Antonina Bodywork

Antonina Colbert

Antonina approaches bodywork with the understanding that the body is a complex structure, and that it's complexity must be taken into account with treatment. She tries to keep up with current research on fascia and the fascial lines of functional movement, and is currently learning more about working with both visceral connective tissue and the neural system.

As beneficial as manipulation of the soft tissue can be while healing from injury, sometimes the work of other specialists is also needed to achieve the best result. Recognizing this, Antonina collaborates often with other health practitioners—physical therapists, osteopaths, chiropractors, acupuncturists, Postural Restoration Integration, Rolf Movement Integration®, and Alexander Technique® practitioners, and others—to ensure that the person coming to her for treatment heals more quickly and achieves the best possible result.

She works with athletes, musicians, and dancers, as well as hard-working business people and over-worked computer users. She has a specialty in working with post-operative situations, including rehabilitation from joint-replacement surgery. She has also worked with people as they prepare for joint-replacement surgery.

Having experienced spinal-disc problems and arthroscopic surgery, she understands the surprise and hurt that so often accompany an injury, and the frustration that is part of the up-and-down of rehabilitation. She uses her skill, intuition and training to help facilitate the healing process.

She obtained advanced training in structural deep tissue from Ellen Halpern, a structural integrator who "combines the art and energy of muscles with the structure and science of the bones". Antonina has been an Assistant Instructor for the Structural Deep Tissue series at Cortiva, and worked in the medical establishment at both Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital and Fenway Community Health Center before opening her private practice.

She integrates techniques from multiple modalities, draws on her love and knowledge of anatomy, and holds great respect and awe for the complexity of the human body. The best description of her work is structural-style, deep tissue bodywork. Visceral tissue work will be offered in the near future.

She is licensed by the state of Massachusetts, is a professional member of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), and is certified by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) . She is also a certified practioner of MotherMassage® / Pregnancy Massage, and holds a Reiki I certification.

Invaluable assets to Antonina's work have been her life-long experience as an athlete, her inquisitive nature and love of art and learning—not to mention her curious ability to see patterns and solve 3d-puzzles. She enjoys running in the woods with her dog, surfing in all types of weather, cross-country skiing, yoga, and is a former player of the beautiful game of fútbol. Outside of things body-related, she channels her love of music into learning to play the bass guitar.

 

 

Antonina Bodywork offers structural-style, deep-tissue therapeutic bodywork, sports massage, and relief from pelvic floor pain. Located in Central Square, Cambridge MA.