How Mindful Medical Massage, Bodywork & Yoga Therapies Are REAL Wellness & Elegant Anti-Aging Medicine
After 40 years as a Neuro-Musculo-Fascial & Myo-Structural Therapist, I’ve been frustrated by how often someone like a massage therapist says “we don’t really fix anything.” Or so many doctors think massage JUST makes you “feel better,” but is not a “serious medical modality.”
This became VERY, and painfully, obvious when, during the COVID Lockdowns began in 2020. Massage Therapy (which includes bodywork) was classified as a “Non-Essential” trade. That put ME out of work for well over a year, and the repercussions lasted for another year after the lockdowns were lifted. (That’s an entire article or even a book in itself!)
Distinctions Between Massage and Bodywork: Generally speaking, in modern times, “massage” tends to refer to the more “spa style” of massage, more relaxing, more “feel good,” more luxury focused. “Bodywork” refers more to specific therapeutic modalities targeting, and working toward resolving, various symptoms & conditions, aches & pains, a wide range of dysfunctions, and so on. …
It should be noted, however, that in the late 1800s and early 1900s, “massage” referred to a highly therapeutic, almost medical approach to hands-on, mostly manual medicine. Yet at the turn of that century, the allopathic medical interests, driven in great part by the Rockefeller Oil & Banking enterprises, worked to put most traditional health & medical modalities out of business, if not made outright illegal.
As a result, Massage was relegated to a much lower status, to the point that in the 1970s & ’80s, massage became associated with prostitution, and in Chicago, massage was overseen by the Police Vice Squad!
In recent decades, legitimate Massage Therapists have had an uphill battle in recovering their former status as an effective manual medical modality. So far, they have been making great gains in overcoming the false negative stereotypes imposed upon them by anti-free enterprise “interests” such as the Rockefeller and Carnegie businesses.
So just how “NON”-essential was *I* as a Whole Health Practitioner specializing in Hands-On Muscle Therapy by way of Myo-Structural Bodywork & Yoga Therapy?
• How about my Client scheduled for a SECOND hip replacement on the SAME hip because the metal appliance they installed on his femur was breaking through the wall of his pelvis? And they were going to try and “fix” it!
You can see a detailed article on that HERE … But the result is in THREE 90-minute, hands-on therapy sessions, he was out of pain, with full restoration of range of motion. And he was a solo-carpenter carrying his own drywall, plywood, tools etc. A year later he was still out of pain without further treatment, although I did show him a few stretches to help maintain the results.
• Or the woman scheduled for a major double surgery to straighten a 75-degree lumbar (low back) scoliosis? (Including opening her up her belly, moving her intestines out of the way, and removing an entire vertebrae. (!!!) Then two days later put two rods up the sides of her spine. … The details of that surgical process make me shudder every time I think about it.) The very first time I worked with her for about four hours, she said her pain was ALREADY substantially reduced.
Illustration to right is a line tracing approximation of a 75 degree scoliosis. … (Original X-ray and photographs are protected by HIPPA regulations.)
• Or the woman with a severe pain in her neck for 20 plus years that fully interfered with her life? She worked with various practitioners to manage the pain for many years, but no real relief. We found a “knot” (hypertonic muscle) at the base of her neck that we were able to “dissolve” with manual therapy. It took a lot of work over several months, but we got her substantially put of pain.
• Or the man who was scheduled for a spinal surgery? The doctors wanted to do a lumbar laminectomy on him. … I met him on a bus in Boston, and when we got off, I showed him THREE stretches. I did NO manual therapy with him. … I ran into him a couple of weeks later, and he said he felt like a million bucks and he had cancelled the surgery!
• Or the gentleman in Sedona who was looking for an orthopedist to help him with a major pain in his upper right hip and lower right back? His right hamstring was literally like a steel cable. It took a LOT of work, but we got that hamstring to relax & lengthen, taking the pressure off his hip and back. … After getting him out of pain two years ago, he gets a 3-hour maintenance session every other week just as an “insurance policy.”
