Trigger Point Release Therapy/ Myotherapy

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Trigger points are distinct knots or taut bands of contracted fibers within muscles or muscle groups that cause myofascial pain to spread to the surrounding tissue and joints as the contracted muscles pull on tendons and ligaments. These trigger points can be activated by a variety of systemic conditions, including overuse, physical injuries, strains, infections, allergies, stress, and psychological distress. …

Myofascial Release (MFR)

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Although the principles of Myofascial Release were recognized in Osteopathy many years ago, it was physical therapist John Barnes who developed the therapeutic form known today as Myofascial Release. The fascia create a three-dimensional web of connective tissue that protects, supports, surrounds, interpenetrates, and interconnects the whole body. The superficial or subcutaneous fascia lies just under the skin and allows …

Muscle Energy Technique (MET)

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The Muscle Energy Technique was designed for people who suffer from somatic dysfunctions, such as muscle spasms, joint stiffness, or restricted mobility. It was created by osteopathic physician Dr. Fred Mitchell for the purpose of restoring proper physiological functioning to stiff joints by using the principle of reciprocal inhibition, which explains how muscles relax and contract in relation to applied …

Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy (PRYT)

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Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy is a fusion of Hatha Yoga, bodywork, assisted movements, and elements of contemporary body-mind psychology that was developed by Australian educator Michael Lee after experiencing a significant emotional shift during his own practice of yoga. The form he originally created, in which a therapist directly assists a client in holding yoga poses and moving through different …

Hanna Somatic Education (HSE)

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American philosophy professor Thomas Hanna created this system of sensory awareness and muscle training during the mid-1900s after working with the Feldenkrais Method. Intended as a way to provide pain management and movement rehabilitation, this active approach encourages learning through doing rather than passively receiving. HSE is based on the idea that the body responds to stressful life trauma with …

Body Mind Centering® (BMC)

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BMC is an approach to movement education that stimulates self-discovery through exploring the body’s systems and enhancing awareness of movement patterns that were developed during infancy or childhood. It allows people to experience an intimate connection with their inner anatomies so that they can learn how the mind expresses itself through the body in motion. This approach was developed by …

Stone Massage Therapy / Hot Stone Massage

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The use of stones in bodywork is found in the ancient indigenous cultures of Europe, the Americas, Asia, and the Pacific Islands. The Chinese used heated stones as a means of improving the function of the internal organs and nervous system. In Japan, stones assisted the energetic treatment of acupressure points. European folk healers diminished the discomfort of menstruation with …

Watsu® Therapy

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This soothing, sensual, and meditative form of aquatic bodywork incorporates elements of Shiatsu, chakra work, yoga, and energy work, and Zen Shiatsu and is performed on a person floating in a pool of water heated to body temperature. The principles of the therapy originated in Japan and were modified and brought to the United States by Harold Dull after he …

Aquacranial Therapy

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Aquacranial Therapy was developed by Rebecca Goff, a massage therapist and naturalist in Hawaii, after she studied the behavior and movement of whales and dolphins. It uses a combination of yoga postures, meridian work, and Craniosacral Therapy to create the fluid, wave-like, gentle movement of sea creatures, thus improving the circulation of the cerebrospinal fluid and the functioning of the …

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Visionary Craniosacral Approach

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The key to healing for many energy-based therapies such as the Visionary Craniosacral Approach is the therapist’s ability to perceive deeply from within a meditative stillpoint. If the therapist is not in a balanced, centered space, free of mental chatter, then he is less able to intuitively recognize the true nature of the client’s problem. The Visionary Craniosacral Approach is …