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bodywise therapy



That's an excellent question, and the answer is different for each person. Each modality has
its strengths, and the key is finding the type of therapy that best fits the needs of the client.

Some important considerations in choosing a modality are:
• the areas of the body that need work
• the amount of pressure desired and/or needed
• the primary objectives of the session

Mason’s practice centers around the following modalities:

deep tissue bodywork
structural integration
myoskeletal alignment technique
craniosacral therapy
sports and sports injury massage
therapeutic massage

If you are not familiar with one or more of them, a brief description of each one is provided below. And Mason will be glad to answer any questions you may have regarding the various therapies he provides.

deep tissue bodywork
Deep tissue bodywork (DTB) is a general term encompassing many modalities, such as Structural Integration, Myoskeletal Alignment Technique,  Myofascial Release, and Trigger Point Therapy.  DTB is an efficient, effective, and practical approach to treating acute and chronic pain and dysfunction that are associated with the myofascial system (involving muscles and surrounding tissues). The therapist applies deep, slow pressure strokes, resulting in the lengthening of tissue. This process is excellent for shortened muscle due to trauma, stress, and/or postural imbalance.

structural integration
Structural integration was created by Ida P. Rolf, Ph.D. in the 1940's. The primary objective of this work is to bring balance to the body as it relates to the vertical line of gravity. To achieve this, the client is taken through a process of deep soft tissue manipulation to reorganize the anatomical structure through the fascial system of the body. This process is a series of ten sessions catering to the individual needs of the client.

Bringing the major segments (head, shoulders, pelvis, legs, and feet) of the body into a healthier relationship with gravity has many benefits:

• It addresses problems of structural pain, stress, and trauma
• it can improve balance, circulation, vitality, physical fitness, agility, quickness, coordination,
   reflexes, grace, and poise
• it can increase flexibility, physical strength, skill, and total movement ability

Because we must live in the field of gravity, we should make peace with it and become balanced within it. If we allow our structure to fight this gravitational force, not only will we lose the battle but we also set ourselves up for unnecessary pain, stress, and weakness. Structural Integration provides the proper lift in our bodies that results in the freedom we all desire.

myoskeletal alignment technique
Myoskeletal Alignment Technique (MAT), as developed by Erik Dalton, Ph.D., is structural bodywork that utilizes different forms of deep tissue massage, muscle energy techniques, Active Isolated Stretching (AIS), and slow and specific massage strokes. MAT seeks to restore proper body alignment, range of motion, and proprioception. Attention is given to balancing the body by lengthening and freeing tight tissue and stimulating weak and/or inhibited muscles and fascial tissue.  The therapist also takes into consideration the upper and lower crossed syndromes of Vladimir Janda, M.D. and the common compensatory patterns of J. Gordon Zink, D.O.  Permanent relief from pain and dysfunction can often be achieved because MAT addresses the cause(s) of pain rather than the temporary relief of symptoms.

MAT can address issues such as:
• stress and tension
• upper and lower back pain
• sciatica
• headaches
• neck pain
• frozen shoulder
• thoracic outlet syndrome
• bursitis
• hip and pelvic girdle discomfort

craniosacral therapy
The craniosacral system is the body’s physiological system that is responsible for the production, circulation, and absorption of craniosacral fluid. CranioSacral Therapy deals with the core rhythm or motion in the body that is created by the craniosacral system which surrounds the brain and spinal cord. This rhythm is translated throughout the entire body, and where the body lacks this motion, restrictions within the craniosacral system are found. Finding such restrictions makes it easier to locate and address the cause of acute and chronic problems.

Common issues addressed through CranioSacral Therapy:
• migraines/headaches
• chronic neck and back pain
• stress/tension related problems
• chronic fatigue
• scoliosis
• CNS disorders
• learning disabilities

sports and sports injury massage
Sports massage is the use of therapeutic massage to enhance the body's ability to perform and recover. This modality can include pre- and post-event massage, maintenance or recovery work, and the use of moist heat and/or cold presses. Range of motion techniques are also utilized to enhance the benefits of this work. Mason offers a combination of sports massage and Russian sports massage.

Sports injury massage focuses on locating causes of dysfunction and helping to relieve both chronic and acute pain. This is accomplished by working with major muscles using certain techniques to stimulate or relax specific muscle fibers. Myofascial pain can be the result of problems such as overuse or postural distortions, which typically cause twisting, rotating, tilting, and/or compression. Sports injury massage is designed to be specific to the area(s) of concern.

Both modalities are excellent therapies for active individuals.

Common benefits of sports massage:
• faster recovery
• reduced possibility of injury
• easing or elimination of recurring pain
• removal of lactic acid
• increased venous and lymphatic circulation
• improved flexibility
• decreased spasms

therapeutic massage
Therapeutic massage uses a combination of modalities such as Myoskeletal Alignment Technique, sports massage, deep tissue massage, PNF (proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation), Trigger Point Therapy, and CranioSacral Therapy. With this work, the therapist must be in tune with the body's needs in order to utilize the different types of strokes to achieve the desired therapeutic results. This form of massage therapy is ideal for maintenance work that follows other modalities which are more specific in nature. Therapeutic massage is designed to address the more superficial large muscle groups, to maintain appropriate range of motion, and to provide relaxation.

Benefits of therapeutic massage can include:
• increased circulation
• improved muscle tissue function
• stress reduction
• increased venous flow
• improved muscle tone
• deep relaxation
• loosened scar tissue
• release of endorphins
• improved muscle recovery
• increased joint flexibility

Reflexology is the art of manipulating reflex areas in the hands and feet. These areas relate to specific organs and body parts. Working on feet can be traced back as far as 2500 BC through ancient texts, artifacts, and illustrations. Reflexology as we know it today began first with Dr. William Fitzgerald and then Eunice Ingham.

In reflexology the body is viewed in ten segments, or zones, that run vertically from the head to the feet. Energy is thought to run through the zones, and if there is blockage of this energy, anything within that zone may be affected. Because the feet and hands have corresponding areas for all ten zones, they can be manipulated to affect the rest of the body.

“which modality is right for me?”