Whether you’re following a personal wellness plan, suffering from chronic pain or recovering from an injury – BetsyAnn 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 sessions address 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.
Betsy Ann Baron
Developer of Structural Myofascial Therapy®
Founder, owner and director 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 was in Kinetic Swedish Massage™, “Masso-Kinésithérapie” in Montreal, Qc,Canada and continued with Cranio-sacral Therapy and Visceral Manipulation through the Upledger Institute. In 2001 she became a certified CORE Myofascial Therapist with George Kousaleos, and continued in the Structural Integration world with his CORE Structural Integration program. An IASI member, she became Board certified with their first exam in 2007. She now devotes her time to treating people with the techniques and philosophies that encompass structural integration.
Before turning to massage therapy, BetsyAnn enjoyed an exciting 15-year career as a soloist with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal. Motivated by her interest in the diverse ways a body moves, she went on to study the more bio-mechanical workings of the body. Her years as a dancer placed her in the unique position to know first-hand how physical injuries can impact the body. This was her impetus to help people overcome their injuries and chronic pain.
BetsyAnn Baron is a Board-Certified Structural Integrator, member of the International Association of Structural Integrators (IASI) and a member of the Fédération Québecoise des Massothérapeutes (FQM).