Category Archives: Neurological Disorders

New Location and Mind/Body Transformation

RaindropI am pleased to announce my new offices in Exeter, NH and Newburyport, MA.  Both locations provide a wonderful space to perform bodywork as well as my growing Mind/Body Transformation practice.  Clients are raving about how effective this transformational energy healing is for them.

Here’s the latest review from a wonderful client in Wisconsin.  We worked over the phone to clear the blocked emotional energy:  “Monica’s kind and loving energy created a safe and nurturing space for our work together. Her techniques are elegant but laser sharp, and I had several significant breakthroughs in our very first session of Mind/Body Transformation together”. Robin R., Wisconsin, Sept. 2015

Together, we can target the origin of emotional blocks that keep you from feeling happy and purposeful.  What type of blocks?  Emotional pain, self-esteem issues, frantic nervous systems, blocked heart walls from past trauma, grief, financial blocks, depression and anxiety.  It is an honor to work with clients to identify the cause of long-standing emotional patterns.

Call me at 603-486-8770 to discuss how Mind/Body Transformation can help you.  We will schedule a free 15 minute Discovery session to see how we can best work together.  Or email me at touchofyourlife@gmail.com.  I look forward to working with you!  Here’s the link to learn more: Mind/Body Healing

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Why get Cranio Sacral Therapy?

Cranio sacral techniques are the treatment of choice for backaches, neck pain, shoulder pain, headaches, sciatica, injuries, misaligned cranial bones and many other conditions. Many people suffering from loss of strength in their arms, legs or tingling or numbness in these areas can be safely and quickly treated with this method with good results.

What does it do?

Cranio sacral therapy is a very precise scientific method for realigning bones which have been misplaced. This process works with the body to relax muscles which are tight and then works with the central nervous system to correct the problem. In cranio sacral therapy gentle pressure is applied over misaligned bones and tight muscle or fascia, which relax and glide into place as the person breathes.

What does a patient experience?

The patient lies on a bed while the therapist gently exerts pressure on various parts of the body as required. This is a very sophisticated process which acts by allowing your body restore the normal alignment of the different bones and body structures rather than attempting to force them back to place as in some techniques of manipulation.

How does it work?

Cranio sacral therapy is a gentle and painless procedure which yields excellent results in expert hands. The treatment takes between thirty and 60 minutes and is usually repeated at intervals of 3-10 days till the skull and spine are perfectly aligned. The whole spine and skull are treated at each session as the spine and skull act functionally as one integral whole in spite of the fact that they are anatomically made up from many different bones

No force is used in the process of alignment and no jerking or “clicking” of the spine takes place. The patient’s spine is positioned in different ways to allow the misaligned segments of the spine to realign themselves into their normal position as the patient breathes. These techniques known as position and hold techniques as the process of alignment proceeds through the physiological movements which occur as we breathe. This makes it suitable for use even in patient’s with a severe neurological deficit as the entire process can be carefully and exactly controlled.

What are the benefits?

Many benefits include: relief of chronic pain, deep relaxation, release of injury, deeper tensions relieved from stress, poor posture, falls, spinal injuries, head injuries, etc.  Every system is affected because the release is taking place in the central nervous system.

Improved relaxation, increase of circulation, deeper breathing, pain relief, lengthening of spine, headache relief, especially migraines.  Anxiety is relieved as well, and children and teens are helped by the release of traumatic events from the nervous system.

To be continued…

Monica Dubay, LMT

 

 

CranioSacral Therapy and Autism

This video is a wonderful testimonial to the power of CranioSacral Therapy in addressing children with Autism and Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD). Please watch if you know of anyone with a child with autism or SPD.    The ADD, ADHD diagnoses of hypersensitivities in children  can also be alleviated using CST treatments.  How?  An overall relaxation of the nervous system and increase in the circulation of the cerebrospinal fluid seems to have a great effect upon children’s brain membranes.  The following article explains why.

Massage Today
July, 2007, Vol. 07, Issue 07
Autism Spectrum Disorder: How CranioSacral Therapy Can
Help
By Tad Wanveer, LMT, CST-D; guest author for John Upledger, DO, OMM
CranioSacral Therapy (CST) has been shown to help the autistic individual find greater ease, both within
themselves and in the world around them, by decreasing structural stress and strain on their central nervous
system.
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is estimated to affect one child in every 150 births. It’s the fastest growing developmental disability, with a diagnosis rate rising 10 to 17 percent each year. ASD is considered to be a result of biological and/or neurological disorders that affect the functioning of the brain. To date, there is no known single cause of ASD.
The CST Model of ASD
Dr. Upledger’s recent model of autism is based on his hands-on experience with autistic children and their responses to therapy. It’s supported by research at Johns Hopkins University showing “increased levels of proinflammatory cytokines, neuroglial activation and inflammatory changes” in the cerebrospinal fluid of
the autistic patients studied.1  Simply stated, ASD is partially caused by a loss of flexibility and probable inflammation of the membrane layers surrounding the brain.
This compromise can create restrictive force on the brain tissue leading to adverse strain on the internal body-regulating components of the hypothalamus, the reticular activating system and the autonomic nervous system; irritation and hypersensitivity of neurons, glial cells and neurological pathways; abnormal pressure change within the brain tissue; adverse affect on the limbic (emotional) system; over-heightened central nervous system immune response; brain tissue congestion and toxicity; and endocrine system compromise.
What is observed as typical ASD behavioral impairment in social relationships, social communication and imaginative thought might be the effects of inner chaos created by the abnormal grasp, squeeze and irritation of the membrane on the brain. Combining the extreme tension caused by an abnormally inflexible brain container with inflammation can lead to a brain confined within biomechanical and biochemical turmoil.
The CST Approach to ASD
The focus of CranioSacral Therapy is to enhance the balanced motion of:
  • The membrane layers surrounding the brain;
  • The fluid (blood and cerebrospinal fluid) moving into the cranium, out of the cranium, and throughout the brain tissue; and
  • The areas of the body that do not show normal response to the craniosacral rhythm, which might be straining the craniosacral system and the brain.
When working with an ASD individual, the initial focus often is on the cranium to locate an area that has the greatest motion response to the craniosacral rhythm. Delicate release and pumping techniques are used to create more motion in that area.
The increased motion is used as a dynamic biomechanical tool – one hand is used to continue to increase motion and direct fluid flow, while the other hand is used to encourage motion in non-moving areas. Little by little, small changes create larger changes that enhance the mobility of the brain’s container, (the
craniosacral system).
Increased balanced motion of the membrane surrounding the brain helps flush toxins and inflammation out of the brain tissue. As this occurs, it naturally can elevate biochemical processing, which increases the function of neurons and neurological pathways.

