Sometimes in our fitness practices we hit noticeable plateaus and certain movements may become difficult, painful, or out of reach. This is where manual therapy can benefit you. In all movement practices, whether it is dance, weight lifting, yoga or even Pilates, our old structural and movement patterns can limit our abilities. For example, you might notice tightness in a length of tissue or pain in a joint. You might experience trouble with a movement or a pose, or feel noticeable imbalances across your body. This is often a result of a pattern that is deeply ingrained in the tissues of your body, in your nervous system, and even in your brain. One common example is rounding of the shoulders and a tight and depressed chest as a result of working on your computer and smart phone all day. If you move and work from this unbalanced posture or habitual state you may improperly load your body and improperly activate your muscles and tissues. If this is not corrected you will continue strengthening your body improperly and find yourself more out of balance than when you started. Manual therapy techniques aim specifically to release and correct this dysfunction and restore anatomical balance. This relieves tensions in muscles, tendons and ligaments, correcting distortion and thus returning the overall structure to a healthier state of balance and ease. Moving from this state you will be able to make more immediate and noticeable gains from whatever movement discipline you practice and improve the overall quality of your life.