Alison Pittman Massage Therapy
Integrative Massage Therapy and Access Consciousness Body Processes

Techniques Used

Swedish Massage: is the foundation of western massage it uses the seven Swedish movements, joint movement, and static pressure. This modality promotes relaxation, improves circulation, and helps passively stretch muscles. It also helps increase body awareness. Lubrication is used and the massage is done preferably on an unclothed body but with secure draping. Some of the indications for this modality are general stress and muscle tension. It is good for insomnia and touch deprivation.  Additional benefits of Swedish massage are that it increases oxygen flow, greater range of motion, and an increased flow of lymph that leads to increased waste removal from the body.  It also can help improve the elasticity and tone of the skin.


Deep Tissue: focuses on areas of chronic tension and pain. The technique uses deeper pressure that is slower and more focused than Swedish.  It also utilizes techniques such as cross fiber friction.  Often the elbows or thumbs are used to achieve the deeper level of pressure. It can reduce inflammation, chronic muscular tension,and it can also break up and help remodel scar tissue.


 Access Consciousness Body Processes: All of these processes can be intigrated into massage sessions or stand alone energy work. They all are wonderful at supporting and contributing to change in peoples bodies and lives.

        The Bars:  There are 32 bars of energy that run through and around your head that connect to different aspects of your life. We call all of the points you touch when using this modality “The Bars.” They store the electromagnetic component of all the thoughts, ideas, attitudes, decisions and beliefs that you have ever had about anything. For example; every thought you have ever had about money that you considered important, the energy of that thought is stored in the Bar called "money." There are Bars for healing, body, control, awareness, creativity, power, aging, sex and money; 32 different ones in all. Each Bar corresponds with that aspect or area of your life that it is named. Touch one Bar and you begin to clear away the energy locked up in that area or aspect of your life just by touching it. Add in touching another Bar and you not only get the "issues" from the first Bar, you also begin clearing the "issues" stored in that second Bar. As well you clear all the points of view about those two Bars in relation to each other, allowing for exponential change. It is like deleteing the recycle folder on your computer it gives you more room to create change in your body and life. At worst you feel like you have just had a great massage. At best your whole life can change into something greater with total ease. This is an incredibly nurturing and relaxing process, undoing limitation in all aspects of your life with out any effort.

Here is a good place to start if you want more information about Access Bars

Access Bars White Paper By the neuroscientist that is doing a study on Access Bars

      Cellular Memory: An energy process that helps the body remember what it was like before injury. So it can heal and go back to it's start point.

      Restoration of Communion with Earth: Begins to restore the communication between earth, your body and being.

      MTVSS: This process helps the immune system.

      Biomimetic and Biomimetric Mimicry : This undoes where we have copied things from other people when we try to understand them and                                                                                what they are going through


Reiki: means universal life energy. It is an energy modality where the practitioner seeks to balance the chakras of the energy body. This is accomplished by laying hands gently on or above various areas of the client's body and letting energy flow in from the top of your head and out through your hands for the client's body to utilize, as needed.  The experience is a deeply relaxing one.  I have also found that it increases the client's sense of well-being. Reiki can be done clothed or can be worked into an integrated bodywork session. Lubrication is not used. One description of Reiki that I have found apt is the idea that giving a Reiki session is like watering a garden, you can sprinkle the whole garden or the spots that you think need more water, but the plants that need the water will use it. Likewise the body will use the energy how it needs to.


Acupressure: integrates traditional Chinese acu-theory, Japanese finger-pressure technique, Taoist philosophy and Western somato-emotional principles. It uses a proximal-distal technique. The goal of Acupressure is to balance and harmonize the flow of energy (chi or ki) through the body. It can bring pain relief and relaxation to the recipient.  Some of the indications for this modality are pain relief, muscular and emotional tension, headaches, sinus problems, and back and neck pain.




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