Meet Tessa Nayowith, the newest addition to AHPT’s team. We are so happy to have her unique talents available to support our patients!
Tessa is a Licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist and yoga instructor. She is drawn to massage as a way to heal from physical and emotional trauma. She weaves elements of many modalities together to create a trauma-informed holistic approach to body work including: Visceral Manipulation, Zero Balancing, Integrated Positional Therapy, and Somatic Experiencing as well as Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga, and Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra. Tessa has also been working with children for the last 2 years; she adores them as much as they adore her! She is now offering 30 minute massage sessions for children aged 3-10.
Tessa has worked with a wide variety of clients from newborns to elderly in a variety of settings with a focus on physical and mental health and rehabilitation. She is passionate about healthy development and healing through embodied touch, movement, community and play, and loves the science backing these modalities.
Tessa earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in Liberal Studies and Psychology, and received a certification in Traumatic Stress Studies from the Justice Resource Institute in Brookline, MA. She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling with a focus on body-based practices and aims to research massage as an effective treatment for mental health issues.
Benefits of Massage for Children:
Stress and Anxiety Relief
Massage reduces stress hormone levels and blood glucose levels. Lower stress hormones not only reduce feelings of anxiety but contribute to a healthier immune system. The immune system fights illnesses by defending the body against toxins, parasites, bacteria, microbes, pathogens and viruses. Due to its relaxing effect, massage has been found to reduce asthma symptoms in children and help them adhere to a sometimes-painful diabetes treatment program.
Motor Development Stimulation
Children are developing their motor (movement) skills as they grow. Massage helps ease tension and pain in developing muscles that make motor skills possible. A study by the University of Miami indicates that massage improved motor function in children with Down syndrome, and the Journal of Pediatric Psychology reports that massage improved motor ability in children infected with HIV.
Cognitive Development Stimulation
According to Early Child Development and Care, preschoolers performed better on an IQ test following a 15-minute massage than they did after reading books. The International Journal of Neuroscience reported that massage improved function in the brain, resulting in increased alertness as well as speed and accuracy during math problems.
Now offering 2 different adult bodywork options:
Integrated bodywork session- clothed or unclothed session combining aspects of Visceral Manipulation, Integrated Positional Therapy, and Zero Balancing energy therapy to create lasting change related to chronic or acute pain, lifestyle and poor posture. Instead of treating a body already in pain by creating painful stimulus with deep tissue or trigger point work, Tessa uses light, non-painful touch to relax the nervous system and create lasting change. Scientifically proven research indicates non-nocioceptive (pain-free) treatments using myofascial release, visceral or abdominal unwinding, and integrated positional therapy are highly effective for treating pain.
Trauma-informed massage session- Clothed or unclothed sessions involving varying amounts of touch and talk in each session. Aspects of Somatic Experiencing, Zero Balancing and Yoga Nidra are used to address emotional and physiological issues and help foster connection between you and your body. By working on the periphery of an event or sensation to slowly expand resilience over time and re-learn how to be at peace with your body. Helpful for chronic pain and illness, chronic, acute and post-traumatic stress.
Modalities Integrated into YOUR massage:
Somatic Experiencing aims to heal acute and complex trauma by focusing on a client’s body sensations through talk and touch.
Visceral Manipulation is a form of manual therapy that looks at the influence of the internal organs on structural and psychological issues.
Zero Balancing is a clothed technique that focuses on the mind-body connection by working on energy and structure in the body.
Integrated Positional Therapy uses strain-counter strain and Muscle Energy Technique to address and release muscle tension to correct posture and relieve muscular pain.
Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga is an evidence based treatment for complex trauma and PTSD that uses principles of interception (the ability to feel what is going on inside of your body), invitational language, and consent to assist clients in getting in touch with their bodies.
Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra is a guided meditation that brings one into the state of consciousness between waking and sleeping which allows our body to do it’s quickest and deepest healing.