We experience the world through our bodies, yet rarely do we have the chance to simply relax and experience our bodies through compassionate touch. As a patient of Dr. Lenarz, I understand that receiving bodywork, much like dealing with chronic pain, can be an emotional time, as the healing process brings about many changes that impact daily life. I invite you to enjoy a session with me to find comfort, relief, escape, or a chance to simply notice your body. My goal for every session is always to listen intently and to make space for what needs to occur.
I attended DiscoveryPoint School of Massage in 2018 and later studied Thai massage in Chiang Mai, Thailand and dynamic myofascial therapeutic techniques. I am currently pursuing a Craniosacral certification. I am constantly learning from my clients, and I believe deep listening is the foundation of a quality session. I strive to make each massage as unique as the individual I'm working with, and I sincerely look forward to working with you!
Craniosacral Therapy by Nicole
Craniosacral Therapy began as a form of Osteopathy in the late 1800's, and is now studied by bodyworkers of many disciplines. Like upper cervical chiropractic care, the intent of craniosacral therapy is not to impose changes on the body, but rather to ease restrictions surrounding the central nervous system so that the body is better equipped to heal itself. The brain is essentially the body's command center governing all of it's functions, and in order for the brain do it's wonderful work to the best of it's ability, it needs to bathe constantly in a nutrient bath of cerebral spinal fluid. The dance of the cranial bones helps to facilitate the movement of this fluid. Every cranium (and sacrum) has it's own unique and beautiful rhythm. This rhythm is never "wrong", although it can become a bit challenged, especially following a traumatic head injury or when the body is placed under extreme stress. An intuitive craniosacral therapist is able to listen with their hands to your unique cranial rhythm, follow it, support it, and enhance it when the moment is right. This process, if done correctly, is deeply relaxing, as the recipient will usually drop into the blissful realm of the third eye chakra, and float there for the entirety of the session. A series of consecutive craniosacral sessions is the most effective way to support the cranium in finding its optimal rhythm and optimal cerebral spinal fluid flow. A full craniosacral session with me generally lasts one hour, which is approximately the amount of time the body needs to process the work and make its desired changes. This work can be combined with any of the styles listed below in a 90-minute session. **note: Nicole is currently in a craniosacral therapy certification program, studying with Lauren Christman, LMT, CCST.
Your session can include one or more of the following:
Fascial adhesions can delay the healing process, and you'll find this style of massage to be one of the most relaxing ways to treat them. Because it takes intuition, patience and listening skills, not force, in order to guide a fascia to a relaxed state, myofascial response is perfect for treating sensitive areas and acute conditions.
Did you know that subluxation in the spine and rib cage can cause breast pain? Did you know that bras inhibit the flow of lymphatic fluid, and can lead to the development of breast cancer? There are many reasons breast massage can improve breast health, regardless of size or shape. Nicole can provide specific massage treatment if you're experiencing breast pain or facing challenges with your breast health. She can also incorporate breast massage into the flow of a full body, or upper body massage. She will talk with you prior to your session about your specific need and preferences. Your modesty and any emotional needs you have in this area will be treated with utmost sensitivity and respect.
If you stretch at yoga class or before and after your workout, receiving passive stretches in combination with massage is a whole different experience, and provides benefit to joints and muscles.
Relief for TMJ disorder, teeth grinding, headaches, and other pain conditions can be found by working with muscles and bones inside the mouth. Intra-oral massage is surprisingly relaxing, and Nicole's touch, as always, is gentle and conscientious. Intra-oral work is often most effective when incorporated into a craniosacral therapy session, but can also stand alone or complement other types of massage. Either way, a thorough intake will be provided to assess your needs, including any emotional needs you may have regarding work inside the mouth.