“Healthy tissue and aligned bones increase blood flow, lymphatic movement and nerve impulses,” says Dr. Jones. “These promote clear thinking, high body function and an energetic and pain-free life.”
With a focus on calming stress patterns held in the body, Dr. Jones has developed a specialized treatment that combines Active Release Technique (ART), Myofascial Release, CranioSacral Therapy (CST), therapeutic massage using essential oils and other muscular release techniques to relax and strengthen the body and mind.
In the session, Dr. Jones focuses on the upper part of the body, particularly the head, neck, shoulders and arms. This gentle hands-on approach releases the muscles, lowers feelings of stress and heightens relaxation.
Active Release Technique
ART is a technique developed in 1984 by Dr. Michael Leahy, a chiropractor with an aeronautical engineering background. This manual, hands-on therapy addresses soft tissue injuries created by scar tissue. It breaks up scar tissue that forms adhesions around muscles, nerves, blood vessels and myofascial tissue restricting movement and causing pain.
Myofascial Therapy is like massage, but the target is not muscular but the fascia that surrounds and separates muscles, nerves, blood vessels, organs, the brain and spinal cord. Fascia forms a web-like structure that is interconnected throughout the entire body. It is very pliable and can move without restriction. Trauma, however, such as repetitive stress, holding the body in frozen position for long periods of time shutting off blood supply, accidents and surgeries, can cause the fascia to tighten or shorten, form scar tissue and restrict movement. The resulting restrictions can affect nerves and arteries that lie next to the fascia. The restrictions can affect areas proximal or distant to the damaged tissue. The techniques can vary, but gentle, sustained pressure into the restricted fascial tissue is maintained until a release is felt.
A technique designed to put the body back in balance, CranioSacral Therapy (CST) removes physiological restrictions to ensure that bones are healthy, moving and able to function well. This gentle process works with the entire meningial* and fascia systems of the body, specifically identifying the interaction between cranial bones and those of the pelvic area: the sacrum, ilium and coccyx. For some patients, injuries or scar tissue in the body can set in motion a pulling that extends even to the skull. Through CST, these issues can be resolved and body function normalized.
*The meninges are membranes forming a sac-like structure that houses the cerebral spinal fluid which nourishes the brain and spinal cord, protecting the central nervous system. CST not only addresses the meningial system, but also fascia, the system of connective tissue beneath the skin that attaches, stabilizes, encloses and separates muscles and other internal organs.
Therapeutic Essential Oils
Essential oils have been used by ancient civilizations for physical and psychological benefits for thousands of years. Combining essential oils with therapeutic massage may help soothe tired, bound up tissues, reduce pain and inflammation, calm the mind, boost your immune system and melt away stress. This combination offers a personalized approach to mind/body well-being.
Dr. Jones often utilizes essential oils from Young Living in therapeutic massage. Some of her favorites to add are Deep Relief, Sacred Frankincense, Northern Lights Black Spruce, Release, Orange, Lavender, Peppermint, Chamomile and Eucalyptus. Essential oils are not only absorbed through the skin in the area of massage but are also stimulating to the brain through the sense of smell processed by the olfactory bulbs inside the nose. This information is then sent to the amygdala and hippocampus, the emotional and memory centers of the brain, and the thalamus and frontal cortex.