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.
Ultimately, 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. ☺
Crania-Sacral therapy is a form of light-touch bodywork wherein the practitioner addresses issues in the synarthrodial joints of the cranium. The spine and sacrum are also touches, and often the crania-sacral pulse is addresses through other body parts. The crania-sacral pulse is created from a high and low volume of crania-sacral fluid surrounding the spinal column and brain, inside the membranes that protect these structures. it is created in the brain and absorbed by the body, and as the fluid has high and low volumes, it creates 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.
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.
More about bodywork experience:
With training in P-DTR (Peripheral Deep Tendon Reflex), NKT (NeuroKinetic Therapy), neuromuscular therapy, connective tissue therapy, myo-fascial release, thai massage, shiatsu, sports massage, swedish, visceral manipulation and craniosacral therapy, Allison has a large bag of tricks from which to pull. Her sessions are thus highly individualized for her clients. Her massage has been described as intense, deep, transformative, liberating, highly effective, educational and relaxing.
As a modern dancer/choreographer, swing and salsa dancer, yoga practitioner and general athlete, Allison understands the deep benefits of regular therapeutic bodywork. This is reinforced by the experience she had with clients providing injury rehabilitation and prevention. She has worked with professional dancers, Iron Man athletes, and professional marathoners as well as moms, fibromyalgia and TMJ sufferers, dentists and golfers! Allison also enjoys working with clients who simply need to relax and refresh from their hectic lives.
What is ART®?
Active Release Technique ® is a soft-tissue modality used by many physical therapist, chiropractors and massage therapists. Soft-tissue can be muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves. Therapists can address joint strain, adhesions, hypoxia, or repetitive strains with this technique. Relief can be found from symptoms such as pain, range of motion restrictions, weakness and neuropathy.
How did ART® develop?
Dr. Leahy, the chiropractor and ART® provider for the Denver Broncos, developed ART® as he found the need for more soft tissue work in his chiropractic practice. ART® is regarded as the gold standard in soft tissue techniques.
What is P-DTR®?
Proprioceptive Deep Tendon Reflex ® deals with our proprioceptive nervous system. This is circuitry in our bodies that tells us where our limbs or body is in space, how hot it is, if a fly is on our skin, of we are cut wit a sharp object, how fast our muscles are contracting, joint stretch, and much more. Dr. Jose Palomar has developed a technique wherein a practitioner can stimulate various nerve receptors in this system through the skin in order to solve our “software” problems.
Many therapies deal with “hardware” issues we have, like torn ligaments needing a surgery for example. But a vast majority of pain or rang of motion issues are due to misfiring nerve receptors and the feedback loops our brain creates to protect against perceived danger. In our normal life and especially from injuries or accidents, our receptors can get stuck giving signals to the brain that are not accurately representative of the body’s reality. With P-DTR® we now have a tool to fix this and very quickly restore function to your body!
How did P-DTR® develop?
Dr. Palomar is an orthopedic surgeon with a specialty in spine surgery. He became interested in exploring other avenues of healing the body when traditional approaches of drugs, surgery and physical therapy had inconsistent results and often, unpleasant side-effects.
Dr. Palomar delved deeper into the “software” system of the body, thinking he would find the answers to persistent pain problems there instead. He was awarded a Diplomate in Applied Kinesiology and contributed to the research body of AK with over 18 published research papers.
He began to develop his own methods of research, and realized he needed to know why modalities such as AK were as effective as they were. Thus, P-DTR® was born and continues to evolve at a rapid pace. Dr. Palomar has mapped out many systems and rules that govern our neurological bodies, thus allowing us to see what are abnormal and what are normal responses. We can now “talk” with your nervous system and help it to restore its complete function.
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"I've been seeing Allison monthly for the past three years and she is absolutely fantastic! I'm an active person, as well as someone who spends way too much time in front of a computer, so I have all kinds of issues. Allison is so good at identifying the cause and working deep to relieve it. If I didn't see her regularly, I would be a mess. I can't recommend her highly enough!"
- Amy H.
"Allison is amazing! After dealing with chronic pain throughout my body for years (years of athletics and two knee surgeries), she was able to remediate a lot of the issues I had in one session. My body is much more aligned and pain-free after our session. She was able to quickly understand the issues and assess where they stemmed from. Needless to say, I already set up another appt as I want to ensure I maintain this alignment. I would highly recommend her to anyone dealing with chronic physical pain or even looking for a little body work. She is awesome an dI know I will continue to visit her for regular treatments."
- Jazz J.
"Allison Ayer does excellent bodywork. I went to see her after running back-to-back 30-mile trail races and my legs were in rough shape. She quickly found the trouble areas and went to work. After an hour session I was already wishing I'd signed up for 90 minutes! She's easy to communicate with and will adapt the session to whatever your current needs are. The environment is relaxed and not so new-agey feeling as a spa. She was able to get me in on short notice and also gave me a lot of recommendations on other practitioners (yoga, rolfing, etc.) around town. I'll definitely be back!"
- Andy M.
"I would like to recommend Allison for a great pre-natal massage. I am 38-weeks pregnant, with my second child. Allison did a great job of targeting the muscles supporting the extra weight from my belly. The deep tissue massage helped to relieve tension and relax my body. During the session, I was having visions of my body being prepped for labor and delivery. I enjoyed her techniques and smart, skilled, strong hands. I'm glad we have plans for me to come back after delivery. This level of body work sounds perfect for readjusting my body after pregnancy. Thank you, Allison!"
- Catherine W.
60-minute session: $130
90-minute session: $185
120-minute session: $240
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