Joe comes to our practice specializing in manual therapy for the head, neck and TMJ. His extensive training includes cranial sacral therapy, structural soft tissue work, and the Trager® approach to neuromuscular integration. Joe also has a Masters Degree in Psychology, has taught classes in yoga and Living Beyond Pain, leads support groups, and has produced several nationally recognized yoga trainings, events and DVD’s.
Joe specializes in the treatment of head and neck pain utilizing Myofascial Release, Muscle Energy, Trigger Point Therapy, Cranial Sacral Therapy, and Structural Bodywork. His training, mainly through the URSA Foundation, with Dr. Loren Rex, Osteopathic Physician, has included the visceral, lymphatic, vascular, musculoskeletal, endocrine and neurologic factors of health and disease.
Joe is also certified in the Trager Approach to Movement Education and Body/Mind Integration. Developed by Milton Trager, M.D., in the 1930’s and 1940’s while working with Polio victims, and refined over the next fifty years, Trager’s gentle, relaxing, natural, rhythmic movements of the body uniquely access the nervous system and yield profound benefits including deep relaxation, cumulative, long term muscular relief, the overcoming of pain inducing movement patterns, and a reorganization of the nervous system towards healthier movement and function. Whether from accident, illness, traumatic injury or stress, Trager facilitates the release of deep-seated physical and mental patterns resulting in a body and mind that function with more freedom and health. Trager has been utilized for the whole spectrum of neurological and musculoskeletal disorders and is specifically effective for restoring the complex, harmonious interrelationships necessary in healthy head, neck and TMJ function. The latest neurological research on, ‘building new Neural Tracts,’ eloquently describes why Trager works in concepts not available during Dr. Trager’s lifetime.
Joe has taught cranial sacral therapy and injury treatment at massage schools in Washington and California. He began teaching yoga in 1985 and taught extensively in the Seattle area for fourteen years. Most recently, Joe has taught mindfulness informed classes for Living Beyond Pain--assisting those with chronic pain in living a more pain free life, and leads groups in the study of relationship.