McInerny, MA, CMT
Master & Teacher
Centinela Ave., Apt. 24
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Santa Barbara, Ventura & Los Angeles
the Body Heal Itself
physical ailments, and emotional states can be seen as energetic
patterns—places where energy is no longer flowing well.
I use a number of techniques that unwind these patterns and
help restore the body-mind to balance, including:
a type of massage called shiatsu, based on
an energetic map of the body (the meridians of Chinese acupuncture)
sacral therapy, a light touch therapy that relaxes
the connective tissue (where most chronic patterns are held),
aligns the spine, and enhances the functioning of the central
intuitive dialogue – a technique that enables
people to consult their own inner wisdom about an ailment or condition
and discover the best way to heal;
hands-on healing –a Japanese energy healing
technique called Reiki that helps people achieve a deep state
of relaxation where the body heals itself.
Used together, these techniques help clear blockages, discharge
toxins (physical, mental, and emotional), relax the body, and
restore your energy and health. (Scroll down to see pictures!)
also teach Reiki,
which can be used for self-healing as well as healing others.
typical healing session runs an hour to 90 minutes, depending
on your preference. All three healing modalities are done fully
clothed without oil – Cranial Sacral Therapy and Reiki
on a massage table, shiatsu on a cotton mat on the floor. I
also offer sessions in which I combine these healing approaches.
have a studio in downtown Santa Barbara and also do outcall
sessions in people’s homes upon request.
Peggy has given me shiatsu massage
for five years and is an expert masseuse. Not only does she soothe
one's muscles, but she also provides a calming atmosphere that
does much to smooth away one's stress. As for Reiki, Peggy combines
a wonderful touch with a gentle spirit, allowing one to feel and
understand the mysterious healing powers of Reiki. In short, she
has an excellent ability to soothe one's body and spirit. —Cathy
is something about having ones body moved and stretched by someone
else in a shiatsu session that is amazing. I feel great afterwards,
all the negative energies floating away. —Maria
6' 2" muscular man who always thought massage had to be forceful
to get results. Then I met Peggy. The shiatsu she gives is guided
by both her body's strength and her soul's intuition. She always
gives me a powerful, deep shiatsu session beyond traditional bodywork.
After working with Peggy, I feel lighter, clear-minded, and present.
had developed shoulder pain that work made worse, resulting in
increasing tension and pain. Because shiatsu is helpful for muscle
tension and relaxation, I tried a couple of sessions with Peggy.
I am very sensitive to pressure, but Peggy has that special touch
and movements that release tension without causing pain! After
the full body sessions, I had increased mobility in my shoulder
and felt relaxed, balanced, and in a state of wholeness. —Anna
sacral therapy uses extremely light touch to relax tension in
the body. The goal of a session is to release restrictions in
the body-mind and enhance the functioning of the central nervous
system, which in turn helps all of the body’s systems function
more efficiently. A session relaxes the body’s connective
tissue, or fascia, which frequently hold deep compensatory patterns
that develop in the aftermath of a serious injury or accident.
Because a session essentially “resets” the central
nervous system, most people experience cranial sacral therapy
as deeply expansive and relaxing.
consider it a structural technique because it works with the bones
of the cranium, the spine, and the sacrum to release stress throughout
the entire body. Cranial sacral work is very effective for, among
chronic neck, back, and shoulder pain, especially that caused
by an accident or injury
resolve “mystery” symptoms that Western medicine does
not seem to help
(such symptoms can emerge when, after a period of 20 or 30 years,
the body can no longer compensate for the impact of a physical
or emotional trauma)
caused by dental work or braces
poor motor coordination
has also been found to help children with autism, people with
Parkinson’s disease, and other neurological disorders.
technique enables you to consult your own inner wisdom about a
condition or ailment and discover how best to heal yourself. Called
SomatoEmotional Release in the Upledger Institute school of cranial
sacral therapy, it directly consults your “non-conscious,”
which can be variously identified as one’s “Inner
Physician,” “Higher Self,” or intuition. After
you reach a very deep state of relaxation in a cranial sacral
session, open-ended queries are directed to your Inner Physician,
Higher Self, or even a specific body part to discover information
that can help you heal.
it is a dialogue between you and your deepest wisdom; I have no
idea what information is available for you, I simply facilitate
a dialogue during which you discover it. The information can shed
light on the emotional component of an injury, provide specific
recommendations for healing, or give you a deeper understanding
of an injury or accident. The technique is understood to help
release the cellular memory of a physical and/or emotional trauma
and thus dissipate chronic patterns that developed in its aftermath
(e.g., one leg taking over more of the work of standing and walking
after a fall hurt the hip of the other leg).
not for everyone, the technique is not as “woo woo”
as it sounds. It can be highly illuminating and provide extremely
useful recommendations on how to recover. Provided that you are
open to the dialogue process, it can be surprisingly effective.