Or this Testimonial from a Medical Doctor:
Having had experience with many different bodyworkers, David’s technique is certainly unique. There are levels of healing he achieves I’ve never seen before. This is clearly a result of a vast knowledge of anatomy and physiology combined with decades of hands-on experience.
~ Dr. John Bordiuk
Nutritional M.D. & Yoga Teacher
Inner Balance Med • Wellesley, MA
Or this Testimonial from a Chiropractor:
I have worked with many soft tissue therapists over the years. David Scott Lynn is the only one educated and skilled enough to do what I want with full confidence that the job will be done. My patients definitely feel the difference.
~ Gary Fujinami • Doctor of Chiropractic
East-West Chiropractic & Acupuncture Center
After 40-years of specializing in working with people who have extreme, chronic, non-responsive problems, I can go on and on with such stories. And I know muscle therapists all over the country who get similar results with THEIR Clients.
SO … How many of THOSE people do you think call me (or other therapists) “non-essential.”
The Point Is … properly done, Massage / Bodywork Therapy, as well as Yoga Therapy, can produce excellent medically-oriented results for their Clients or Patients. And it is non-toxic, non-invasive, and if you believe the extremely low insurance actuarials, the potential risk or danger from massage or bodywork, or yoga, is minimal at most. Yet because no drugs or surgery are involved, such therapies are looked down upon by orthodox medical doctors. Many osteopaths and chiropractors don’t put much stock in what we do either.
So, if those results ARE available to Clients or Patients, WHO has the VALID Lawful or Moral “Authority” to determine those Clients should be deprived of such results? …
I submit that NO ONE except the Client or Patient themselves have such authority. Their doctors or therapists can serve in advisory or educational capacity. Yet for ANYONE to order what the C/P should or should not do is a violation of Personal Sovereignty.
WHAT Is Medicine?
There is a great difference between the various meanings of the word medicine. A good place to start is the writings of the Great Physicist, David Bohm. Bohm did much work attempting to bridge the gap between modern physical sciences from a Western perspective, versus the introspective insights from the Eastern religions, such as Yoga and Hinduism. And in between those two we have the philosophy & languaging of the Ancient Aramaics, of whom Jesus of Nazareth was a major figure.
The root word and meaning of the word medicine is mederi, or to measure. Bohm describes in some detail the difference between the Inner and Outer approaches to “measuring,” as a means to perceiving, understanding, and operating in the world. Here is an excerpt from his book, Wholeness and the Implicate Order:
In this regard, measure was not looked on in its modern sense as being primarily some sort of comparison of an object with an external standard or unit. Rather, this latter procedure was regarded as a kind of outward display or appearance of a deeper ‘inner measure,’ which played an essential role in everything. When something went beyond its proper measure, this meant not merely that it was not conforming to some external standard of what was right but, much more, that it was inwardly out of harmony, so that it was bound to lose its integrity and break up into fragments. [… This is about a Spiritual Experience of One’s Self. ~ DSL]
One can obtain some insight into this way of thinking by considering the earlier meanings of certain words. Thus, the Latin ‘mederi’ meaning ‘to cure’ (the root of modern ‘medicine’) is based on a root meaning ‘to measure.’ This reflects the view that physical health is to be regarded as the outcome of a state of right inward measure in all parts and processes of the body. [… Inward or inner measure is in great part a meditative or mindful process or experience.]
Similarly, the word ‘moderation,’ which describes one of the prime ancient notions of virtue, is based on the same root, and this shows that such virtue was regarded as the outcome of a right inner measure underlying man’s social actions and behaviour. Again, the word ‘meditation,’ which is based on the same root, implies a kind of weighing, pondering, or measuring of the whole process of thought, which could bring the inner activities of the mind to a state of harmonious measure. So, physically, socially and mentally, awareness of the inner measure of things was seen as the essential key to a healthy, happy, harmonious life. [Emphasis added]
Wholeness and the Implicate Order
~ David Bohm Routledge Classics
1980 – Page 48
SO … So-called modern medicine has moved almost exclusively toward “outer measure” with usually expensive machinery rather than a meditative “inner measure” of the Client or Patient’s “inner physiology” or “inner reality,” or however you’d like to describe it. Mederi also means to meditate, to moderate, to mediate, to cure.
