Emily A Francis Books

Clinical/Neuromuscular Massage

The goal is to bring the muscles back to their full range of motion.This style of massage goes beyond relaxation. Working with the various trigger points in the body, deep tissue work can help release sore muscles, help muscles overcome injuries and help to bring the muscles back to its full ability of movement. It is beautiful work and necessary work when the body is in need.


TMJ Disfunction can manifest itself in so many ways, particularly extreme tightness in the neck and upper shoulders. What separates Emily from many other therapists is that to treat the jaws, neck and shoulders Emily includes side posture for full treatment of the areas as well as intra-oral work. Not very many therapists are trained to go inside the mouth-but this is so important for this type of work. For the best relief possible if you are experiencing jaw, neck and shoulder issues.


Manual Lymphatic Drainage is very light, rythmic massage/skin stretching to move lymphatic fluid. CDT (Combined Decongestive Therapy) includes bandaging, skin care, exercise and massage. The bandaging portion of the training and practice is extremely specific. In the foot photo, I am doing "fish tails" as my first layer of bandaging following the gauze and foam wrap. The final product of the bandaging looks like the photo below. To the left is Robert Harris checking our work in our recertificaiton course.

The all around benefits of MLD as a complimentary therapy:

Decreases Edema

Reduces Pain

Promotes Relaxation

Speeds the healing process of surgery and injury

Decreases scarring

When to consider MLD as a complimentary therapy


Pre and Post surgery: Plastic surgery, hip and knee replacements)

Sprains, strains and muscle tears

Sluggish Immune System


When not to consider MLD as a complimentary therapy:


Acute infections

Thrombosis or other circulatory problems

Congestive Heart Failure

Untreated Malignant Tumors

If you are currently undergoing active treatment for cancer (consider this after treatment).

Certified Pediatric Massage Therapist:

Emily is a Certified Pediatric Therapist through Tina Allen and the Little Kidz Foundation.

"The CPMT is a hands-on course focusing on children from toddler age through late adolescence."

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Cranio Sacral Therapy:

Emily has completed Cranio Sacral Therapy Levels 1 and 2

She has also completed Massage and Cranio Sacral Applications for Autism Spectrum Disorders

What is Cranio Sacral Therapy? Quoted directly from the Upledger Instute:

"CranioSacral Therapy is a light-touch approach that can create dramatic improvements in your life and wellness. It releases tensions deep in the body to relieve pain and dysfunction and improve whole-body health and performance.

By gently working with the soft tissues of the body, it releases restrictions around your brain and spinal cord, allowing your body to self-correct and free itself of pain and dysfunction. Because it strengthens the body on multiple levels, CranioSacral Therapy is known for its ability to relieve a wide range of medical conditions."

CranioSacral Therapy (CST) was pioneered and developed by osteopathic physician John E. Upledger following extensive scientific studies from 1975 to 1983 at Michigan State University, where he served as a clinical researcher and Professor of Biomechanics.

CST is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the functioning of a physiological body system called the craniosacral system - comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord.

Using a soft touch generally no greater than 5 grams, or about the weight of a nickel, practitioners release restrictions in the craniosacral system to improve the functioning of the central nervous system.

By complementing the body's natural healing processes, CST is increasingly used as a preventive health measure for its ability to bolster resistance to disease, and is effective for a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction, including:

  • Migraine Headaches
  • Chronic Neck and Back Pain
  • Motor-Coordination Impairments
  • Colic
  • Autism
  • Central Nervous System Disorders
  • Orthopedic Problems
  • Concussions and Traumatic Brain Injuries
  • Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Scoliosis
  • Infantile Disorders
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Emotional Difficulties
  • Stress and Tension-Related Problems
  • Fibromyalgia and other Connective-Tissue Disorders
  • Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ)
  • Neurovascular or Immune Disorders
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Post-Surgical Dysfunction