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Let Your Worries Fall Away special offers

I haven’t offered a discount for the past couple years and probably won’t again for at least another year, but I have some extra time available these next few weeks and would love to fill it with this work that I love so much.

Now is a great time to become a new client (or come back after a break!) and I have something to offer my regular clients too:

New client offer

If you are new to my practice or it’s been longer than two years since your last visit,  a ninety minute session is available to you for the price of one hour (Save $40). Because I require new clients to book ninety minutes, this is a great opportunity to save on your first session!

Existing client offer: Save $10 on one hour and save $15 on 90 minute sessions.craniosacral massage auburn ca

 

 

What you will receive

My treatments combine CranioSacral Therapy (CST) and therapeutic massage techniques in a session that can benefit a wide variety of health issues and stress related conditions, or simply create a deeper inner connection and integration of body, mind and spirit.

Some conditions treated by CST

* Migraine Headaches
* Chronic Neck and Back Pain
* Motor-Coordination Impairments
* Colic
* Autism
* Central Nervous System Disorders
* Orthopedic Problems
* Traumatic Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries
* Scoliosis
* Infantile Disorders
* Learning Disabilities
* Chronic Fatigue
* Emotional Difficulties
* Stress and Tension-Related Problems
* Fibromyalgia and other Connective-Tissue Disorders
* Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ)
* Neurovascular or Immune Disorders
* Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
* Post-Surgical Dysfunction

I work with the whole family; from children and parents to grandparents, and love to provide prenatal care throughout a woman’s entire pregnancy.

Please note: discounts listed above can only be applied to appointments scheduled before Nov. 6th and may not be applied towards sessions with Brooke. Please mention this offer when you come for your session. Thank you!

About Jessica’s sessionsAuburn CA Massage therapist

Jessica combines hands-on bodywork including craniosacral and massage with energy work to create a deeply healing and peaceful experience. Craniosacral work is a gentle touch therapy that often helps calm the nervous system, decrease inflammation and treat many physical, emotional, mental and spiritual conditions. Sessions are sixty or ninety minutes for adults and 30-45 minutes for children. Schedule online here  or call 530-906-8668

Second Annual Holiday Gift Certificate Fund Drive

Massage Gift Certificates Fund Drive Awaken Integrative Bodywork

Massage Gift Certificates Fund Drive Awaken Integrative Bodywork

This year, holiday gift certificate sales will benefit families affected by the fires in Nevada County. We will donate 10% of all gift certificates between Thanksgiving and Christmas to The Community Disaster Relief Fund of Nevada County will distribute 100% of our donations directly to recipients.

Purchase online or at the studio!

How CranioSacral Therapy can help PTSD

How CranioSacral Therapy can help PTSD

CranioSacral PTSD Auburn

What is PTSD?

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a complex condition involving the body, mind and spirit. Though most often associated with our military veterans, PTSD is an anxiety disorder that can affect anyone with a history of trauma.  Trauma can be the result of childhood injury or abuse, an accident or a number of other life experiences that create a painful trigger that is repeatedly is activated throughout life.  When the body/mind has not yet recognized that the event is over, the sympathetic nervous system (fight/flight) is activated and the body responds by continuously mobilizing muscles and other body systems in an attempt to numb the pain.CranioSacral PTSD Auburn

Individuals who suffer from chronic PTSD also have physical changes in their brain, most notably, a decrease in brain activity in the prefrontal cortex (higher level thinking and language) and increase in amygdala activity (emotional).  The physical brain changes are described further in this article in the NCBI database as a  “heightened activity only in the right hemisphere, specifically, in the areas that are most involved in emotional arousal – the amygdala, insula, and the medial temporal lobe. During exposure to their traumatic scripts there was a significant decrease in activation of the left inferior frontal area – Broca’s area – which is thought to be responsible for translating personal experiences into communicable language.” 

How can CranioSacral Therapy help?

The CranioSacral System is made up of membranes and fluid that surround, protect and nourish the brain and spinal cord. It extends from the bones in the head to the tailbone area known as the sacrum. Since this unique system had a direct impact on the central nervous system, it is easy to see how an imbalance there could cause any number or sensory, motor or neurological problems.

The main goal of a CST session is to allow the central nervous system the opportunity to relax, rejuvenate and heal from the traumas of PTSD. This holistic bodywork approach can help release the tension patterns created by the traumatic physical or emotional experience.

CST is light touch, full clothed therapy which leaves clients in a deeply relaxed state.  Clients often experience decreased pain and a sense of overall well being that continues long after the session is over.

 

 

Awaken Integrative Bodywork offers a $10 discount to veterans.  Sessions can be booked online or by phone at 530-906-8668.

