Descriptions of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork Modalities
Deep Tissue - Used to help restore the natural function of a muscle, ligament or tendon. Techniques utilized include, but are not limited to: cross tissue - cross friction - myofascial work - stretching (passive and active) and trigger point work - circular friction - range of motion - structural integration.
Myofascial Release – Fascia is the connective tissue that provides support and protection for muscles within the human body. Often times, due to trauma, overuse, disease, or inactivity, this fascia becomes restricted causing pain, muscle tightness, and diminished blood flow. Myofascial release is a therapy used to help release these tissues through gentle, hands-on, sustained pressure.
Acupuncture- An ancient form of medicine, thought to have been developed in China, however it may have even older origins. Although many think of acupuncture as only an energetic medicine, it is also utilized very effectively as a physical medicine. It was used as battlefield medicine in China and those techniques have been adapted to fit modern physical ailments. It is important to note that acupuncture also incorporates several other modalities that are often not as well known. The foremost of these synergistic modalities is Moxibustion, which involves the burning of the dried plant Mugwort in various forms to effect the acupuncture points with heat, which is not as easy to accomplish with a needle alone. Other ancillary techniques such as Gua Sha, Cupping, Electrical Stimulation, Dietary Therapy, Qi Gong, and Meditation can all play a role in certain cases. For a list of conditions that the World Health Organization has labeled as effective to be treated with acupuncture (not by any means a complete list).
Jill Cole is a Reiki Master and Rising Star Practitioner. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education and worked in this field for a number of years. Jill lives in Connecticut with husband and three children. She is amazed at the healings people receive through energy work,. Now more than ever it is important to clear yourself of toxic energy, with the stresses that many are experiencing right now this helps to alleviate negative energy so people can be at their best and feel more at peace.
Barbara Fasulo has been teaching and training in various holistic modalities for many years, inspired by a series of injuries and illnesses she was experiencing. She is a graduate of the following programs: Yoga Instructor (graduate of Sacred Rivers Yoga), Registered Hypnotist (CT#317), Reiki Master Teacher, Energy Therapist (graduate of Connecticut Healing Institute), Graduate of Saint Francis Hospital Clinical Pastoral Care Program. Barbara has provided consulting services to Saint Francis Hospital since 2005. She uses her training and experience to support others in their journey to wellness and balance body, mind, and spirit.
Marianne McAllister is a graduate of Connecticut Center of Massage Therapy, Newington, CT, and a member of the American Massage Therapy Association. She provides a personalized massage guided by your individual needs and preferences and through any of a suite of modalities, including Swedish, deep tissue, sports massage, hot stone therapy and Thai massage. Her training and intuition will help you reduce pain, increase muscle health, decrease stress, anxiety and depression, increase your vitality and stimulate your energy flow — a comprehensive healing experience that goes beyond the relief of physical symptoms.Alexander Tow, MS. L.Ac. is a licensed acupuncturist and a graduate of Tri-State College of Acupuncture. Alexander was raised within a tradition of holistic medicine and has benefited from the healing effects of acupuncture for over twenty years, since first being treated at five years of age. He has practiced both traditional and contemporary Chinese martial arts for twenty years, including wushu, tai chi, qi gong. He developed his own undergraduate program in The Martial Way through CUNY's interdisciplinary degree program, an in depth curriculum into the study of Chinese language, history, philosophy, culture and martial arts. He has traveled to China four times to study martial arts and language, as well as gain a more intimate understanding of the culture. Alexander was trained in three different styles of acupuncture: Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Acupuncture Physical Medicine (APM) including Trigger Point Therapy (Dry Needling), and Japanese Kiiko Matsumoto (KM) style. He also holds certifications in four levels of Zheng Gu Tui Na (the program created by Tom Bisio), a classical form of Chinese Medicinal Massage. Currently, he is studying Classical Chinese Acupuncture, through a series of continuing education programs with Jeffrey Yuan. Clinic experience includes two years of treating patients in a college-directed community clinic, as well as two years of observation in a thriving NYC private practice. Alexander works to incorporate the most effective aspects of his training into a cohesive treatment focusing on addressing the individual's specific health concerns. Current weekly availability by appointment only: Tuesday: 9AM - 8PM, Wednesday: 9AM - 8PM, Friday: 9AM - 8PM, and Saturday: 9AM - 7PM.