Massage & Movement
DEBORAH HAS MOVED
You can now find her at 2 Virginia Ave, Camden, Maine (side entrance at The Balance Body Studio).
Not enough can be said about the importance of establishing trust and safety in a massage session. Trust must be earned. If we can develop a safe and loving working relationship over time, with the first visit being ultimately the most pivotal in establishing a foundation to work from. I am happy to guide people through a process by taking the time the very first visit to talk and name boundaries with and around the massage and ask the client to do the same. This along with a good health history review can take up as much as 20 - 30 minutes of the very first session. It is well worth the time; the client will gain so much depth about the 90 minute massage and begin the trust building process that is absolutely crucial to the success of a good massage session relationship.
I am interested in your “story”, your past experiences with your body, aches and pains, traumas, and physical concerns and injuries. They are powerful and necessary to be heard and I will hold space for this “story” to be heard and validated.
Now I will begin to describe the process of opening up to the opportunity to hear the “body’s story”. The body never lies. The body pursues growth and function using the sources it has available to draw on. We can observe the vitality of the body by the appearance of the body itself. On the less obvious levels we can feel tissue structures, temperature variations, fluidity and mobility displays, vibrational and energetic strengths and weaknesses, and expressive outlets like sounds and movements. We encourage “body talk” that will be filled with honesty and rich sensory expressions.
As relationships with clients grows, their bodies will drop deeper and deeper into trusting. We will discuss previous bodywork experiences good and bad. I will describe the approach to the work. We will discuss communication styles and the importance of feedback. Discuss draping and remind clients about the intimate nature of work, being clear about boundaries.
Experts estimate that upwards of ninety percent of disease is stress-related. Massage is an effective tool for managing this stress, which translates into:
• Decreased anxiety.
• Enhanced sleep quality.
• Greater energy.
• Improved concentration.
• Increased circulation.
• Reduced fatigue.
Massage can also help specifically address a number of health issues. Bodywork can:
• Alleviate low-back pain and improve range of motion.
• Assist with shorter, easier labor for expectant mothers and shorten maternity hospital stays.
• Ease medication dependence.
• Enhance immunity by stimulating lymph flow—the body’s natural defense system.
• Exercise and stretch weak, tight, or atrophied muscles.
• Help athletes of any level prepare for, and recover from, strenuous workouts.
• Improve the condition of the body’s largest organ—the skin.
• Increase joint flexibility.
• Lessen depression and anxiety.
• Promote tissue regeneration, reducing scar tissue and stretch marks.
• Pump oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs, improving circulation.
• Reduce post-surgery adhesions and swelling.
• Reduce spasms and cramping.
• Relax and soften injured, tired, and overused muscles.
• Release endorphins—amino acids that work as the body’s natural painkiller.
• Relieve migraine pain.
"The body says what words cannot." Martha Graham
Deborah Cautela has been bringing humanistic psychotherapy, movement and bodywork to people of all ages since 2000. Deborah received her undergraduate degree in Social Work from The University of Southern Maine, and her Masters of Phenomenal Touch™ Massage from Leslie Bruder’s Institute of Phenomenal Touch™ in Colorado. Fascinated by the mind-body-spirit connection which allows people the opportunity to creatively explore any presenting problems or life situations through body awareness-based inquiry.
After years of working as a social worker and dancing she began weaving her skills into Phenomenal Touch™ Massage. Her first year she studied with Jeffrey Chaplin and Michelle Helms in Maine. Then she went on and studied three more years in intensive study of Phenomenal Touch™ Massage in Colorado with teacher Leslie Bruder. Deborah is a Master Practitioner, Approved by NCBTMB #400919-00.
Deborah dances the 5Rhythms™. She studied 5Rhythms™ Movement Therapy under Andrea Juhan, Ph.D in Switzerland, receiving certification from the Integrative Body Psychotherapy Institute (IBP) in 2009
Deborah is inspired by Phenomenal Touch™, 5Rhythms™, and Authentic Movement. Her intention is to offer support through compassionate listening, presence and skillful observation and inquiry. To support you and keep you connected to your body, happiness, overall health and wellness. She is committed to guiding you in your learning about your body and assisting you with your goals. No matter what your age or life situation, she believes that health and healing are possible.
Deborah founded Vila Movement Center in 2010 and was co-owner of The Maine Beehive from 2013-2016 in the Mid-coast of Maine. She lives in Camden with her husband and adult son. Her daughter lives in Tahoe, CA.
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Massage Therapy and Bodywork