On Becoming An EXPERT …
In Times of Economic & Social Uncertainty,
YOU Need an EDGE. Preferably a Leading Edge.


Are YOU Ready? …

… to Start on Your Path to Becoming THE
Leading Edge Expert & Trusted Authority
on Neuro-Musculo-Fascial & Joint Therapy
in Your Community?

Is Resolving long-term, chronic, complex Problems of the
Neuro-Musculo-Fascia of Your Clients & Prospects on
YOUR Path to Professional Mastery?

Especially if You were Helping with
Soft Tissue Issues*
many other Therapists & Physicians
have NOT succeeded in resolving?

As You learn and develop all that Knowledge, Skill & INSIGHT, YOU will be better positioned to Receive the Benefits of BEING The Expert.

The World has Too Much Information.
What People NEED is INSIGHT!

And You’ll Get Many Benefits Such As:

  • More Clients. (Maybe even a Waiting List!)
  • More sense of Urgency for Clients to KEEP their appointments.
  • Higher Fees per Session.
  • More Respect & Appreciation from Your Community.
  • More Opportunities to Expand your Horizons.
  • Utilize your New Knowledge in New Ways.
  • You might even become “the Therapist’s Therapist”!
  • More ability to control WHO you work with and WHEN.
  • More Opportunity to Design Your Life & Work-style the way YOU want.
  • Longer-term payment packages for Client Commitment & Cash Flow.

Do You Ever Wonder if YOU Could BE That Expert? …

Do You Have DOUBTS that YOU Could BE that Person?

If So, Are You Ready to Let Go of those Doubts?

Structural Balancing: A Clinical Approach - Textbook by Kyle C. Wright & David Scott Lynn

385-page Textbook Authored by Kyle C. Wright & David Scott Lynn

SO … How DOES one “Become an Expert” in anything?

Having co-wrote the book Structural Balancing: A Clinical Approach with Kyle C. Wright, published by McGraw-Hill in 2010, some people say I might be, along with Kyle, one of those people called “experts.” …

(I wrote the chapters on the physiology & philosophy of Structural Balancing.)

Here are a few other Opinions:

David is doing cutting edge work in the field of bodywork,
and it would take 3 or 4 teachers to replace what he knows.

~ Tracy Hall
Physical Therapist
Chico, California

David is an “important leader in the field of BodyWork.”

~ From a Workshop Brochure from
the National Holistic Institute

Emeryville, California

With 18 years experience in the health care professions, I appreciate soundly researched & scientifically based approaches to rehabilitation. The DSL Method of BodyWork has expanded and refined my understanding and applications for achieving postural correctness and pain relief in less time. David has a unique way of reiterating known fundamental laws, redefining erroneous concepts, and instructing the participants through a successful treatment program.

~ Al Cujas
Physical Therapist • A.T.C., N.M.T.
Former Instructor for the
St. John NMT Seminar System
Winston Salem, North Carolina

So what was MY path to get there?

FIRST, I want to emphasize a VERY important point from one of the greatest Marketing Gurus in the world, Dan Kennedy, that directly applies to Becoming an Expert. I study marketing because if no one KNOWS you are an Expert, it will not do you much good. That’s why we WILL be discussing Marketing in the Educational & Mentoring Program I’m launching in the coming weeks for you. …

Dan Kennedy says:

Go to your industry and go search … for old stuff that’s been published in the past and buy it and read it and study and learn it because if you understand the history of where you are at, you’ll be more successful in the future where you’re trying to go. So study the history of your market.

~ Dan Kennedy
Author of Magnetic Marketing,
Marketing to the Affluent,

& many other related books.

So HERE is some History …

Way back in 1982 I was living on the Near North Side of Downtown Chicago, somewhat near where I was born (South Suburbs of Chicago). I had only been a professional massage therapist for about a year, but I had been “dabbling” in various aspects of massage since 1976. That is the year I became a Yoga Teacher, by-the-way.

I had started doing yoga in 1973, when I was 19 years old. I had been a motocross competitor and structural steel ironworker (heavy construction) for several years, both of which can be VERY hard on the body. So I had some significant aches & pains. The yoga relieved most of my pains. So yoga had caught my attention. (There’s a LOT more to THAT story, for another time, or see my “In-Depth, Biographical History” on this website.)

I had the good fortune to work informally with several massage & bodywork therapists who either were or would go on to be very competent and successful therapists. I seemed to have had a Natural Knack for massage & bodywork, so they were happy to work and do massage or bodywork trades with me.

Now, I knew I could get a muscle to let go pretty well and get a body to change. But I could not PREDICT what that postural or structural change would be. I was looking for a way to evaluate or analyze a human body so I could figure out where the person’s body WAS, then predict where it would GO if I released certain muscles. And of course, WHAT certain muscles to release and WHEN?

