Where we de-couple your stress response from your muscle-mind and re-pattern your nervous system to move, nourish, and support you.
HOW DO YOU nourish YOUR MUSCLE-MIND connection?
Together we will seek to better understand how your nervous system interprets the good, the bad, and the ugly you are experiencing in life.
Your body is the scorekeeper of these experiences and understanding how you and your nervous system are experiencing your pain is vital information to our work together.
Together we will discover how to interpret your relationship with pain and nourish your muscle-mind
WHAT IS NEURO-RESTORATION?
Through the iREST meditation protocols of the iRest Institute, your muscles and mind are taught the art of relaxation. Layer by layer, your nervous system learns to transform stress into Ahhh. As you rest with awareness, you are nourishing your nervous system. The guided relaxation protocols rewire what is weak and out of tune, supporting the whole body as one, connected, and smiling at the whole person in the mirror. Making it easy to understand why I call these guided sessions Neuro-Restoration.
"It is with great pleasure that I share my experience working with Christine. I have never worked with any massage therapist who was more prepared and motivated to make a lasting change in my health. She took the time to have an in-depth conversation with me about my medical history and the road I had traveled to arrive at her door. Her treatment was focused and expertly delivered. She made me feel safe and confident that positive change was possible. I would, without hesitation, recommend her incredibly healing serves. She will be the advocate for good health you want on your side."
I discovered iRest in 2010 after seven very intense years into the war in Iraq. We were all battle-worn, and the battle was nowhere done. My husband’s job took him away from the battlefield and moved us to Northern Virginia, where we, as a family, could rest, rejuvenate, and connect. Here, we had an opportunity to re-define what being a “normal” family looked like for us again.
The four letters that frightened me the most … PTSD. My earliest reference for Post-Traumatic Stress was Vietnam. The stories horrified me, and I felt like I was staring down the long end of a barrel. I refused the thought that this monster would hold my family, husband, and community captive. And the word “Disorder” could, quite frankly, go to hell!
I get it. I am not a doctor and have never played one on TV. But, I knew there were “non-talk” therapy options that didn’t require me to go to medical school to help others. However, someone needed to filter through all of the alternative therapies presenting for PTSD. That challenge had my name all over it. The guinea pig challenge began, and I was the lead pig.
June 2010, iRest was endorsed by the US Army Surgeon General and Defense Center for excellence as a Complementary and Alternative medicine (CAM).
In 2006, Dr. Richard Miller Ph.D. and The Integrative Restoration Institution initiated the first study with the Department of Defense to treat symptoms associated with PTSD in a group of military personnel using Yoga Nidra, an ancient form of meditative inquiry. Their hope was that a manualized Yoga Nidra intervention would reduce the physical, emotional, and mental symptoms associated with PTSD.