped, or restricted areas. Designed to stimulate skeletal muscles into self correcting and rehydrating depleted areas of the soft tissue and musculature
Abdominal Massage: Revered for its calming effects, and stress remediation, abdominal massage is an often overlooked yet profound treatment for the human body, and essential to an effective therapeutic process.
Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Fascilitation (PNF): Stretching techniques designed to enhance both active and passive
range of motion, while at the same time optimizing motor performance, endurance and potential.
Resistance Release & Trager Approach: Practical use of rhythmic stimulation, traction/resistance techniques along vector lines throughout the body, this modality engages the body as a unit with breathwork and active client participation in an effort to reorganize subconscious physical holding patterns by "reminding" the body to express its full ranges of motion while both client and therapist work at releasing tension within targeted muscle groups, regaining freedom of movement, building strength and facilitating optimal neuromuscular organization.
Myoskeletal Technique Utilizes key components of PNF, traction, cross fiber friction, compression, and gentle soft tissue manipulations to assist with improving limited movement, and strength or performance in areas of the body that have been compromised due to injury, trauma, lack of use, or over use. This work may sometimes result in changes to a person's sense postural alignment, range of motion, and physical ability. This approach is a very effective form of therapeutic bodywork.
CranioSacral: A gentle form of structural manipulation rooted in classical osteopathy, light finger and hand pressure is used to work with the bones, joints, and connective tissue of the skull, neck and sacrum with the intention of assisting the body in accessing a felt sense of balance within the autonomic nervous system while relieving tension.
Connective Tissue Mobilization: A form of manual therapy focused on the whole body's interconnected soft tissue rather than the musculature. The "mission" of CTM is to seek and rectify the cause of disfunction rather than focusing on regional symptoms of pain or soreness.
Myofascial Release: A whole body manual therapy focused on the fascial system. Similar to Connective Tissue Mobilization, Myofascial Release is a structural integration technique that uses light to medium touch with cross hand and bi-directional maneuvers to facilitate a somasceptive experience of balance and openness through the layers of soft tissue, releasing restrictions, freeing muscle, nerve and skeletal entrapments and remediating misalignments. A subtle touch often experienced in profound ways.
Transpersonal Somatic Therapy (TST): Although this is not a massage modality, TST training has provided me with the tools to consciously and professionaly establish a therapeutic relationship with my clients, creating and facilitating an exchange of energy and trust within our sessions that allows you the client to fearlessly give yourself permission to express and release feelings, emotions, movements and sounds without judgement, interpretation, explanation or question. What this means is your subconscious can guide your physical, emotional and mental bodies to whatever may need to be expressed in order to promote true healing without being hindered by fear, confusion or anxiety. In short, your session is your time to discover your authenticity through confronting and exploring your thoughts, doubts, established reactions, beliefs and perceptions under the protection of confidentiality and sacred space.
Pre Event / Post Event Considerations: Athletes you know who you are! Getting ready to compete, or need to recieve when the challenge has ended? This is for you! Pre/ Post Event bodywork is the most effective way to prevent injury, care for your body, remain at your peak physical condition, and maintain balance between strength and flexibility. Prepare to compete and Prepare to recover.