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FAQ: Therapeutic Massage

What is myofascial release?
Myofascial release is a soft tissue technique that helps the body recover its structural integrity and enhance bodily energy flow.  Fascia is our “soft skeleton,” a thin tissue FAQ: Therapeutic Manual Therapy - covering all the organs of the body, each muscle belly, and even each individual muscle fiber.  It literally connects every part of our body to every other part.  Muscles hold positions for the short term, but fascia locks habitual body use patterns into place.  How we think, what we do, our physical surroundings, all of these sculpt our fascial body.  Deep massage helps to FAQ: Therapeutic Manual Therapy - decompress chronically tight, shortened muscles and is one of several techniques we might use to reinvigorate tissue after months or even years of restriction.  Fascial release is the reconfiguration of the fascia itself that allows for muscles to expand and “breathe” again, and presents us with the opportunity to release the habitual patterns that developed the restrictions in the first place.  Together, these techniques restore integrity and length to contracted tissues and bring more awareness to the body as a singular system.

What is CranioSacral Therapy?
CranioSacral Therapy is a gentle method of evaluating and enhancing the functioning of the craniosacral system—a physiological body system comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord.  Using a soft touch generally not greater than the weight of a nickel, practitioners release restrictions in the craniosacral system to improve the functioning of the brain, spine, and central nervous system.  It may be effective for a wide variety of health issues associated with pain and dysfunction, including:

  • Migraine and headaches
  • Chronic neck and back pain
  • Nervous system disorders
  • Scoliosis
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Stress and stress-related disorders
  • Fibromyalgia and other connective tissue disorders
  • Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ)
  • Immune disorders

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