I had been searching for answers to these questions. But at that point, I had almost NO knowledge of muscle anatomy, kinesiology, or physiology. I could find no one, including massage school teachers, who had what I thought were good answers.

To this very DAY (in 2023) I talk to massage school graduates who tell me they were taugh t a lot of massage techniques, but no real methodology in how to evaluate a Client’s situation and develop a treatment strategy.

A few years ago, (2016) I attended what was supposed to be one of THE most therapeutically focused massage schools in the country. They taught us a lot of things. Bu nothing along the lines of the kind of evaluations and strategies I developed and applied as far back as1982.

I was QUITE disappointed in what they did NOT teach us.

Anyway, back in 1981, I was getting frustrated. I could not find a sufficient answer. So I was thinking I had to move to Boulder, Colorado to attend the Rolf Institute. Because they were well known as among the, if not THE, leaders in the field of structural approaches to therapy.

Yet a married couple who were both Rolfers came to the Chicago School of Massage Therapy (I was still living in Chicago) to teach. I attended their 2-day workshop on Rolfing® (Structural Integration) Techniques. The workshop was almost over early Sunday evening. I was getting even MORE frustrated. They were showing us specific manual release techniques for specific muscles and muscle groups.

But they were NOT telling or showing us how to figure out which muscles to work on, and when! So I finally asked how do you figure it out? The woman Rolfer was demo-ing at the moment, and she hesitated, then her response was, “Well, you just sort of know.”

I was kind of shocked. … I had this idea the Rolf Institute was The Place you went to learn things like that. And the Rolfing Training in Boulder was very expensive. I think it was about $15,000 at the time. (Today the Basic Rolfing Training is $26,000!!!) … But this well established Rolfing Couple did not have an answer for me.

That probably meant the Rolf Institute & Training Program did not have the answers for me either! … So I had to keep looking. … And then, I was introduced to Daniel Blake.

Daniel Blake & Structural Bodywork

One day in Spring of 1982 I was walking down the steps of my 3-story brownstone apartment to the street. I was on my way to the Chicago School of Massage Therapy (CSMT) where I was a week or so into taking a 200-hour course in Structural Bodywork, developed by Daniel Blake, a former Rolfer®. He was recommended by Robert K. King and James Hackett, co-founders of the CSMT. … They both also became presidents of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA).

As I walked down those steps, I made a decision. That decision was, WHATEVER it took for me to take & complete Daniel’s program, it would be well worth it. BECAUSE, what I ALSO decided in at that moment, my objective was to develop a system of therapy that helped that few percent of people that the other available therapy methods did NOT help. And during the first week of that program, I knew Daniel had an important key to that Objective. …

And it would save me from having to move to Boulder and spend many thousands of dollars on the programs at the Rolf Institute! … Which might not have solved my problem anyway.

By-the-Way … Daniel Blake had been trained by Ida P. Rolf, certified by Ida Rolf, then kicked out of the Rolf® Institute by Ida because Daniel disagreed with some of her basic principles.

IMAGINE THAT: Disagreeing with someone considered by many to be THE Leading Expert in such things!

Yet, in an introductory presentation Daniel gave prior to start of the course, I agreed with his disagreements with Ida … so I took his course instead. (That saved me a LOT of time & money, and I believe I learned Better Answers to my questions.) The “formula” I learned from Daniel became, with many refinements, one of the Key Features of my therapy system.

That feature was how to analyze posture & structure in a way to determine which muscles were most likely to be causing a person’s postural imbalances and other problems, such as pain. His formula & method appeared to me to be what I had been unsuccessfully looking for. … And since he had been through the Rolfing Training, and had been a Rolfer for a while, he knew what they knew anyway.

FYI, in the end, I fully embraced his theory & process for evaluating posture & structure. And with several refinements, I still use that approach to this day.

HOWEVER, I did NOT agree with his method of releasing tension in muscles, as it was very aggressive and often painful. I tried to talk to him about the NO Pain, MORE Gain approach, but he was not open to that.

So I completed his program. I have to admit I failed my first anatomy exam! I had not been able to study much the first couple of weeks. … But I soon caught up.

Interestingly, it is ironic that Daniel had, at the end of his training program, suggested to me, in front of the other students, that I reconsider my desire to be a bodyworker! It is further ironic that further back in 1976, when I took a training program in Physical, Mental & Relational Yoga from Joel Kramer & his partner, Diana Alstad, Joel ALSO, in front of that group, suggested I reconsider my desire to be a yoga teacher!

Yet it could be argued that while that Yoga Training from Joel was just as important to developing my hands-on therapy system, and that the Structural Evaluation formula I learned from Daniel was critical, over the following years, I did FAR more with utilizing their work than most of their students.

