1. Subtle Touch Body Therapy

  • Do you feel anxious – especially when you wake up?
  • Is your life controlled by your emotions?
  • Do you have difficulty expressing your feelings?
  • Does quiet or solitude bother you?  Do you keep the radio or television on for company?
  • Do you have chronic pain in your neck, shoulders and/or lower back?
  • Have you been diagnosed with Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Syndrome?
  • Do you find people often misunderstand you?
  • Do your friends and family members think you’re a lot happier than you really are?
  • Are you having difficulty moving past a difficult event?
  • Would you like to have more satisfying relationships?

You may have been told there is nothing physically wrong with you; that your pain or achiness is all in your head.  You may look at the surface of your life and wonder why you are depressed; recognizing that many people are far worse off than you are.  You may be someone most people believe is quite happy.  You may think this on the outside, but know that there is little or no joy on the inside.

If you nodded your head ‘yes’ to some of these descriptions, you might find SUBTLE TOUCH BODY THERAPY (STBT) effective in moving forward.

SUBTLE TOUCH BODY THERAPY (STBT) is a treatment I pioneered to assist clients in identifying, acknowledging, and releasing physical and emotional stress and trauma from their bodies to make way for more JOY in their lives. Those blocks are often the result of trauma from physical assault, emotional abuse, death of a loved one, neglect or discrimination, poverty, and situational trauma such as earthquakes, tornadoes, house fires and car accidents.

People living with unreleased trauma may experience flashbacks, panic or anxiety attacks, reliance on alcohol or drugs, poor relationships, poor self-esteem, depression, nightmares, destructive behavior, self-harm, isolation, chronic physical pain, headaches, and insomnia.

The problem with holding negative emotions and experiences inside our bodies is that it causes us to make decisions based on fear rather than joy.  When we use our energy to keep the emotional garbage pushed down inside of us, we have no resources left to do the things we really want to do.

In times of crisis, it becomes even more difficult to keep that stuff down because we have to use our energy to fight another fire; or maybe two more fires, or three.

What sets SUBTLE TOUCH BODY THERAPY (STBT) apart from other modalities is that it addresses issues on an emotional as well as a physical level.  The treatments provided are highly-individualized.  A typical session includes talk therapy, body work on the massage table, and debriefing after the table work. For clients who are interested, there is ‘homework’ available to speed up the healing process.

Clients tell me SUBTLE TOUCH BODY THERAPY (STBT), which includes components of craniosacral therapy, guided relaxation, focusing, tapping, EMDR and talk therapy, is very powerful because it addresses physical, emotional and psychological issues.  If you think STBT might be effective for you, too, consider contacting me and make way for more JOY in your life.

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Among many health care practitioners, there is a growing trend towards treating clients by contract only.   For instance, if you were interested in being treated for a back injury, the practitioner would ask you to sign a one-year contract before any treatment has been provided. This approach makes me uncomfortable for several reasons.  In choosing a way to treat, it is important that both the treatment AND the practitioner are a good fit for the client.  Making that decision before you have had a single treatment is almost impossible.  Secondly, while a one-year contract does provide the practitioner with a guaranteed income, it does not guarantee the treatment will be effective or fitting.  Finally contracts take the power out of the hands of the individual and put it into the hands of the practitioner.  I would not sign a contract for health care; I would not ask you to sign one, either.

Having said that, I believe it is important for clients to make a commitment to themselves for treatment.  Part of the difficulty in being treated for stressful or traumatic issues, is that clients often feel worse before they feel better.  As we begin to crack open that vault that has been holding our fears, other issues start to arise, too.  I am reluctant to begin to work with a client who stops treatment because they feel yucky.  That leaves them “out in the world’ feeling yucky with little opportunity to work through the yuckiness.

And the truth is, if we have been holding something inside of us for ten years, it will take more than one or two sessions to identify, acknowledge, and release that trauma.

To balance out these two things, I generally ask clients to consider attending three or four sessions before making a decision to continue treatment.  Within that time, it is fairly easy for clients to evaluate the treatment and me as a practitioner.