Everyone can benefit!
Whether you’re following a personal wellness plan, suffering from chronic pain, or recovering from an injury – Baron Bodyworks offers a complete range of bodywork techniques that can relieve acute and chronic issues.
At Baron Massothérapie, massage therapy and its synergistic advanced manual techniques are integral parts of overall wellness. BetsyAnn Baron collaborates with other like-minded health care professionals in all domains to help each client achieve his or her goal of better-being.
Specializing in Structural Myofascial Therapy™, Postural Somatic Awareness and Cranio-sacral Therapy, BetsyAnn addresses the individual’s needs and discomforts to move into living with more ease, ability and sense of liberty.
- MYOFASCIAL THERAPY
- STRUCTURAL INTEGRATION
- CRANIO-SACRAL THERAPY
- MASSAGE FOR CHILDREN
- MASSAGE FOR PREGNANT WOMEN
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. It is often referred to as the “organ of form” and is like a three-dimensional web running throughout the body. 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 Structural Myofascial Therapy is to help the fascia return to a more malleable state through the therapist’s use of deep-penetrating, hands-on manipulation, slowly moving through the layers of fascia until the deep tissues are reached. The therapist will also provide the client with related postural awareness exercises.
Structural Integration treats the body’s myofascial system from superficial to deep, through a series spanning eleven sessions. The goal of this series is to help bring the body into alignment within the gravitational field, allowing the client a heightened state of awareness regarding their body’s relationship with gravity and balance and allowing them a better understanding of fluid movement in the vertical line. Treatments occur over a prescribed period of time, enabling the client to experience increasingly greater physical ease. Freedom of movement, enhanced breathing and increased energy levels are some of the benefits that have been reported by clients participating in 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 children. Growth spurts in children can cause discomfort, for which massage therapy can prove quite effective. Young athletes, dance students and those studying circus and other performing arts can benefit greatly from massage therapy.
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.
Whether you’re following a personal wellness plan,
suffering from chronic pain or recovering from an injury
Baron Bodyworks offers a complete range of bodywork techniques
that can relieve acute and chronic issues.
Director and owner of
Developer and teacher of Structural Myofascial Therapy (SMFT)™
Founder of Baron Bodyworks, BetsyAnn Baron is a valued and well-respected massage therapist and instructor. 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.
She now devotes her time to treating people with the techniques and philosophies that encompass structural integration.
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.
In 2007, BetsyAnn Baron and physiotherapist Doreen Killens collaborated and developed courses specifically designed for physiotherapists: Mobilizing the Myofascial System, lower and upper quadrant. They have been invited to teach in Switzerland and are currently developing a third course.
Before turning to massage therapy, BetsyAnn Baron 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 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, a member of the International Association of Structural Integrators (IASI) and a member of the Fédération Québecoise des Massothérapeutes (FQM).