Persistent Chronic Pain and Stress Relief
Through MyoFascial Release Therapy
I am a professional MyoFascial Release Therapist, Reiki Master and Health Educator, licensed by the State of California (CMT, CAMTC #67448).
I seek not only to relieve your persistent chronic symptoms, but also to find and mitigate the root causes of your symptoms.
My medical NPI (National Provider Identification) number is 1327442.
I graduated from the 1350-hour Advanced Neuromuscular Massage Therapy and Health Educator (ANMT) program of class & hands-on training, externship & clinical practice, offered by the National Holistic Institute, A College of Massage Therapy. NHI, a nationally recognized leader, provides comprehensive, well-rounded clinically-based hands-on neuromuscular massage therapy and health educator training.
At SMBmasage, I use FRIF(tm), or Functional Re-Integration Framework(tm), that allows me to intuitively integrate select elements from several advanced medical, clinical, orthopedic, neuromuscular and energy therapies; and health education. The specific blend of FRIF therapies used depends on the set of pathologies presented, often adapted in real-time, during therapy sessions; as well as on the goals of the session. I do not use rigid cookie-cutter protocols, but rather, I intuitively adapt the selection by "listening" to what your body tells me.
Within FRIF, SMBmassage's foundational manual therapy modality is MyoFascial Release, the John F Barnes Approach (MFR/jfba), a non-diagnostic therapy. It focuses on finding and releasing fascial restrictions throughout the whole body. Given the all-pervasive networked nature of fascia into every corner and cell of the body, the root cause of symptoms can be anywhere.
Please refer to the Rates & Services TAB for more details about MFR/jfba and the other therapy components I currently draw upon within FRIF.
Based on a client intake assessment, often working closely with the client's physician, I recommend the client's specific therapeutic program, customizing each therapy session to integrate a suitable combination of several modalities to address the dysfunctions.
The client's specific pain, stress, medical, clinical and orthopedic needs drive how each therapy session is customized within the context of the client's medical prescription or long-term program of manual therapy and self-care, for maintaining and improving health and wellness.
At SMBmassage, we facilitate the client's healing process; as such, we emphasize our clients need to take a significant and active role in their own healing process. In order to lower the client's healthcare costs, FRIF — especially MFR/jfba — includes self-care as an integral part of the client's health education.
APPOINTMENTS: Until my online web-based session appointment management system is available, please text me at 408-806-5478 to schedule appointments in accordance with the HOURS tab.
Health Insurance: When ready, the online system will allow me to prepare SuperBills for you to give to your health insurer, based on valid prescriptions from qualified members of your integrative health care team — usually an MD or a DO. I do not deal directly with your health insurer, but rather I prepare for you a SuperBill that send to your health insurer.
Please Note: Some medical and clinical therapy work will be performed only with the advice and consent of your physician — usually either a DO or an MD. Some medical therapy will require a written prescription, especially for your insurance documentation.
LOCATION: Spirit-Mind-Body Massage offers its integrative MFR/jfba, medical, clinical & orthopedic manual & energy therapy and health education services in Lyndon Plaza, 20 South Santa Cruz Avenue, Suite 207, Los Gatos, CA, 95030, on the corner of West Main Street, only by prior appointment. My studio, Suite 207, is located inside the "Chiropractic Healing Center", on street level (200-level), by the elevator-shaft door. There is free valet parking behind the building, as well as a 3-hour parking lot across West Main Street, and 2-hour street parking nearby.
Continuing Studies: Subsequent to graduating from NHI, I have taken — and continue to take — over 500 additional hours of training and skill-building through workshops, externships and certification programs, including such disciplines as: the John F Barnes Approach to MyoFascial Release (MFR/jfba), zero balancing (ZB), Reiki 3, Acupressure; functional re-integration framework (FRIF), medical massage practice (CMMP), oncology massage preferred provider (OMPP), lymphatic drainage therapy (LDT), advanced neuromuscular therapy (ANMT), applied pain science and management, burn scar (CBSMT), dermo-neuro-modulation (DNM), myoskeletal alignment techniques (MAT), medi-cupping (dynamic, without heat), comfort touch, Swedish massage, The Radical Remission Project, slow medicine, positional release, myofascial therapy (MFT), active myofascial therapy (AMT), reflexology, advanced sports massage, active isolated stretching (AIS), Feldenkrais, somatic re-education, muscle energy techniques, and orthopedic assessment.
My advanced MFR/jfba, re-integrative medical, clinical and advanced neuromuscular therapy (ANMT) training with both the National Holistic Institute (NHI), and several elite medical massage & manual therapy masters & pioneers, prepares me well to take a Holistic Bio-Psycho-Social*** view of each client, in order to understand more fully the client's lifetime of experiences, and how these experiences might be affecting both the client's overall health and wellness, and the appropriate mix of therapies in the healing program.
One important goal of my integrative manual & energy therapy services is to reduce your persistent stress by helping you move into a state of being characterised by a greater Relaxation Response*. Moving away from a persistent (chronic) Fight, Flight or Freeze** state of being, dominated by the Sympathetic Nervous System, and often characterized by high persistent stress and compromised immune & digestive systems; and moving toward a deeper Relaxation Response* (or Rest & Digest) state of being, dominated by the Para-Sympathetic Nervous System, has well-documented benefits for your immune & digestive systems, and your general health & wellness.
