Massage & Bodywork
Alicia Smith, CMT
Alicia’s friends in Kalamazoo have been putting her hands to work since 2003. That is more than a decade of offering massage! Alicia is passionate about offering customized sessions for people of all ages and walks of life. From infancy to pregnancy to hospice, to dealing with acute injuries and traumatic circumstances, Alicia has a knack for helping her clients and friends increase the peace and decrease the stress.
520 Hour Massage Therapy certification, Kalamazoo Center for the Healing Arts, School of Massage and Body Work (Now the Institute for Massage Education) (2004)
Introduction to Cranio Sacral Therapy, Kalamazoo Center for the Healing Arts (2005)
Apprenticeship with the Kalamazoo Center for the Healing Arts. Studying for eleven months under the direct guidance of Will Matthews, CMT, and Monica Patnoude, CMT, completing roughly 200 additional hours of advanced massage training. (August 2004- July 2005)
CranioSacralTherapy 1, The Upledger Institute (June 2013)
SMRT, Shoulders, Upper Back and Axilla, Full Circle (October 2015)
Description of Modalities
Basic Massage. Basic Massage is a blend of gentle long and kneading strokes over the skin. This type of massage is helpful for warming the body for deeper types of bodywork.
MyoFacial Release. This approach helps to smooth out connective tissue that has become bunched up. Often times this constriction is due to stress, repetitive motions, surgeries, or old injuries; and many other occurrences may contribute to fascia constrictions. Myo Fascial Release is a gentle therapy. Pressure is applied to a large space across the body, in tandem with a gentle stretch of some kind, and the body finishes the job. Having extremely intelligent bodies, they always know what to do. With this therapy, the body is simply given space to heal on a deeper level. The transformation that can occur while receiving MyoFacial release are unpredictable and endless. You’ll have to receive it and see for yourself.
Deep Tissue. Deep tissue massage is similar to basic massage, however the hands of the therapist sink deeper into the skin, finely tuning into the musculature beneath, resulting in a deeper, more firm approach. This technique is great for squeezing built up lactic acid from the muscles, smoothing muscle constrictions, and creating more flow from one muscle to the next.
Reflexology. Using massage techniques to stimulate nerve endings in the hands and feet, reflexology benefits all the organs and tissues of the body.
Acupressure. Using the ancient theories of traditional Chinese medicine, acupressure helps to free energetic blocks to increase flow of Chi through the twelve meridians of the body. Translated into layman’s terms, slow steady pressure is applied to different pressure points to strengthen communication between all the systems and organs of the body, bringing the body to a comfortable balance. Of course, there is much more to know as the theory behind acupressure is highly complex and very old
Polarity Balancing. Most helpful with easing the mind into a state of tranquility, polarity balancing channels the ever present electrical currents of the body and encourages them to flow more freely. Essentially, correcting any short circuits that may be resulting in physical or emotional pain.
Cranio Sacral Therapy. Gently guiding the flow of cerebral spinal fluid to a place of ease, cranio sacral therapy is wonderful for settling neurological imbalances of all types. Some include, releasing tension from chronically stressed muscles, guiding misplaced body parts gently back to place, easing post traumatic stress disorder, releasing head trauma induced by closed head injuries, rewiring personal belief systems and thought patterns that have proven to be no longer useful, and more. The possibilities for healing within this modality are endless. Cranio-Sacral Therapy will bring forward whatever your body is truly ready to heal.