“Such a wonderful sensation of calm, where my mind completely stopped thinking and I drifted into a place of deep rest, yet not sleeping, and I felt myself floating like a feather in the undulating breeze”. ~AM
“I feel really, really relaxed and my jaw, face and body feel so much more aligned and balanced–wow–thank you!” ~ND
“In April 2013, my two young kids and I were watching runners of the Boston Marathon roll in to the finish line, when the bombs went off. After that, I began to suffer from anxiety and panic attacks that would get triggered when I least expected and paralyzed me. For a few months, I worked with a psychotherapist who was very helpful and I thought that I had put the bombing behind me. But a few months after ending treatment with her, I began to notice that I was not so done with my anxiety. Given the right circumstances, I easily fell back into being extremely nervous and anxious, to the point that I could not concentrate.
I heard that Monica was offering a free clinic for victims of the Boston Marathon bombing, so I decided to give CranioSacral Therapy a try. Monica put me right at ease with her kind and caring demeanor. I felt that she really heard me when I tried to describe how I was feeling and how worried I was about losing control in any given moment. She helped me to understand that my body most likely had not caught up with my brain’s efforts to work through and cope with the trauma I had experienced.
After the first CranioSacral Therapy session, I began to feel more relaxed. I continued to work with Monica and, over time, I began to better manage the triggers of my anxiety. I was able to stay focused on my kids and my day-to-day, with less and less disruption. It was amazing. At this point, I only need to come to see Monica for maintenance, as a part of taking better care of myself. I am so grateful for Monica’s help–she saved my life!” ~MD
I came to see Monica curious about CranioSacral Therapy and what it could do for me. A couple of years ago, I suffered a compression injury when accumulated ice and water caused a ceiling soffit to fall on my head. The pain was unbelievable. Instead of immediately seeking treatment, however, I ignored my body’s signals and chose to keep focusing on my family and business. After months of tolerating this terrible pain and complete immobility of my neck, I finally called my doctor and enrolled in some physical therapy and chiropractic care. After some time in treatment, I noticed that I continued to feel unresolved intense aching, tension and sensitivity in my neck. Honestly, I thought that the pain would be with me forever.
Monica was very attentive and LISTENED to what I had to say. That was very important to me so that I could put my trust in her, relax and feel comfortable to open to the possibility of feeling better.
During my third or fourth CranioSacral Therapy session with Monica, something significantly changed–as if a switch had been turned on and then off–the intense pain in my neck was gone and I could move my neck more easily. I finally had relief. I can’t tell you how awesome it feels to be pain free and be able to move my neck again! As my neck release occurred during my session, I was able to get in touch with important insight that helped me recognize that it is a good thing to put my health and needs first, rather than ignoring them, and to seek and receive support just for me (especially in Monica’s caring hands). I feel much stronger for that and, by taking care of myself without guilt, I am able to look after my family and business from a place of greater balance and replenishment instead of a place of deprivation.” ~DL
“I was a HS sophomore when I came to see Monica. I was horribly ill from the side effects of medication my doctor had prescribed for chronic migraines—I still had my migraine pain, with nasty nausea on top, and exhaustion from ALL of it. I had to miss a lot of classes because there were days that I was way too sick get out of bed. I started to get worried that I might not be able to graduate with my classmates. I was desperate for help, so I decided to try CranioSacral Therapy.
My sessions with Monica were strangely amazing–I would come into her office feeling absolutely awful and then walk out feeling really good! CranioSacral Therapy helped me to feel relaxed, cleared, nausea and pain free. I often fell into a deep sleep during my sessions.
Over time, working with Monica helped me to manage my migraine pain and transition to a new low dose medication. I finally had more energy and a clear mind. She also helped me find calm through the craziness of my senior year.
I started with weekly CranioSacral Therapy sessions, sometimes more, and later spaced them out, once I started feeling better. Such a relief!” ~KP
“When I first became a client of Monica’s, I saw her primarily for full body massage, to help with relaxation and to ease stress. Eventually, I moved toward CranioSacral Therapy, to try to address the root of the problems and conditions in my body that were contributing to stress. I had been feeling tense in my neck and shoulders, I was having trouble sleeping and experiencing difficulty just feeling at peace from day-to-day.
