An Advanced, Whole Health Approach
to Mindful Medical Massage Therapy,
Myo-Structural Bodywork & Balancing,
and Myo-Structural Yoga Therapy …
— DSL Edgework —
Advanced, Whole Health Solutions for
Complex, Chronic Soft Tissue Issues
HOW TO REDUCE C.E.M.&.N.T.*
* Chronic, Excess Muscle & Nerve Tension & Stress —
The Cause of MANY “Soft Tissue Issues” of Pain, Dysfunction,
Loss of Basic Functions, Poor Posture & Premature Aging
Knowing How It Works,
Tells You How to Work It!
Knowing & Understanding how Chronic, Excess Muscle & Nerve Tension & Stress causes so many issues of Pain, Dysfunction & Limitations on Life helps you unravel & resolve your Clients’ Soft Tissue Issues.
Knowing How the PRECISE Physiology & Neurology of neuro-muscular, myofascial & musculoskeletal / joint structures really work tells you HOW to most Effecticiently* work with those soft tissues.
* Effecticient — Effective plus Efficient, because they should come together when possible.
What Is Medical Massage Therapy?
And A Definition Of Medical Massage
Mindful Medical Massage Therapy combines a more overtly meditative state for both Client and Therapist in the therapy process. Our approach is to not try to “chase the pain” or “treat the muscle.” It is not a “poke & hope” approach where you just “do the routines,” pressing on muscles here and there, and hoping “something works.”
We recognize that much of the trouble in the various systems of the human body are too much nerve activity or “excitement” (medically speaking, neural irritation or hypertonicity) sending excessive signals to the organs & muscles and joints & glands of the body. In turn, these excess, irritating signals keep these various nerve, muscle and organ tissues in an irritated, excessively stressed and hyper-tense state.
Meaning, they are working too hard, too often, building up too much stress.
This state of heightened nerve activity is a major cause of many Soft Tissue Issues — the conditions, symptoms, aches & pains, and many other dysfunctions — many of us face.
We operate on the principle that most or all musculo-fascial tensions are held in place by excess activity in the higher levels of the Central Nerve System (CNS), or in various layers or levels of the Brain itself.
In Our View, Medical Massage is a process of determining which muscles and/or organs are most responsible for a Client’s pain, symptoms, or conditions, be they at or distant from the pain or dysfunctional area.
Then, the treatment embraces and engages ALL ASPECTS of the Client’s Bodymind to create systemic, whole body responses to the therapy.
Etymologically (historically), the word Medicine means to measure, to moderate, to meditate, to cure. We therefore support & encourage a Client to meditatively use an “inner measure” (self-awareness) to moderate the neural & biochemical processes leading to an eventual cure of the Client’s symptoms. And that cure is achieved, in our view, primarily by reducing the C.E.M.&.N.T. (Chronic, Excess Muscle & Nerve Tension & Stress) that is compressing, irritating or otherwise interfering with the proper function of the Client’s Bodymind.
Rather than “treating the muscle” to “fix” the muscle, or the fascia, we are using manual pressure on musculofascial units to “talk to” the CNS & Brain — even the MIND.
We touch the muscles — with varying degrees of pressure* — in a way to send sensory signals from the skin, muscles & fascia to the CNS & Brain via the nerve pathways.
* And that Pressure should always be well within the Client’s tolerance levels. They should like or be neutral about the sensations they are experiencing. They should be INVITING, not FIGHTING the sensations. They should never be “tolerating” the sensations.
NO Pain Means MORE Gain
If the bodymind — the CNS & Brain and nerve inputs — is experiencing pain or intrusiveness, it will NOT fully relax, nor will it integrate, if at all, the changes in the musculofascial units to any great degree.
Very often, it will RESIST the relaxation process. OR, while the local muscles & fascia MIGHT relax and decompress to some degree, it will only last for a short time. Then, sometime after the treatment is over — be it hours or days — your historical habit patterns take back over and return the tension & stress levels and patterns of the muscle and organs back to where they were before the treatment. Sometimes worse.
It is only when the CNS, the Brain, and the Mind is experiencing a Positive, NON-Intrusive level of sensation that it can more fully relax & integrate the changes happening in the neuro-musculo-fascial system.
If the signals to the CNS & Brain are “appropriately administered” with the “right amount” of intensity of sensations and steady, focused pressure, we can “reset” the activity levels in the CNS & Brain, causing those nerve pathways to reduce the level of nerve signals (irritation) they’re sending to the muscles, fascia, joints and organs & glands.
And it is up to the Client to be constantly monitoring their sensation levels and report when they become too intense.
Proper Stimulation of various soft tissues “automatically” or “spontaneously” trigger a reduction of motor nerve signals and resulting reduction in tension, stress and in some cases trauma.
As motor nerve signals (irritation) to the muscles and organs decrease, tension & stress levels spontaneously reduce their activity, frequency and intensity of action. Very often, pain patterns will reduce or stop all together. Dysfunction can reduce or stop all together as well.