One benefit is that the technique is not intrusive, open-ended
questions are used without any predetermined goal. Moreover, it
helps people who feel they can’t “hear” their
intuition discover a reliable way of consulting it on their own
in the future.
with questions or to make an appointment:
MCINERNY, MA, CMT, Reiki Master/Teacher
Santa Barbara and Ventura
I practice a type of shiatsu that includes a number of passive
stretches and a gentle, energetic give-and-take between the practitioner
than press my thumbs into acupuncture points with all my might
and force your body to relax, I use the weight of my body to lean
into acupuncture meridians. The more tense you are, the more relaxed
I am. You are invited to participate by opening to the amount
of pressure that is comfortable for you. That way, the massage
is never painful, even though it may work the body very deeply.
a preventative health practice, shiatsu rectifies energetic imbalances
that, left unattended, could develop into illness. It is also
effective for unlocking chronic conditions, such
as recurring headaches, lower back aches, shoulder pain,
digestive troubles and anxiety.
is also an excellent massage for athletes
who do very intense exercise, such as long bike rides, squash,
marathons, spinning, etc., because it does wonders to release
tension in the deep muscles. It is also very effective for
people recovering from serious illness or surgery. The
same techniques are used in a very gentle manner to restore energy
levels and invoke the body's natural healing response.
is a profoundly relaxing form of hands-on healing. A receiver
generally experiences it as heat transmitted through the practitioner’s
hands. It allows a receiver to reach a deep meditative
state where the body accesses its own healing power.
It is an excellent complement to western medical treatment of
is commonly translated as “universal life energy”
and was discovered by Mikao Usui (1865-1926) of Japan in the
early twentieth century. It is the force that flows through
all things in the universe; a Reiki session allows you to access
that energy in concentrated form.
typical session lasts about an hour and consists of me putting
my hands on the body of the receiver in several positions on
the head, upper torso, upper back, knees, and feet. The receiver
is fully clothed and lies on a massage table.
have given hundreds and hundreds of hour-long Reiki sessions.
As a result, I have a deep connection with the energy and am
able to work effectively with you in our very first session.
experience Reiki differently. Many describe it as intense heat,
shimmering waves of energy, a flow of energy, or as a deep meditation.
Reiki alleviates pain, relieves anxiety, speeds recovery
from surgery, helps depression, and brings individuals greater
insight into their own healing. It is particularly
effective for people who cannot physically tolerate vigorous
bodywork, but would benefit from relaxing, healing touch.
after completing my Reiki training with Peggy did I understand
its ease and practicality. It's a profound, yet easily accessible
energy that practically anyone can learn.
guided me through the steps needed to fully embrace Reiki
in my everyday life. With Peggy, I learned the “how"
and "when" of Reiki. As an acupuncturist, I find
that it helps my patients relax and makes my treatments
deeper. I also use it on myself, my pets, my plants, and
my loved ones.” –Dean
is typically taught in three levels: Reiki I, Reiki II, and
Reiki III (Master Level). I offer both individual and group
classes at all levels; I also offer special
packages to families living with serious illness.
classes are taught in two sessions, with roughly a week in between.
This gives you a chance to go home, practice, and acquire some
experience, then come back with questions and deepen your learning.
completing a class, students are encouraged to join a monthly
Reiki Circle where Reiki practitioners come together to give one
another group treatments. These evenings are devoted to bringing
Reiki practitioners together to give each other group treatments.
Packages for Families
Living with a life-threatening illness or recovering from major
surgery is challenging. It is often a source of exhaustion and
great anxiety for the person who is ill, particularly when chemotherapy
and radiation are involved. At the same time, caregiving can
be demanding and stressful for the family.
gives everyone – patient and caregivers alike –
a healing tool that they can use to maintain their energy and
spirits. It can also greatly speed recovery from surgery.
a hospice volunteer here in Santa Barbara, I am constantly struck
by how useful it would be if patients and their families knew
Reiki. So I’ve put together a package of Reiki
treatments and a Reiki class for families living with
serious illness or recovering from major surgery.
come to you. All you have to do is be there and be
open to learning Reiki. The package provides:
• 4 one-hour Reiki sessions for the patient
• a Reiki I class for up to 4 people (including the patient)
• two facilitated group treatments: I lead you in giving
one another (patient included) a group treatment – the
most powerful way to heal with Reiki
with questions or to make an appointment:
MCINERNY, MA, CMT, Reiki Master/Teacher
Santa Barbara and Ventura
I am a certified massage therapist in the State of California
with almost 700 hours of training and have been working as a healer
graduate of the Ohashi Institute in New York City, I completed
over 400 hours of classes in traditional Japanese shiatsu. I have
completed four out of the six core courses of Cranial Sacral Therapy
with the Upledger Institute (Cranial Sacral Therapy I and II;
SomatoEmotional Release I and II), and continue to attend classes
at the Institute. I received Reiki I and II training from Petra
Timmermans, a Reiki Master in the lineage of Usui-Hayashi-Takata,
and a former Board Member of the Reiki Alliance. Ms. Timmermans
is a student of Phyllis Lee Furomoto, the granddaughter of Hawayo
Takata, the woman who brought Reiki to the United States. I have
taken Reiki Master-level training twice, once with Rama Seltzer,
an independent Reiki Master in Santa Barbara, and once with William
Lee Rand of the International Reiki Training Center in Michigan.
training includes Touch for Health with Phil Selinsky, the Yuen
Method with Dr. Kam Yuen, workshops with Jeffrey Yuen (an acupuncturist
and Taoist priest), Zero Balancing I with Dr. Fritz Smith, and
volunteer training with the Hospice of Santa Barbara. I have been
a hospice volunteer for 8 years and a Buddhist meditator for 11.
In addition, I am a longtime practitioner of yoga and Qi Gong
and studied ballet and jazz for many years.
formal education includes a B.A. (New York University) and M.A.
(Johns Hopkins University). I speak French and Russian in addition