THE LESSON: Never Assume your teachers can determine whether your ideas, skills, and abilities are sufficient or not. Only YOU can make that evaluation & decision. (If I have time & space in this letter, I’ll tell you what happened to me, at 13 year old, that I was not too concerned if “The Experts” approved of me or not. A particular “event” happened way back then causing me question any ”authority” or “rule of experts.”)

If you are waiting for someone else to “approve your plans,” you might wait a LONG time. And those of whom you are asking approval might be WRONG.

The same thing happened when I was trying to add Hakomi Body-Centered Psychotherapy to my therapy system. I thought adding a psycho-emotional training to my skills could round out my system. I took several of their programs.

But the workshop leaders did not think I was suitable for further training! Maybe they thought i had too much Ironworker Energy?

But a few years later, one of the Senior Instructors of Hakomi experienced my work. She said those workshop leaders were WRONG about my “unsuitability” for the work. So that is THREE groups who did not think I was cut out for doing and teaching their work.

Yet I persisted.

There are hundreds, if not thousands of people who’ve gone through my or Kyle Wright’s (Schools of Advanced Bodywork in Charlotte and Jacksonville) teachings who are glad I did NOT listen to those so called “authorities” or “experts” as to whether I’d be a good therapist or teacher.

The Point? … If YOU believe You are able to provide what people need, then by all means, Go For IT. If you are NOT ready to provide for those needs, you’ll find out soon enough. If so, you go back and get more education and experience. … Then try again.

As Joel Kramer liked to say, YOU are The Highest Authority in YOUR Life!
We must Learn to TRUST ourselves FIRST!

Anyway … this Letter is offered to YOU in part as a description of how I can help YOU become a Leading Edge Expert in the field of Neuro-Musculo-Fascial Therapy.

This is not just a “program brochure.” It’s more of an Introductory Tutorial to open your eyes to ideas & perspectives not often or commonly discussed in our field.

David Scott Lynn is addressing and challenging issues that are not being significantly approached in the field of Massage & BodyWork.

~ Dan Ulrich • L.M.T.
Cofounder of Suncoast School of Massage &
Former Chairman of the Florida State Licensing Board
Tampa, Florida

And if you’re already a Practicing Therapist, you will most likely find that since this work is Principle-Based, you can apply this knowledge to any form of therapy you practice.

Meaning I’m NOT trying to make a bunch of DSL Clones. If you DO want to practice the way I do, that can be arranged and Welcome Aboard!

Yet hopefully these principles will inform many different approaches to all kinds of Therapy or Whole Health Practices. That’s because, as you will hopefully soon discover, this is how the Human BodyMind REALLY works, rather than a lot of the “good ideas” that turn out not to be true, or are only partially so.

HINT: Too few practitioners in other health care disciplines have very much understanding of how muscles & fascia, and the nerves controlling them, really work, what can go wrong, the problems tight muscles can cause, and what to do about it.

Yet if YOU know such things, with a little creativity, YOU can become an advisor, consultant, or instructor to anyone in the health or medical fields who really should know more about the neuro-musculo-fascial system. That’s even if they do not directly treat such issues. …

In that case, they can refer those Clients or Patients to YOU!

And, as just ONE out of MANY possible examples, if you have any knowledge or experience as a Personal Trainer or Fitness Instructor, the knowledge you gain here is directly applicable to much of what they do. You can become the Go-To Person to educate them on how to more effectively work with the musculo-fascia & joints of THEIR Clients.

NOTE: When I use the word “muscle” by itself, I am referring to the neuro-musculo-fascial UNIT as a whole, integral system. … The reason I’m mentioning this is one of my pet peeves. So much so I have three articles on my website on Facts & Fallacies Of Fascia.

Many years ago, in one of her books, Ida Rolf (founder of Rolfing®) said something like “everyone is talking about muscles, and no one is talking about fascia.” TODAY, however, it seems like “everyone is talking about fascia, and (almost) no one is talking about muscles.” Fascia has become almost a FAD idea. But as a result, I believe there are some significant errors in evaluation and treatment strategies. (That is something we WILL focus on, IN DEPTH, in the Educational & Mentoring Program.)

So if I am referring to muscle fibers, I’’ll use the term ”muscle fibers.” If I’m referring to the contractile molecules inside the muscle (mostly the actin-myosin cells), I’ll say “muscle cells” or “actin-myosin units.” If I’m using the word fascia or deep fascia, I’m referring to the fascial sheaths, also called deep fascia, surrounding the muscle fibers. …

Which can get confusing because much of the “deep fascia” is NOT deep at all. Much of it is right under the skin, right near the surface!

And then there is the superficial fascia. Which is further confusing because it is the deepest layer of the skin! … I’ll use “superficial fascia” to refer to the “superficial fascia.” … But it is superficial to the Deep Fascia, much of which is not deep at all.

