Craniosacral and Occupational Therapist
"I was diagnosed with two herniated discs and a pinched nerve. I had constant pain in my lower back that ran deep into my right leg. I tried every therapy and medication. I was only forty-three years old and a sense of despair was overwhelming my strong, positive outlook on life. My doctor sent me to Alyssa. Her devotion and sensitivity gave me the support I needed to let go of deep emotional layers of pain. The treatment gave me immediate relief and enabled me to stop all medication. I now walk and run without any discomfort. i am stronger than ever emotionally and physically. I am so grateful." -- S.M.
What type of services does Alyssa offer?
Myofascial Release is a technique that restores the elasticity and structural balance to the muscle and connective tissue system. Fascia is connective tissue that surrounds everything in our body and is connected like a web from the top of our head to our toes. This helps to explain why pain in one area can be related to another place in your body.
Therapeutic Pilates focuses on strengthening the core muscles of the body. The exercises target abdominal and back muscles, improving spinal flexibility and posture. Pilates instruction is offered for general wellness, prenatal/postnatal training, and for individuals with specific physical limitations.
Process Acupressure is performed by applying finger pressure to acupoints (similar to Acupuncture but without needles) to reduce blockages in the meridian system. This is combined with dialogue during the treatment to enhance body awareness and self-healing.
What conditions does Alyssa specialize in?
Cranialsacral Therapy (CST) is a safe, gentle, hands-on technique that words well with both specific problems and for general wellness. The goal of CST is to restore balance to the nervous system. This is achieved through gentle manipulation, primarily to the head and spine, but can incorporate all areas of the body. This rejuvenating technique is extremely helpful for back discomfort, injuries and symptoms of unresolved pain.
Somato-Emotional Release (SER) is used in conjunction with the light touch of Craniosacral Therapy. The therapist uses dialogue with her clients to assist them in getting in touch with old emotions and thoughts that could be related to physical symptoms or hindering them in their life in some capacity.
Ergonomic Evaluation and Training focuses on an individual's relationship to his/her work environment. Recommendations to minimize potential health stressors and improve postural alignment are identified, resulting in a decrease in symptoms.
Alyssa offers a unique style of physical rehabilitation. Her integrative approach incorporates traditional medical training, holistic modalities and pilates. She has designed a therapeutic model that is effective and safe. Her main goal is to help her clients achieve the highest level of physical and emotional health.
What can I expect during a session?
Adults lie fully clothed on a table while Alyssa uses gentle manual therapy. Some adults fall asleep as their nervous system relaxes while others actively participate in their own healing process. Sessions run from 60-90 minutes, or longer if needed.
" I cannot think of how many times I have recommended Alyssa and Craniolsacral therapy. Several years ago, I was beginning a training program in order to prepare for my first half-marathon. I had suffered some ITB and knee pain and wanted to address those areas prior to starting my training. After consulting with a PT and feeling that his recommended therapy only addressed the symptoms, I sought out Craniolsacral for a more holistic remedy... During our initial consultation and exam, I was delighted to find that Alyssa asked about my medical history in a way that was unexpected but thorough... After 2-3 sessions my pain was alleviated, and my alignment notably corrected. Since then, I have returned to Alyssa for occasional back pain, digestive issues, plantar fasciitis, and periodic tune-ups. I recommend CST to many of my friends and they often report back that Alyssa has been a tremendous help." -- S.A.