Achieve Muscle Pain Relief and Stress Reduction.
Discover a Primary Cause of Sore Muscles & Pain …
with DSL Edgework Yoga & Bodywork Therapy
— RELIEF —
of Your Tensions, Stresses & Habit Patterns by
— RELEASE —
of Your Chronic, Excess Muscle & Nerve Tensions by way of
— RELAXATION —
of Your Neuro-Musculo-Fascial System
Muscle Pain Relief and Stress Reduction with DSL-Edgework:
Yoga / Bodywork / Whole
DSL Edgework is an Integrated System of Therapeutics focusing on the cause of sore muscles, muscle pain relief and stress reduction, utilizing:
• Hands-On, Myo-Structural Bodywork Techniques
• Mindful Stretching (AKA Physical/Mental Yoga*)
• Tai Chi/Chi Kung-based Exercise & Movement Therapy
• BIO-Structural Balancing (for selecting which muscles to work with & in what order)
* The word Yoga, as used by The DSL Method, means the increased degree of Attention one applies to whatever they are doing. The DSL Method of Let-Go Yoga is overtly NON-mystical, NON-religious, NON-authoritarian, and NON-guru in nature.
IMPORTANT MEDICAL DISCLOSURE: The following BENEFITS are generally experienced by most people who engage in such therapeutic activities. HOWEVER, Individual Results are widely variable, depending on, for example, how much stress, tension, injury, surgery, trauma (physical, mental or emotional), drug-use (legal & illegal), counter-productive exercise, sports or movement patterns, etc., one has experienced in their lives, and how much of it, including how many years. … Some individuals need FAR MORE TIME to achieve results others achieve in relatively short periods of time. …
The following results and benefits ASSUME that one’s issues are neuromuscular and/or myofascial in nature, and the potential Client has been pre-cleared by a competent physician for any degenerative conditions or actual tissue damage. (Yet finding physicians who understand and can evaluate for conditions resulting from C.E.M.&.N.T. [Chronic, Excess Muscle & Nerve Tension, discussed extensively on this website] versus actual tissue damage can be quite challenging. …
Frequently, Clients diagnosed with allegedly torn tissues, damaged nerves, inflammation, tissue weakness, and so on, clear up immediately with ONLY Tension Release Strategies of the nerves, muscles and fascia. Therefore, it is unlikely they actually had TRUE tissue damage.)
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Muscle Pain Relief
and Stress Reduction
The Objective of DSL Edgework is to DEEPLY RELAX and Substantially Decrease any accumulated C.E.M.&.N.T. (Chronic, Excess Muscle & Nerve Tension) and BALANCE the Structural & Postural Muscles of the Body.
This is one avenue toward discovering the cause of sore muscles and pain as well as effective Muscle Pain Relief and Stress Reduction.
Relaxation LENGTHENS muscles, which DE-Compresses the:
• Joints & Bones
• Tendons & Ligaments
• Other Muscle Groups
• Nerves & Blood Vessels
• Organs & Glands
Elimination of compression is an important factor in achieving Muscle Pain Relief and Stress Reduction.
Over time, with DSL Edgework, You Will Experience Decreased:
• AGING … Just Don’t DO It! . . .
• Tension & Stress
• Aches & Pains
• Shortness or Shallowness of Breath
• Negative Habit Patterns
Structurally Balancing the Muscles will:
• Provide FAR Deeper & Long-lasting RELAXATION
• Allow Far Better & More Effortless Posture
• Sit Straighter, Stand Taller & Walk with FAR Less Effort
• Move & Work with Gravity, not against it
• Increase Balance, Coordination & Precision Movement
• Allow More Free-Flowing of Energy & Vitality
• Increase Strength & Endurance
LEGAL NOTICE & DISCLAIMER:
The pages on this website are for EDUCATIONAL and INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY. There is no intention to imply, recommend, suggest or offer any medical or chiropractic diagnosis or treatment of any kind. …
This website, and this web page, is NOT in any way intended as an Offer to Provide Services, EXCEPT in Arizona. There are many, if not most, jurisdictions in the United States where it is not legal to provide the kinds of human health services I and many others have devoted our lives to studying, developing and providing. …
Therefore this page is here to demonstrate to you what kinds of Health Care & Assistance would be available to you IF a.) We had true Health Care Freedom in the United States; and b.) you could find Physicians or Therapists trained sufficiently to provide such services as are described in these pages. Yet such providers are few and far between. …
To provide such services, legalities must be examined and accounted for before anyone can make such services available to you. It would most likely be in a Foreign Jurisdiction where health care licensing laws, if they have any, are far more conducive to Natural Healing Philosophy & Techniques. …
Private Let-Go Yoga Sessions are at this time far less legally restricted than are the Hands-On, Myo-Structural Bodywork techniques I’ve developed over the last 35 plus years (in 2017). Yet manual bodywork is theoretically possible in certain states having adopted special legislation for Alternative Health Care Practitioners.
