Active Release Technique

An ART® session requires a certain amount of active participation from the client, who usually remains dressed and frequently changes position on the treatment table while the practitioner engages in problem-solving.  Is the pain coming from a muscle being stretched during an action?  Is there a nerve entrapment creating pain or weakness?  Is the pain in one area because of an issue in an antagonistic structure?  The client’s active participation of movement during a stretch helps both control the intensity and neurologically improve the rate of tissue release.

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Proprioceptive Deep Tendon Reflex® (P-DTR®)

P-DTR® feels like sign language that your brain understands and learns from.  A movement will instantaneously change from painful or difficult, to easier, after a quick correction.


We will use gentle muscle tests to determine if there is proper function in muscles, ligaments, tendons, joints, etc.  Via a system of neurological communication, we determine which receptors are responsible for which pains.  We then “show” them to the brain, and the brain will respond to a “reboot” of sorts and fix the problem, restoring normal functionality to the structure in question.  


Yay!  Now you are pain free! So, so, simple. ☺




CranioSacral Therapy

Craniosacral therapy is a form of light-touch bodywork wherein the practitioner addresses issues in the joints of the cranium.  The spine and sacrum are also touched, and often the craniosacral pulse is addressed through other body parts.  The craniosacral pulse is created from a high and low volume of cerebrospinal fluid surrounding the spinal cord and brain, inside the membranes that protect these structures.  These shifts in volume create a subtle flexion and extension throughout the body.  The practitioner can feel where these rhythms are irregular or asymmetrical and guide the body to correct itself through gentle holds.  

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deep tissue massage

Deep tissue massage is my homespun style of fairly intense bodywork that comes from a combination of neuromuscular therapy, connective tissue therapy, sports massage, myo-fascial release, ART, shiatsu, polarity therapy and more.


"I started seeing Allison last year, and she has been amazing helping me recover from three shoulder surgeries (to repair a separated shoulder) and a history of throwing out my back.
After the first visit, I could tell that her work was what my body needed to catalyze my recovery, and I've been seeing her regularly since then. After each visit I could tell that I took a leap forward in my recovery; I'm regaining my strength and getting back to the things I love to do.
I've been seeing Allison for hour and a half sessions, which I would definitely recommend. We usually spend the first half doing p-dtr (neuro muscular rebalancing) and finish up with a more traditional massage. If you are new to muscle testing, and even if you're not, the p-dtr work may seem like strange voodoo magic. Go for it! It's well worth it! It's grounded in the science of how the body works and has made a huge difference in my recovery.
Allison is an incredibly gifted massage therapist, devoted to constantly learning and improving her craft to help her patients reach their goals. I could not recommend her enough! "