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Therapies offer balance, vibrations

March 09, 2000|By ANDREA ROWLAND

SMITHSBURG - Board-certified massage therapist and professionally trained aromatherapist Eugenia Keller specializes in CranioSacral therapy, and offers Swedish and deep tissue massage, aromatherapy, energy work and flower essences.

"I'm drawn to heads," Keller said.

The craniosacral system consists of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord.

Restrictions or imbalances in the craniosacral system can cause various sensory, motor or neurological disabilities, according to a brochure from The Upledger Institute, Inc., a clinical and educational resource center founded to teach the public and health care practitioners about the benefits of CranioSacral therapy.

CranioSacral therapy is a gentle method of detecting and correcting problems ranging from migraine headaches to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, according to the brochure.

Massage therapy involves holding, moving and/or applying pressure to soft tissue.

It improves functioning of the circulatory, lymphatic, muscular, skeletal and nervous systems, and may improve recovery from injury and illness, Keller said.

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She invites her clients to choose the level of touch with which they are the most comfortable, she said.

An alternative medicine, aromatherapy is the use of volatile plant oils for psychological and physical well-being. For example, Keller said oils made from lavender provide benefits ranging from headache relief to moth repellent.

"Aromatherapy is often thought of as perfuming, but it's not. It's also age-old, not new age," said Keller, who pays close attention to safety when making all her own aromatherapy oils and lotions.

Aromatherapy has been "highly beneficial" during Keller's work with mothers in labor and delivery, she said. She concocts oils for relaxation and to enhance contractions, and for healing baths after delivery.

Energy work and the use of flower essences are also alternative healing methods that involve touch and oils.

Human cells vibrate at a certain frequency, and energy work raises frequencies at a cellular level to reverse disease and enhance overall health, Keller said.

Bach flower essences, which are FDA approved and listed in the Pharmacopoeia, also raise frequencies, she said.

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