& Postural Balancing
for Muscle Pain Relief and Stress Reduction…
is accomplished, quite simply, by “nothing more” than Deep Relaxation & Balancing tensions of your Neuro-Musculo-Fascial system.
Many people spend years or decades with various aches, pains, dysfunctions and postural problems. Many never discover the cause for sore muscles in their particular case.
They search for answers to Muscle Pain Relief and Stress Reduction. Usually, their doctors and therapist have searched in vain for some structural explanation for their “soft tissue issues.” A misaligned vertebrae, a degenerated joint surface, bone spurs, degenerating or herniated discs, or … the list goes on. But for the most part, they look for and treat the various bone and cartiledge structures, or occasionally, the ligaments and tendons.
This sometimes works. … Yet often, it does not. … In such cases, it is the SOFT TISSUES of the body — the neuromuscular and musculofascial systems — where the Tissue Issues are really hiding out. But far too often, these Soft Tissue systems are all but ignored.
It is sometimes hard to believe, but many of our physical issues — the cause for sore muscles and even some life-long issues — result from our many years of slowly and incrementally accumulated C.E.M.&.N.T. (Chronic, Excess Muscle & Nerve Tension). So slow, in fact, we don’t notice it much, except maybe from getting a little stiffer, year by year, decade by decade; but no big deal (or so we think). The quietly, slowly, chronically contracting muscles are increasingly putting various pressures on nerves, blood vessels, joints, organs, tendons and ligaments, and even other muscles.
The Straw That Broke The Camel’s Back
THEN … some of us have a Straw That Broke The Camel’s Back Moment — merely picking up an empty suitcase or phonebook, or whatever — and BAM!, we’re on the floor with pain, maybe on the way to the hospital soon after that.
Or, we’ve had a few very traumatic events (car accidents, falling down stairs, etc.), setting such tensions in place, more-or-less instantly. And though the resulting symptoms might fade to varying degrees, the muscular contraction patterns in many cases do not go away on their own. Sometimes, they are there for life… Or the pain subsides but the limitations on movement do not. Or, you’re just deeply uncomfortable much, most, or all the time.
Therefore, IF it is C.E.M.&.N.T., in MANY CASES, it only takes deep, thorough RELAXATION of the neuromuscular and myofascial systems to relieve, and often eliminate, those soft tissue issues. Unfortunately, truly deep relaxation is not always as easy as some make it sound.
Learn More about C.E.M.&.N.T. HERE
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Now, many people regularly get various kinds massage or bodywork therapy (such as Rolfing®, NMT, Myofascial Release, Deep Tissue, etc.). But there are little known subtleties necessary to apply in those Clients who’ve had the really deeply held tensions that just never seem to go away. …
You will learn about those subtleties here in these web pages.
Structural & Nerve DE-Compression
One complicating factor, however, is that many people have structural or postural imbalances transmitting their problems to and from other parts of their body. So while their various doctors and/or therapists spend months or years trying to find the pain in their lower back, neck or where ever, they all miss the fact that many such pains are coming from over-contracted abdominal muscles, or hamstrings, or gluteals, or other possible muscles distant from where the experience of pain is. The cause of any particular pain might very well be transmitted from many different and very distant places within the body.
