Body Treatments

 

Myofascial Release

Do you have aches and pains? Do you have a "bad" knee, shoulder, hip, or some other area that cries out for attention? A lot of this pain can be a result of myofascial restrictions in your body. Trauma, posture, or inflammation can create a binding down of fascia resulting in excessive pressure on sensitive structures such as nerves, muscles, blood vessels, osseous structures, and/or organs. Myofascial Release (MFR) is used to address issues such as:

Back Pain, Headaches, Whiplash, Pelvic Pain, Neck Pain, Sports Injuries, Chronic Pain, Disc Problems, Migraines, Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, Neurological Dysfunction, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Adhesions, Carpal Tunnel, Jaw Pain (TMJ), Painful Scars, Scoliosis, Sciatica

In an MFR session we will address the history of your body, your present concerns and condition, and how you'd like to feel in the future. Together we will set forth on a journey of discovery and healing that can have lasting results.

Bodysculpting

Bodysculpting is a mixture of Myofascial Release, Deep Tissue, and Lymphatic massage that will leave your body feeling awake, enlivened, smooth and sexy!

Understanding cellulite can be daunting. Scientific research on the subject is relatively new and there are sooo many claims of different treatments being beneficial.  When there are this many different types of treatments to treat the same condition, it is a clue that there is a lack of understanding on how cellulite develops. Luckily there have been some breakthroughs in recent studies.

Cellulite is a disease of the connective tissue initiated by cyclic hormones of the menstrual cycle. The characteristic undulating surface one sees with cellulite is the product of extensive connective tissue destruction.

The quote above belongs to Dr Douglas Pugliese (Dermatologist Penn. Presbyterian Medical Center).  Scientists like him are figuring out that it is women's hormones that are causing the breakdown of the fascia, most importantly the production of estrogen. Estrogen's main role is to break down the cervical wall in childbirth. However, estrogen's effect is not limited to the cervix. Too much estrogen in our system causes a breakdown of tissues in other areas of the body as well, allowing the fat cells to push up to the surface. The more fat cells are allowed to swell to the surface, the more they reproduce and the more estrogen is produced to deal with the situation. It is a vicious cycle!

The most effective way to get rid of cellulite on a permanent basis is to take a three-pronged approach:

  • Diet - to balance hormones

  • Exercise - to keep fat production to a minimum

  • Massage Therapy - to heal and strengthen your tissues

A diet of whole foods, (avoiding or cutting out altogether dairy and sugar), is a great start. Take foods and supplements that help to balance hormones. 

Whatever exercise that you find that you love you will do! Find something you love, and then mix it up. Our bodies are meant to move in many different ways.

Cellulite is exclusive to industrialized nations. Women who have to walk to the well and bring home their water, squatting over a fire to cook do not have cellulite.

Make a commitment to yourself to exercise 20 minutes per day, five days a week. Even if you didn't find the time you can always grab a jump rope at the end of the day and jump for 20 minutes! Consider adding joyful movement into your day wherever possible. 

Now to the fun part, Massage! What we can see now is that cellulite is not only a fat problem. It is a fascia problem. We've all seen beautiful, full, round booties that are not dimpled. The problem occurs when there are restrictions and weaknesses in the connective tissue that lies just under the skin. When the connective tissue is too tight, or too weak, it does not lie smooth. Instead of smooth connective fibers there is a basket weave effect. Your fat lies under your connective tissue and pushes up through the basket weave creating the bumpy look. 

As well as connective tissue abnormalities, poor circulation and lymph drainage can also aggravate cellulite. Massage and Myofascial Release increase circulation and lymph drainage! Decreased blood flow can also aggravate the female propensity to skin looseness and hasten the development of cellulite through a domino effect. Massage and Myofascial Release increase the blood flow, in turn increasing the elasticity of the skin and connective tissue.

Deep Tissue Massage and Myofascial Release assist in getting rid of cellulite by healing and strengthening the fascia (connective tissue), increasing circulation, and assisting in lymph drainage. By working to release overly tight and weak bands of fascia, we bring more circulation and lymph flow to the area, allowing for more nourishment to get to the tissues and stored toxins to be released. What's not to love about that?!

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