I recently started promoting on social media "Modality Monday", and I wondered if everyone knew what modality even meant? It's a term you might not be familiar with unless you are in the massage therapy field. For an example, my husband is in communication sales and he uses a LOT of terms that I have never heard of, like P.O.T.S.....which translates to "Plain Old Telephone Service. Who knew? Maybe you did, but I didn't!
The word modality means: A particular mode in which something exists or is experienced or expressed. I am a massage therapist - the methods I use to express my work are the modalities. I offer the traditional bodywork methods like deep tissue and Swedish massage. I teach yoga, meditation and other fitness classes.
I am a Reiki Master, offering Reiki sessions and training. I study and offer Cranio Sacral Therapy and use essential oils, crystals, cupping and guasha tools to support my work with clients. I express my work through many different methods because a modality may work when you want to de-stress, but not when you have an acute injury or chronic pain.
This Monday, I am highlighting Cranio Sacral Therapy (CST). This modality uses very light pressure to work with the cranial bones and the sacrum as handles, with the goal to free the membranes around the brain and spinal cord. This allows your central nervous system (CNS) to perform at it's best. The central nervous system is the control panel for our bodies—responsible for cognition, movement, senses, and emotions.
This therapy works. I have chronic low back pain that has a tendency to radiate outward to my torso. I fell off of a horse when I was around 4 years old landing on my left hip. Injuries like this can manifest discomfort later in life and radiate outward from the area of impact. I take care of myself with massage therapy, acupuncture, reflexology and cupping which helps. CST takes that work and amplifies it allowing my central nervous system to do it's job with greater ease and efficiency. This modality is commonly used to treat migraines, headaches, and chronic neck and back pain but can address many other issues.
I will be attending CST Level 2 training in September and I cannot wait to build on the first level's training and practice.
I believe our wellness is not a one step approach. It is multi-faceted and therefore I strive to learn what I can and offer you what you need. If you have questions about this therapy or other modalities on my Wellness Solutions list, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org or cal 860-372-5288. I would love to have a conversation with you about your wellness goals and how we can achieve them.