To confuse the terminology issue even further, the term “myo-fascia” has been used by different people in different ways, depending on who you are talking to or reading. For example, myo-fascia sometimes is used to refer to the fascia that surrounds the muscle fibers, but NOT the muscle fibers themselves. Other people using the word myo-fascia mean the muscle fibers AND fascial sheaths as a whole uint. … And I have read books where they use the terms interchangeably, but do not define their terms as they go.

As far as which one is more important — fascia or muscle fibers — remember this, they are totally dependent on each other. Remove one or the other, and all you have left is a heap of flesh and bones on the floor.

When talking to other health care or medical professionals, it is VERY important you use THEIR terminology the way THEY define the terms. Otherwise, you can lose credibility REALLY fast. … I do my best to make it EASY for you to do so by clearly defining terms as I go.

Part of MY Vision for YOU

One aspect of My Vision For YOU is to help You & other Therapists develop the skills necessary to produce results with Clients beyond what most Therapists are able to achieve. …

AND, be able to sit down with a Neurologist, Orthopedist, Chiropractic, or Naturopathic Physician and within MINUTES they will know that YOU know as much about neuro-musculo-fascial therapy — the RELEVANT anatomy, kinesiology, physiology & neurology — as anyone they’ve ever met … if not MORE so.

Sometimes, when talking to a physician, and I mention some sort of physiological fact, the will say something like “You know, I remember something like that from medical school.” … Problem is, they never had to use that knowledge the way WE do, so that “fact” sits unused in their subconscious, sometimes for their entire career!

Maybe YOU Can Become The Therapist to the Therapists?

THAT is a Big Mission for You to Take On. Being the Therapist to the Therapist sounds like a Big Project. But if YOU are up for it, I’m here to help you get started and move along that pathway. … That’s MY Mission in Life! … Or part of it, anyway.

BTW, I actually got started with all this “Wholistic” or “Alternative” Stuff way back when I was only 13 years old with Martial Arts & Zen Meditation. That was 56 years ago (now in January, 2024)! So I think it’s pretty clear most of my LIFE is devoted to and is an expression of this Mission.

A “New” Therapy, Forty Years in the Making

While many Clients & Students have said, even recently, that DSL Edgework work is New & Different, it has been “under development” for over forty years. That’s how long I’ve been developing and refining the system.

Kyle Wright took a 2- or 3-day workshop in this work in 1993, and rebuilt his school curriculum in great part based on what he learned in that workshop. Subsequently, thousands of students were exposed to many of the basic DSL Principles via his seven massage schools he founded over the years.

BTW, although DSL refers to my initials, if you prefer, you can also refer to it as DSL(3) the Dynamics of Structural Laws, Learning & Listening. … I wrote a book to that effect back in the 1990s and am rewriting it now to update the information.

Yet FAR too few Therapists today use the Principles or Methods we teach & use.

The DSL, Online Pilot Program

This is a “Brand New” Program I’m launching designed to provide You with the Foundational Knowledge I had when I first became known around the country as a highly competent Therapist, Innovator & Educator in Soft Tissue Therapy way back in the mid- to late-1980s.

It was Robert K. King, whom I mentioned above, when he became President of the AMTA, that recommended me above all others when asked who was the best Deep Tissue Instructor to teach at Heartwood Institute, a world-reknowned massage therapy school in Northern California (now defunct due, i believe, to deaths in leadership).

Yet this Letter is much more than a “program brochure.” The content here is meant to start your Education Right Now, Right Here.

I hope to help expand your Perspectives & Insights on how therapy can be done more effectively AND efficiently, and You can set out on a path to becoming an Acknowledged Expert in the field of Muscle Therapy. So this is more like a short eBook, or a long White Paper.

And Yes, I know. “People don’t read anymore.” I don’t know if you are one of them or not.

But let’s face it, if you want to become a Leading Edge Expert in anything, you need a LOT of Knowledge & Insight, with Insights most others do NOT have. It is MY job to give you THE most important elements & information possible in as short a time as possible. Yet, if you do NOT like to read, it will take a LONG time to get the knowledge you need to be known as an expert … IF you can get it at all.

I can shortcut your process a LOT. And you MIGHT be able to achieve your goal JUST from what you learn in the program. But much of what I’ll be sending you is in text form. I will be teaching you The Basics Live, but I’ve got hundreds of pages of material on many aspects of this work that can supplement and expand your knowledge considerably.

But if you don’t like to read, if you do not WANT to read, if you cannot make TIME to read, then I suggest that MAYBE my programs are NOT for you. Because medical physiology & neurology, anatomy & kinesiology, IS data intensive. But I give you the information so you can become more INSIGHTFUL, not just be a data junky. … YOU will have to decide if that is something you want to do.

