Contact me: SusannesBodywork@gmail.com or 301-807-8829
You may have reached this site from www.SusannesMassage.com or www.SusannesBodywork.com. Since I graduated from Massage Therapy school in 2009, and developed my first website (SusannesMassage.com), I have taken a LOT of advanced training, so I am taking the opportunity to redefine my website name and content to reflect my expanded role as a BodyWorker for Well Being. My main focus is the study of, and now working with, supporting the nervous system to feel safe and contained, to allow long-standing physical tension patterns, pain and restrictions in movement, to gently unwind. These patterns may be the result of accidents, falls, and other traumas to the body and nervous system. Slow deep work allows you to have a rejuvenative and restorative session, and pain patterns can gently and organically unwind. I find this work continues to help my clients (and myself!) release stress, tension patterns, discomfort and pain in a long-lasting way.
The methods I use to support the physiology in the nervous system are based on extensive training in Alchemical Alignment, Somatic Experiencing and Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy (which I am a student in now). I apply these practices, based on your intention and desires when you come to me, and as appropriate and needed, in concert with the Integrative Reflexology, Myofascial Release Massage and Reiki healing. Please note, since I am a bodyworker rather than a talk-therapist, I work with you on the physiology of the Nervous System (through your felt senses) rather than the story of any trauma or other incidents which may have been a part of creating your tension patterns. This means it is helpful feedback for me, during the session, to hear from you about the felt sensations you are noticing.
Background and training: I received my Masters in Public Health (MPH) from Tulane in 1974. In 1999, while I was working in management in the Department of Veterans Affairs medical care system, I began my study of bodywork with classes in acupressure, so I could provide sessions for my family and friends. I also taught tai chi on a part time basis from 2000 – 2012. In 2008, I attended massage therapy school and became licensed in Maryland in 2010 (Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT)). For me, the massage school was a foundational training, and it is through advanced trainings that I have developed the focus to support the nervous system in my practice. After completing massage therapy training, I became a Reiki Master in the Usui tradition, and studied and became certified in Myofascial Release Massage with Howard Rontal, LMT. And I studied Integrative Reflexology with Claire Mare Miller. I quickly realized in was interested in the impact of the Nervous System and the way it impacts the tension patterns in the body, so I took a 3 year course of study with the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute, and became certified as a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP) in 2014. To integrate the SE work with body work more fully, I took a year long training in Alchemical Alignment with Brigit Visknins, LMT, SEP, RCST, and have repeated that training several times to deepen my understanding and proficiency. And now, I am studying Biodynamic Craniosacral therapy with Roger Gilchrest and Mimi Ikle-Khalsa.
In addition to being trained in bodywork, in 2010, I trained with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN) and became a certified health coach. Since 2010 my main focus has been on bodywork and touch therapy. I have my own struggles and experiences with managing my weight, and the more I have assimilated and integrated the self-regulation inherent in Somatic Experiencing and Alchemical Alignment, the more easily I have been able to eat for well being and nourishment. More to come on this. I am currently working on practicing Exercise and Meditation for Well Being and Self Regulation, and this practice needs to become stronger for me to be able to coach others in Eating for Well Being and Nourishment