Dana Eakins, LMBT
Licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist
My journey into alternative medicine began in 2005 when I began experiencing unexplained body pain. I tried several approaches from Western medicine practices, but none of them really helped me. In fact, no one could tell me why I was in pain. They were all educated guesses and each doctor would tell me something different. It felt very frustrating and I was tired of the pain. Eventually I found my way to massage and chiropractic practitioners. My body started to feel better and I realized I needed to quit my corporate job and do something different. After a year of teaching English in Thailand, I came back with a strong desire to enter the healing field. I enrolled in massage school in Asheville, NC and became licensed in 2011. I then completed a certification in Clinical Massage at the NC School of Advanced Bodywork in Fairview, NC in 2012.
This work has become my passion and a personal way of life. It has enhanced my relationships and all of the activities I enjoy, as well as given me a greater peace of mind. I am a mother to two extraordinary young adults, Hunter and Julie, and delight in watching them grow in their own empowerment. Along with my work I enjoy spending time in nature, gardening, yoga, music, reading, and being with family and friends. My newest endeavor has been building a "tiny home" cabin to be available for vacation rentals and healing retreats. I will be offering one and two week intensive treatment programs at this cabin in 2017 for individuals wishing to accelerate their healing process.
Dana's Approach To Myofascial Release
Still struggling with some body pain, I was led to investigate a John F. Barnes Healing Seminar in 2013. While learning about the scientific aspect of how fascia works in the body, I began to understand that this may be a cause of my lingering pain. After experiencing the work during this seminar, I knew that this was the work I’d been looking for all along, both personally and professionally. I immediately enrolled in the first series of classes and have been taking them consistently since then. My private practice transitioned completely into Myofascial Release and my clients have been astounded at the results they’ve felt from the work.
As a bodyworker and one who consistently receives Myofascial Release therapy, I have come to understand the invaluable tool of self-care in healing our bodies. Without this component, it is difficult for the body to break “holding” patterns and heal to its full ability. These patterns may come from injuries, postural habits, emotional trauma, and unhealthy belief systems (such as fear).
Most of us need assistance in releasing the tissue causing pain and dysfunction, which is the role of the therapist. In my sessions with clients, I do my best to observe and tune in to the whole body so I can get a sense of where fascial restrictions are present. So often the cause lies somewhere other than where the symptom is present, and there are often multiple areas of restriction.
At the end of my sessions I give my clients the knowledge they need so that they can begin a self-care routine at home. This consists of how to stretch the fascia, areas that need releasing, and tools to help reach these areas. When clients consistently engage in self-care, the sessions are much more productive and the time between appointments can lengthen into an “as needed” state. My goal as a therapist is to help empower people to heal to their fullest and most joyful state of being.
What To Expect At Your First Appointment
I will always do a visual assessment with you standing up (in gravity) before I start a treatment. This helps me see restrictions and holding patterns you may or may not be aware of.
Myofascial Release treatment is performed directly on skin without oils or creams.
Active feedback during a session is encouraged regarding the treatment. Letting me know where you are feeling sensations other than the area I am working on, or if the pressure feels uncomfortable, helps me give you the best treatment possible. You are in control of your session at all times! Sometimes relaxation is too deep to give active feedback, in which case you are encouraged to share anything you feel is important afterwards.
Many times a person will experience immediate improvement in physical and mental well-being. Often you can continue to process and release for several days after the treatment. These feelings may include soreness, discomfort, or emotion. This is completely normal and is a temporary state of being.
Receiving treatments frequently in the beginning will result in a faster pace of healing. This is often necessary to break out of a holding pattern/s you may have in your body. After you and I see/feel significant change occurring, we will begin to spread the treatment sessions out over a longer period of time. I will always do my best to work with your schedule.
At the end of each treatment I will give you guided stretches so you may continue your care between sessions. This is crucial in facilitating lasting change and feels good!
Your initial session is 90 minutes and includes a history intake, initial physical assessment, a 60 minute treatment, and self-care instruction and tools - all at a rate of $125. Follow up treatments are 60 minutes at a rate of $85, or 90 minutes at a rate of $125. Discounts are given to clients who commit to coming for treatment 2-3 times a week at the beginning of their treatment plan. Join my mailing list to be informed of other special offers.
Please wear the following for your treatment:
This enables me to have skin contact where needed while also allowing for movement and stretches.
Women - sports bra and underwear or stretchy shorts
Men - boxers or stretchy shorts
How Do I Start?
Let's talk about your unique situation and how Myofascial Release can help facilitate your natural healing process.
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Dana Eakins, LMBT