Therapeutic Massage and Craniosacral Therapy (CST)
Our treatment rooms are equipped with an Amethyst Biomat, organic sheets, organic massage lotion/oil and DoTERRA essential oils.
The Amethyst Biomat is a FDA Approved Medical Device indicated for pain and arthritis and serves as a warm and relaxing part of the massage table to lay on.
We also offer the option for a Hanging Armrest to place your arms and hands on while you are laying face down during your massage.
To schedule a massage appointment or purchase a gift certificate please call or text 518-572-4037.
There is a no-tipping policy at Gratitude for Wellness.
Angie Cook, Massage Therapist, LMT, CMCP
Angie brings a wealth of knowledge and a commitment to health in each session; her strengths include Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Craniosacral therapy, assisting people with chronic pain management through the use of trigger point therapy, a unique gentle cupping method and the use of DoTERRA essential oils and ArōmaTouch Technique.
Angie attended North Country Community College for massage therapy and graduated with an A.A.S. in Massage Therapy in 2015. She holds certification in ACE Massage Cupping as well as a broad depth of knowledge of how plants can help the body heal. She works with each client to create an individualized plan to accomplish positive outcomes.
Johnna MacDougal, Massage Therapist, LMT, Wellness Consultant
Johnna has over 30 years of experience and passion for proactive well care. Her strengths include Deep Tissue and Swedish Massage.
Johnna is self employed as a Massage Therapist, teaches Yoga at North Country Community College and is a Holistic Wellness Consultant and Educator at Somabeats, Inc.
Formerly she was the Co-director at the Massage Therapy and Health, Recreation, Sports and Wellness Departments at North Country Community College in Saranac Lake, NY from 2002-2014. During that time she was also an instructor of Western Massage Therapy, Chinese Medicine and Yoga classes.
Johnna attended Ohio State University in Columbus, OH where she graduated with a BS in Physical Education as a K-12 teacher, later she earned her massage therapy credentials from the Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy in Newington, CT in 1985 and holds her New York State licensure in Massage Therapy. From there she went on to the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School for Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction certification and extensive Yoga trainings.
Sherri Warner, Massage Therapist
Sherri Warner grew up in Keene Valley, NY. She has been working in the field of therapeutic massage and body work since 2002 after graduating from the Finger Lakes School of Massage. Her resume includes the Mirror Lake Inn Spa and The Whiteface Lodge in Lake Placid, NY and for the past leven summers, Sherri has been the massage therapist at The AuSable Club in Keene Valley, NY. While she is trained in a variety of modalities, she considers her specialties and strengths in deep tissue massage, myofascial, pregnancy, Swedish, sports and hot stone massage.
Sherri's goal in each session is to meet the clients personal needs. For some people, that's just to relax. For others, it's to address ongoing medical issues, or to work through a recent injury. What Sherri does in each session will depend on your goal. She is able to incorporate many different modalities into an appointment, as needed and loves to provide doTERRA essential oils, hot towels, and her knowledge of the body into every massage. Sherri loves what she does and is grateful to provide such a healing service.
Craniosacral Therapy (CST)
Craniosacral therapy (CST) uses therapeutic light touch techniques to help nourish and balance the central nervous system (CNS). In simple terms is it like a massage for your nervous system. This type of work is especially good for releasing stresses from the body, allowing it to find its own self-correcting influences to help heal and integrate issues within the body. The CNS is primarily how the body communicates within itself and the external environment. This therapy has shown to be supportive in finding optimal health and wellbeing. Clients who have experienced CST often experience pain relief, improving mobility, peace of mind, and more clarity in day to day living.
Craniosacral therapy (CST) is a gentle hands-on type of bodywork that relieves compression in the bones of the head, sacrum (a triangular bone in the lower back), and spinal column. CST is noninvasive. It uses gentle pressure on the head, neck, and back to relieve the stress and pain caused by compression. It is thought that through the gentle manipulation of the bones in the skull, spine, and pelvis, the flow of cerebrospinal fluid in the central nervous system can be normalized. This removes “blockages” from the normal flow, which enhances the body’s ability to heal.
Craniosacral therapy can help relieve:
Anxiety, depression and panic attacks
Brain and spinal cord trauma
Central nervous system disorders
Chronic (long-term) neck and back pain
Disturbed sleep cycles and insomnia
Fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Migraines and headaches
Post-traumatic stress disorder
Reoccurring ear infections
Trauma recovery, including trauma and whiplash
Your Craniosacral Therapy session will last 50-60 minutes. You remain fully clothed as you relax on a comfortable, massage treatment table. The practitioner will stand or sit positioned at various points of your head, torso or feet. At times your practitioner may also support your limbs and spine while helping your body release accumulated tension.
What you experience during a CST session is highly individual. Some people say they feel deeply relaxed, while others describe feeling unwinding sensations as the body releases tension. You may even recall circumstances surrounding a past trauma or injury that caused your body stress. While it doesn't occur in every session, this aspect of the process – called SomatoEmotional Release – is perfectly normal, and helps the body reverse dysfunction and restore optimal levels of mobility.
Just as each individual experiences CST sessions differently, the results can be diverse as well. You may leave in such a relaxed state that you feel like sleeping for hours. Or you may leave full of boundless energy. You may feel a decrease in pain or an increase in function immediately after the session, or the effects may develop gradually over the next few days.
Since CST helps the body resume its natural healing processes, it's common for your improvements to continue weeks after the session. You may also experience a reorganization phase as your body releases previously held patterns and adapts to a new state of wellness.