If you feel sluggish, moody, or out of step with life, you might benefit from bodywork to restore total mind and body wellness. Dr. Noosha at Ashburn Laser & Skincare Clinic provides holistic treatments, such as craniosacral therapy (CST) & visceral manipulation therapy (VMT), to restore the natural flow of energy through your body. To learn more about your bodywork options, call the offices in Ashburn and McLean, Virginia, or make an appointment online.

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What is Bodywork?

In alternative medicine, bodywork is any therapeutic or personal development technique that involves working with the human body in a form involving manipulative therapy, breath work, or energy medicine.

Most treatments focus on removing kinks in your lymphatic & fascial systems, restoring blood flow, stimulating healing as well as clearing blocks in your energy fields. At Ashburn Laser & Skincare Clinic, they use techniques that open and manipulate the energy circuits in your body using two well-known practices — CST & VMT.

What is CranioSacral Therapy (CST)?

CST is a very gentle way to dive into the nervous system. It helps get to the root cause of many mental, emotional & physical symptoms by unwinding fascia and addressing stuck or stagnant musculoskeletal patterns and restoring blood flow. It works within the fascial & lymphatic networks of your body.

What is fascia? Fascia is a thin casing of connective tissue that surrounds & holds every organ, blood vessel, bone, nerve fiber & muscle in place. The tissue does more than provide an internal structure; fascia has nerves that make it almost as sensitive as your skin. When stressed, it tightens up and restricts proper electrical signaling & blood flow. Fascia wraps around every single structure in the body like a big spider web. It helps connect everything. Some consider this fascial net a second nervous system because it creates a medium for communication and connection. Working with this part of the body facilitates healing on the physical & energetic levels. It helps to activate & balance the parasympathetic nervous system, restoring a deep sense of calm and euphoria. Many people are stuck in fight or flight mode nowadays, which means their sympathetic nervous system is in overdrive and their bodies do not know how to switch into the parasympathetic mode.

What is Visceral Manipulation Therapy?

Visceral manipulation is a gentle, hands-on manual therapy used to help your internal organs (viscera) glide smoothly within your body. Your doctor can use this technique to treat abdominal pain, constipation, cramps, indigestion, and much more. Your internal organs are surrounded by connective tissue that holds them in place in the body. Healthy connective tissue should move easily to allow organs to slide on each other when you rotate or flex your torso.

Connective tissue should be loose enough to allow your stomach to expand when you eat, your lungs to open and accept air, your intestines to constrict and relax to move waste to your colon. Congested or inflamed connective tissue impedes these small but significant movements. This creates visceral discomfort and dysfunction and can lead to restricted movement and pain in other parts of the body.

What does a Bodywork session involve?

During your consultation, you receive more information about bodywork and your specialist explains what you can expect from treatment. They also ask about your medical history and emotional state as visceral therapy does have some contraindications. This information helps them to develop a customized bodywork plan, which may include energetic healing and other techniques.

Most bodywork sessions take place in a quiet, private room. During your session, you recline on a massage table. Your specialist then applies light pressure to your face or body, or holds their hands slightly above or with subtle touch, working to rebalance your energy levels if you choose to add some Reiki Healing.

If you prefer to avoid direct contact, you can let your specialist know. Each bodywork session can be tailored to meet your preferences.

What are the benefits of Bodywork?

After comprehensive bodywork treatments, most patients feel relaxed. Many report an immediate improvement of their stress, pain, or fatigue. It helps you settle into your body, and calms the mind.  You will also feel more in touch with your body’s natural signals.At Ashburn Laser & Skincare Clinic, the team can combine bodywork techniques with other aesthetic treatments.

To enjoy improved confidence in your body, schedule bodywork at Ashburn Laser & Skincare Clinic. Call the offices today or book online.