So too, nerves entrapped, compressed or otherwise irritated can send signals far up or down their pathways, sometimes through the central nervous system to other parts of the body.
(Just clench your fist really tight for a few moments and you can feel how quickly a nerve can get irritated. Now, imagine you’ve been clenching that fist for a few years or decades!!!)
Either way, be they structurally or neurologically transmitted strains, they are not always obvious, and can take a LOT of time to track down and then get them relaxed.
Self-Awareness Component of
Muscle Pain Relief and
For those who want an even more complete experience leading to muscle pain relief and stress reduction, adding in a Self-Awareness Component to the yoga and/or bodywork process engages far more of the entire Psycho-Neuro-Musculo-Fascial system. That’s because many of our tensions, stresses & habit patterns are held in place by our volitional nervous system, which operates, much or most of the time, in the subconscious mind.
The subconscious mind is, loosely speaking, just under the conscious mind, and is far more accessible than the un- or non- conscious systems.
In fact, modern neuroscience tells us that the conscious part of the brain is only capable of processing about 4 to 7 out of every 100,000 bits of data flowing through our nervous systems. So being and staying fully and mindfully aware of even a small fraction of our inner-processes is quite limited.
Most of it is controlled by un- or non-conscious layers of the brain and CNS (central nervous system).
By-the-way, when speaking of self-awareness, we mean merely (but often with profound positive results) that you are learning to place more in-the-moment ATTENTION on what you are feeling and doing, and getting progressively better at learning to feel more deeply, then learning to interpret what you’re feeling more accurately and fully, then responding effectively to what you see, feel and learn.
(This is why besides the initials of my name, DSL also stands for The Dynamics of Structural Learning. If you’d like to know more about that, you can down load an e-book called What Is DSL? later on this page below.)
The so-called “Magic” of Self-Awareness, as we use the concept here, is that Paying Attention to What You’re Doing & Feeling works better than the mind drifting off to whatever “catches your fancy” in that moment. Yeah, stuff can be accomplished, good results can happen, without focusing your mind much. You can work out or stretch while watching TV and often get SOME results.
But it’s nowhere near what’s possible when you are attentively, mindfully engaged in the process. Yet it is merely a matter of developing the skill and intention of becoming more interested in what you are feeling, and what your bodymind is telling you, and what to do about it. …
By self-aware, we also mean meditative. Yet ours is a NON-mystical or NON-religioius or NON-Hindu interpretation of what the word “meditation” or “mindfulness” means in other cultures and philosophies.
A NOTE ON MEDITATION: For those who think meditation is about trying to “make your thoughts stop,” we think that is counter-productive. Your mind does not like that idea at all, because it thinks that you NEED thinking to survive. Which you DO, just not all of the time.
But “stopping the mind” is perceived by your mind, literally, as a survival issue. … And thought thinks that stopping of thought means the stopping of life itself.
Your thinking mind is an INHERENT part of your very self-identity, and that identity will defend its existence at all costs. It might tolerate some modifications here and there, even some life-changing events. But telling it to go away is difficult, if not impossible. Trying to do so can even cause much self-delusion and psycho-pathology. …
Simply put, if you are Paying Attention (which is by definition an in-the-moment experience) to your various streams of thought (which are by definition past/future oriented) then the more attention you pay to your thoughts, the more your attention displaces those thoughts, and the thoughts tend to dissolve — without effort or willpower.
(This is NOT the same as free-association methods of meditation.) …
Discovering and Seeing Deeply how THAT process works can bring profound insights and revelations into many of the positive and negative workings of the mind — and body, too. It also turns the tables on the Thinking Mind because you are NOT trying to tell it to go away. You are actually intimately learning about the STRUCTURE of your mind by observing it, which is done in part by experiencing how the CONTENT of you mind flows through the structure. Yet ideally, you must do so in as mentally neutral a way as possible. …
Moving Your Mind into Your Musculature, such that the distinctions between them Dissolve, via Mindfulness.
