Below are quick explanations of some of the techniques I use. They are sometimes used individually or blended together depending on client needs. These are a work in progress and being constantly developed. Check back here often.
Positional Release Therapy - Positional release therapy, also know by it's parent term strain counterstrain, is a therapeutic technique that uses a position of comfort of the body, its appendages, and its tissues to resolve somatic dysfunction. PRT is basically the opposite of stretching. A gentle and passive technique that I have personally found very effective in the treatment of acute, subacute, and chronic dysfunction in people of all ages.
Bodymap Refinement - The body map is your self-representation (regarding structure, function and size) in your own brain. When your body map is accurate, movement is good. If your body map is inaccurate or inadequate, movement is inefficient and injury-producing. In Body Mapping, you'll learn to gain access to your own body map through self-observation and self-inquiry which ultimately leads to more efficient posture and ease of movement.
Breathwork - How we breathe affects how we feel and heal. I’ve spent many years studying how the human body breathes and have developed techniques that maximize breath to optimize how you feel. Mobilizing the rib cage, neck, shoulder blades, collarbones, diaphragm and pelvic floor can dramatically improve how you breathe. This work very often positively affects any other part of the body we are working on.
Tensegrity Modeling and Advanced Facial Techniques - Hmm, I think this one is better explain through demonstration than words. I'll get back to you on this one. ~R
Ligament and Myofascial work - Ligaments and fascia are the ultimate connective tissue of the body. Working on these tissues often requires a different approach than working with muscles.
IASTM - "Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization" Use of tools to efficiently locate and treat individuals with soft-tissue dysfunction.
Medically Necessary Massage – This is the application of Physical Medicine by a massage therapist using specific tests to evaluate, target and treat specific problem areas.
Muscle Activation – Often people overuse some muscles and under use others. Sometimes muscles are asked to do a job they aren’t designed to while another may not be working at all. In this approach, we locate muscles that are overworking and muscles that are underworking and get them performing the way they are supposed to. This requires more active participation on the clients part. It can be an eye opening experience.
Trigger point neutralization – Using light pressure along dermotome (skin nerve) pathways to interfere with the signal a trigger point is sending to the brain. Very helpful in quickly reminding muscles how to relax.
Lymph drainage – This process involves the use of gentle manual maneuvers to aid in the recirculation of body fluids. For clients this technique is very comfortable and induces deep states of relaxation while improving immune function, circulating body fluids and balancing the autonomic nervous system. It’s like cleaning out the body’s sewer system.
Somatic Education - Somatic Education is the improvement of bodily awareness to gain greater voluntary control of your bodily processes, basically it improves the connection of the muscles to the brain.
Personal Movement Training - These sessions consist of core strength, balance, mobility and conditioning movements designed to get you stronger and able to do more of what you want to do in life. The focus is on body weight movements as well as squats, presses and deadlifts. Form is always addressed, corrected and progressed and sessions are kept exciting and fresh. Please feel free to contact me for a more detailed description.