Using various approaches to the body and whole person, I help people of all ages and walks of life to recover and develop their sensory and structural integration
The components of Sensory and Structural Integration
Most learning and sensory issues have a structural component that can help successful development of sensory strength and balance, and a sensory function can be strengthened to assist in the structural balancing.
Movement activities develop and organize sensory capacity and function from the most primary level (smell, taste, and touch) through to a human being’s complex highly developed capacities (running, reading, math, and communication). Structural Integration Therapy frees the body of blockages and lays a fertile groundwork where learning activities take hold with the least resistance and the most support.
“After sustaining a mild concussion in a soccer game and a month later being diagnosed with Post-Concussion Syndrome, the road to healing is one that I have found by walking it. And it has been a long, slow, lonely road. Susanna has been the biggest blessing on this road. Though I have been through more traditional therapies, it is Susanna’s work that has most profoundly opened me to healing. Susanna is nothing short of brilliant. She is a wise, widely-educated healer. Her ability to listen to the needs of my body and help my body come back home to itself after the trauma of a concussion is something that has changed my life. I am grateful beyond words.”
I draw upon a lifetime of learning about the human body and its processes in my practice
From my Anthropology degree and theatre and dance experience early on, I have been fascinated by the human potential for healing through movement.
I’ve studied massage, cranial sacral therapy, visceral manipulation, midwifery, and structural integration. To support sensory integration I studied and practiced neural development, the HANDLE® approach, and Waldorf Education. Raising my own three children greatly enhanced my capacities as a manual therapist and educator.
I am always learning and incorporating more therapy methods into my practice because there is so much rich discovery in the practices that support us in learning!
Key therapies that influence in my practice:
The HANDLE Institute was founded by Judith Bluestone to contain, teach and further the body of work that she developed to assist individuals with learning and functioning challenges of many kinds. HANDLE assists individuals with learning and functioning challenges of many kinds ranging from reading difficulties to autism. I am a Certified HANDLE Practitioner.
MNRI Reflex Integration
The Svetlana Masgutova Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration Approach (MNRI) is often called “The Missing Link”. When primary archetypal movements, reflexes, and tactile information are not easily processed due to trauma or brain disorder, our basic building blocks to ordered movement are missing. HANDLE learning activities themselves may need deeper tactile support through MNRI.
Cranial Sacral (Craniosacral) Therapy
The reflexes for our posture and stress levels are related to the cranial spinal movements. Our bodies reduce stress, improve posture, and release muscular tension and trauma with cranial sacral therapy. The gentle soothing stimulation of the fluid drops our bodies deep into the sympathetic nervous system response where deep repair and reorganization of our senses, reflexes, and basic functions occurs.
Waldorf Approach to Developmental Education
Waldorf Education uses particular learning topics, rhythms, and activities to meet children’s learning needs accurately for the stage of development that they are engaged in. By meeting children “where they are developmentally” their basic mental emotional and physical forces are involved, and not thwarted or frustrated.
The Guild For Structural Integration
Founded originally by Ida Rolf to assist individual’s inward and outward relatedness in their physical bodies to themselves and their environment through the medium of the myofascial organization of the human body.