Dusty Vogt Bodywork

Therapeutic Bodywork & Craniosacral Therapy in Oakland, CA

bodywork offerings

Whether you're looking for targeted work around an injury or pain pattern, or would like to develop a care strategy for a chronic condition, I customize each session to your goals.

Some of the conditions I support with massage & bodywork include:

  • Muscle and Joint Pain
  • Sprains and Strains
  • Recovery after injury or surgery
  • Chronic Low Back Pain
  • Whiplash
  • Migraines and Headaches
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Experiences of trauma
  • Arthritis
  • Tendinitis and Tendinosis
  • Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ)
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
  • Spinal Disc Disease
  • Chronic Lyme Disease
  • Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome
  • Spondylosis and Spondylolisthesis
  • and more

Each session begins with a confidential intake & assessment. Unless you are seeking exclusively Craniosacral Therapy, your session will likely include a mixture of the following modalities:

 

SWEDISH MASSAGE is characterized by long, gliding strokes, lifting and kneading of muscle tissue, and targeted friction strokes to break up adhesions. Swedish massage is a fluid experience that promotes a deep state of relaxation by stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system, increases circulation and range of motion, and eases stress, muscle tension, and pain.

 

DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE slowly works through the body's layers to access deep muscle structures and release adhesions & restrictions in tissue. Deep Tissue techniques balance muscular tension patterns, release hypertonic muscles, aid in pain management for chronic musculoskeletal conditions, improve posture and range of motion, and provide support after a healed injury.

 

CLINICAL DEEP TISSUE is an extension of deep tissue work that is thoroughly grounded in anatomy and kinesiology. CDT sessions are targeted around particular areas of stress, injury, pain, and dysfunction. We begin this work with a detailed intake process, utilizing manual muscle testing and range of motion to better understand your body's patterns and kinesthetic relationships. Clinical Deep Tissue work draws from neuromuscular, trigger point, myofascial release, and other movement-based therapies. 

 

CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY (CST) is a subtle form of bodywork that addresses the craniosacral system -- the central nervous system and the surrounding bones and membranes -- to gently unwind soft tissue restrictions and larger patterns of holding. A CST session is a process of deep witnessing that honors the body's own wisdom, while holding space for the possibility of change. Sessions are both profoundly relaxing and effective.

CST is particularly suited to working with TMJ, migraines, scoliosis, chronic pain conditions, anxiety, trauma, and is wonderfully supportive for any body navigating the effects of stress, fatigue, and a depletion of energy. You may book a craniosacral session on its own, or we can combine these techniques with other massage work! 

 

MYOFASCIAL RELEASE works with fascia - a matrix of connective tissue that maintains the structural integrity of the body and plays an important role in movement, chronic holding patterns, and pain. This work considers whole-body relationships and is performed slowly, without oil. Myofascial work can be performed on its own or along with other types of bodywork.

 

SPORTS MASSAGE technique benefit more than just athletes. This type of a massage is a framework for understanding the physical stresses and traumas that all bodies experience. Sports techniques promote muscular balance, range of motion, and injury healing. This work targets specific muscle groups and includes trigger point therapy, neuromuscular techniques, as well as dynamic active stretching to promote ease of joint movement. You may come dressed in loose, flexible clothing for a more participatory full session, or we can incorporate sports techniques into any draped session.