Integrative Massage Therapy
with Megan Runkel
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Integrative Massage Therapy Sessions
My style of massage is very intuitive, pulling from the many modalities that I have learned to help your body heal itself.  My techniques depend upon what your body is asking for on a given day.  I balance unwinding light fascia work with deeper muscle work with even lighter cranial sacral work, unlocking your tension in the way that creates the most ease.  It is your body that reveals the patterns of movement (or restriction) that can help to identify where the pain is coming from.  And always included is relaxation!

Each session can be done fully clothed or undressed and draped with sheets. Whichever way it goes is your choice. They can both bring about the same results, yet only done in different ways. Please let me know which way you would feel more comfortable.  As a default, I will have you undress and draped modestly with sheets, only uncovering the part we are working on.  A lot of my work is done through the sheet.

If you are wanting to be clothed please wear clothes that your legs can move around in. 

I f we do use oil, I only use unscented fractionated (liquid) coconut oil.

I start each session with Cranial Sacral Therapy (CST), using lighter energetic touch to assess how your body is moving.  CST works with the nervous system, the cranial bones, the connective tissue, and the membranes that line the skull and down the spinal cord. It is lighter-touch energetic work that touches the deeper core. It stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system (aka the relaxation system) to release any unnecessary tension. Restrictions to movement can be found in any system of the body and using CST can address the true root of any issue.

CST is the one modality I have found that truly listens to the body's needs, whatever they may be.  Healing can come in many forms, most of which our conscious mind is not aware of; CST taps into our body's non-conscious to listen to what we need to do to heal ourselves.  The root of the issue may stem from long held physical tension patterns, emotional holding, stuffed away memories, or compensation patterns from an old injury, just to name a few of the possible scenarios. 

CST sometimes feels like nothing is happening.  Usually this means that something inside is "cooking" or setting up a pattern that when released will not come back in the same way, like the layers of an onion.  If you feel as though nothing is happening, take a moment to really FEEL your body and all of its minute sensations.  Often whatever is going on will make itself apparent if we sit and be present with it.  

More traditional massage may be a part of the session.  Deep Tissue Massage does not always mean deep pressure; it is specific to finding the muscle(s) that are causing pain and/or tension. Structural Rebalancing works with the fascia (connective tissue) to help put things into proper alignment to create a sense of ease in the body.  It is my intention to match the pressure that the tissues of your body are needing in order to release tension or patterns.

I tend to blend together all of my background of modalities for each massage; my sessions are specifically tailored to what your body needs, even if your conscious mind doesn't know what they are yet.  No two sessions are alike, and my only goal is to create a sense of ease in your body.   I believe that your body truly wants to heal itself, and my job is to facilitate healing that you are ready for. 

The following is an excerpt from the Upledger Institute website that puts CST  in clear language:

"CST is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the functioning of a physiological body system called the craniosacral system - comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. 

By complementing the body's natural healing processes, CST is increasingly used as a preventive health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease, and is effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction, including:
Migraine Headaches
Chronic Neck and Back Pain
Motor-Coordination Impairments
Central Nervous System Disorders
Orthopedic Problems
Traumatic Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries
Infantile Disorders
Learning Disabilities
Chronic Fatigue
Emotional Difficulties
Stress and Tension-Related Problems
Fibromyalgia and other Connective-Tissue Disorders
Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ)
Neurovascular or Immune Disorders
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Post-Surgical Dysfunction

SomatoEmotional Release (SER) is a therapeutic process that uses and expands on the principles of CranioSacral Therapy to help rid the mind and body of the residual effects of trauma. SER1 offers applications designed to enhance results using CST and other complementary therapies."

For more information about Cranial Sacral Therapy, please visit

Feel free to call for any additional information or questions regarding the type of massage that may be right for you.

Strictly non-sexual/non-sensual therapeutic massage