Laura G Thompson

Email me at info@thelifeofbalance.com to schedule a consultatation.

I am a trauma-informed Natural Health Practitioner offering a combination of modalities, which include Craniosacral Therapy, Reflexology, Total Body Balancing, Somatic Experiencing, Visceral Manipulation, Neuromuscular Therapy, Yoga, and education. I am a certified Medical Herbalist and Aromatherapist. My goal is to help my clients bring balance to every area of their lives using these modalities and more. I work with all ages and stages from prenatal and infancy to geriatrics. I first began my journey in 1995 in Health and Fitness, Nutrition, and Corporate Wellness. I have a degree in Health and Exercise Science from Furman University. I completed my Massage Therapy degree from Gwinnett College in 2007. For more information about me and these modalities, see below.

CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY (CST) – CranioSacral Therapy is a subtle, non-invasive approach to bodywork that facilitates the body’s natural ability to heal. Using a soft touch typically not more than the weight of a nickel, we address restrictions in the soft tissues around the central nervous system that may be causing pain and dysfunction. CST can alleviate a variety of issues including chronic pain, stress, anxiety, migraines, the effects of trauma, and more. I have been a CranioSacral Practitioner through Upledger Institute International since 2013.

REFLEXOLOGY – Reflexology is an ancient technique that uses pressure points to restore the flow of energy throughout the entire body. Reflexology works through the central nervous system to bring each body system to balance by stimulating specific reflex points on the feet, hands and/or ears. Essential oils are sometimes used to address specific issues of each body system. I have been a Reflexologist since 2008. I am a graduate and instructor of the Zollinger Body Systems Method and Nationally Board Certified through ARCB.

TOTAL BODY BALANCING (TBB) – “TBB is a total body evaluation and a 5-phase treatment approach based on traditional osteopathic manual practice philosophy. TBB uses long levers (arms, legs, head/neck or torso) and rhythmic mobilization to release tension in the muscles, fascia, joint capsules and ligaments to improve circulation, nerve, and energy flow. This helps to normalize sympathetic and parasympathetic neurological activity while the use of long levers maximizes effect with less effort on behalf of the practitioner. This long lever approach of rhythmic mobilization influences all systems of the body including the lymphatic, the visceral and the craniosacral, myofascial and musculoskeletal systems and serves as an overall support and integration for specific treatment. This is called a maximal approach and treats the body as a whole.”-Dr. Kerry D’Ambrosio

SOMATIC EXPERIENCING (SE)– Dr. Peter Levine created this therapeutic approach, which helps the nervous system to gently and safely process trauma and unresolved distress, which manifests in a variety of ways, including chronic pain, anxiety, depression, addiction, and more. Based on Polyvagal Theory, authored by Dr. Stephen Porges, SE is used in conjunction with other modalities and used by a variety of practitioners. In my practice, SE is used as an adjunct to CST.

VISCERAL MANIPULATION (VM) – a manual therapy addressing the internal organs and surrounding tissues to create harmony and balance, alleviate pain and address dysfunctions. VM can provide a sense of vitality and enhances functional and structural performance of the whole body. Training ongoing from The Barral Institute.

NEUROMUSCULAR THERAPY (NMT) – a manual massage approach using a variety of techniques to address trigger points, which can cause localized and referred pain to other areas. Referral patterns indicate specific muscles, which are then addressed directly. Once these specific muscles are identified, using my Exercise Science and Yoga training, I offer in-office and at-home stretches and exercises as well as awareness training to prevent pain from returning. I received my degree in Massage Therapy and Neuromuscular Therapy from Rising Spirit Institute and Gwinnett College in 2007. (MT005911)