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At Athena Wellness & Manual Therapy, you can expect one to one personalized and whole person care to address your health and wellness goals .  Our goal in manual therapy is to re-harmonize and improve proprioceptive communication in the body, to enhance its internal mechanism for better health.

Visceral Manipulation treats a person's functional and structural

imbalances with the aim to affect their musculoskeletal, vascular, nervous, urogenital, respiratory, digestive, and lymphatic dysfunction.

Jean-Pierre Barral's famous dictum, “Only the tissues know,” expresses that the tissues in the body have a deep and innate intelligence. Everything that has happened in our lives—injuries, diseases, stressors, etc.—

is recorded in our tissues and nervous system.

The core of Visceral Manipulation (VM) is 'listening' to the tissues with our hands. Through manual listening techniques, a skilled practitioner can feel where the tissues are pulling into areas of restriction, the areas where the body is not moving, and the areas, when treated offer the greatest impact on the person's wellbeing from the manual therapy perspective.


Lesley Bludworth, PT, NDT-C

Education and Training: 

30 years of professional experience in neuro rehabilitation for stroke,

brain injury and spinal cord injury.  orthopedic outpatient rehabilitation with a specialty in concussion, TMJ and vestibular rehabilition.

Certified Neuro-Developmental Treatment 1999             

Since 2010, ongoing and advanced training and mentoring in

Osteopathic approach to cranial, visceral, neural and vascular manipulation

Courses listed at:



"As we co-regulate each other, we feel safer in the space and time that we

are in.  We become more generous with others, more welcoming and more accessible"

                                                                                              Dr. Stephen Porges


Education and Training Continued

Osteopathic Manual Techniques:

Visceral, Vascular & Neural Manipulation (Barral)
Neural Manipulation Peripheral nerves (Shacklock, Butler, Jacobs)

Craniosacral Therapy and Glial Interface (Biodynamic and Upledger)
Strain Counter Strain (Jones, D'Ambrogio, Weiselfish Giammatteo)
Primal Reflex Release Technique,  PRRT 
Way Beyond Advanced)
Neural Reset Technique, NRT (Advanced)

Quantum Alignment Technique, QAT
Bilateral Nasal Manipulation Specific Technique
Associative Awareness Technique, AAT
Dynamic Neural Stabilization, DNS

PolyVagal Theory Informed therapy interventions

Vibration/Listening Therapy:

iLs Integrated Listening System, Focus Programs
Safe and Sound Protocol, Dr. Stephen Porges 
HUSO Sound Healing Vibration


Traditional Physical Therapy:

Trigger Point Dry Needling (Dunning & Hobbs Masters)

Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) 

Vestibular Dysfunction rehabilitataion and therapy

Restoring Natural Diaphragmatic Breathing
Dynamic Neural Stabilization (DNS)
Muscle Energy Techniques (MET)
Joint Mobilization
Neuro-Developmental Treatment Certified (NDT)
Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation and corrective exercise (PNF)

Total Motion Release corrective exercise (TMR)

Be In Touch

Please contact me to discuss how personalized manual therapy can make a difference for you, in the pursiut of your health and wellness goals.


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