Raynor Massage & Cranio-Sacral Therapy
Raynor Massage is a holistic system of bodywork developed by Naturopath Brandon Raynor. It is a form of deep tissue massage that is generally recognized as one of the most powerful and effective forms of massage therapy today. Raynor Massage goes well beyond the realm of what most people consider to be the confines of a massage treatment. It has helped numerous people with conditions such as sore neck, back pain, sciatica and trapped nerves; as well as relieving stress and blocked emotions/traumas. It is suitable for everyone regardless of age/fitness level and works on a deeper, more effective level than sports massage.
The origins of Raynor Massage are in Ayurvedic Massage, Chinese Medicine, Reflexology, Shiatsu and Yoga Breathwork. However, it integrates many different techniques. There is a special emphasis on the Eastern medical theory that the physical body is a gross manifestation of a subtle body composed of a life force (chi or prana), emotions and other subtle energies, and that each are related and have an effect on each other. Physical or emotional stressors can lead to a blockage or disruption in the flow of chi or prana can cause bones to shift out of place or create tension in the body. The Raynor approach looks at the body as one holistic organism rather than dealing with one part in isolation. For example, one part of the body may be tight but that area may be being held tight by another area which could then also be held tight by another area again.
Raynor Massage is never performed as a routine but is always tailored to individual needs. It emphasizes certain extremely important parts of the body that are often neglected by traditional massage therapists, such as the abdomen, sacrum, hips, feet, hands, head and the fascia (connective tissues). These areas tend to hold a lot of stagnation and blockage of the life force and freeing them up will generally have a great benefit not just to the areas concerned but to the whole being. The primary goal of Raynor Naturopathic Massage is to relieve a person of residual tension, muscle tightness in an area of the body when the body is at rest, and return the body to its natural state of relaxation, which then has a knock on effect on many areas of the person’s life. Please be aware that Raynor Massage is quite an intense, potentially very transformative experience lasting 3 hours and is not the 'fluffy' kind of massage you often find in a spa (which is generally quite superficial, has no long term impact and is just designed to make you fall asleep for an hour or so!).
Unless contraindicated, I usually combine Raynor Massage with Hot Stone treatment and use CBD oil (from the Hemp plant) or other essential oils, all of which bring further benefits.
If you are interested in seeing what a Raynor Massage looks like, here is a video of Brandon Raynor in action, massaging my teacher Dave Taylor:
Please note - for some people, good massage may be very uncomfortable if they aren’t used to it and can actually trigger a detox reaction. Then as their healing crisis finishes their body should feel a lot better, have more mobility and a general feeling of being more relaxed should ensue.
I am currently training to be a Biodynamic Cranio-Sacral Therapist with The Body College. Until I complete my training in Sept 2023 I am pleased to be able to offer free Cranio-Sacral Therapy sessions for those who might benefit from these. Cranio-Sacral Therapy is a form safe, gentle (yet extremely powerful), non-intrusive therapeutic touch that involves holding various parts of the body - largely the skull and the spine - and really listening/attuning to the individual's whole being. There is a big focus on establishing a sense of safety, presence and groundedness in the person's system. This form of attuned touch can have a huge impact on the central nervous system, allowing unresolved 'fight/flight/freeze' responses to resolve and move through the body so that the CNS can settle and reset and enabling the body to come back to it's own innate state of health, balance, and flow. Cranio-Sacral Therapy is extremely beneficial for anyone who has experienced any form of trauma but can also help with recovery from injury/illness, stress, insomnia, as well as to facilitate overall health and well-being. For a sense of the potential benefits of Cranio-Sacral Therapy, check out this video: