Massage Techniques Offered
Myofascial Release seeks to rebalance the body by releasing tension in the fascia (connective tissue) that surrounds each muscle and interconnects all of the other internal parts of the body. Long, stretching strokes are utilized to release muscular tension and pain due to injury or stress. Releasing these restrictions allows us to discharge recurring emotional as well as physical pain.
Structural Integration focuses on the connective tissue, or fascia, increased body awareness, and movement education. Fascia surrounds muscles, groups of muscles, blood vessels, organs, and nerves, binding some structures together while permitting others to slide smoothly over each other. Tightened fascia pulls our muscles and skeleton out of proper alignment and posture, which can cause pain and discomfort. Structural Integration works to lengthen, stretch, and soften this tissue to improve body posture, balance, ease of movement, and a feeling of being more empowered.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep Tissue Massage is designed to relieve severe tension in the muscle and the connective tissue or fascia. This type of massage focuses on the muscles located below the surface of the top muscles. Deep tissue massage is often recommended for individuals who experience consistent pain, are involved in heavy physical activity, such as athletes, and patients who have sustained physical injury
Swedish Massage refers to a variety of techniques specifically designed to relax muscles by applying pressure to them against deeper muscles and bones, and rubbing in the same direction as the flow of blood returning to the heart. It involves the use of kneading, stroking, friction, tapping, and vibration and may provide relief from stiffness, numbness, pain, constipation, and other health problems. The main purpose of Swedish Massage is to increase the oxygen flow in the blood and release toxins from the muscles.
CranioSacral Therapy acknowledges the body’s natural ability to self regulate its systems back to their optimal state. If your body has a natural ability to heal, what is stopping it? Your life is full of experiences which have influenced you, causing your operating systems to adapt. These adaptations often cause various dysfunctions. By considering a few situations such as mental traumas, accidents, physical pain, and environmental conditioning which has affected your body, you get an idea of how many different issues may be hindering your healing.
CST works directly with the main governing system of your body that performs this restorative work, the central nervous system, which is comprised of the brain and spinal cord. As a trained CST therapist, I know what a balanced flow state feels like in the craniosacral system. Based upon the feedback information during the evaluation, soft-touch techniques are applied to release blockages and allow the body to self regulate, bringing relief from a variety of symptoms. A CST session may be performed with a client fully clothed or incorporated into a massage therapy session. To learn more about CST visit http://www.upledger.com/therapies/faq.php
Integrative Energetic Healing
The premise of Energetic Healing is that unhealthy conditions, disease and pain are a result of an imbalance in our energy field. Every living thing pulses with energy. We have a human energy field that extends three to four feet from our body acting as a highly sensitive perceptual center that transmits information to and from our body and the environment. This field has been scientifically measured and acknowledged as an important factor that affects the health and well-being of our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual existence. Energetic Healing is the art and science of listening into the subtleties of the energy field, then restoring the distortions and imbalances and depletions caused by stressful lifestyles and traumas. The restoration of the energy field balances the cells in our tissues and organs, bringing a renewed function to all systems in the body and enhancing the body’s abilities to heal itself. The alignment of the energy fields also brings a change in our mental and emotional states allowing good health and well being to be established.
Licensed Massage Therapist
Nate Cravener began his massage therapy career in 2009, with the intention of helping and supporting others though the stress of everyday life. His greatest inspiration comes from his own personal experiences that have shifted his life into the joy it is today.
At a very young age, Nate developed a strong, hard work ethic. He apprenticed with his father, who was a carpenter/builder, skilled in all trades. Construction work is demanding of the body, especially when working outdoors, in Virginia’s diverse seasonal elements. Nate’s work consisted of climbing ladders, walking roofs, manually excavation digging ditches, and all aspects of building homes. This reference allows Nate to easily have compassion for his clients when they struggle with pain. After 15 years in the construction field, Nate knew it was time for a change in his life. With the help of yoga/stretching, nutrition and the pursuit of a positive soulful life Nate found a way to restore his body, cleanse his mind and heal his spirit.
Attending the Virginia School of Massage gave Nate the valuable knowledge needed to truly understand the dynamics of the human body. Opening to the awareness that there is so much we have yet to discover about our anatomy, Nate has become a constant student.
Nate’s therapeutic work begins with massage therapy and is focused on a whole life perspective. Using this method allows him to find the source of your stress and discover a way to dissolve it over time.
Massage & Integrative
Energetic Healing Rates
60 minute $125
90 minute $140
Since Nate started his practice in 2009 he has received training in many modalities such as:
- CranioSacral Therapy
- Integrative Energy Medicine
- Myofascial Release
- Structural Integration
- Reiki Master/ Teacher Trainer
- Essential Oils
- Active Isolated Stretching
- Hot Stone Therapy
- Death and Loss Grief Counseling
- PTSD and Trauma Support
- Theology and Spiritual Awakening
- Financial Harmony
- Life Coaching
“It was fantastic! I’m a massage therapist myself and to finally find a therapist with Nate’s intuition and detailed, thorough technique is a gift! I’ll be back and intend on recommending him as well. Thank you so much!”
“I always feel relaxed and calm after a massage with Nate. His concern for my well being and healing is evident in both or conversation before and during the process.“
“My massage was awesome! Nate does an excellent job of relieving the tension in my neck muscles. I leave feeling relaxed and revived for the day.“
“I feel fabulous. I floated all night. I woke up this morning and the last little residue of the transition of the new climate, new altitude, and different plants was gone. …I will love myself and remember myself to do this every few weeks. It was the best gift I’ve given myself in a long time!”