In modern, outer measure medicine, the C/P is relegated to a passive observer or recipient in the process. Just take this drug or submit to this procedure, be it surgery, radiation and so on. They have no real participation beyond reporting a few symptoms.
We could get into a lengthy discussion about how the more TRULY traditional approaches to whole health medicine were nearly eliminated by the take-over of medicine by the oil, drug & banking industries. This began around 1910 and over the following few decades. This all happened because of several factors, but at bottom was the quest to use medicine as a Path to Power, Profits & Prestige.
It took several decades, but the U.S. Medical System moved increasingly toward centralized operations and consolidated power. This gradually removed the formerly decentralized, localized, Doctor / Patient Relationship (where the REAL Healing Action is) from the local level to the corporate level (where it is mostly about MONEY on the surface and POWER at deeper levels), and now it is even further removed and being managed by the federal government (where it is mostly about POWER).
It is me and many people like me who have intentions of reversing that trend, returning health & medical care back to the fully decentralized level where the objective was healthier human beings rather than corporate profitability. (I am NOT against profits. I’m just against ILL-gained profits. … Pun was not intended, but I’ll take it!)
Many years ago (maybe late 1980s, early 1990s?), JAMA (Journal of American Medical Association) published an article describing how little time the typical physician gives the typical patient to describe their conditions or complaints. It was generally well under a few minutes. For too many doctors, medical care became more about the NUMBERS … and The People — the Patients — were just numbers. …
Get ’em in, get ’em out. … Cha Ching! … NEXT!!!
There was / is NO time or interest in “meditative” or “mindful engagement” at all.
Yet in MY practice, I long ago realized that to try to fit Client Care into “The Clinical Schedule” was a losing proposition for the Client. Therefore, I schedule plenty of time in between Clients, in case we run over in a therapy session.
I frequently have Clients where we spend 15, 20, 30 minutes JUST in me listening to and digging in to Their Story. A number of very traumatized and injured people, with multiple “injury & trauma events” throughout their life, were able to give me their Inner Big & Deep Picture.
Consequently, after taking the time to dig deeper, I find out “stuff” that happened MANY years previous, or details about “stuff” that appeared to be too minor to consider. FAR more than ANY health care professional had ever done with them before. All that allowed me to generate a Map or “Mosaic in my Mind” of what was REALLY going on in their body as a result of all those “old” events, many of which were still “living rent free” in the Client’s body and mind. And had often been forgotten all together. (It is amazing what some people can “forget.”)
Therefore, we were able to discover and focus on what was REALLY bothering them, not what was only showing on the immediate surface.
THAT is the very definition of Wholistic Medicine. …
“Wholistic” is about getting and addressing the Whole Picture as best as possible. Treating immediate symptoms and conditions is very often inadequate and superficial, missing the true root causes. Or it takes the physicians or therapist off in an altogether incorrect direction.
This, of course, requires the Therapist to be VERY Attentive & Present to the Client’s story, thoughts, and feelings controlling their current experience. This attentiveness is called … Mindfulness.
WHAT Is Mindfulness?
Meditation and Mindfulness are closely related, but not quite the same. Meditation is more about substantially quieting the mind so as to be as close to totally or immediately perceptive of “what is” within the present moment as possible. It is a reduction or stopping of “thinking” or “visualization,” of the verbalizations of the mind, or images or memories occupying and flowing through the conceptual mind.
Meditation is more of a free-flowing of awareness.
Concentration is the opposite. Concentration is when your mind is fully focused on a specific or narrow sensation, object, or idea. Or what someone is saying. Concentration is fully focused within or toward a relatively Narrow or Singular Point of View.
Whereas meditation is expansive — with NO One “Point” of View. It is very widely UN-focused.
