Welcome! I am Monica Aranguren, Techniques Certified CranioSacral Therapist of Vital Core Healing. My passion is to promote your highest vitality and life through Advanced CranioSacral Therapy. I hope that the information on this web site assists you in choosing the holistic care that most fully supports you.
Please do not hesitate to call me at (978) 387-2854 with any questions.
My journey to hands-on work began in my mid thirties. I was rear-ended and suffered a severe whiplash injury. It took me almost two years to fully recover. Among the therapeutic approaches I explored to support me were conventional physical therapy, chiropractic and massage. I also took up meditation and yoga to help me move with greater ease and flow through my personal and professional life. The recovery process led me towards greater awareness of my body and connecting more deeply with my inner self—this experience has helped me to more effectively support my clients.
Eventually, I left my career in law in favor of a gentler path that would allow me to follow my passion to help others. I completed the therapeutic massage certification program at the Bancroft School of Massage Therapy, Worcester, MA in 1998. Massage therapy introduced me to the fascinating complexity of the human body and the interconnection of the nervous system, tissues, organs, mind and soul. Serving clients helped me to develop an understanding of this complex interconnection and the impact that life experiences and memories have on our health.
Most of my years as a massage therapist were focused on applying deep tissue techniques, with firm pressure, to help relieve my clients’ muscle tension, soreness and pain related to stress, injuries, chronic overuse, postural imbalance, and to restore range of motion to affected areas. As my interests developed, I invested in specialized training in Myofascial Massage, Pre and Perinatal Massage and Traditional Hawaiian Lomi Lomi Massage. My experience treating clients brought me into collaboration with Physical Therapists, Acupuncturists, Chiropractors, Life and Business Coaches, Physical Trainers, Psychotherapists and Psychologists, which enriched my insight on the diversity of human experience and its impact on whole health.
As my understanding of the mind-body-soul-life connection deepened, I realized that the soft tissue discomfort my clients endured was, in most cases, the outside manifestation of life experience that they carry within. In addition, I found that the application of pressure and detail in technique in order to force the release of tissue tension did not necessarily yield positive, long-term results. In other words, I discovered that the societal concept of “no pain no gain” or “the harder the better” does not translate into our best health. Over time, I began to feel limited as a practitioner in what I could do to effectively support the broader well being of my clients. Rather than continue to merely treat the symptoms, I began searching for healing approaches that address the root cause of symptoms and helps revitalize and harmonize and all dimensions of the human being.
This pursuit led me to complete the Polarity Realization Therapy Career Program at the Polarity Realization Institute, Ipswich, MA in 2005. Polarity Therapy introduced me to the impact that gentle touch and focused intention can garner. I learned that the human body is energetically dynamic and whole health is driven by much more than the tissue that we can see or feel. Through such skills, I have been able to help clients connect, for instance, with their inner power and joy and move forward in the lives they desire with greater clarity and direction.
In 2007, I found my path to best promote the highest vitality of my clients–CranioSacral Therapy (“CST”). The power and beauty of CST is my passion and has transformed my practice, such that it is now my core therapy. I firmly believe that it is primarily through this holistic approach that I can most significantly impact the health and lives of my clients. Through CranioSacral Therapy, I have learned that profound and meaningful healing evolves from gentle and patient facilitation of the body’s natural healing processes that occur from within.
I have pursued my training in CST through the Upledger Institute International, the most comprehensive CST venue in the world. Its founder, Dr. John E. Upledger, D.O., O.M.M., was an osteopathic physician who cared deeply about his patients and respected and honored the human body’s intelligence and natural ability to heal and make itself whole. His groundbreaking discovery of the Dural Pulse and his pioneering work with other scientists at Michigan State University led to his development of CranioSacral Therapy. I am CranioSacral Therapy Techniques Certified through the Upledger Institute. I am also honored to be a Teaching Assistant to the faculty of this respected institution. For more information on my advanced training in CranioSacral Therapy, click on iahp.com and then insert my name.
Through the very gentle and light, yet profoundly deep touch of CranioSacral Therapy, I help my clients reclaim their vibrancy by releasing tensions in the central nervous system, so that all their body systems relax, self-correct and naturally relieve pain and dysfunction.
It is my honor to facilitate the natural ability of each client’s body to heal and be witness to the profoundly positive impact of this approach on optimizing health. Benefits clients enjoy include deep, unwinding relaxation; better sleep; increased energy; mental clarity; chronic pain reduction or relief; anxiety relief; decreased muscle tension; higher self-awareness; improved ability to manage emotions; potent insight into cellular memories of old trauma; and rediscovering their inner radiance. By feeling better my clients are able to live better. For more information on how my clients have benefited from CranioSacral Therapy, please see Testimonials.
Through my complete presence, non-judgment, and gentle, nurturing touch, I hold a space for you to rest, unwind and soften; release physical and emotional holding and pain; awaken to new awareness; connect deeply; open and lighten; reclaim your spark and true self; and discover your natural direction of ease and balance.
I am very excited to introduce you to CranioSacral Therapy and SomatoEmotional Release and to the possibilities for you to reclaim your vibrancy, empower your health, enhance your life and THRIVE!