Christine Baker, Licensed Massage Therapist
I graduated from The American Institute of Alternative Medicine in Columbus, OH with honors and licensed since January 2010. I became interested in massage therapy as a result of repetitive stress injuries from being a college music major. I look for where the source of the pain is coming from through the use of neurokinetic therapy muscle testing and postural evaluation. I use the results to treat the pain and dysfunction with the use of neuromuscular therapy (trigger point therapy and myofascial release). I use craniosacral therapy to decompress joints and muscle energy techniques to get stuck joints moving again (client assisted stretching). I also use reiki or meridian tapping to remove stress that may keep the muscle from letting go. This is a fully clothed treatment in order to re evaluate through out the session. Expect to move around during the session and be asked for feedback through out the session. Comfortable pants are needed for the treatment.
Here is my story:
I majored in music in college receiving a BA in music from Western Michigan University playing the clarinet. From the time that I started playing in the band at 12 years old, I ate, breathed and slept music. I practiced a minimum of a couple of hours a day, not because anyone made me, but because I really enjoyed it. When I entered college to major in music, the practice schedules got longer and I also played in several groups adding rehearsal times onto that. I started to develop pain in my right hand and wrist from the hours of playing a day, that I eventually got a clarinet neck strap by the end of college. When I graduated college, most of the jobs I had involved sitting at a desk 8 hours a day in front of the computer. This made the right wrist and hand situation even worse. I started to read up on anything that I could find about repetitive stress pain, musicians injuries and computer use injuries. The more I read up on these topics, I wanted to find out what career options would be available to me to help others who also have pain and injuries in a holistic way that would possibly eliminate the need for anything drastic. I started out majoring in physical therapy and decided that I prefer to work with people differently than in a physical therapy clinic. I changed over to massage therapy. In addition to massage therapy, I also learned reiki and craniosacral therapy based on what has helped me. The reiki helped me to heal at the core, meaning that any pain that was caused by emotional stress went away with the reiki. Before the reiki, anything that massage got rid of just came back. With craniosacral therapy, it is light gentle work used with pressure no heavier than the weight of a nickel. The first time that I had it done, it realigned the bones in my back. Craniosacral therapy works with the central nervous system to enhance the cerebral spinal fluid and membranes around the brain and spinal cord. No two people's experiences with any body work modality will be the same. I incorporate massage, reiki and craniosacral therapy in treatment sessions.
My health really took a leap for the better when I started receiving neurokinetic therapy and voila method. Out of all of the techniques that I am trained in, these two are the least heard of. That is because new stuff about the human body is constantly changing and more is always being discovered. What works and what doesn't for good health depends on the individual and the latest information available. Many people have asked me how I found out about these therapies and why I offer them. I found out about neurokinetic therapy on some Facebook massage discussion groups. I don't normally take continuing education in therapies that I haven't tried first, but I took a leap of faith with neurokinetic therapy. The other therapists who were already trained in it were getting some mind blowing results with their clients. In my very first day of the class, the teacher fixed something in me in 15 minutes and no other therapist was able to figure out before. I immediately stopped getting the therapies that I used to previously receive and started driving out of town to receive neurokinetic therapy. The person that I see for neurokinetic therapy took the voila method class first. I was so impressed with the results that I received in my session, that I signed up for the next class that same day. When I receive these therapies, I get more long term results than I have with any other therapy. Long term doesn't always mean permanent. I go about once a month. The body is always moving and doing things, so I like being re-tweaked. Also, what gets someone long term results depends on what all is going on with the body. Stress can be a factor and so can anything systemic. Energy work such as reiki, tapping, etc., helps me to maintain results longer. Also, finding out that I had food sensitivities and cutting out those foods also made my results last even longer. Since I was in chronic pain for years with multiple issues, it took me years to get where I am at now. I persevered, since I know what my body is capable of and believe in the ability for it to be able to heal. Plus, I am able to see what things would be like for me later on down the road and know that I am saving a lot of time and money by addressing this now vs. what my health would be like if I didn't. Body work is cheap compared to hospital and doctors visits due to health neglect. I have better things to do :)