Since 1998 Regina Schulman has been a full-time licensed and nationally certified holistic massage therapist (LCMT) specializing in chronic pain management, sports injury, pre and post operative support, terminal illness and cancer care with over 25,000 hours of combined study, clinical practice and teaching.
She is a graduate of the Polarity Realization Institute, where she earned certifications in both holistic massage and polarity therapy. Additional accreditations and certifications include mastectomy/breast surgery massage, cancer massage, sports massage, pre and post-operative support, pregnancy massage, active isolated stretch, foot and hand reflexology, complete decongestive therapy/manual lymphatic drainage (Dr. Vodder technique), CoreIndividuation™, and polarity therapy (see massage and bodywork glossary for further information). These specialized techniques may be integrated with other modalities in her therapy sessions including Swedish massage, deep tissue and myofascial release as well as energetic balancing and body alignment. This integrative approach tailors each session to the specific needs unique to each client.
Regina's private practice has evolved into less traditional hands-on massage therapy, and more change facilitation. She invites "healing partnerships" with clients as she assist with the release of physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual issues presenting as blocks to homeostasis (the state of equilibrium), which frequently results in a more profound healing experience than traditional massage.
Regina is a professional member of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), certified by the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB), and a licensed massage therapist in the state of Massachusetts.
It is important to note: Regina does not diagnose or treat illness or disease of any kind. She does not offer any service for which a separate license to practice is required by law, such as chiropractic, physical therapy, occupational therapy or acupuncture and refers clients to the appropriate qualified medical professionals, including primary care and orthopedic physicians, when applicable.
Benefits of Integrative Holistic Massage and Bodywork
Relieves pain by relaxing muscle spasms and reducing tension
Provides a feeling of well being
Increases flexibility and range of motion
Hastens elimination of wastes and toxins
Helps lower blood pressure
Improves muscle tone and helps prevent or delay muscular atrophy resulting from forced inactivity
Calms the nervous system
Lessens inflammation and swelling in joints, alleviating pain
Relieves tired and aching muscles
Promotes deep relaxation and reduces mental stress
Promotes deeper more effective breathing
Speeds recovery from injuries, surgeries and illness
Strengthens the immune system
Reduces tension headaches
Promotes better sleep
Reduces stress and anxiety
"Regina first worked on me while pregnant. She has a natural gift to read the human body. Her talents helped me throughout my pregnancy. She also assisted me in surgery preparation. She worked on the muscles involved and I feel that my quick recovery was greatly in part to Regina's work. She has a kind spirit that allows you to release like I have not experienced with other massage therapists."
- Heather G., Hilliard, OH
Integrative Holistic Massage and Bodywork Glossary
Integrative holistic massage and bodywork combines various massage and bodywork disciplines with a balancing and alignment of the subtle energy fields of the body. Holistic (derived from the Greek word "holos," meaning "whole") is the study of the physical body and its relationship with the mind and spirit.
Active Isolated Stretch (AIS)
Aaron L. Mattes, licensed massage therapist and registered kinesiotherapist, created Active Isolated Stretch during 35 years of research with conditions including spinal distortions, post-polio, parkinsonism, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord problems, joint replacements, post-stroke complications, chronic pain and fibromyalgia.
The AIS method of muscle lengthening and fascial release is a type of athletic stretching technique that provides effective, dynamic, facilitated stretching of major muscle groups, but more importantly AIS provides functional and physiological restoration of superficial and deep fascial planes. Over the past few decades many experts have advocated that stretching should last up to 60 seconds. For years, this was the gold standard. However, prolonged static stretching actually decreases the blood flow within the tissue creating localized ischemia (lack of blood) and lactic acid buildup. This can potentially cause irritation or injury of local muscular, tendinous, lymphatic, as well as neural tissues, similar to the effects and consequences of trauma and overuse syndromes.1
Deep Tissue massage or bodywork is a general category that includes a number of approaches to freeing the body's system of myofascial connective tissue through deep manipulation.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD)
Manual Lymphatic Drainage was developed in the 1930's by the Danish couple Dr. Emil Vodder and his wife, Estrid, while working as massage therapists on the French Riviera.2 MLD is a form of massage that assists the function of the lymphatic system. Lymph is a clear, colorless fluid that flows throughout the body in a system of vessels similar to those of the blood system. The lymphatic system is responsible for identifying, containing and destroying disease-producing microorganisms in the body. MLD uses light, slow, repetitive strokes specifically designed to boost the circulation of the lymphatic system, which facilitates the removal of excess water, wastes, toxins and foreign substances from body tissues. MLD is emphasized in post mastectomy therapy to relieve pain, edema and fibrosis.
Myofascial Release is most frequently associated with the pioneering work of physical therapist, John Barnes. The myofascial release method aims specifically to release tension in the fascia, which is the connective tissue that surrounds and supports the muscles, organs and bones in the body in order to restore balance to the entire body. Myofascial release is an effective therapeutic approach in the relief of cervical pain, back pain, fibromyalgia, range of motion (ROM)restrictions and chronic pain.
Polarity Therapy is an energy healing modality founded in 1947 by Dr. Randolf Stone, a Viennese-born chiropractor, osteopath, naturopath, and Lutheran minister. Polarity therapy is based on the concept that a person's health is subject to the balance of positive and negative poles of energy in the body. When a person's physical body and energy fields are balanced, it is likely that the person will experience wholeness and wellbeing.
Specific techniques can reduce pregnancy discomfort and enhance the physiological and emotional well being of both mother and fetus. Skilled, appropriate touch facilitates labor, shortening labor times and easing pain and anxiety.
Reflexology is a technique of manipulating the hands and feet in order to improve circulation, ease pain and increase relaxation in the body. Reflexology is based on the theory that all body parts, organs and glands are associated with specific areas, called reflex zones, in the hands and feet which serve as a kind of mini-map of the whole body. Reflexology helps restore and maintain the body in a healthful balance.
Sports massage provides a vigorous and specific massage focusing on particular muscles relevant to one's athletic activity. It consists of specific components designed to reduce injuries, alleviate inflammation, provide warm-up pre-event or release metabolic waste post-event.
Swedish massage is likely the most commonly practiced form of massage in the West. It is a system of movements and exercises developed by Swede Per Henrik Ling (1776 - 1839)3. Swedish massage uses five main strokes to stimulate the circulation of blood through the soft tissues of the body, emphasizing that all strokes go toward the heart. The main strokes of Swedish massage are effleurage (gliding), petrissage (kneading), friction (rubbing), tapotement (tapping) and vibration (shaking) movements. Swedish massage stimulates the body's metabolic processes and circulation. It can help the body remove toxins, deliver nutrients to tissues and cells more efficiently, and recover from strains and trauma more quickly.
"I have found the treatments with Regina to be a positive complement to the conventional cancer treatment I receive as well as an effective method of countering the negative side effects of that treatment. Her capabilities are superb."
- Donna P., Tewksbury, MA
1 Retrieved from www.stretchingusa.com
2 Claire, T. (1995). "Bodywork: What type of massage to get and how to make the most of it." New York, NY: William Morrow and Company, Inc.