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Joel Banuelos, CMT

Myofascial Release:
A soft tissue therapy used for the treatment of skeletal muscle and connective tissue immobility and pain.  My approach draws primarily from the tradition of Rolfing-based bodywork as handed down by Ida Rolf.

Craniosacral Therapy:
A gentle modality founded in Osteopathic manual therapy that seeks to release tensions at the joints of the head and vertebrae and re-establish the proper flow of cerebrospinal fluid.  My approach is most directly influenced by Hugh Milne and Visionary Craniosacral Therapy.

Visceral Manipulation:
A delicate manual therapy technique that addresses tensions in and around bodily organs; it is used for the treatment of musculoskeletal pain, and postural and biomechanical distortions.  My approach draws entirely from the work of Jean Pierre Barral and his institute.

​Muscle Energy Technique (MET):
​MET is a direct manual therapy technique that can increase joint mobility as well as decrease muscle/fascial tension, pain and swelling.  This gentle technique combines a client's active muscular contraction followed by a passive stretch of the affected muscle/joint. 

Deep Tissue Massage:
A form of direct pressure massage that emphasizes working on the muscle layers that are deeper than those situated at the surface of the body;  effective for relieving muscular tension, improving the flow of blood and lymph, and reducing pain/soreness following athletic endeavors.

The foundation of my practice is therapeutic bodywork that is guided by clinical skills, assessment and intuition.  Every treatment is tailored to the needs of each client.  Each session will be a unique experience, wherein I may draw upon techniques that come from the following massage and manual therapy traditions:

​My Practice