Functional Body Alignment Method

Therapeutic Protocols for Pain Management and Injury Prevention

Nitasha Canine
Nitasha Canine

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In addition to attending massage school and becoming a licensed massage therapist back in 1998, Tash studied the Rolf® Method of Structural Integration with Judah Lyons and Bert Jacobs.  She is certified in Advanced Myoskeletal Alignment®  and has trained with Erik Dalton, PhD as well as the late John Upledger, D.O. both leading authorities in their respected fields of advanced massage and bodywork.

Tash developed “Functional Body Alignment” out of a need to address complex musculoskeletal issues in a relatively short amount of time. “Over the years, I have had pain and received massage and physical therapy to help alleviate the symptoms. At times, I was disappointed at the lack of treatment options or results and decided to create the sessions I wished were available to me. Thus, FBA was born.

What is it?

F.B.A. is a series of assisted myofascial stretches which release tension in”the four corners of the body.” The four corners being the illiopsoas which are deep hip flexors and the shoulder girdle including the chest. This systematic and thoughtful approach allows for a structured and very goal oriented session. The technique is aimed at alleviating and preventing musculoskeletal pain and inflammation by restoring the hip and shoulder joints to proper alignment.

How does it work?

The Functional Body Alignment Method is aimed at a goal of releasing tight, over worked muscles (muscles in a constant state of tonus) in the neck, shoulders and hip flexors while encouraging the client on his/her  time to turn  on weak, over stretched muscles with limited range of motion. This procedure creates what we call, muscle synergy. In other words, it creates optimum muscle balance and proper function. Ideally, we want a body that exhibits proper posture. However, this is not possible without first, identifying which muscles and their surrounding connective tissue are out of balance and addressing this. Sometimes no matter how hard we try to “sit up straight” we can’t. This is because the muscles are stuck. This technique can help.

How Often Do I Do This?

The frequency of treatments depends upon your current level of imbalance, how active or inactive you are and how committed you are to correcting your problem.

Sessions will be suggested weekly, every other week, or monthly depending on the situation.