Massage and Energy Medicine by BettyAnn Cernese
Heart of the Dove Affiliate
Bettyann is Nationally Certified
Massage Therapist practicing since graduating in 2000. She holds a Bachelor of
Science degree from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, is a graduate of the New
England Academy of Therapeutic Sciences; the Jack Meagher Institute of
Sports massage Therapy and is certified in sports massage for both horses and
humans and Zero Balancing. Bettyann is a Certified Practitioner of Eden Energy
Medicine and is an authorized Eden Energy Medicine 101/102 Instructor.
Bettyann takes an individualized and
integrated approach to working with each person. She spends time listening to
each client's needs and then draws on the many techniques she is trained
in to provide a customized session for that client.
Since 2005 , Bettyann has been studying with
indigenous healers from Mexico and West Africa. She is initiated as a
Granicero (Weather Shaman) in the Nahuatl indigenous tradition of the highlands
of central Mexico. This work includes energetic healing work, participation in
seasonal rain rituals in Mexico and leading local Harvest Rituals in her own
area. She has also done extensive work and study with Malidoma Somé in the
indigenous healing wisdom of Africa.
...relieves muscle aches & pains
…promotes healing from injuries
…prevent injuries and improve athletic performance
from Daily Stress
All aspects of our
daily lives, work, family, and relationships can bring about stress. Massage is
one of the best known antidotes for stress by providing relaxation and relief.
Reducing stress results in more energy and minimizes the likelihood of injury
and illness. In addition to reducing stress and anxiety, bodywork is a healing
time-out from all the demands of your life that will calm your mind and sooth
Prolonged exposure to
pain and other stressors has been shown to deplete the stores of endorphins
leading to an increased perception of pain. Massage may help relieve many types
of muscle tightness/pain such as:
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Sports related injuries
Scar Tissue Reduction
These pains can be caused by overuse, repetitive movement, posture, injury or
disease. Massage can help reduce and/or eliminate chronic pain by interrupting
the pain-spasm-pain cycle. This cycle often causes chronically contracted
muscles resulting in areas of tenderness that are sometimes called trigger
points. This state of chronic contraction prevents the flow of nutrients and
the elimination of waste resulting in nerve irritation causing pain. Pain
relief therapy focuses on these tender areas to relax and lengthen the muscle
and to promote healthy circulation to flush waste out.
professional athletes can improve performance and recover more quickly from
stress, tightness and injuries resulting from training. Shorter recovery time
and quicker healing bring about more effective training and improved
How do various massage techniques effect muscle tissue?
Fascial tissue is a white membrane which wraps all muscles, all muscles
bundles, muscle fascicles, and even every muscle fiber. It serves many
functions, but for a therapist its function as a lubricant is most important.
It allows everything it wraps, from muscles to muscles fibers, to slide over
whatever is next to it. Over time, however, for reasons of physical and
emotional trauma, habit patterns, disease and the aging process, fascial tissue
can become hard, rigid, shortened, and gluey inhibiting its lubricating
a technique that releases chronic patterns of tension in the body through
slow strokes and deep finger pressure on contracted areas, either following
or going across the grains of muscles, tendons and fascia.
Myofascial Release uses
long, stretching strokes designed to lengthen, stretch, soften, make more
supple the all important fascia. Swedish Massage a system
of long strokes, kneading and friction techniques on the more superficial
layers of the muscles, combined with active and passive movements of the
joints. The four strokes of Swedish massage are effleurage, petrissage,
friction and tapotement.
designed to enhance athletic performance and recovery. The Jack Meagher
technique of Sports massage is a combination of direct pressure, cross fiber
friction and compression techniques are applied to increase range of motion.
There are three contexts in which sports massage can be useful to an athlete:
pre-event, post-event, and injury treatment.
Point Therapy (also
known as Myotherapy or Neuromuscular Therapy) a method that applies
concentrated finger pressure to trigger points to break cycles of spasm and
pain. Trigger points are irritated area in muscle fibers.
are these various energy healing techniques?
phenomenon called life has two components: the first is biochemical, while the
other pertains to energy. We are all built from these two components —
biochemical matter and energy. The energy that animates the bodies of humans
and animals is known as bioenergy — the energy of life. This force surrounds
every cell like a miniature wire, providing a blueprint for the physical body
and also serving as a medium for the flow of information throughout the body. Bioenergy also extends outside of the physical body, creating low frequency
electromagnetic fields around us (as well as other subtle energy fields not yet
recognized by science). In a larger context, bioenergy is an inseparable
component of the Universal Energy.
is a comprehensive
system of Chan (Zen) Qigong that generates vital energy and leads to the
attainment of ever higher levels of awareness. The study and practice of Emei
Qigong promotes strong physical health, emotional balance and spiritual
is a universal
life force energy that is used to heal through the laying of hands. Reiki can
be used to heal emotional, physical and spiritual pain.Zero Balancing®
can be defined
as the art and skill of balancing body energy with body structure through
touch. Zero Balancing (ZB) is transformational, hands-on, clothes-on bodywork
which addresses the body, mind and spirit.
is a skilled practitioner and brings a wide and deep knowledge of body work to
assist the most challenging of aches and discomforts. Bettyann has provided
great relief to my shoulders and upper back and neck. I enjoy the mind-body
connection Bettyann brings to her treatments - complete relaxation and muscle
relief! I highly recommend Bettyann."
~ Karen B.
Client since 2010
had the privilege of receiving two treatment sessions with Bettyann, November
2012, & January 2013. Since having my first child, my pelvis had been
rotated to the right, not allowing me to sleep on my right side, or to
participate in my favorite exercise, yoga, without pain. Bettyann used a fusion
of Energy Medicine & Zero Balancing, to rotate my sacrum back to its
correct position, without pain. I had adhesions going up the right side of my
rib cage from this position, which released, also painlessly. Immediately
following my last session I had to throw away my shoes because my gait pattern
had changed so significantly. Two months later, I am sleeping on my right side
without pain, & am able to fully participate in yoga sessions, again
Thank you Bettyann, for your skill, your intuition, & your soft
~ Celeste S.
Client since 2012