~ David Scott Lynn (DSL)
FINALLY, when certain thought streams subside or stop, MANY neuromuscular tensions & habits just STOP right then and there. Other tensions and habits take more time to dissolve, but the principle is the same. (This is more true for those with tensions derived primarily from psycho-emotional issues.)
DSL-Edgework is NOT about “Quick Relief” of Symptoms or Conditions
Therefore, The DSL Method of Yoga & Bodywork is NOT in itself about “getting fixed,” or quick relief of pain or dysfunction, nor “fixing” your bad posture. DSL is about becoming more engaged in your internal, bodymind processes, gaining the mental and physical skills of self-awareness, self-evaluation, and self-adjustment — plus Tension Reduction Strategies — in harmony with the changing conditions of life. In the process, you release the natural forces within your bodymind that have been getting in your way for much of your life.
Paradoxically, when working with this without focusing too much on the goal of muscle pain relief and stress reduction, it can actually happen FASTER than if you’re trying to force it or “do it right.”
Your DSL Therapist does this merely by applying gentle pressure to your skin, fascia & muscles at certain locations in your body, and allowing your nervous system and awareness to make the necessary positive changes your bodymind needs. As your muscles “Auto-Magically”** start to relax, your therapist will increase their manual pressure to match your rate and depth of tension release. They will FOLLOW your musculo-fascial release, but will not PUSH the release.
(**It’s not really magic at all but I like that phrase!)
Why NO Pain, Means MORE Gain
Therein lies part of the secret to the NO Pain, MORE Gain philosophy of The DSL Method. The therapy should NOT be irritating AT ALL. It should be as fully relaxing experience as possible for you. You, the Client, are ALWAYS in charge of how much pressure or sensation you’re feeling. And it’s NOT about what you can tolerate.
You should LIKE or be totally NEUTRAL about what you are feeling. You should be inviting the sensations, NOT tolerating the sensations.
~ David Scott Lynn (DSL)
With a simple communication system you develop with your DSL Therapist, if you are feeling too much discomfort, or ANY kind of pain, they will ALWAYS back off to the degree you want and ask them to. (Intense sensations are fine, as long as they are not really pain. You’ll learn how to feel the difference.)
But YOU need to let them know in as Real Time as possible. You do not want to push your limits too much at all. At least not when you’re just getting familiar with the DSL process.
YES, to achieve Muscle Pain Relief and Stress Reduction, you are responsible to communicate your needs, but your therapist will, to the best of their ability, always be watching & listening to see if you’re slipping into discomfort or pain, then they’ll adjust pressure or technique as necessary. But it is not always smooth going or easy to tell when a Client is in pain, so ideally, it’s a two-way street.
For those who “like it deep” and “can take a lot of pressure,” you’ll find that works for some things, but NOT HERE. Not in therapy where your nervous system and muscles are hyper sensitive to the slightest increases of pressure, which are often unconsciously perceived as an intrusion and then defended against, often without you noticing it AT ALL!
You will get FAR MORE RELAXATION & RESULTS if you respect and respond to these often VERY subtle and “quiet” signals from your body. The very subtle reflex pathways of the nervous system are often SO subtle, you cannot feel them when they activate, nor if they persist. In fact, much of the results from The DSL Method come directly from the RE-sensitizing of those often subtle and widely varied messages of your nervous system, brain and mind.
RE-Sensitized ==>> Response-Able Self-Correction
Why bother to do all that? Why pay that much attention to what might appear on surface to be an “automatic process”? …
Because the experiences and skills you learn in therapy transfer over into your daily life such as working out, or doing your job, or even love-making.
This way, your bodymind becomes far more conscious of what’s really going on within you. And, gradually at first, you literally STOP tolerating many of the things you do that are not good for you. In many cases and circumstances, the bodymind Auto-Magically begins moving away from negative movements and postures, the not-so-beneficial actions & activities, you find yourself doing on a daily basis. Your RE-sensitized and increasingly Response-Able bodymind becomes Increasingly Self-Correcting, often before you realize you’re doing so.
You also learn to find those many brief moments throughout the day where you can instantly relax one or more muscle groups for brief moments, so as to prevent long-term accumulation of too much C.E.M.&.N.T.