An Example of this is the Martial Arts Master. Top level masters will tell you that if their concentration is too focused, they run the risk of being too fixated on just a few aspects of what their opponent is or is not doing. Yet when their attention is widely attentive, they can see EVERYTHING their opponent is and will be doing. They can “see” their opponents actions before they DO those actions.
Mindfulness is somewhere in between meditation and concentration, maybe somewhat closer to meditation than concentration. It is about using a small amount of relaxed willpower to invest the somewhat quieted mind into a particular activity or sensation. But it is NOT much about thinking about what you are doing. It is being more openly attentive & aware, of FEELING what you are doing.
However, you CAN be mindful of your thinking. Here, we get into the differences between reactive thinking and reflective thinking. (But that’s beyond the scope of this particular article.)
The Balance & Cooperation Between Thought & Awareness
Whether it be martial arts, athletics of other kinds, or musicians, or various activities (even knitting, which can be VERY “mindful”), there are generally three phases of becoming “great” at the activity.
The First Phase is your thinking mind gets interested in some activity that catches your interest or attention. Your thinking mind gets you going and keeps you in pursuit of the activity.
Then if your interest level persists, in Phase Two, your mind focuses in and motivates you to start practicing over and over again the movements or actions necessary to perform the activity. You do this relatively constantly and repetitively until the activity becomes “embedded” or “conditioned” into your neuro-musculo-fascial system. …
The Action literally becomes a part of You.” … It is embedded in your nervous system.
Some people call this “muscle memory.” However it is more accurately called psycho-neuro-musculo-fascial memory. Because it involves the mind & emotions, the nerves, the muscle cells and the fascia.
Then, in the Third Phase, in order to move to the Level of a Master, your thinking mind starts reducing the amount of “control” it exerts over your movements & actions. You become more fully aware of just being in the present moment, without thinking too much or “commanding” your body to do the actions. The movements & actions that have become part of your system by the repetitive practice begin to spontaneously emerge with great interest & energy, but without big doses of willpower.
There IS a Fourth Phase or Level. That is The Virtuoso. This is the World Class Master. … Bruce Lee was a World Class Master of Martial Arts. … Itzhak Perlman was a World Class Master of the Violin. … Steve Jobs was a World Class Master of Visionary Entrepeneurship & Technology. … Stanley Kubrick and Oliver Stone were or are World Class Masters of Movies & Documentaries.
The difference between Level Three and Level Four Masters is that, except maybe in the case of child prodigies, Fourth Level Masters Live & Breath their chosen endeavors almost to the exclusion of everything else.
Such people do not have to “concentrate” on what they are doing. They ARE what they are Doing. They are so interested & dedicated, so drawn into “the energy” of what they are doing, there is little or no effort for them to invest the Time, Intelligence & Energy necessary to achieve their World Class Status.
One characteristic of meditation and mindfulness is your field of awareness is expanded to be more likely to perceive, feel or cognize what you are less likely to notice if you are in deep in thought. Thought is, to a great degree, an aggregate of memories projecting into the future.
Think of a time you were in conversation with someone. Then they said something that made you think of something else, maybe related, maybe not. And you were now thinking about what they said, or about something else. But either way, you soon realized you were no longer hearing what they were saying next. …
Then maybe you get embarrassed but have the dignity to ask them to repeat what they said. Or you try to fake it and piece it together by what they say next. Or something along those lines. …
So them talking was what was “happening” in the “present moment.” But you suddenly were not hearing them because your thinking took over your conscious awareness for that moment.
Staying truly in the present moment is one of THE most difficult things for most people to do.
Does the Body Speak in English?
SO, when it comes to Mind-Body Medicine … you might have heard the phrase “listen to your body.” But your body does NOT speak in English. It communicates more in feeling states & movements caused by what’s going on deeper in your bodymind. In order to HEAR those messages from the body, your THINKING mind needs to be more quiet so your FEELING mind can “hear” what’s being said in that moment.
As you practice and become more skilled at feeling and interpreting your body, and becoming more educated and informed about how your body works, you become more competent at evaluating and responding to what the messages from your body are telling you. It should be obvious that the more accurate and relevant information you have, the better your responses to “reality” can and even will be.