CranioSacral Therapy had a very noticeable effect on my ability to feel at ease in my own body, even from the first session. I was able to feel more peaceful and in control of my emotions, and overall felt more grounded. I usually suffered from aches and pains and general discomfort due to the effects of stress, but CranioSacral Therapy work has helped me to feel light and more vital. After the second and third session, I felt like I was able to really hold onto these effects form many weeks, and now go back to therapy to renew this connection with my body.
To me, the sessions with Monica feel like a very deep, guided meditation. Monica has a way of really holding a space for healing, and it able to generate a peaceful energy that stays with me long after the session. CranioSacral work has helped me weather the stress of a new job, health issues, divorce, a death in the family, and even switching careers. As a result of CranioSacral Therapy, I am much more aware of the interconnectedness of my mind and my body. Each has an effect on the other and continually renewing and reminding myself of this connection has enabled me to feel better physically, mentally and emotionally.” ~JT
I have suffered for many years from pain and cramping during my period due to fibroids. Sometimes it has been difficult to go up a flight of stairs because my legs feel like lead at this time of the month. I was fortunate to have a CranioSacral session with Monica at the onset of my period this month. She was able to pinpoint the places of pain and blocked energy flow in my pelvis and patiently worked to release and open the tissues. Additionally, I was put in touch with an early memory that I believe was the emotional source of my physical problems in this area. During the night the energy gently continued to release and this morning I woke up feeling great. My legs and hips feel energized and free of the “lead” feeling. The pelvic pressure and pain is completely gone.” ~SV
“In March 2011, I had major surgery to correct uterine and bladder prolapse. Included in the procedure were many internal repairs and repositioning, and a partial hysterectomy. Some of the repairs failed, which caused me to experience extreme pain. Six weeks later, I had to have additional surgery to correct the failed repairs. For many weeks after the surgeries, I was unable to be active ain any way and gained weight.
As I got better, I still experienced significant, deep pain. I saw a Physical Therapist who treats fascial pain and got some relief, but things still were not right. I continued to have episodes of searing, burning pain. The PT suggested massage therapy, so I searched for someone who might be able to help.
I decided to work with Monica because of her extensive background. I first came to see her in August 2011. I fully expected to have deep tissue massage and had not considered CranioSacral Therapy as an option. Initially, receiving massage from Monica helped me to relax and feel a lot better, but I still had bouts of deep pain and generally felt poorly and worn out.
So Monica suggested that I try CranioSacral Therapy because it helps the body to naturally balance without force. I admit that I was a total skeptic about such a gentle technique. But I decided to give it a try because I trusted Monica. I figured it couldn’t hurt.
I remember that during our first session I drifted off to sleep during treatment, which surprised me, and I felt peaceful when I left Monica’s office. I decided to continue with CranioSacral Therapy to see where it might take me.
I had somewhere between 2-4 more CranioSacral Therapy sessions with Monica. Here is what I experienced:
- CranioSacral Therapy is a great stress reliever.
- I enjoyed deep, relaxing sleep after each session.
- I felt a general sense of well being and noticed that I had a better mental attitude at home and work after my sessions.
- Monica’s touch is light and soothing, but also targeted—she knew exactly where my body needed help. What really amazed me was how this gentle touch could have such a powerfully palpable therapeutic effect on my body!
- During treatment, the deep pain that I was experiencing was brought alive, but then gradually subsided. It was as thought I had to say “hello” to the pain, acknowledge it, and the let it go.
- I also noticed other areas of pain or tension show themselves in my abdominal region, and these places of discomfort dissolved, as well.
- As the sessions built on each other, the pain from my surgeries lessened until it completely disappeared!
It is such a relief not to have chronic abdominal pain anymore! I feel healthier. I sleep better and feel that I better manage my stress. I am able to work toward losing weight. All this makes me a happier person who feels more balanced that I did two years ago. CranioSacral Therapy clearly has become essential to my well being and good health. Thank you, Monica!” ~MH
When I came to see Monica for CranioSacral Therapy, I was feeling depressed about some life issues. I was especially self-consciousness and dissatisfied about my weight and my inability to keep myself on track with healthy eating habits. I was looking to feel more connected with myself and more positive. After just a couple of sessions, Monica helped me to get in deeper touch with my body and to release some old tensions that I did not even realize I was still holding on to in my body! I experienced a noticeable shift from the darker, down side to one of lightness of heart and spirit that has continued to help me navigate through my challenges with greater ease and to stay on the path of more mindfully taking care of myself. Thank you, Monica!” ~SC
“In the past, I have trusted Monica to help me process old trauma and better manage my emotional response to dysfunctional family dynamics. She has helped get me to another level of my health, free of lingering burdens and drama.
