“Michael Antoszewski, MAc, LAc practices from the foundation that the body, mind, and emotions have an amazing capacity to heal when given the support they need. Building trust and offering a safe space is at the foundation of that support. Michael brings his years of training and experience in medicine to physical, emotional, and sexual trauma, as well as motor vehicle accidents, injuries, and chronic pain recovery.”
About Michael Antoszewski
Michael earned his Master’s Degree in Acupuncture from the National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM) in Portland, Oregon, and completed a Bachelor’s Degree at New College at the University of South Florida, with additional course work at Harvard University. Through Japanese Acupuncture, CranioSacral Therapy, Sotai Traction Therapy, Herbal Medicine, Lifestyle Counseling, and Therapeutic Movement Modalities, he helps people regain emotional embodiment, treats the root causes of pain and trauma, and brings real health to healthcare.
Treating many forms of trauma, including sexual violence, was part of my training with the Upledger Institute, with several CranioSacral Practitioners in southwest Florida, as well as while earning a Master’s Degree in Acupuncture from the National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM) in Portland, Oregon. I have also helped several survivors of sexual violence with their healing process in my practice.
My Interest in Working with Survivors
One of the strongest purposes I have found in life is to help people suffer less. I feel called to work with survivors of trauma from many walks of life, of which sexual violence is an important part.
Japanese Acupuncture is a gentler, often non-insertive form of acupuncture that is especially helpful in rebuilding the body’s vitality when chronically ill or exhausted. I am also trained in Chinese modalities of Acupucture which are well suited to conditions such as obsessive thoughts, fixed pain, or injuries.
CranioSacral Therapy involves gently palpating the facial tissues of the body to mirror emotions, trauma, and injuries viscerally held in the body. This mirroring allows the body to regain awareness of itself in areas that the body had “forgotten it had forgotten”, in order to release held patterning, pain, and constrictions, and to allow a person to re-embody and build new physical and emotional habits.
Sotai Traction Therapy involves active and passive motion movements and breathing exercises that allow muscles and connective tissue to release pain and tension at a deep level to accelerate healing.
Herbal Medicine involves both Western Herbal Medicine as well as Chinese Herbal Formulas.
Lifestyle Counseling works with each individual’s goals for healing, and how to build the steps to achieve them in their daily lives. This can include mindfulness and grounding practices, dietary and nutritional education, as well as other awareness and educational supports for the healing process.
Therapeutic Movement Modalities include body awareness practices, yoga, as well as Wu and Yang style Tai Ji and Qi Gong.
How Acupuncture and CranioSacral Therapy Holistically Address the Impacts of Sexual Violence
Through an individualized combination of modalities that I offer, I work to gently assist people in regaining awareness of their bodies and emotional experiences that they had forgotten. Through this process of re-embodying, people are often then able to express, and clear, held emotions, pain, and trauma in order to deeply heal, ground, and recover through the various layers of their experience.
Modifications for Survivors
I practice from a foundation that safety and trust is the basis of healing. I regularly check in with people during sessions to clarify their experience of treatment, and listen for if they request any changes. I also request from each person I work with to let me know if any aspect of treatment becomes more than they are ready to meet, and that I will modify or end treatment based on their requests at any time.
My practice, Cascadian Health, has a limited availability for sliding-scale patients based on documented financial hardship.