Yet this is dependent on the quality of your knowledge and insight being accurate and properly applied to the current situation. So now, with your enhanced self awareness, when you go to the doctor or therapist, you can tell them more about what is REALLY going on within your BodyMind.
That’s in part because now you are starting to realize your body is not just the vehicle carrying your mind around. You start to realize the sensations and movements of your body are actually a part of your mind.
Your Mind is an extension of your Body.
And your Body is an extension of your Mind.
They are two sides of the same coin.
Now, in your health & medical care, you can move from being a passive spectator, just letting your doctor tell you what to do, or just having your therapist manipulate your body. You move into Participatory Medicine, where you are a full, active participant in the process.
Now, it is true. Some doctors and therapists with control issues will NOT like that. They might push back at or on you, assuming a more authoritarian, “doctor knows best” attitude. … If so, and they will not cooperate, I suggest you find a different doctor or therapist.
A Primary Objective of the DSL Method of Bodywork …
… is to use mindful medical massage, myo-structural bodywork and structural yoga therapy to open the doors to more fully integrating your mental, emotional & physical processes.
We work to “draw” your mind down into the sensations of your body and feelings of your emotions. This helps you “tune in” to what your body is feeling and telling you. The more you “know” about what’s going on in your body, the better you’ll be able to work with and manage your various physical and mental processes.
And the more you can report much or all this to your therapist in “real time,” the better they’ll be able to help You achieve your Health Care Goals & Objectives.
WHAT Is Wellness?
WELL, that’s an interesting, wide-ranging topic. And it is mostly determined by YOU. It’s about fulfilling YOUR criteria about how you want to feel, what you want to be able to DO in the World & Life. It’s about being more proactive in your activities and lifestyle. …
And YOU are the one who sets the Objectives.
Wellness operates in several areas or levels. None are more important than the other, as they are all interdependent on each other. But we’ll start with the pure physical “survival” level and work from there. But none of them can function well, or at all, without the others.
1.) The Structural Level is the Musculo-Skeletal system.
This the bone & joint structure, which is powered by the neuro-musculo-fascial system. This is the outer level system allowing you to move around and actually DO things, such as go hunt for food or play the guitar or piano or go for a walk or do pushups. …
And almost NOTHING happens in the body without muscle action. Breathing, the digestive organs, blood & lymph circulation, blinking your eyes, and so on, are all functions of muscles contracting and relaxing.
For example, the intestines are made of a thin layer of muscle. The contraction and relaxation of the intestines is what moves digesting food through the intestines via peristaltic action. These intestinal muscles are subject to excess stress & tension, and can become over-contracted and more rigid. Therefore they cannot expand and contract enough to push food through the intestinal tubes.
If transit time of the waste materials slows down, or waste particles get caught in the walls of the intestines, a number of metabolic health problems can develop. If your chest muscles get too tight, or your abdominal muscles get too tight, then the expansion and contraction of your lungs is diminished. This restricts breathing capacity. This affects the quantity and exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the lungs.
So for some people, if you help them relax their abdominal muscles, their lungs can expand more freely, and they sometimes suddenly feel a LOT better from being able to breathe more freely. Releasing the chest muscles helps too, but the abdominals are very often more critical.
2.) The Metabolic Level is the digestive & respiration systems.
And it is muscles (such as the diaphragm) that expand your chest cavity to draw air & oxygen into your lungs. And because the stomach and intestines are made of muscles, it is muscles that move food through your system through peristaltic action.
And all the muscles are directly or indirectly subject to accumulating stress and tension. So when the abdominal or chest muscles get chronically over-contracted, your breathing is impaired. When the muscles that are the walls of the intestines get too contracted, they cannot effecticiently* move food through your system.
* Effecticient = Effective plus Efficient.