Biomat Reduces Stress

For the past three months I have been trying out the Biomat for reducing pain, stress, enhancing the immune system and overall health.  I am impressed.

I am very reluctant to offer new products to my clients until I feel sure that it is something they will benefit from. I am offering the Biomat because I feel it has sound science behind it and it provides much needed relief on a cellular level.  Everyone that has tried it has found immediate benefits, which are stated below.

If you want to know more or try one out, please call me.  608-432-1966.  More information is coming on my website and I am happy to speak with you directly about how to find out more and/or place an order.  You can try one for 24 hours by calling me and setting up an appointment to try it.  They come in several sizes and we will find the best one for you.

Here is the basic information:

What is a Biomat?BioMat

The answer is a Far Infrared Mat that you purchase and use at home.  It has the following benefits:

Reduces stress hormones including cortisol by 78% while improving the body’s functioning.  It enhances:

  • weight loss
  • better sleep
  • hormonal regulation
  • balances nervous system
  • reduces pain conditions
  • increases detoxification of cells

How does it do this?

At a high temperature, it promotes HSP = Heat Shock Protein (like “runner’s high”) and is released only after 40 minutes at highest heat.Poka-Poka-Belt

What does it do?

Releases endorphins and lymphocytes (T cells, NK cells and B cells) which means its healthy for body and emotional states like depression and anxiety as well as overall pain relief.

Can I sleep on the BioMat?

Yes, at low temperatures it will affect your core body temperature while:
● increasing cellular rejuvenation by 60 times!
● Increasing duration and quality of sleep.
● Stabilizing body temp so that you don’t get too hot/too cold.
● Reducing stress hormones.

How does it work?

It alters your core body temperature, while safely detoxifying your cells:

  • Your head stays cool…you do not heat the grey matter of the brain, and if you do the brain will not regulate hormones and you will not be able to release HSP.
  • Unlike FIR saunas, where breathing warm/hot air is not advisable for many health conditions such as respiratory and cardiovascular issues.
  • Detoxes through 7 channels and not just through the pores with sweat.
  • Increases cellular stabilization and rejuvenation.
  • Generates negative ions allowing the cells to release toxic waste.
    When toxins are present, the cells can’t take up nutrition if they are positively
    charged ions.
  • Negative ions, like being at the ocean, open the door for cells to release toxins and take up good nutrition.
  • With toxins present, cells degenerate or mutate.  With negative ionization they stabilize and then rejuvenate
  • Stabilizes and increases core body temperature.  How?
    1. Does not just warm the skin, it penetrates 6 to8 inches into the body
    2. Core body temperatures become unstable and/or too low and many live in some state of hypothermia…this makes the body host to all types of pathogens
    3. Even if pathogens already exist, thermotherapy with Far Infrared will kill those pathogens while still regenerating healthy cells.

More wonderful health benefits:

Consistent use of the BioMat will not only elevate core body temperature therapeutically in the short term, but it will reestablish a new higher and optimal core body temperature while:

  • improving immunity
  • warding off autoimmune issues
  • detoxifying cells, reducing pathogens

What temperature makes this happen?

  • The Magic Number: 70 degrees celsius or 158 degrees fahrenheit.
    At this temperature, it will reduce production of diseases

Why Amethyst Crystals?
● Besides the metaphysical properties of Amethyst as the most healing and calming of crystals…it has a scientific basis as well.

Is it safe?

It’s safe! There is no danger to the healthy cell.  The good news is that it is FDA approved and ready for use!

Call to try one out at my office.  608-432-1966.  Order at

biomat4yourhealth.biomatnetwork.com.

Wellness is my passion and I am truly happy to find something that everyone can use.  Kids and animals love it too!

CranioSacral Therapy for MS

There is much in the news about the medical research for MS and other neurological conditions. Clients with MS have a myriad of symptoms such as depression, dysfunction in urinating, impaired cognition, nausea, pain in eyes, numbness in hands and feet, profound fatigue, stumbling and loss of coordination, weakness, stiffness or cramping in muscles. How can massage therapy help? Massage can help relieve muscle cramping, spasm, spasticity, and hand and foot parasthesias. Limb and joint stiffness and edema can be reduced along with depression and nervousness. CranioSacral Therapy was effective for reducing signs and symptoms of urinary tract problems and improving the quality of life in general.
I welcome clients with neurological disorders of all kinds and have found that the combination of massage with CranioSacral Therapy is very effective for MS, fibromyalgia, depression and eating disorders.