Spring Massage Specials

Spring Massage Specials

We are offering a $20 savings on a massages   $20 savings on CranioSacral Therapy , or $25 on a unique new service that blends both modalities when you book with Denise Obray, one of our new therapists.

Through April 2017, clients who have yet to meet Denise can take advantage of her special introductory offers.  Denise is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays at our beautiful studio in downtown Auburn, CA.

Denise Obray CMT Auburn CADenise Obray, Certified Massage Therapist in Auburn California, has been working with a variety of communities, helping people for over 30 years.  She is a compassionate and dedicated therapist who holds space for healing with each of her clients. For over 18 years she was a business owner who provided sign language interpreting services to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing communities throughout the nation. After becoming a Certified Massage Therapist, Denise was drawn to CranioSacral Therapy and helping people heal with the distinct light-touch techniques taught by The Upledger Institute and welcomes all clients, including those  experiencing trauma, anxiety, depression and PTSD.

Emotional Pain and Trauma: How does Bodywork Help?

bodywork for traumaTrauma and Emotional Pain: How does Massage and Bodywork help?

Most people don’t seek out massage and bodywork until they get sick or start hurting. What they may not realize is that it is usually emotional and mental challenges that underlie the onset of physical pain and illness. Body centered therapies such as therapeutic massage and CranioSacral Therapy activate the parasympathetic nervous system, quiet the fight-or-flight responses and reduce  pain, stress, emotional and mental health issues.  Studies have shown that bodywork decreases cortisol (a stress hormone) and increases serotonin and dopamine (feel-good hormones). Imbalances in these hormones can be caused by stress, trauma, grief, loss, illness and injury.

The Research

This article, published by the International Journal of Neuroscience, documents scientific research showing that massage decreased stress hormones & increased neurotransmitters. The studies Massage for Emotional Pain and traumafound a significant decrease in cortisol (average 31%) and significant increases in serotonin (average 28%).  In this fascinating study, researchers looked at depression (including sex abuse and eating disorder studies), pain syndrome studies, research on autoimmune conditions (including asthma and chronic fatigue), immune studies (including HIV and breast cancer), and stress on the job, the stress of aging, and pregnancy stress.

Integrative Bodywork

Integrative Bodywork recognizes that pain and trauma affect the whole person: body mind and spirit. Many traditional therapists, including MDs, mental health professionals, and even some massage therapists, treat body, mind and spirit with completely separate tools.  Integrative bodywork does not separate.

Bessell Van Der Kolk, one of the nations leading experts on PTSD and trauma recovery, recommends including massage, craniosacral therapy, yoga and other integrative body therapies in mental health treatment plans for PTSD. He writes, in his groundbreaking book “The Body Keeps the Score, “you can’t fully recover if you don’t feel safe in your skin”. In other words, as so many massage therapists know very well, touch heals.

In Practice

From my clinical experience I noticed that massage and bodywork is particularly helpful for increasing clients body awareness, which is essential for healing because trauma, anxiety and stress usually generates disconnection by effecting the prefrontal cortex; the center of mindfulness. Unlike other forms of therapy, clients are not coming to be “fixed”, but to have a qualified practitioner hold a healing space that allows their nervous systems to self correct.

How to find a practitioner

Above all else, find a practitioner you feel comfortable with. There are many therapists to choose from, so take your time and make sure you can trust them and the space they provide.  You might connect best with therapists who exhibit qualities of nurturing, empathy and intuition.

Looks for therapists who have all or most of the following qualifications.

  • Advanced training & experienceCranioSacral Therapy
  • Professional boundaries
  • Certifications & credentials
  • Adaptable: practice a variety of modalities
  • Know how to listen to clients
  • Experience with trauma or mental illness
  • Mindfulness training or spiritual practice
  • Knowledgeable about local resources
  • Willing and able to refer or work in partnership with other professionals

Don’t be afraid to ask questions and take some time to talk with any massage therapists and body workers you are considering. Let them know any fears, concerns, hopes and goals you have, and if you are working with a therapist or health practitioner already. Don’t rush any part of the process. Deep and lasting healing from emotional pain will take patience, time and a commitment from both you and your practitioners, and it will be worth it.

About Us

Awaken Integrative Bodywork uses gentle touch, light to moderate pressure, deep listening and mindfulness practices to help the brain and body re-connect in a safe,  therapeutic environment. Some of our modalities are CranioSacral Therapy, Integrative Massage, Intuitive & Energy Work, Thai Massage and prenatal massage. We also offer a unique deep tissue and sports massage that is gentle as well as effective. For a free consultation with Awaken Integrative Bodywork, located in beautiful Auburn, CA  call Jessica Gutierrez at 530-906-8668.