But if you do NOT want to put in the extra time & energy to become more knowledgeable, I’m not sure you can reach that Expert Status I’ve been talking about. … If not, you could save yourself some time & money, close this page, and move on to some other activity.

HOWEVER, I promise you THIS: If you DO continue down this page, almost EVERYONE who’s taken the time to read my stuff or attend a program, has said MOST of what I say or write are things they’ve never heard before in this context, that they make Total Sense, are VERY useful, and presented in about as easy to understand a form as possible without “dumbing it down.”

ONE EXCEPTION is, if you’ve been a student of one of Kyle C. Wright’s Neuromuscular Massage Schools, or Advanced Schools of Bodywork, you WILL have heard SOME of this before. That is just one reason why Kyle’s Students are in such high demand when they graduate from his schools.

Chiropractors, other Physicians, Massage Clinics and Spas, and so on, KNOW the quality of Therapist his schools produce. … And … “This Stuff WORKS!”

And almost everyone says this style of work is VERY useful in many ways. …

Whether you are a Therapist, or a Client, for most people, this material will open new doors, give you New Perspectives, and allow you to Master Your BodyMind, and help other people Master their BodyMind, in new, effective, and efficient ways.

However, there ARE some significant differences between Kyle’s style of manual therapy and mine. Although he uses many of the same Principles, he uses a more fluid manual method than I do. … I’ll tell you more about that down below. But First …

A Message from Kyle C. Wright:

I Strongly Encourage and Highly Recommend all Current Massage Students and Licensed Massage Therapists to Take Advantage of this Unique Opportunity to Learn from one of the Best Educators I’ve had the Privilege of Learning from.

David Scott Lynn (DSL Edgework & BodyMind Therapeutics) is launching a New, Pilot Program of his work in Online Format.

I Definitely do not want you to miss out on this Opportunity to learn from David. So when I found out David would be Teaching this program, I immediately agreed to make his course available FIRST to our SAB Students & Graduates. And if you are a Southeastern School Graduate (up until the time I sold the five schools in 2007), it is available to YOU too.

While some of it will be familiar to You, David will be teaching Ground-Breaking Material to a Small Group of 12 eager Students who want to become part of an Elite Group of Massage & Bodywork Professionals. (Other students will be admitted after the first 12, but with FAR LESS personal interaction with David.)

He’s taking only TWELVE Participants in the first group, a Pilot Program, who will get Full Attention from him. You will get his Basic Educational Program in DSL Edgework, PLUS a one-on-one, one hour phone or Skype Mentoring call EVERY WEEK for 12 weeks. You will also over the 12 weeks get all of his many writings in PDF form, which is a LOT of material.

And Trust Me, David’s “Basic” Program is really an Advanced Training!

As a Pilot Program, you will participate with David in helping him design the program around YOUR needs & Interests. And he will be helping You design your Ideal Work & Life Space and your on-going Educational Program to develop a practice that fits your work & life style.

AND you will get all this at a price that is FAR LESS than HALF of what it SHOULD be.

~ Kyle C. Wright, LMBT, NCTMB
Developer of Curriculum at the SESs, SABs

To my knowledge, Kyle’s two, current SAB Schools are the only Massage Schools in America (and the World!) teaching some of the Basics of the DSL Principles. (After Kyle sold the five SouthEastern Schools, most of that material was removed from the SES curriculum.) And the students at Kyles’ schools have a VERY high pass rate for the national massage therapy exam AND those students are in very high demand by local chiropractors, clinics, spas and other massage therapy providers.

MISSION: Possible!

MY Primary MISSION in the Bodywork & Whole Health Field  is to help take our kind of therapy to the Next Level in the world, bringing it to a far wider range of human beings for a far wider range of usefulness and results. And I invite YOU to join ME and Kyle in making that YOUR Mission too!

Kyle Wright often talks about his many students joining an Elite Group of Bodywork Therapists.Well, we want to take THAT to the Next Level as well. … To DO it, we need YOUR participation!

So if You are still here, HERE WE GO …


Please Ask Yourself this IMPORTANT Question:

As a Massage / Bodywork or Yoga Therapist, WHAT is it about YOU that makes YOU the Best Choice among all the other options in health care today for resolving neuromuscular, myofascial, or musculoskeletal problems of your Clients or Prospects?

What is it about YOU giving you an Edge, preferably a Leading Edge, that among ALL the possible healthcare options your potential or existing Clients might choose as their therapist, YOU are the Best Choice? How do YOU become their Trusted Authority, the Acknowledged Expert, the Go-To Person in the muscle or soft tissue therapy field?

MY JOB, My Mission … is to assist & support YOU in that self-discovery process.


