I began my study and work within the therapeutic bodywork field in 1998. What started as a love for working on friends and family grew into a calling. I studied Reflexology with Anya Christa Hricko, completing a 115 hour professional training in 1998. I then studied with Master Toshiko Phipps at Nippon Daigaku in Putney, VT, graduating from her 600 hour program in Integrative/Eclectic Shiatsu in 2000. During those years, I took related courses at Stillpoint Massage School and Greenfield Community College, both located in Greenfield, MA. In 2000-2001, I apprenticed with River Valley Midwives, a homebirth midwifery practice located in Amherst, MA. In 2005, I became a La League Leader, serving as a facilitator in a local breastfeeding information and support group. In 2007, I took my first CranioSacral course through the Upledger Institute and discovered a new passion. In 2011, I returned to school at the Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy and became a nationally certified Massage and Bodywork Therapist. I continue to take classes in CranioSacral Therapy, including applications for using CST for Pediatrics, Obstetrics and in Somato-Emotional Release. I regularly serve as a Teaching Assistant at Upledger CranioSacral courses. I have completed a rigorous, multi-exam Techniques Certification process with the Upledger Institute. Along with my friend and colleague, Kimberly Giunta, I opened Emerging Wellness in New London, CT in January, 2012.
I had a CranioSacral session with Emily today and her presence radiates loving compassion. My sore neck, congested sinuses and upset belly all responded by relaxing and releasing their tension. Thank you so much, Emily!
- K.G., wellness coach and bodywork therapist
I have found the experience of CranioSacral Therapy to be the most connected I have ever felt to both my body and my soul. After trying many different practices to heal my anxiety, I believed there was nothing that could help me. My work with Emily showed me differently. Emily is an amazingly engaged listener that is passionate about CranioSacral Therapy. I believe it would be difficult to find someone as genuine, patient and hardworking as Emily and I feel honored to have had time to work with her. I have completed four sessions with Emily and now feel stronger, more self-reliant and measurably less anxious. I owe a world of gratitude to Emily for her amazing work and optimistic attitude.
- K.M., college student
Your work was the necessary catalyst I needed to get into a position where I could and would take the next steps. Your work also helped me to value myself more. Your loving care, consistent kindness and respect for me in all I am and as I am, helped me get started and strive to stay grounded and be more assured. I am grateful and full of appreciation for you coming into my path at such a crisis point.
first performed CranioSacral work on my daughter Clem [named changed to preserve confidentiality] when she
was four days old. Clem had been having
some trouble latching onto the breast for feedings. She had a small mouth and it seemed difficult
for her to draw the nipple back far enough into her mouth. A lactation consultant had raised the
question of a posterior tongue tie (ankyloglossitis) but we were able to find
one position in which Clem was consistently able to latch and with breast
compressions was able to empty the breast.
After this first session with Emily, Clem was sleepy and conked out for
most of the day. That night she returned
to her more frequent feeding schedule and when I was more alert and awake in
the morning, the first thing I noticed was that Clem was opening her mouth much
wider in order to latch, making it much easier for me to get the whole nipple
into her mouth. This was dramatically
different from the previous days when I had to try to sneak the nipple into her
tiny mouth a number of times before attaining a successful latch. Now she was taking the whole nipple on every
with Clem again on Clem’s 13 day of life. During this session, I was amazed to watch Clem’s
response to the therapy. She was
extremely peaceful and seemed to sleep through the session but every time Emily
finished some CranioSacral work, Clem would immediately stretch her entire body
including all four limbs. Except when
she was stretching, Clem was completely still.
This pattern of alternating stillness and stretching repeated itself
three or four times: enough to be unmistakably noted as a pattern. I was struck by the clear effect the work was
having on Clem. This time, instead of
sleeping after the session, Clem was very alert and the following day spent
more hours awake and alert than she had since birth.
her third treatment from Emily during her third week of life. Again, she remained completely still with
eyes closed during portions of the therapy that she had “allowed.” The word “allow” refers to the fact that
Emily would not pursue treatment on a body part if Clem gave signs that she
wouldn’t welcome this. Such signs
included moving the body part away or pushing Emily’s hand away. From what I could observe, the significant
work of this session involved the pelvis.
Emily placed one hand on Clem’s pelvis while the other supported her
spine. After minutes of completely quiet
stillness, Clem let out a loud sputtering snorting noise, almost as if she had
been holding her breath. When I asked,
Emily explained that the dural membrane attachment at her sacrum had been
released. I must mention that since
birth Clem snored and snorted often and quite audibly. I couldn’t tell if there was some mild
obstruction of her airway, maybe her tongue or just small nostrils but in any
case this did not seem to cause any oxygen deprivation. After the dural membrane release, Emily
attempted to adjust the nose but Clem “declined” and Emily commented that she
had wanted to address the snoring but that it was most likely more related to
the pelvis than the facial bones. A
while after the treatment I noticed that Clem was breathing audibly/ snoring
again and I thought no more about this issue until three days later when I
realized I had not heard any snoring or snorting in days. I asked my husband if he noticed a change and
he couldn’t remember when he last heard her breathing noisily but that it
seemed to be less frequent.
Most recently, I brought Clem
to Emily for a CranioSacral treatment when she had a fever at eight
months of age. She had a runny nose and
typical “head cold” symptoms. When she
spiked a fever, I called Emily and she saw Clem
the next day after we came back from a visit to the pediatrician. Clem
had been diagnosed with an ear infection and was given a prescription
for antibiotics. After Emily’s
treatment, Clem did not
become febrile again and we were able to avoid taking the antibiotics.
- C.R., mother of two and family practice doctor
Just being in her presence is calming and comforting. She is kind, gentle and loving. I learned from her how to be patient and non-judgmental. The sessions I received from Emily helped me feel better, but more important than that, she touched my heart.
- A.M., registered nurse and massage therapist
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