(QUESTION: When does the heart muscle relax? …
… In between beats.)
You therefore learn to relax your muscles for very short moments at a time in between the many movements you do throughout your day-to-day activities. Done correctly, THIS MIGHT even be more valuable, in the long run, than doing a half hour stretching practice every day, as important as I think THAT is. The two approaches actually work together, achieving somewhat different yet complimentary results.
A Note On Muscle and Fascia
Many theorists and teachers teach about treating fascia as if it is a significantly different component compared to muscles. It’s often called Fascial Release, or Myofascial Release.
Problem is, they forget that deep fascia is the very material making up the sheaths of the muscle fibers.
Yes, they have VERY different structures, textures, and functions. Yet they are so intimately intertwined and integrated in their structures and functions, attempting or pretending to treat one separately from the other is, for the most part, an illusion.
You cannot touch the muscles without touching the deep fascia, and vice versa.
Muscles & Fascia are Integral, Harmonious Elements of the same system. Though very different in their internal structure, any assumed “separation” between muscle and deep fascia is mostly just an illusion. In most cases, treating one IS treating the other.
~ David Scott Lynn (DSL)
Slow & Steady NO Irritation = More Relaxation
Another Secret to DSL Therapy is the therapist’s manual pressure upon your skin and muscle is slow & steady, with very little overt movement. NO cross-fiber techniques, NO gliding or rubbing, NO “twanging” of muscles or fascia.
Those far more common bodywork techniques CAN, without doubt, be VERY EFFECTIVE for MANY of the problems of many people. They DO work much of the time. Yet for some people who are extremely stressed or traumatized, or too de-sensitized to tell, the more aggressive, “twangy” techniques can be far too irritating and counter-productive.
On the other hand, common Swedish and other styles of “relaxation or “spa” massage are more superficial in nature, and they are VERY beneficial in many ways, and should be used when possible. But those styles in many cases will NOT get down to the deeper layers of muscle & fascia necessary to get TRUE structural de-compression and postural balance.
Therefore, with DSL Therapy, there is much reduced or eliminated irritation of the nervous system, as well as direct pressure on layers of muscle and fascia most in need.
The Bottom Line is, You cannot Peel an Onion from the inside out, and it’s easier to Open the Door BEFORE you Walk through it.
~ David Scott Lynn (DSL)
That’s also how the DSL Therapist thinks about, feels, and works with your muscles, skin & fascia. The result is DSL Therapy usually gets far deeper than even the usual “deep tissue” methods, and they can stay in the necessary layers of soft tissue far longer because you are not resisting them at all. …
You are NOT experiencing irritation or trauma in order to get rid of your irritation or trauma!
(There is one minor exception to this, called Neuro-Fascial Release, which is similar to skin rolling in Neuromuscular Therapy. This involves a gentle lifting of the skin with a slight pinching action of the therapist’s fingers. It is sometimes not possible to do this without a LITTLE irritation in the first few moments. However, it is done VERY slowly, and VERY gently, so as, in most cases, to not be painful or irritating to You, the Client.)
As Mr. Gary Scott, author and publisher at www.garyascott.com said when receiving his first DSL session …
“When You Started working on me, my Brain told me I NEEDED this!”
DSL Edgework is NOT DIRECTLY about Relief of Symptoms or Conditions. That is a “by-product” or “side-benefit.”
DSL Edgework is about Learning to Let-Go & Relax in Deeper & Wider Dimensions.
BUT IF, somehow, your aches & pains and your various dysfunctions or bad posture are reduced or eliminated in the process of receiving DSL Therapy … WELL, Very Sorry about that, but that’s just an added bonus that we have no control over.
Thank You for taking the time to look into the DSL approach to the cause for sore muscles as well as Muscle Pain Relief and Stress Reduction.
MORE INFO on The DSL Method (e-Books & Client Handbook)
Thanks for Reading,
David Scott Lynn (DSL)
DSL: Your Hi-Touch Uplink to Your Inner-Net*
Inner-Net: Your Psycho-Neuro-Muscular-Fascial System