“In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” – Albert Einstein
Cindy Bloom is comfortable working with the mechanical, physiological and energetic expressions of my aches. Her gentleness and respect inspire trust from me, a person accustomed to not trusting.
With more than 20 years’ experience as a massage therapist and continued education in massage and healing modalities, I’m able to combine different approaches into a treatment that works best for you.
A massage session lasts 75 minutes to 90, allowing us time to talk before and after each of your sessions about the issues you’re facing and your goals for our session. I can then cater my services and techniques to meet your goals. I help you identify your needs and then transform them into strengths.
These are the techniques I use most often in my massage practice.
CranioSacral Therapy is a safe, gentle, hands-on, full-body approach to wellness. It releases tensions deep within the body to relieve pain and improve health.
It gets its name from the craniosacral system: the skull, spine and sacrum (tailbone) and everything inside these bony structures. The craniosacral system has a direct effect on your nervous and endocrine systems. Improving movement and functioning in these systems can relieve pain and have a huge impact on your immune, metabolic and emotional well-being.
Directly inside the bones of the craniosacral system is connective tissue called meninges that are part of the fascial system. The fascia is a system of interconnected tissue that surrounds and protects everything in your body. It is one continuous tissue. That’s why you can have a problem area in your body that causes pain somewhere else: e.g. a stiff ankle causing knee or hip pain.
Within the meninges there is cerebral spinal fluid protecting and nourishing your nervous system. Your cerebral spinal fluid has a rhythm as it removes waste and brings new nutrients. This rhythm can be felt throughout your body as expansion and contraction. It also becomes quiet, almost still, when your body experiences a release or significant shift.
As a trained CranioSacral Therapist, I can feel your craniosacral rhythm with my hands. Since I know how this rhythm should feel in a healthy body, if there is a place where this rhythm is restricted, I can find it and help release it. By gently unwinding your fascia and softening the restriction, it allows your body to use its own ability to heal. This brings back movement, fluid exchange and more energy, resulting in better circulation, mobility, lymph movement and reduced pain and discomfort.
This unwinding feels different to individual people. Some people are very sensitive to touch and energy and feel their body unwind. It can feel like a softening, tickling or waking up. Other people don’t feel specific sensations but feel deeply relaxed, almost as if they are in a dream state.
SomatoEmotional Release works hand-in-hand with CranioSacral Therapy to address pain and restrictions on an emotional level. It helps your mind and body release the residual effects of trauma and difficult emotional experiences.
Sometimes, when you are hurt, your body retains physical forces and their accompanying emotional energy, rather than dissipating them. As your body heals from injury, it can isolate or wall of this energy into an energy cyst. This eventually weakens and tires your body and you can develop symptoms of pain, dysfunction or emotional stress.
SomatoEmotional Release is a comfortable holistic mind-body approach to release these energy cysts. I use it in conjunction with CranioSacral Therapy, as a deeper approach to healing.
This is the traditional method you imagine when you think of massage. Through slowly and gently stretching tight muscles and connective tissue, I allow restricted tissues to relax and lengthen, providing relief from pain and restoration of motion.
Myofascial release is a soft-tissue therapy which focuses on the myofascial connective tissue.
Fascia is a thin, tough, elastic type of connective tissue that wraps all structures of your body, including muscle. It supports and protects these structures, but can become restricted due to disease, injury or inactivity, resulting in pain, muscle tension and diminished blood flow.
Improvement in the structure of fascia has been proven to increase function in all aspects of the body. It helps circulation, lymph and immune responses most directly. Decrease in inflammation and improved function translate into better health and less pain.
Trigger Point Therapy alleviates pain through isolated pressure and release on tender areas of the body. These trigger points often cause referring pain elsewhere in the body. Releasing these constricted areas relieves the tenderness and improves mobility.
Acupressure uses much of the same principle as trigger point therapy by using not just tender points but recognized points from Oriental systems of healing such as acupuncture and shiatsu.
The focus is on relieving tenderness and improving the balance of energy throughout the body. Often I use tender trigger points with distant acupressure points to help move stagnant energy and restore normal flow for longer pain relief.