My Vision: To help realize my Vision of delivering truly integrative health and medicine into your community and your life, I work with AMTA, the American Massage Therapy Association, through its California Chapter (AMTA-CA), and with AIHM, the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine, to seek ways to bring together at The Client-Patient Healthcare Roundtable, the complementary bio-psycho-social holistic integrative and eastern healing & wellness wisdoms, and the western allopathic & osteopathic bio-medical wisdoms, with the intention to help our client-patients intelligently manage and participate in their own health and wellness.
I also own and operate The Marguerite Elizabeth Giuliano 1000 Cranes Foundation, dedicated to answering the question of how to improve health care in your community and America.
My public advocacy voice soon will become present through the Holistic Integrative Health and Medicine Advocacy Network (www.HIHMAN.net), dedicated to delivering holistic integrative health and medicine into your community and your life.
I also own and operate Choose Once Again (www.ChooseOnceAgain.info), helping you discover your way home to Source. I believe in Spiritual Pathing to foster compassionate, connected, enlightened, awakened individuals and communities. The name is inspired by "Choose Once Again", the final section in ACIM, A Course In Miracles, 3rd Edn., section T.31.VIII, beginning on — can you believe it — page 666.
I also own and operate The Applied Pain Science Institute (www.TAPSI.org), teaching how to apply modern pain science to manual therapy and health education.
I am certified in First Aid, CPR and AED.
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Archangel — from whence ariseth such a name as this?
As I have developed my skills, understanding and clinical practice in the eastern and holistic healing modalities, I have come to believe strongly in the spiritual aspect of life and its influence on our health and wellness. Consequently, I use the phrase spirit-mind-body to acknowledge the full connection to Source, rather than the more limiting phrase mind-body. While I do believe that it is not necessary to be highly spiritual to obtain benefit from mind-body healing, I also believe that having a vital spiritual life improves your receptiveness to the full potential of spirit-mind-body healing and diminishes the possibility of having skeptical blocks. To highlight this spiritual connection, I have chosen several symbols from several spiritual wisdoms and paths.
The name derives from my use of the four principle Archangels recognized by the world's major religions: The Archangel Micha-el, The Archangel Rapha-el, The Archangel Gabri-el and The Archangel Euri-el.
The Archangel Micha-el, "One who is like God", is the leader of the archangels. His specialty is nurturing love, foregiveness, compassion, mercy, courage, optimism, strength, justice and loving kindness; while vanquishing fear, anxiety, hatred, weakness, evil, injustice and pessimism. Micha-el has the color blue; not all artists agree on blue. One well-known angel reader asserts that Big Mike also does computer technical support!
The Archangel Rapha-el, "God heals", is the Divine Healer, and sports the color green. Rapha-el is also the patron protector of healers and voyagers. We are indeed on a great voyage toward meaningful healthcare reform for all.
The Archangel Gabri-el, "God reveals", is the Divine Messenger, and has been seen wearing yellow, gold, copper and orange colors. Gabriella — archangels have no gender — is the patron protector of educators, writers, speakers, entertainers.
The Archangel Euri-el, "The Light of God", is the Fountain of Divine Wisdom, and wears the color red.
All of these Archangels' characteristics and responsibilities are important to delivering truly compassionate holistic integrative health, wellness and medicine.
The Client-Patient Healthcare Roundtable: In order to deliver holistic integrative health and medicine into our communities and our lives, we will need love, compassion, courage and strength; we must be healers; we must educate and reach out to demonstrate and deliver the message; we must make wise choices regarding how to bring all the world's healing and wellness wisdoms together at The Client-Patient Healthcare Roundtable, all the better to help our clients actively and knowledgably manage their own health and wellness.
The Roundtable is a metaphor for "unity" and "equality", as symbolized by the Knights of the Roundtable in King Arthur's Court, wherein all who sat together at the Roundtable did so in Unity as Equals, even in the presence of the King.
My vision is for the practitioners of all relevant healing and wellness wisdoms to sit together in "unity" as "equals" at The Client-Patient Healthcare Roundtable, with the client-patient as King, to plan and manage together, delivering the client-patient's health and wellness as one "unified" high-performance integrative healthcare team.
My current focus is on the Greater San Francisco Bay Area, extending from Sacramento to Santa Cruz.
Thank you for visiting Spirit-Mind-Body Massage. I hope to be able to serve you at SMBmassage some day soon, in Los Gatos, California. Until then, for you and your loved ones, let every day be a great day, and may you enjoy each one and each other to the fullest.
And always remember this:
No pain, no gain;
Know pain, know gain.
Now that's INSANE;
And it's NOT supported by science!
Here's how it really works:
No pain, know gain;
Know pain, no gain.
Now that IS SANE;
And it IS supported by science!
You can visit SMBmassage's website again at: http://www.SMBmassage.com/
Namaste, Dusty Rhodes, MS, CMT, CMMP, OMPP
MyoFascial Release Therapist, Reiki Master and Health Educator
* The Relaxation Response, 1975, by Herbert Benson, MD, Harvard Medical School
** Wisdom of the Body, 1932, by Walter B Cannon, MD, Harvard Medical School
*** The BioPsychoSocial Model and the Education of Health Professionals, Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, George L Engel, MD, Volume 310, Jun 1978, pages 169-181.