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Private sessions are client centered around your intention for working together & are available for all life stages & ages being lived. Sessions can be scheduled in 30 minute increments up to 3hrs. Depending on modalities or traditions being worked with a longer session may be appropriate.
While my practice has been rooted in clinical chronic & acute pain management techniques for over a decade, I acknowledge the deep and potent connection between our physical body and our less tangible aspects of self.
Weaving clinical manual therapy techniques with heart centered whole-self care rooted in Curanderismo, sessions meet the client where they are at to support balance & comfort in relation to the body, mind, heart, & spirit.
Myofascial-Neurofascial Release (including Visceral Release Therapy) & Neuromuscular Release (including Trigger & Tender Point Release Therapy) are what anchor the clinical bridge of my manual therapy practice. Each modality has its own medicine to offer, and integrated together an individual or series of treatments can offer deep unwinding of both acute and chronic compensation patterns between all systems of the body.
The work I offer is intended to support the client in deepening a relationship with their body through learning how their body communicates via the pain/sensations felt, and allowing the nervous system to reach a state of calm and safety so that the innate ability to heal and rebalance may be accessed during & between treatments.
Bodywork is especially potent as part of a health care team including other support practitioners like Chiropractors, Acupuncturists, Nutritionalists, Homeopathists, Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, etc. I am available for consultations regarding community practitioner referrals.
Bodywork Treatments can address/support:
Overall wellness & regular self care
Chronic & Acute Pain Management
Injury Rehabilitation - Surgical Recovery
Nerve Pain - Neuropothies - Neurological Disorders
Plantar Fasciitis - Migraines - Sciatica
Arthritis - Inflammatory Conditions
Scoliosis - Back Pain
.........& So Much More....
Sobada de Matriz- Womb Massage can be supportive for those looking to become pregnant or those in their 4th Trimester to bring about physiological and energetic realignment and rebalancing. It can also be helpful for womb carriers who are experiencing irregular, painful, or otherwise emotionally unstable bleeding cycles; or who are looking to take steps towards overall womb health.
This is an art, an ancestral medicine that was shared with me by elders, keepers of the traditions of the Maya & Mexica people. I honor my Maestras, my Abuelitas with each womb I touch.
Prenatal - Postpartum bodywork sessions are focused on restoring & maintaining balance as your body adjusts & grows during your pregnancy journey. All emollients, modalities, & positions worked with during prenatal sessions are safe for gestating people & their babies.
Sessions can be helpful for:
Stress & Pain Management
Sciatica - Neuropathies
Proper Baby Positioning for Birth/Labor
Cultivating a Loving Relationship with Body & Baby before Labor/Birth
Postpartum Birth Story Processing & Integration
Surgical Birth Recovery
PMADs- Postpartum Mood & Anxiety Disorders
Postpartum Pain Management
Infant/Young Child bodywork sessions are as short as 10 min & as long as babe is willing to receive. Sessions consist of gentle body & energy work to support the new life's cultivation of their relationship to their own body. Sessions may also be a lesson so parents can continue to work with hands on techniques at home between sessions. Sessions are particularly helpful in the case of birth trauma, are a lovely way to deepen your connection to your new babe, and support their deepening a connection to themselves.
When & if the client is in a space to receive guidance and/or healing in relation to matters of the heart-spirit-body-mind connection, energy work and traditional offerings are able to be integrated into bodywork sessions or can be scheduled as a session/ceremony of its own.
There is no formula or "modality" to explain here. These offerings are a lineage of their own, that I share with deep reverence and much love.
The apothecary is here to support through teas and bath-banos blends, flower essence, & other medicines. Platica is available when it may be supported to be witnessed and to self identify areas that would appreciate acknowledgment, love, & healing. Limpias are to cleanse the body-mind-spirit of what is ready to be released & transformed. Energy work- Reiki is an option for a gentle, whole-self support for pain management, stress/anxiety disorders, and so much more.
Some offerings available for distance sessions. Please contact me with questions.
~La Cerrada de Caderas- Closing of the Hips is a traditional ceremony practiced in many parts of Mexico by the indigenous people of the many ancestral lands there. Most widely known in relation to birth, the closing of the hips can mark any closing in life and is available for all genders, birthing or not.
Major life changes are times to be honored, marked, & celebrated whether they bring excitement, uncertainty, fear, or a special mix of it's own. La Cerrada can be supportive in times of loss/grief, the ending of a relationship (romantic, familial, business, land), career changes, 4th trimester healing, and more.
In the context of birth, La Cerrada is done ideally during the 4th Trimester- postpartum period- and is performed to help close the physical and energetic bodies after performing the deep opening needed to give birth. After opening your whole self to bring your precious baby earth-side, it is also important to close yourself and your postpartum experience, so you may open to being the you that is because of the bridges crossed.
La Cerrada can be a singular ceremony but/and depending on birth story circumstances a series of cerradas may be recommended to honor the full tradition and person. Each ceremony can range from 1-3hr on avg. and incorporates plant baths-banos, massage-sobada, sacred song & prayer, and so much more.
"Michela Hernandez is synonymous with relief. . . Every time I am lucky enough to receive a treatment from her, I am truly amazed at her ability to navigate, its like she has the trail map to my body. Michela is able to find all the deep hidden away spots that I’ve stored my stress, sadness, and pain. . . I am so grateful to have found someone I can fully trust to help me let go of my pain."
L.B. Whitethorn, CA (Bodywork, Energywork)