DSL Edgework is a Little-Known, Innovative Method of Medical Massage / Myo-Structural Bodywork with a Very High Success Rate in resolving the most complex, long-standing, difficult-to-treat Soft Tissue Issues. It just might be THE Method of Therapy YOU can use to Stand Out among the many forms of therapy and therapists available today.

DSL Edgework is an Integrative System:

  • Mindful Medical Massage
  • Myo-Structural Bodywork & Balancing
  • Myo-Structural, Physical / Mental Yoga Therapy
  • Relational Yoga & Communication Skills
  • with a Whole Health & Medical Science-based Approach …
  • to Mindful Neuro-Musculo-Fascial Medicine* …

A Most IMPORTANT Feature of DSL Edgework:
A Form of Whole Health, Non-Invasive Medicine …

On The Word MEDICINE …

The Root Word of Medicine is the Latin word Mederi 
Mederi, in centuries past,
translates as to measure, to mediate, to moderate, to meditate, and to cure.

This was thought to mean that cures or better health emerge from an Inner Measure or Sense of Self, where a human being meditatively (with a relatively still mind) observes their internal, BodyMind processes and how they function. They would then moderate or mediate their health to effect a Healing CURE by responding to what they perceived or learned from their internal, self-observations with relevant therapeutic methods.

This is compared to so-called “Modern Medicine” which mostly uses external measuring devices, machines & tools, to observe what is happening in their patient’s health. That is an Outer Measure rather than an our approach to an Inner Measure.

DSL Edgework focuses on developing the ability to “Inner Measure” ourselves to a far greater extent than most of us do today. Mindful Medical Massage, Myo-Structural Bodywork, and Therapeutic, Physical / Mental  Yoga can be utilized this way, to that end.

Therefore, everything from Pain Reduction to Elegant Anti-Aging is a function of developing & enhancing that Meditative Inner Measure.

Now, we are not encouraging you to pretend you are a licensed physician. Yet if you properly structure your operations, you can stay in an Educational & Consulting mode. You are not recommending or suggesting in medical framework. You are EDUCATING people on what the “data” says, and your Client can draw their own conclusions on what to do about it.

Regardless, there is much health information that is complimentary to muscle therapy.

To that end, for those who go through the DSL Edgework Education & Mentoring Program, I will produce an optional program examining a dozen or so Whole Health Therapy aspects in the context of a Muscle Therapist. This will help them become Whole Health Counselors as an adjunct to their hands-on or yoga therapy practice.

This will be in part so we have more to offer Clients if we are subjected to Lockdowns again. And of course, regardless of that, if you are a well-rounded Whole Health Practitioner, many potential Clients will prefer your more comprehensive approach rather than those who only provide one element.

Part of your educational approach will allow you to have better insight into when someone’s pain is from a neuro-musculo-fascial issue rather than a metabolic or nutritional issue.

I should let you know that in the 1980s, I worked side-by-side with several of the best metabolic and nutritional medical and osteopathic physicians in the country. I learned a LOT about TRUE whole health & healing systems from them.


DSL Edgework
Developed & Presented by …
David Scott Lynn (DSL)

DSL Edgework Muscle Therapy: Aging & Injury: Just Don't Do It - advanced neuro-musculo-fascial therapy


The Primary Focus of DSL Edgework is reducing or eliminating
C.E.M.&.N.T. — Chronic, Excess MusculoFascial & Nerve Tension & Stress.

Is C.E.M.&.N.T. the “NEW” “Missing Diagnosis” for Musculoskeletal Problems of the Human BodyMInd?

Could C.E.M.&.N.T. be the Primary Focus for RESOLVING many Soft Tissue Issues of the Neuro-Musculo-Fascial & Joint System?

AND, What IS C.E.M.&.N.T., anyway? …

At one level, it is “just” “Tight Muscles.” But at other levels, it is MUCH more than that. … C.E.M.&.N.T. is the Sum Total of ALL your BodyMInd Experiences back to your time in the womb. It might also include any genetic limitations you might have been born with.

WE call C.E.M.&.N.T. THE Primary yet Little Recognized Cause of MANY of the Soft Tissue Issues Your Clients (or YOU!) are Experiencing & Suffering from, and that YOU Can Become an EXPERT in Evaluating for & Resolving. …

To Set Yourself and your work apart from other therapies, Educating people on the nature and effects of C.E.M.&.N.T., and explaining how You treat it, helps them more fully understand what is going on with their chronic pains and dysfunction. And if they believe YOU understand their situation better than others, YOU will be the person they think of when looking for therapy.

FOR EXAMPLE: Many people have heard of “Trigger Points.” Many have been told Trigger Points are the “root cause” of much pain & dysfunction. But, WHAT causes trigger points?

Maybe you guessed it? … C.E.M.&.N.T. is a primary cause of Trigger Points!

