Functional Body Alignment Method

Therapeutic Massage Protocols for Pain Management and Injury Prevention

Nitasha Canine developed her own brand of massage and bodywork called “Functional Body Alignment (trademark pending)” after many years of working in the field of health and wellness. She has trained and worked with other health professionals since 1998. Although the bulk of her practice consists of giving massage treatments, she also gives nutritional consults, writes articles for local and national magazines, and teaches small group workshops.

Functional Body Alignment or F.B.A. was born out of a need to address complex musculoskeletal issues in a relatively small amount of time. “Over the years, I have experienced many types of pain and have received massage and bodywork to help alleviate the symptoms. I was disappointed at the lack of treatment options for chronic inflammation and pain and decided to create the massage I wanted to receive. Thus, FBA was born.”

The work is offered in two parts for session length purposes: Level 1 and Level 2. These protocols are broken into increments of 75 minutes (level one) and 90 minutes (level two).

What is it?

F.B.A. is a series of assisted myofascial stretches, using hands and feet, some massage and medium to deep effleurage techniques designed to target “the four corners of the body.” The four corners being the hips, including illiopsoas, 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 four corners of the body 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) and turning 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 are out of balance and correcting them via the techniques of F.B.A. 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 pain, how active or inactive you are and how aggressively you want to correct your problem.

Sessions will be suggested weekly, bi-weekly or monthly depending on the situation.