Whether you’re following a personal wellness plan, suffering from chronic pain or recovering from an injury – BetsyAnn and her team offers a range of personalized bodywork techniques that can relieve acute and chronic stress.
Specializing in Structural Myofascial Therapy, (SMFT)®, Postural Somatic Awareness and Cranio-sacral Therapy, BetsyAnn’s One-To-One sessions addresses your individual needs to allow you to move with more ease, ability and sense of liberty.
Structural Myofascial Therapy SMFT® is a form of therapy that is used to treat the fascia of the musculo-skeletal system. Fascia is the membranous part of the connective tissue that provides support and protection for the structures within the body, including muscle. This membrane or cellophane-like wrapping can become restricted due to many factors including
overuse, trauma, inactivity and more, and is implicated in any kind of injury or postural problem. The focus of SMFT® is to help the fascia return to a more malleable state through the use of deep-penetrating, hands-on manipulation, slowly moving through the layers of fascia until the deep tissues are reached.
Structural Integration treats the body’s myofascial system from superficial to deep. The goal of this treatment is to help bring the body into alignment within the gravitational field, allowing you a heightened state of awareness regarding
the body’s relationship with gravity and balance and allowing a better understanding of fluid movement in the vertical line. Freedom of movement, enhanced breathing and increased energy levels are some of the benefits of Structural Integration.
CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the functioning of a physiological body system called the craniosacral system. The craniosacral system is comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord.
By complementing the body’s natural healing processes, CST is increasingly used as a preventive health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease, and is effective in treating a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction.
Massage for pregnant women: All of the above-mentioned techniques are safe and beneficial for expectant mothers. Those who receive massage therapy during pregnancy report greater comfort and relief. Many women choose to continue massage treatment after childbirth as it helps to minimize muscular aches and pains that may result from repeatedly lifting and holding an infant.
Massage for children: Growth spurts in children can cause discomfort, for which massage therapy can prove quite effective. Young athletes, dance students and those studying other performing arts can benefit greatly from massage therapy.
Betsy Ann Baron
Founder, owner and director of Baron Bodyworks
Founder of Baron Bodyworks, BetsyAnn Baron is a valued and well-respected massage therapist and educator. She started her practice in 1991 and has been teaching since 2006.
Her early training consisted of Kinetic Swedish Massage and Masso-Kinesitherapy at Kine-Concept Institute, segueing almost immediately into Cranio-sacral Therapy and Visceral Manipulation through the Upledger Institute. In 2001 she became a certified CORE Myofascial Therapist, a technique taught by George Kousaleos, rapidly followed by an IASI recognized certification in CORE Structural Integration. Simultaneously, BetsyAnn studied with Stuart Taws in Soft Tissue Release and with Aaron Mattes in Active Isolated Stretch, adding therapeutic stretching techniques to her repertoire.
BetsyAnn’s cumulative experiences have resulted in the development of the 3-level course curriculum: Structural Myofascial Therapy (SMFT)®. She currently teaches courses in SMFT® throughout Canada and Europe, offering her expertise to colleagues interested in developing their practice with this particular philosophy.