I knew that I was in great hands when I came to see Monica for help through CranioSacral Therapy on this occasion: I was experiencing serious anger and frustration around unfounded accusations made by my distant siblings over the financial matters of my father, who had passed away last fall.
I am a strong and grounded person and have high integrity in what I do and how I treat other human beings. While logically I knew that my siblings’ outrageous and hurtful accusations had all to do with them and not me, I had begun to feel worn out, was angry, and needed to find a way to better manage my internal response.
Back at home after my first CranioSacral Therapy session, I noticed that I was experiencing an inner relaxation that had me responding a-typically in certain situations the following week–I was more outspoken than usual, especially when someone would be testing my patience or saying things for which I normally would choose to hold my opinion. Clearly, some rebalancing was taking place inside of me.
After my second session, I felt more integrated, clear and I could better self regulate my inner thoughts. I have a much better perspective on the actions of my crazy siblings. I can read their written accusations free of the reactivity and emotions that were tearing me apart.
Monica works miracles. I have great trust in her skills, experience and depth of intuition. Every time I experience a session with Monica, it seems I’ve conquered yet another challenge. It’s great to have a clearer, less-encumbered window though which to view my life and the people in it. She is truly gifted.” ~JC
I have worked with Monica for some time now. She has supported me in processing body pain, trauma, the loss of family members, empty nesting, and trying to reclaim my purpose and direction in life.
Symptoms that have led me to seek Monica’s help have included pain in my shoulders, neck and head; feeling distracted by a heavy, busy head sensation; unable to stay present–jumping from thought to thought; feeling too much in the mind and disconnected from my body; and feeling out of balance, or misaligned.
I noticed immediate results from my CranioSacral Therapy sessions with Monica. I felt so relaxed and soothed that I had to collect myself after my sessions so that I can drive home. I was shocked to find how quiet my mind felt—not thinking about anything—pure stillness—all I noticed were the sounds and smells around me!
I have been able to reclaim my inner balance and peace of mind, which has helped me to be more present and focused for my family and clients. I find that I am less reactive, which allows me to respond with clarity to stressful situations. I feel I can stay more objective and better self manage my day-to-day. The pain and burden in my shoulders, neck and head has decreased because I am less tense. Migraines are relieved.
For me to be effective in my job, it is imperative for me to practice the very same suggestions I tell my clients about maintaining life balance. Working with Monica has helped me to hold that balance in my life, and that feels wonderful.” ~VM
“That was the most relaxing, therapeutic session I have ever experienced!” ~CO
Thank you for a wonderful session last week. I confess that I was totally unfamiliar with CranioSacral work, but assumed that, since I’m in my head a lot”, it would be the technique for me. I believe that I was right.
I felt very comfortable from the moment I arrived at your lovely studio where the natural light and your music and your voice were all very calming. I could tell immediately that you were focused on me, as I answered your thoughtful questions. I also appreciated your explaining to me what to expect during the session.
I felt comfortable on the table and you offered me a blanket, which I appreciated, as it helped allow me to let go and receive care from you. While keeping my eyes closed during the session, I could occasionally feel your hands gently touching and working on various areas of my body that needed attention. I felt total trust for you and admired your clear presence, which I could feel from you.
During the session, I could feel myself slowly relaxing to a deep level, but was still aware of my surroundings and your care of me. At the end of the session, I appreciated your gentleness in “retrieving” me, and then your follow through. When I left, I felt relaxed and powerful, centered and strong, with my head held a bit higher. It was a wonderful sensation and a totally enjoyable experience.
I’ve also appreciated your sending me follow up information clearly chosen for me. This is all impressive, Monica, as you are such a talented and caring professional. I, and your other clients, are all very fortunate to have you as a health care provider.” ~LL