Align Body - Relieve Pain - Improve Wellness - Enhance Performance
Bodywork Ultra LLC
Bonnie Kimble, LMT, BCTMB
Neuromuscular Therapy is a scientifically-based proven and highly effective approach to relieving pain in the body. At the core of this work is a methodology for identifying the root causes of pain in the body.
By utilizing soft tissue release techniques, it is possible to restore proper alignment and biomechanics to the body, producing long-term relief from pain.
Neuromuscular Therapy is useful in treating a wide range of soft tissue complaints including:
Hip, knee and ankle pain
Plantar fasciitis, hammer toes, bunions
Rotator cuff injuries
Tennis elbow, golfer's elbow
Back and neck pain
Thoracic outlet syndrome
Ever wonder why a few days after leaving your massage appointment, the same issue (ankle problem, sore shoulder, headache, etc.) comes back? There may be something governing or holding that pain pattern in place. Craniosacral Therapy attempts to remove that governing hold on the body by freeing up restrictions in the bones of the cranium (both the skull and the facial bones). This work is usually incredibly relaxing...many clients fall into a light sleep and may even snore! It is also different from many massage modalities as it can be done fully clothed. It can feel like a deep head or scalp massage.
In addition to being relaxing, there are other significant benefits. The work helps to reset the body's muscular system to work better. Restriction in joints are freed up so joints can work as they're supposed to, which in turn allows the muscles to work as they're designed. This work can be very effective for endurance athletes who want to improve their performance.
If additional bodywork (NMT, Sports, etc.) is added onto the session, the "problem" areas are resolved much quicker than if no Craniosacral work was done. In addition to the immediate results, Craniosacral work will lead to longer lasting effects for the client.
Some of the issues that can be addressed by Craniosacral Therapy include:
Migraines and other headache pain
Neck and back pain
Muscle pain and restrictions that can hinder optimal performance
Active Isolated Stretching (AIS)
AIS is a method of stretching where the target muscle is first isolated. The antagonist (or opposite) muscle is contracted by the active client while a simultaneous stretch is done for no more than 2.0 seconds.
Over the last several decades most stretching has moved from a dynamic (bouncing) stretch, to a static stretch that is held for 60 seconds or longer. Research has shown that a static stretch over 2.0 seconds triggers a protective stretch reflex to further contract or tighten that muscle, which is the opposite of what we want to accomplish. With AIS, the target or isolated muscle stays relaxed while the antagonist muscle is contracting (reciprocal inhibition). This allows the isolated muscle to lengthen without trauma.
AIS helps improve circulation and increase the elasticity of muscle joints and fascia. The benefits gained by regular use of AIS techniques help restore range of motion, rehabilitate and prevent injuries.
This method of stretching is great for athletes, kids, elderly, those looking to prevent or rehabilitate an injury...really anyone who is looking to get more out of their daily lives!
For the serious athlete or the weekend warrior, sports massage helps you get the most out of your sports or fitness program.
Pre-, intra- and post-event massages are geared to help you train and perform at a higher level by:
Enhancing athletic performance
Decreasing workout recovery time
Increasing flexibility and range of motion
Swedish / Relaxation Massage
This massage helps you reduce stress levels and thereby gain a sense of connectedness and well-being throughout the body.
Mental and physical relaxation
Improved circulation and oxygen supply to muscles
Relief of muscle aches and tension
Improved immune function
What is that colorful tape that you may have seen recreational and professional athletes wearing, and what does it do? It's kinesiology tape, aka kinesio tape. And it helps their body heal while getting them back in the game! I was introduced to the tape at the Twin Cities Marathon Expo in Oct 2014. It allowed me to run the 10 Mile event with no pain, even though I had not been able to run more than 1 mile pain-free in over 4 months.
Kinesiology tape is an elastic tape that helps alleviate pain and facilitates the healing process in your body. It provides support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting motion. It also helps prolong the benefits of soft tissue bodywork and neuromuscular therapies. It's a great treatment to use after a massage session!
By microscopically lifting the skin, kinesio tape increases the interstitial space between the skin and muscles. The extra space created by lifting the skin relieves pressure on the lymph channels, blood flow and nerve receptors that send specific information to the brain. With more space for the lymph channels, the lymph flow is increased to help reduce inflammation. When the nerve receptors are compressed, as in an injury, they send stimuli to the brain about touch, pressure, cold, heat, and pain. The brain then responds by sending signals to the body on how to react to the stimuli. Kinesio taping alters the information these receptors send to the brain and causes a less reactive response in the body. The results allow the body to work the way it was designed (by increasing lymph and blood circulation) and removes some of the roadblocks that normally slow down the healing process.
The kinesio tape I am using is KT PRO, designed with a strong elastic core, which provides stronger support than cotton kinesiology tape. The adhesive is an acrylic based medical grade adhesive that is the best I've tried. This level of kinesio tape is designed to work for 5 - 7 days through tough sweaty workouts, swims, hot tubs and showers. I suggest you remove the tape gently 1 - 2 days before your bodywork session with me.
Common Injuries Kinesio Taping can help:
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About the Kinesio Taping Method
Many office workers have pain symptoms including a headache, stiff neck, tight shoulders, and an aching back. Tight muscles can be caused by stress and sitting at a desk all day hunched over a PC. The results can lead to decreased energy and mental fogginess.
A chair massage can provide a much needed break - both physically and emotionally - for the office worker. Sitting in a massage chair can alleviate strain on the back, neck and shoulders and provides a gentle break for eyes that are typically glued to a computer screen. Even 15 minutes in a massage chair can help increase circulation and revive energy levels leaving the employee more relaxed, energized and productive.
If your company is interested in offering a chair massage event for your employees, please contact me to set up a day and time.