about maureen rose manley
My background includes many approaches to therapeutic massage and bodywork, along with movement studies, dance, somatic therapy, holistic health, fitness training, and stress management. It began in my early 20's with almost 18 years training and teaching Aikido, a martial art dedicated to peaceful and graceful conflict resolution. My initial therapeutic massage training over 20 years ago focused on the nurturing, but superficial treatment of muscle aches and pain, and stress reduction. At that time I was the fitness director and program manager for a drug and alcohol recovery program for seven years, and I still work with many clients in recovery. I have always loved to dance, and have been a committed low-mileage jogger for years.
Continuing education is a big part of my life and my work. My quest to understand the function of the human body/mind has led me to explore many perspectives and approaches, which are woven together in my treatment sessions. Structural body mechanics and myofascial release techniques were the initial focus, followed by the Hendrickson Method � Orthopedic Massage, which required more anatomy study, and addressed the treatment of orthopedic injuries and conditions. The component of my work that I call Neuromuscular Coordination Technique is remarkably beneficial for treating dysfunctional movement patterns, and the Egoscue Method incorporates proper movement exercises to promote optimal body alignment. Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy and The Neurology of Posture address the profound roles of the Central Nervous System and the peripheral nervous system in health and healing.
The inherent capacity of the human organism to heal itself is a spectacular mystery. My goal is to be a skillful, sensitive assistant to the self-healing process and to educate, encourage, and inspire with compassion and enthusiasm. I have great confidence in the human body's ability to balance and heal, in the mind's capacity to expand, and in the heart's desire to open. If I serve as catalyst to my clients in any one of these openings, I am delighted and fulfilled.
I am delighted by what clients say about their experience with my work. Their responses build my confidence, in the face of a humbling sense of not-knowing. The more I learn, the more I am overwhelmed by how much learning lies ahead. Knowing I don't have all the answers, I maintain a network of fine colleagues and specialists with whom to consult, or to whom I refer for further evaluation, treatment or collaboration to best serve each client.