Two Therapeutic Programs
Fascia Pain Relief Program
This is a customized therapeutic program that handles the specific areas of your body that have the most acute pain and loss of functional mobility. We use a variety of fascial and muscle release techniques to eliminate chronic fascial system stress, tension and knots (adhesion) that are causing the specific areas of pain and dysfunction in your body.
This tailored program is how most clients start, typically requiring one Terapy session per week for 4 to 6 weeks. It's the most effective way to quickly reduce fascial systems stress, alleviate pain and to prepare the body for receiving the ten-session series of Fascial Whole-Body Integration.
Whole-Body Fascia Integration Program
Our specialty is a ten-session series Fascia Bodywork, that unravels and unwinds the dysfunctional connective tissue (fascia) throughout your entire body. Our systematic approach changes the body's holding patterns by lengthening and reorganizing the fascia, ultimately putting the body back in a more neutral and balanced state so you can move again with more flexibility, strength and mobility and without pain for the rest of your life.
Whole-Body Integration restores the body's natural balancing and compensation patterns that have been altered by shortened muscles and widespread fascial system stress in the body. By lengthening and opening the patterns in the fascia surrounding the muscles, the thick and shortened tissue becomes soft and more pliable, which allows your muscles the space to work and gives joints freedom to function with optimal range of motion. This process includes re-educating the muscles of the body through movement and touch to restore postural alignment and balance between the body and gravity.
The Profound Effect of Gravity On Your Body
Gravity has a profound influence on the body's structure because the body must constantly maintain a balanced (neutral) position against the forces of gravity. Maintaining a balanced position in the body is crucial because the body is much broader at the top than at the base, so the body is greatly affected by gravity when imbalances occur. For the body to remain upright when fascia stress occurs, the entire body has to compensate, and some muscles are forced to shorten. When a chronically shortened muscle is no able to relax, it remains in a state of chronic tension.
How Fascial System Stress Leads to Chronic Pain
Normal, healthy fascia is about 75% water, allowing for a very fluid and dynamic interaction with connected muscles, joints and bones. Its primary action is a sliding or gliding motion that occurs with each breath you take and every move you make.
Fascia contains a survival mechanism that evolved to protect the vital organs, tissues and systems from various types of threats to the body. When the body encounters an illness or suffers and injury, emotional trauma, or other types of stress, it causes the fascia in that area to constrict and tighten to protect the tissues or organs of that area.
Over time, stress in your fascia builds up and can solidify into masses or knots. These knots and tightening down causes the local muscle tissues to shorten, which causes pain and reduces functional integrity, balance and mobility.
What was once a well-hydrated, smooth-sliding fluid action between the fascia and surrounding tissue becomes dehydrated, rigid fibers or knots that restrict movement.
The stress and rigidity in your fascia cause an imbalance your body compensates for in other areas of the body. For example, fascia stress in your hamstring muscles can cause your hips to rotate backward, which then causes your shoulders to tilt forward.
This imbalance eventually causes pain or injury to your shoulder or back.
So, the cause of your shoulder or back pain was not in your shoulder or back. It came from accumulated fascia stress in your hamstring muscles. This is why a back massage might feel good for a day or two, but it will never fix the problem of....
FASCIAL TRACKS CONNECT EVERYTHING
TOES TO HEAD
One very important type of fascial tissue is called "Fascial Tracks", which are like sheets of different thickness that connect parts of the body in very specific patters (see below).
Imagine you put on a dress shirt and you pulled on the collar. Every part of that shirt will move and be affected in some way. That's exactly how your fascia and especially facial tracks work, its all connected.
Consider the hamstring example described above and look at the Fascial Track image below that shows how the foot, hamstrings, hips, back, neck and head are all connected. Now can you see why an injury and fascial stress in the back of your leg (hamstring) can lead to chronic pain in your shoulders? It could also cause pain in your hips, knees, shoulders, back or even in your head or neck! It's all connected.