And then, the digestive system also has the components of the elimination and detox systems, which have very different functions compared to the actual digestion. Almost to the point that you go to two or more different therapists to work with your nutritional system (diet & supplements) and your elimination system (colonics, sauna, and breathing techniques). And of course, the elimination system is totally dependent on muscles properly functioning to keep the body functional & healthy
Anyway, the Metabolic Level provides the fuels & building materials to keep your structure operating. So, which one is more important — the structural versus the metabolic — is kind of a moot question. If there was no structural system, what would be the point of even having a metabolic system? … Your brain and mind would get very bored if they did not have some muscles to boss around!
3.) The Circulatory Level is the transport system. Yet it is probably best thought of as part of the metabolic system, as without it, your nutrients cannot be delivered … anywhere!
But even MORE “yet,” the circulatory system has unique characteristics fully affected by and deeply penetrating the structural system. As in the circulatory system penetrates deeply into the individual cells of the musculo-fascial system. And it feeds fuels and raw materials to the structural system, and takes toxins & waste away from the structural systems. But it gets its usable products from the metabolic system.
So, is the Circulatory system more a part of the metabolic system? Or more a part of the Structural system? Or a Bridge between the two? … Or what?
HMMM??? Are we starting to see a pattern here? Maybe it’s all one integrated system with various aspects to it? But the majority of our orthodox, so-called “modern” medical system is highly reductionist and specialized in nature. It reduces various aspects of the body down to its component parts. Rarely is the orthodox physician thinking in terms of ALL systems operating as a one, integrated whole system.
BUT, before getting too “down on the doctors,” the new wave of Health Consultants that has been flourishing, who ARE very valuable, are somewhat reductionist as well. They tend to focus on the nutritional aspects of health, diet and detox. Yet not too many of them have a significant knowledge of the structural system of how the musculo-fascial system is an intimate element of the metabolic and circulatory system.
4.) The Nerve Level is the Control system.
It connects the brain through the spinal cord (and other parallel nerve pathways outside of the spinal cord) to every microscopically tiny part of the structural system … the bones and muscles, and the digestive, circulatory, & eliminative systems.
One interesting thing about the nervous system is we have two major aspects. One is the more primitive system, the enteric system, living in the chest and abdominal “guts.” Many researchers say the enteric, lower nerve system has vast neural processing powers, almost rivaling that of the upper brain.
And if the upper brain goes into a coma or even permanently goes “out of commission,” the lower brain can keep the body alive for indefinite periods of time.
The other system, the CNS (Central Nerve System) emanates from the Upper Brain. (Thats not exactly true, but that’s a Technical Topic for another time.)
Anyway, keeping all those systems working together and at full effecticiency is critical to living life fully and lasting for many years. Why “age” much if you do not have to?
WHAT Is Elegant Anti-Aging?
The idea of Anti-Aging has been around for a LONG time. The Search for the mythical Fountain of Youth goes back many centuries, if not millennia. Ken Wilber wrote a book on how the history of mankind is in great part dominated by the idea of certain human beings avoiding death.
Signs or Markers of “Aging” — Lost Strength & Endurance, Wrinkles, Reduced Flexibility & Resilience, Loss of Energy, Aches & Pains, Digestive Breakdowns, and so on — are things many people attempt to avoid at all costs.
Keeping all body functions operating as effecticiently as possible reduces possibilities of debilitating illness and tends to produce greater longevity.
Because Muscle Tone is a major component of, and critical factor in, most bodily and even mental / emotional functions, keeping levels of muscle tension down to proper levels can contribute greatly to one’s longevity.
YET … too many people are walking around with unnecessarily elevated levels of muscle tension and don’t even know it is killing them. Or at least inhibiting them greatly.
WHAT Is Mindful Medical Massage?
Massage is the application of pressure of varying kinds with fingers, hands, forearms, elbows. There are even some therapists who use their knees and feet to add extra pressure with more surface area. …
Personally, I’ve never felt the need to use the lower limbs to perform bodywork. My background as a structural steel ironworker (heavy construction), and in martial arts & motocross, gave me the strength and, more importantly, endurance most people do not have.
