Movement and Manual therapy in Boulder, CO
Hey there East Bay humans, I'm looking for space to see bodywork clients very soon. In the meantime, my SF office is still reeeeal close to the 16th st. BART--come see me!
FYI, I'm eventually looking for 600-1000 sq ft. of Live/Work (or commercial) space in order to open a center where I can teach and host workshops in addition to my private work. Let me know if ya see anything!
Hey all! After completing pre-training and an intense 2 week+ teacher training, I am now an apprentice trainer! I am incredibly excited to be offering 60 minute sessions in the GYROTONIC® METHOD! I can't talk enough about how brilliant, complete, and practical this system is!
I'm offering sessions at San Francisco GYROTONIC® (in the Alonso Lines Ballet Building on Seventh and Market) and East Bay GYROTONIC® in Rockridge, Oakland.
From the GYROTONIC® website: https://www.gyrotonic.com/gyrotonic.aspx)
The Gyrotonic method is an orginal, and unique movement method that enables simultaneous lengthening and strengthening of muscles, stimulates circulation, and enhances joint mobility, and coordination. Gyrotonic exercise sequences are composed of spiraling, circular movements, which flow together seamlessly in rhythmic repetitions, with corresponding breathing patterms. WIth Gyrotonic exercises, each movement flows into the next, allowing the joints to move through a natural range of motion without jarring or compression. These carefully crafted sequences create balance, efficiency, strength and flexibility.
The body is designed to work as one harmonious system, to follow arcing and spiraling paths of motion, and to transition from one movement to the next smoothly, and efficiently. Gyrotonic method creator, Juliu Horvath , designed a specialized line of equipment around these natural movement patterns of the human body.
Because Gyrotonic equipment is highly adjustable, it can be customized to fit each persons unique physique, and ability, adapting for things such as height, arm and leg length and physical ability.
Gyrotonic classes can be adapted to fit anyone's ability. The Gyrotonic method is practiced by people from all walks of life, including ccomplished athletes and dancers, college students, baby boomers, senior citizens, and people with disabilities.
GYROTONIC® is a registered trademark of Gyrotonic Sales Corp and is used with their permission
This is the second half of a pair of exercises meant to balance and lengthen the fascia of the entire body. This exercise is particularly good for frozen shoulder, carpal tunnel, tennis elbow, neck pain, shoulder pain and so on...
Here's one half of the maintenance routine that I prescribe almost unilaterally to all my clients. Its great for Pelvic Pain, Low-back or Sacral Pain, Plantar fasciitis, tight achilles, tight hamstrings and more.
Curious about how postural assessment works? Check out my video!
Osteopathy and chiropractic work to change the relationships in the skeletal and joint structure. The benefit of this type of work is clear to anyone one who with a misaligned cervical vertebrae and the subsequent neck pain or someone with a misaligned rib and the associated difficulty in breathing. Move these bones back into correct alignment and the associated pain or dysfunction will lessen. For those injured as a result of an impact—such as a car accident—skeletal and joint adjustments are often the quickest way to get them back on their feet.
Rolfing and other systems of structural integration utilize the same principle; bring the structure into alignment to optimize functioning of the system. However, SI works at different level of the body in order to align the structure. The skeleton is held in place by muscles and the organ of structure—fascia. Muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, etc., all form a perfectly tensioned network that creates your shape and determines the ability of your skeleton to move. Often, a chronically contracted muscle or other shortened tissue keeps the skeleton out of alignment. Making adjustments to the skeleton alone is not enough. In order to restore the skeleton and the structure of the body, muscles and fascia need to lengthened and balanced if the change is to last. Further, because these tissues form a body-wide network, balance must be achieved throughout. Think about a tent hung from a central pole with wires spreading the tension evenly throughout the structure. If one line is too loose or too tight it will affect the whole of the structure. This is just as true in the body; it must be balanced as a whole.
Sharon shuffled into her massage therapist's office wondering what was wrong with her muscles. After two weeks of working overtime at her job, she had resumed her normal exercise routine. Instead of the relief she expected, she left the gym with more pain and even developed a disturbing complication: tingling in her fingers. Fortunately, her therapist knew the root of the problem was the fact that Sharon's fascia was distorted.
Researchers are learning how massage soothes aching muscles.A massage after vigorous exercise unquestionably feels good, and it seems to reduce pain and help muscles recover. Many people — both athletes and health professionals – have long contended it eases inflammation, improves blood flow and reduces muscle tightness. But until now no one has understood why massage has this apparently beneficial effect.
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.