BIO-Structural Analysis &
Knowing Principles of Structural Anatomy, Functional Kinesiology & Postural Balancing — including how to interpret a wide range of Postural Distortions — allows You to develop better Myo-Structural Balancing Strategies for treating Soft Tissue Issues other therapists & physicians have not been able to successfully treat or fully resolve.
Understanding Physical Forces such as Vector Lines of Impact & Energy and Repetitive Actions & Stresses experienced by your Clients during day-to-day activities as well as stress, injury & trauma give you Greater, more Relevant Insights into better Treatment Strategies.
Low Intensity, Homeopathic Doses of Sensation
During Manual Treatment & Stretching
— NO Pain is Preferred & FAR More Effecticient —
Understanding DSLs NO Pain, More Gain Philosophy & how to activate Parasympathetic Nerve Functions helps you enhance Your Client’s built-in, internal, self-healing, regenerative & restorative health processes.
(Activating Parasympathetic Nerve Function might well be THE most important aspect of most Whole Health Therapeutic Processes.)
Mindfulness In Therapy
Taking Clients Mindfully Deeper into their Internal, Meditative & Psycho-Logical Reality more fully engages their Mind & Brain, especially the deeper layers of the brain, where the REAL, most profound and long-lasting changes in their neuro-muscular & myo-fascial systems really happen at the deepest level.
That is, in part, because many of the tensions and stresses we carry within us originated in the sub- or un-conscious aspects of the brain & mind. If so, those parts of the BodyMind must participate in, be engaged in, the healing process to get a full resolution of symptoms and conditions.
The Great Reset we are looking for of our nervous system and brain requires, in great part, a …
RADICAL RELAXATION …
of Specific & Overall Nerve & Musculo-Fascial Systems.
This is the Primary Objective of DSL Therapy:
To Achieve such Radical Relaxation, DSL Trained Therapists switch from “treating muscles” to using skin, muscles & fascia to “talk to” or communicate with deeper levels of the Nervous System & Brain.
The REAL, more profound, more permanent changes in neuro-muculo-fascial systems occur when deeper levels of the nervous system and brain alter their patterns of activity, especially in reduction of such excess activity.
The Way we contact tissues in the periphery of the body (skin, nerves, muscles, fascia & joints) though Manual Contact and Conscious Stretching of tissues is what effecticiently communicates with the deeper levels of the nervous system & brain.
Properly applied, this Communication allows Nerves & Brain to “RESET” their levels of activity to a more relaxed, less hyper-active, more normal state. This allows the parasympathetic system — the primary source of rest, relaxation, restoration, rebuilding of tissues, immune function, and such — to become more fully active.
Welcome to the Home of The
DSL Method of Soft Tissue Therapeutics:
BodyMInd Breakdowns: How Musculo- Fascial Issues Cause Pain & Dysfunction
Mindful Medical Massage Therapy
Myo-Structural Bodywork & Balancing
BIO-Structural Analysis & Strategy
Postural Alignment & Functional Capacity
Posture-based, Myo-Structural Yoga Therapy
Whole Health Principles & Practices
In-Depth Medical & Physical Sciences
Self-Care for Therapists & Clients
A Wholistic Philosophy, Psychology & Science of Being Human
Developed & Presented by
David Scott Lynn
Mindful Medical Massage as applied to Soft Tissue Therapeutics is a vastly under-appreciated & under-utilized modality for evaluating and treating many conditions and symptoms arising from often unrecognized Soft Tissue Issues.
Myo-Structural Bodywork & Balancing is an often Missing Element for determining a Proper and “Effecticient” Strategy of treatment.
Effecticient = Effective + Efficient,
because they should come at the same time
Medical Massage Therapy School
If you are looking to go to Massage School to get a Massage Therapy License, the two schools I know of most closely aligned with my above described approach are the:
These schools were Founded by Kyle C. Wright and are Directed by Kimberly Williams and Sean Ivan. They each have almost 30 years experience training more than 12 Thousand new therapists to become successful practitioners of advanced neuro-musculo-fascial & joint therapy.
They also teach Spa-style, Swedish Massage Therapy, as well.
In 1993, Kyle Wright took my DSL Edgework training program and immediately integrated my approach into his Foundational Massage School Curriculum in Jacksonville, Florida.
Kyle went on to expand to five schools in the Southeastern United States, named the Southeastern Schools of Neuromuscular & Masssage Therapy. …
After selling those schools to Keiser Education, Kyle started two new schools, the Schools of Advanced Bodywork, in Charlotte NC and Jacksonville FL, which are currently operating.
Even if you have to temporarily relocate to get trained in such advanced therapy, it might be well worth your time to do so. Their 500 Hour Program qualifies you to sit for the National MBLEX Test, which many states recognize.
And Kyle has kept the cost of his schools at an UN-reasonably Low Price, as well, if you ask me. … Personally, I think he should be at Premium Pricing. But he wants everyone to be able to afford his school. … SO, There You Go!
Thank You for Reading,
David Scott Lynn (DSL*)
DSL: Your High-Touch Uplink to Your Inner-Net …
Inner-Net: Your Psycho-Neuro-Musculo-Fascial & Joint System
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