Bodywork for Emotional Pain Auburn CA

“The Wound is Where the Light Enters You”- Rumi

TESTIMONIALS

“My experience with Jessica is one for the record books, and I will most definitely continue to seek her guidance in my healing journey. I am still glowing from the release and rejuvenation provided in her loving care. I am filled with gratitude.+” ~Jasmine, Auburn CA

“I received a Craniosacral body work session from Jessica yesterday.  My session was deeply transformative, restful, and rejuvenating. I literally felt tension dissolving out my body. I left feeling pain free, more grounded, and with an elevated sense of wellness and ease. Jessica was very attentive and professional in her intake process and throughout our entire session. If you are looking for an outstanding body worker, Jessica is ideal.  She is impassioned about her work, is constantly educating herself in the field, and has a caring and compassionate heart. I highly recommend her” ~ Karen W, Auburn CA

“Recently I had a session and I am new to the area, so it was my first time. AB SO LUTELY LOOOOOOVED IT!!! 🙂
Jessica is amazing and sweet and very empathetic and her work is amazing! Personally, I am going through A LOT and Jessica was able to calm me and center me, which I didn’t think would be possible due to my situation(s). Her therapeutic work is truly like no other!  Highly recommend!! :)”~Heather, Auburn CA

“My experience with Jessica is that she is a highly skilled intuitive healer. I recommend her for anyone looking for a relaxing rejuvenating healing experience for mind body and soul.” ~Nicky M, Grass Valley, CA

 

Organic Massage Auburn CA

organic massage auburn caGoing Green: Organic Massage Auburn, CA

When you make the decision to get an organic massage, CranioSacral Therapy Session or Thai Massage at Awaken Integrative Bodywork in beautiful downtown Auburn, CA, your choice contributes to the health of the earth AND your body. We work with many clients suffering from chronic illness, depletion, allergies and chemical sensitivities and offer an environment that is safe for these individuals, our therapists and the earth.

We strive to make each of our decisions sustainable and environmentally responsible. We have implemented the following principles and are always interested in finding more ways to “go green”:

  • Our linens and towels are washed with non toxic detergent
  • Organic, hand crafted massage oils and creams purchased and mixed in bulk and stored in reusable glass containers
  • Non toxic cleaning supplies whenever possible and hygienic
  • Reusable drinking glasses
  • Limited use of disposable items
  • Recycled paper products wherever possible
  • Herbal healing salves from local gardens

We are proud to honor the earth in this way and contribute to the long term health of our beautiful planet. Thank you for supporting our organic massage practices! organic massage auburn ca

We look to permaculture principles for guidance. Please visit this link for more information.

September is my Favorite Month

Why is September my favorite month in Auburn?

I love sleeping with the windows open and it’s chilly enough for a comforter.

I love returning to the rhythm of the school year.

I love that fun events start happening at Live Oak Waldorf school 

I love that clients come back to their regular bodywork schedules after their busy summers.

I love that it’s time for Burning Man and seeing all the adventurers traveling on I80! It’s so much fun!

I love that I start thinking about crafting, baking and Christmas (whether or not I actually bake or craft is another story!).

I also love September because it is the month of the Sapphire.

I bet you haven’t heard all these fun facts and speculations about the beautiful Sapphire birthstone.

(I now have a wonderful hot stone massage gift certificate offer available for all those with the Sapphire birthstone, available here )

September Birthday Massage Auburn

September is for Sapphires!

Sapphire is composed of the mineral _corundum_, an aluminum oxide. Other minerals such as iron, chromium and copper help determine it’s various colors, which can range from vibrant blues to brilliant golds.

Sapphire is the traditional gift for a 45th wedding anniversary.

I have not verified this information, but the stone is also rumored to have been one of 12 precious stones set in the breastplate of the high priest of Israel.

Wikipedia reports that some linguists propose that it derives from Sanskrit, Shanipriya (शनिप्रिय), from “shani” (शनि) meaning “Saturn” and “priya” (प्रिय), dear, i.e. literally “dear to Saturn”

There are so many myths and legends associated with September’s birthstone, as well as some healing properties. Just for fun, and definitely not for science, here are a few!

* Sapphire is said to be the stone of wisdom, worn by spiritual leaders to symbolize a connection to divine wisdom.

* Worn close to the throat it was considered to help with communication by opening the throat chakra

* Helps relieve depression

* Guards against evil and poisoning

* Symbolizes purity, wisdom, dignity, loyalty, serenity faith.

* Treats blood disorders and heart conditions

* Is said to help insomnia if you place it under your pillow

Do you know anyone with a September birthday?  Though I can’t give them a precious sapphire, I’d love to give them some luxurious pampering with my special birthday hot stone massage offer! Gift certificates are available or scheduling is available online! This offer is for a a relaxing, luxurious 75-minute massage including hot stones, hot towels and essential oils for only $75 ($100 value).

Happy September!