Trigger Points are (to oversimplify) an excess and/or chronic contraction & hardening of specific cells or groups of musculo-fascial fibers in a muscle belly that can cause pain, resistance to movement, and many other dysfunctions.

One Element of the Educational & Mentoring Program I’m offering you is a 50-page eBook on C.E.M.&.N.T. … That eBook goes in depth into may of the causes of C.E.M.&.N.T. and related issues. There is another more general book titled BodyMind Breakdowns that addresses similar issues. That has about 50 pages in it as well.

We will, of course, go over the nature of C.E.M.&.N.T. and Bodymind Breakdowns in the DSL Educational & Mentoring Course. Yet for those of you who want to go deep, REALLY deep, the supplementary information WILL be there. And it is material you’ll rarely find anywhere.

With a detailed knowledge of C.E.M.&.N.T., you’ll be able to explain what causes trigger points (and a lot of other problems), and have more detailed information and insight on what to DO about them.

And a lot of Clients have said their muscles DO feel like “cement” as well as feeling those “trigger points.” So they will be able to relate to what you are telling them.

More on all THAT is below on this webpage.


LEARN HOW to Release & Resolve MANY of the Problems
of the Neuro-Musculo-Fascial System Caused by
C.E.M.&.N.T. …

HERE is where “The Rubber Meets the Road.”
OR, “Your Fingers Meet Your Client’s Skin & Musculo-Fascia.”

We Do NOT focus on “chasing the pain” or “making the soft tissues loosen up” or “breaking up” trigger points or “calcifications.” … Relief of Pain or Dysfunction, Restoration of Range-of-Motion & Strength, clearing up of other problems, are BY-PRODUCTS of What We REALLY Do …

No Therapist has EVER relaxed the muscles or fascia of another human being.

Rather than “treating the nerves, muscles & fascia” to “loosen them up,” what we are REALLY DOING is using manual pressure on — or yogic stretching of — the skin & musculo-fascia to stimulate & send “Neuro-Messages” from the skin & musculo-fascia to the CNS (Central Nervous System) & Brain.

We are establishing or stimulating a “conversation” between the Sensory nerves endings, the Central Nerve System, the Brain, and the Motor nerves. The Motor Nerves are what turns muscles and organs on or off.

Done properly, because of the structure of the sensory-motor nerve system, this triggers an Internal Neuro-RESET of the CNS & Brain, spontaneously reducing excess stress & tension in the muscles.

This is our primary process for reducing or eliminating C.E.M.&.N.T.And the neuro-physiological process of “Relax & Release of Tension & Stress is very well-established in modern medical research.

The Desired Results Emanate from that Stress & Tension Release Process.

When relaxation occurs, it does NOT happen alone in the muscles themselves. It happens because there was a change in the Client’s brain & nerves INSIDE of the Client’s own bodymind which are controlling the muscles. We as therapists can only use the Client’s skin and musculo-fascia to facilitate neuro-signals the Client can respond to, or not. …

Our job is to make that facilitation as easy, effective, and efficient as possible.

We can use the DSL Basic Release Technique to achieve such results.

While you might have heard of therapists who go to workshops to “expand their toolbox” of techniques to get muscles to release, I have used ONE basic “tool” or technique 90% of the time for 40 years. … And I do NOT get bored!

I’ve worked with many therapists over the years who usually get bored with trying my “Steady State Technique.” While I use VERY little movement in my tension release process, most therapists seem to feel like they have to be “doing something.”

And because I’ve usually attracted Clients who were in severe states of tension & stress, most of my therapy sessions were three or more hours long sine the mid-1980s. Yet I’ve had therapists say to me “What can you DO for three hours?” Well, given that many people have DECADES of excess tension stored up in their muscles, and that tension can take a VERY LONG TIME to relax, release & let-go, three hours is very often NOT enough time!

The DSL Method of Bodywork often requires a Deep Reset in the THERAPISTS own mind! They need to work FAR more slowly than they are used to. Because SOME muscles in SOME people require HOURS, not minutes, to sufficiently Relax & Release.

I do have three adjunctive techniques I use on occasion, but most of the time, it is that ONE technique. Because our focus is VERY different than when doing cross-fiber, slide & glide, or “stripping” of the muscles. And the DSL Basic Release Technique is based around that focus. … MORE on that later.


More On The Neuro-RESET
“Myo-Structural Homeopathy”

You might have heard about the Neuromuscular Laws taught in the NMT world. I prefer to call them Neuromuscular Principles for reasons I discuss elsewhere. One of those “NMT Laws” is the Arndt-Schultz Principle. Arndt and Schultz were two homeopaths writing in the late 1800s.

