A Blend of Healing Therapies for Optimal Health
Massage is generally considered part of complementary and integrative medicine. It’s increasingly being offered along with standard treatment for a wide range of medical conditions and situations.
Studies of the benefits of massage demonstrate that it is an effective treatment for reducing stress, pain and muscle tension, anxiety, digestive disorders, fibromyalgia, headaches, insomnia related to stress, myofascial pain syndrome, soft tissue strains or injuries, sports injuries, and temporomandibular joint pain.
Fascial Stretch Therapy
Fascial Stretch Therapy (FST) targets the fascia through passive stretching and realigns the collagen fibres of fascia to maintain the body’s natural state of tensegrity and achieve maximal efficiency and function by balancing fascial chains. Some of the benefits of Fascial Stretch Therapy include: decreasing pain, improving mobility and function, improve posture, increasing range of motion and mobility, flushing lymphatic fluid and eliminating toxins from the body. It also can help with relaxation and improve physiological functions such as sleep, digestion, and energy levels through regulation of the nervous system.
MIPA (Myofascial Integration and Postural Alignment)
MIPA (Myofascial Integration and Postural Alignment) is a system of soft tissue manipulation that unwinds whole body tension patterns, while at the same time gradually uncovering the body’s inherent length and balance. The practitioner uses their hands and elbows to work the soft tissues, using a slow pressure that is deep and at the same time responsive. There is a natural, balanced pattern to how your legs, hips and lower back work together. The same is true of your rib cage, arms, and neck, and also your feet, ankles and legs. This whole-body balance is characterized by straightness, length, and ease of movement. One of the remarkable qualities of connective tissue (fascia) is its tremendous capacity for change; its plasticity. Fascia is very responsive to stress demands in the body, quickly adding more tissue when stress in an area increases. Fortunately for us, however, the reverse is also true, in that the tissue will loosen up and melt when stress in an area is decreased.