Structural Integration & Massage Therapy

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ABOUT THE THERAPIST:

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.

THE SESSIONS:  

Many of the techniques described are employed (at no extra charge) while working with you to create a TRULY customized session. You can relax knowing that whether you just need to unwind and get a great massage or you need a custom blend of “the works” Tash has you covered.  Her palpation skills and understanding of complex musculoskeletal issues allows her to “listen” to your body and deliver excellent results.

Structural Integration (otherwise known as Rolfing®)

Structural Integration (SI) is the culmination of a body of work developed by Ida Pauline Rolf – a Renaissance woman of myofascial pain management and postural body alignment.  What is unique about Rolfing and how does it compare to massage and chiropractic?
The new, gentler Rolfing is the state-of-the-art method for freeing longstanding constrictions in the body. Deeper than massage, Rolfing’s slow and penetrating touch softens contracted fascia (connective tissue)—a thin sheath of sturdy tissue that permeates the entire body, holding muscles, organs and bones together. Often overlooked and ignored by bodywork professionals and the medical community alike, connective tissue, when made supple and free of chronic contractions, promotes elegant posture and allows remarkable ease of movement.

Chiropractic seeks to bring the skeletal system into alignment by manipulation of the bones, and massage seeks to effect relaxation by easing tension out of muscles. Rolfing, however, much like a sculptor slowly molding permeable clay, softens connective tissue that has become hardened over time, sometimes decades, reshaping the body into greater symmetry and balance.

Because the touch of Rolfing is slow, deep and precise we address only one part of the body in any one session. This meticulous attention to detail is what makes Rolfing so effective and long-lasting. As a result, it is not uncommon for people coming in with neck and back pain, stiff knees, carpel tunnel syndrome and restricted movement in arms and shoulders to be surprised at how quickly and effective Rolfing is in resolving their issues.  Since Rolfing was originally conceived in the 1950’s, it has evolved considerably. Once painful, most Rolfers today work more gently than what was done in the formative days of this method. A refined Rolfer’s touch is slow, precise and detailed, and should always be intensely satisfying.  Structural Integration is a way of restructuring the physical body with deep myofascial release techniques. In general, it is a ten-treatment cycle of bodywork that balances myofascial relationships in the body and creates better posture, function and less pain.

*Suggested attire for S.I. would be running shorts for men or women or a two piece bathing suit (for women) or sports bra.  Lycra is not recommended.  You want to allow as much of your body to be observed while standing/moving without making yourself uncomfortable.  I need to be able to contact your skin to perform the bodywork.  Working through clothes is not advised.  Please be aware this work requires a 90 minute session time.

Deep Tissue Massage and Relaxing Blend:

Therapists employ the techniques of Swedish and Deep Tissue massage to soothe achy muscles and relieve your tired, stressed body restoring it back to harmonious balance.  The session may be customized to your pressure preference, just ask your therapist. Clients may undress to their level of comfort and will be under a sheet.

Advanced Myoskeletal Alignment Techniques:

This is a blend of massage, Rolfing® and osteopathic techniques that are specific to pain caused by migraines, whiplash, scoliosis and repetitive stress injuries. These techniques address pain in the head, neck, rib, low back, arms, hands and chest. Some of this work requires active participation on the client’s part: ie: The therapist may ask the client to lift his head while the therapist is working on the neck and or arms. This bodywork can be coupled with another form of massage therapy for a longer session incorporating some relaxation at the end.

Myofascial Release

Is a technique that focuses on stretching the muscle lining. The fascia is the dense, white, barely elastic tissue that encapsulates the muscles. The purpose of myofascial release is to allow space within the fascia in order to allow the muscle within the connective tissue to release. I incorporate this modality into all of my deep work. The work is very slow and can usually only be done on limited body parts at a time. Ex: Releasing the upper and lower extremities of the back might be done in one hour.

Trigger Point  Massage Therapy

Is a technique that focuses on releasing specific points in the neck, back, shoulders and other tender areas to restore functionality and reduce pain. Trigger points are small pockets of tissue that become dense and irritated and eventually restrict movement. By pressing on these areas for specific amounts of time, they release natural endorphins and help to relieve pain and restore balance to the body. This technique can be incorporated into a full body session or may be used by itself depending on the client’s preference.

CranioSacral® Therapy

(Tash Only)  Nitasha was taught John Upledger’s method (a nationwide authority on Cranial Osteopathy) back in 1999 and has been incorporating these gentle osteopathic methods ever since.  Some of the most popular holds are at the base of the skull, sacrum, and ankles/ feet, although there are others.  Superior palpation skills are involved to feel the body’s cerebrospinal fluid and it’s natural rhythmic pulse up and down the body.  If restrictions in the flow are palpated ( it has been studied by Upledger and is believed that anti-depressants, sleeping aids, narcotic pain killers, and more can disrupt this delicate balance between the brain and spinal pathway) therapists employ gentle holds and release methods to restore balance and undisturbed movement.

Shiatsu

( Available with Tash only)  Is a contemporary therapy with its roots in Oriental traditional medicine. It is sometimes described as Japanese physiotherapy. The actual treatment approach and philosophy is similar to acupuncture in its usage of the meridians (energy channels) and tsubo (pressure points) as well as diagnostic methods, but without the use of needles. Tash employs shiatsu and incorporates this method to integrate a client’s session when needed.

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