Rachel Smith, LMT
When I was nine, I picked up a book with acupressure points on the front. I discovered I could relieve pain with touch, and knew what I wanted to do with my life.
As a massage and Craniosacral therapist, I have served a range of clients from disabled children to professional artists and athletes, pregnancy to elderly, and active to retired military. Tuning in to the nervous system to facilitate each client into a healing state in the moment is a gift and responsibility.
In 2013, I purchased my HPN High Performance Neurofeedback system, also known as HPN Neurogen. It has also since been labeled as IASIS and Clarity Direct Neurofeedback. I found it could bring about profound, lasting changes.
Once my clients’ brainwaves were in harmony, their nervous systems felt calm, and bodywork was more productive. I now combine modalities in my practice with a primary interest in brain health. The results I have witnessed continue to be rewarding.
I learned to use my direct neurofeedback system under Corey Snook, the inventor of the HPN system, and David Dubin, MD. The system is simple to operate, while understanding its nuances took time, research, and mentoring. I met with Stephen Larsen, PhD, Sebern Fisher, Mary Lee Esty, and others at the Fryeburg Conference in Maine for immersion in the fascinating work. I feel this work is the first step into the medicine of the future: elegant systems that gently whisper brains into a restoration of sense of self.
At the Upledger Institute, I am a perpetual student of Craniosacral therapy. There is grace to blending and melding and holding space for someone to unfold. I first pursued obstetric and pediatric Craniosacral when I specialized in pregnancy massage and was a labor doula. I found it was a key to any bodywork. When I added the concepts of tuning in to the central nervous system to each move of my work, bodies relaxed and were easier to organize, which made my job easier. I continued Upledger classes, and learned fascia unraveling, energy work, therapeutic dialog, somatoemotional release, and visceral manipulation.
I studied in Thailand with Masters of Traditional Thai massage. My niche has been medical massage, sports rehabilitation, and prepping artists for action and dance for film. I learned meningeal decompression for chronic pain conditions. I am trained in Shiatsu, Reiki, Lymphatic drainage, Amupko Psoas release, myofascial release, silicone cupping, hot stone, Lomi lomi, Qi Gong, Trigger Point therapy, Swedish, and deep tissue massages.