Neuromassage can be used to support a wide range of conditions, from mood and anxiety­ related disorders, muscle tension, chronic pain, autism, sleep disorders, fibromyalgia, and trauma.

Neuromassage, developed by The Center’s Neurofeedback Training Director, neuroscientist Langdon Roberts, MA, is a unique therapeutic system that combines bodywork and biofeedback. This technology ­enhanced massage technique improves health by making intentional changes in the relationships between the brain, nerves, organs, and muscles. With the use of surface electrodes that detect muscle tension combined with sensitive touch, neuromassage facilitates a deep relaxation. Neuromassage enhances the effectiveness of structural bodywork, because the body accepts the deep massage work with minimal resistance. In addition, neuromassage helps to reduce chronic pain and tension, sensitization, and reactivity to stress. Client and therapist work together to create an individualized plan to access and maintain states of relaxation and comfort in daily life.

Neuromassage therapist, Liesl Lee Cotter

In addition to bodywork, a neuromassage program may include the use of movement, breath meditations, electomyograph (EMG) biofeedback to train the body to reduce muscle tension, or neurofeedback.

Clients often notice substantial improvement after just a few sessions. As training progresses, clients become accustomed to new levels of relaxation, focus, and awareness. Gradually, they gain increased control over their own nervous system. After the initial learning phase, periodic maintenance appointments are often recommended to support a continued higher level of well-­being.

Neuromassage is not currently being offered at the Santa Cruz Neurofeedback Center.  However, there are ways to incorporate muscle tension relaxation into  training programs.