ART – Active Release Techniques: ART is a patented, state of the art soft tissue system/movement based massage technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee problems, and tennis elbow are just a few of the many conditions that can be resolved quickly and permanently with ART. These conditions all have one important thing in common: they are often a result of overused muscles.
Myofascial Release: This hands-on technique frees the body of tight connective tissue, which helps to restore normal alignment and reduces pain. Therapists use their hands to gently stretch the tissue with mild pressure. Used to treat neck and back pain, headaches, and recurring sports injuries.
Deep Tissue: Deep Tissue releases the chronic patterns of tension in the body through slow strokes and deep finger pressure on the contracted areas. This technique focuses on the deep layers of muscle tissue.
Sports: Sports Massage uses strokes and stretches, which help to obtain maximum performance and physical conditioning for athletes. It increases power, endurance, and flexibility both before and after an event or workout. It also helps to prepare the muscles and joints for athletic activity or helps in recovering from an injury.
Circulatory Massage: Circulatory Massage emphasis is on strokes that enhance the movement and elimination of toxins from the muscle tissues, lymph system and the blood.
CranioSacral Therapy: CranioSacral Therapy helps to improve function in the central nervous system by using a soft touch, no greater than 5 grams. CST complements the natural healing process with medical problems such as: migraine headaches, chronic neck and back pain, spinal cord injuries, orthopedic problems, post-traumatic stress disorder, TMJ (temporomandibular joint syndrome) and learning disabilities.
Neuromuscular Therapy: Neuromuscular Therapy is a comprehensive program of deep tissue massage techniques that includes myofascial release, neuromuscular massage and trigger point therapy. It helps individuals experiencing structural distortion and the accompanying pain that is often a symptom of the underlying problem. NMT will help to bring balance between the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system.
Reflexology: Reflexology is the application of pressure, stretch and movement to the feet and hands to effect corresponding parts of the body. Reflexology views the feet and hands as a mirror image of the body. By applying technique a reflexologist can break up patterns of stress in other parts of the body.
Shiatsu: Shiatsu is a full body Japanese healing therapy that helps to relieve pain and stress. A shiatsu Therapist uses fingers, palms, elbows, or knees to apply comfortable sustained pressure to areas of muscle tension to generate a deep sense of harmony and relaxation.
Structural Organization (Rolfing) Structural Organization is based on the premise that physical and emotional stress–as well as gravity–can throw the body out of vertical alignment and cause the connective tissue known as fascia to become rigid and inflexible. (Fascia encases muscle and connects muscle to bone.) These problems can then lead to morestress, illness, and a loss of general well-being.
SO seek to realign the body by using intense pressure and stroking to stretch shortened and tightened fascia back into shape. The goal is to make the fascia softer and more flexible, and to restore its natural balance in relation to muscles, tendons, and bones.
PNF (proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation) stretching: It is often a combination of passive stretching and isometrics contractions. The most common PNF leg or arm positions encourage flexibility and coordination throughout the limb’s entire range of motion. PNF is used to supplement daily stretching and is employed to make quick gains in range of motion to help athletes improve performance. Good range of motion makes better biomechanics, reduces fatigue and helps prevent overuse injuries.
Sports Injuries of the Shoulder, Elbow & Wrist Treatment involves performing techniques of mobilization, soft-tissue mobilization, friction massage, and myofascial release. Students design and develop comprehensive clinical programs relative to the specific body area under study. The upper body includes the shoulder and its interrelationship to cervical spine and soft tissue structures. Injuries involve thoracic outlet syndrome, rotator cuff tears, glenohumeral instabilities, impingement syndrome, and frozen shoulder.The upper body extremities include the elbow/wrist complex with injuries, such as, carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis and golfer’s elbow.
Structural Analysis is a form of manual therapy, effective in the treatment of a wide range of musculo-skeletal problems such as back pain, sciatica, headaches, neck and shoulder pain, repetitive strain injury, muscle and joint pain. An important element in this approach to treatment is the identification and correction of postural/structural misalignments. This is not achieved by the usual methods of Chiropractic or Osteopathic rapid thrust adjustments but by the very focused deep massage and soft tissue release techniques that address the underlying causes of musculo-skeletal pain and dysfunction. Chronic conditions and the long term effects of old injuries generally respond well to this treatment as well as problems of more recent onset. The practitioner who offers this treatment has qualified as a McTimoney Chiropractor, Cranio-sacral Therapist and Massage Therapist and has many years experience in the field of manual therapy.
Structural Organization is a step by step approach to deep tissue fascial manipulation. This class employs a 10-session system, similar to the program Ida Rolf pioneered. Our work seeks to assist a client in rebalancing the network of muscles and fascial tissues, so the body works with gravity, rather than against it.
Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization: (Gavilan Tecnica) The Gavilan Tecnica a patented form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables clinicians to effectively detect and treat scar tissue and restrictions that affect normal function.
- Separates and breaks down collagen cross-links, and splays and stretches connective tissue and muscle fibers
- Increases skin temperature
- Facilitates reflex changes in the chronic muscle holding pattern
- Alters spinal reflux activity (facilitated segment)
- Increases the rate and amount of blood flow to and from the area
- Increases cellular activity in the region, including fibroblasts and mast cells
- Increases histamine response secondary to mast cell activity