The maybe over-simplified idea is application of proper manual pressure on skin, muscles & fascia will make changes in the tension levels of the muscles & fascia in the body.
As described far above, Medical, from my perspective, implies a process in which the Client’s “medicine” includes a deepening of the Inner Measure, the Internal Sensitivity & Awareness of their Inner Experience.
The Client develops the interest, skill and sensitivity to more deeply feel what’s going on in their body. They are also more able to report big and little changes in the tissues, giving their therapist more information on which to guide the overall process.
The Client (and Therapist) moves into Participatory Medicine rather than spectator medicine. … And of course, all of THAT implies the application of Mindfulness to the entire process.
So much of the stress & tension in the physical body is initiated or participated in by the brain, mind & emotions. Becoming more attentive produces a more “global” or “wholistic” experience.
Yet Thinking tends to compartmentalize & isolate parts of the body. Becoming more mindful, by definition, provides a reduction of compartmentalization, producing a more “wholistic” or “systemic” experience. In a more mindful or meditative state, when one spot in one muscle starts to relax, that relaxation tends to spread to other parts of the body spontaneously.
In DSL Edgework, my method of therapy, one of the Primary Things we are doing is facilitating the Clients ability to FEEL, Relax, Lengthen & Balance the musculo-fascial units of their body.
A More Wholistic Approach to Hands-On Muscle
& Yoga Therapy
DSL Edgework ( formerly known as the DSL Method of Psycho-Muscular Release & Structural Balancing ) and it’s Primary Focus of Therapy is NOT primarily on “fixing” pain or dysfunction, nor all the various “Soft Tissue Issues“ happening in your or your C/Ps BodyMind, causing so much trouble. Those positive results are, in many cases, inevitable BY-PRODUCTS of what we REALLY do …
While we WILL directly address specific musculoskeletal and other Soft Tissue Issues if you prefer, HERE is what we are REALLY focused on …
Ideally, when we work with your muscles and fascia, or the skin over your muscles, we are NOT primarily focused on “treating” those tissues to “fix” or “repair” or “adjust” them, or “break up” so-called adhesions, “scar tissue,” “crystallizations,” or other such alleged anomalies. We don’t even think “we” (the therapists) are relaxing your muscles … even if there ARE “hard knots” (“tight muscles”) or otherwise dysfunctional musculo-fascial tissues.
What we ARE doing is applying manual ( hands-on ) pressure or stretching to the various skin, muscle & fascial tissues and joints in a way that sends NERVE SIGNALS from your Body into your Central Nervous System ( CNS ) and up to the three Primary Levels of your Brain. This begins to “RESET” nerve activity in your CNS & Brain, reducing or eliminating stress, tension, pain and dysfunction, bringing you back toward normal function.
YOUR BodyMind is making the changes to your muscles, NOT your Therapist. This is happening at the unconscious levels, but is enhanced if you become more directly and consciously invested in the process.
Your Therapist is communicating with your tissues in a way that send the Right Signals into your system, signals working WITH your nervous system, not against. But YOUR body and mind are making the actual changes. You are NOT just a passive recipient of therapy. Ideally … YOU are an Active Participant, a Conscious Co-Creator with your Therapist, of your therapy.
Learning about and understanding this more “wholistic” and “self-responsible” approach to how your body works, how it breaks down, and how to repair problems, how to best relieve the “hard knots” or “tight muscles,” can be an invaluable source of knowledge for YOU, your Family and your Friends …
OR, if you are a Health Care Practitioner, you will have an “Edge,” hopefully a Leading Edge, with helping Your Prospects and Clients or Patients.
C.E.M.&.N.T. As The Primary Focus of Muscle Therapy Techniques
WHAT is Myo-Structural Balancing
We Appreciate Your taking the time to read about our approach to mindful medical massage, myo-structural bodywork & yoga therapy, and Wellness & Elegant Anti-Aging!
Thank You for Reading,
David Scott Lynn (DSL*)
* DSL: Your Hi-Touch Up-Link to the Inner-Net
Inner-Net: Your Psycho-Neuro-Musculo-Fascial System