Now, Homeopathy is in great part about, or defined as, “Treatment by Similars.” One aspect of that is when the human body experiences itself as it really is in a particular moment, internal normalizing and/or healing responses are activated. These are normal, physiological processes & functions of the body.

Homeopathy is in contrast to so-called “conventional” or “modern” medicine. That system is often called “Allopathic” medicine, which is defined as treatment by opposites. Drugs, surgery, and radiation are considered to be “opposites” that intervene, interfere or intrude with or on natural human body processes.

Homeopathy relies on stimulating the natural processes built into the human body. Allopathic medicine is considered an invasive approach, using substances or tools that are foreign to the body.

(You might know about Homeopathic Remedies, the Little White Pills that are so controversial. I do NOT address those at all. There is much more to Homeopathy then the pills.)

In homeopathic myo-structural therapy, we use manual (hands-on) pressure or conscious stretching (AKA yoga) — or BOTH simultaneously — to assist the Client in experiencing their own tension levels in a Very Direct yet Non-Intrusive way. We are helping Clients return to a more “normal” state of myo-structural homeostasis.

You are helping send neuro-messages — sensory information — to the CNS & Brain so they can properly process these neuro-inputs back to a more normal state Yet you do not want to get anywhere near close to triggering reflex reactions like pain, fear, or too much intensity of sensation.

Why avoid pain? Well, that brings us back to the Arndt-Schultz Principle. The principle says, in short, weak stimuli to the nervous system initiate physiological process. Moderate stimuli favor those processes, and strong stimuli inhibit them. And Very Strong stimuli ARREST or STOP them all together. … We do NOT want that last option to happen AT ALL.

Now, what are physiological processes more specifically?

We are talking about the spectrum of the autonomic nervous system spanning the sympathetic and parasympathetic nerve systems. The physiologic processes are the domain of the parasympathetic nerve system.

Parasympathetic Self-Healing Processes

The above mentioned Neuro-RESET facilitates & enhances Internal Self-Healing & Immune Function controlled by the Parasympathetic Nerve System (part of the autonomic nerve system).  …

The Parasympathetic System facilitates and controls the internal, self-healing, immune function, and regenerative processes of the BodyMInd. It controls digestion, detoxification, and most metabolic functions.

It contrasts with the Sympathetic System responsible for the 4-Fs: Fright, Freeze, Fight or Flightprocesses that respond to emergencies.

So, the Arndt-Schultz Principle implies that the parasympathetic system and physiologic processes respond BEST to lower-intensity, lower doses of stimulus. Higher doses of sensation (such as when a therapist presses too deep, too fast, for too long into a Client’s skin, muscles, and fascia; OR the Client attempts to stretch too intensely) can very subtly, even imperceptibly, irritate the nervous system and move your client into SYMPATHETIC (emergency) neuro-activity, which INHIBITS or shuts down internal, parasympathetic, self-healing & immune function.

Some medical researchers say most human beings in “modern” society today are in a low-level of sympathetic reaction MOST of the time. Therefore, they never really relax, rest or regenerate.

Even if the muscles HAVE superficially relaxed, they will tend to tighten right back up again in the not-too-distant future. Sometimes only minutes later.

And sometimes, when a Client tries to get off a massage table, they are ALREADY in a reactive, painful situation. Some people feel WORSE than they did when they got ON the table! (This can be VERY frustrating to both the Client and Therapist.) There are several possible reasons for this, but the sympathetic reactivity can be one of them.

Knowing the possibilities for why a Client would feel worse after “relaxing” for an hour or two can help Therapists provide much better results for Clients.

Keeping the Client from experiencing excessive intensity of sensation or ANY pain in their therapy turns the Sympathetic nerve system DOWN, and the Parasympathetic system UP, reducing negative reactions. … But not always.

In therapy, we do NOT want to be too close to maximum intensity, because we are too at risk of crossing over “The Edge,” which we will discuss later. This is especially true of people in severe stress, trauma or injury.

Spoiler Alert: When working with, or “playing” The Edge IN THERAPY, you do NOT want to be very close to the Client’s Maximum Edge. YOU WANT TO BE CLOSER TO THEIR MINIMUM EDGE.

In Therapy, Because Being Too Close To Their Maximum Edge Keeps Their Conscious or sub-Conscious Mind “On Edge,” Staying Closer To Their Minimum Edge Allows Them A Safety Zone so they can More Deeply Relax.

One of our objectives is to help the Client return to a more fluid & healthful balance between parasympathetic (healing) & sympathetic (emergency) functions. And I believe this is a CORE Factor of most whole health healing, whether the practitioners realize it or not.

This is part of what led to our philosophy of NO Pain, MORE Gain.

We will discuss that more further below.


Sensory-Motor AMNESIA?
Or Sensory-Motor INTEGRATION?

Many of our Clients’ problems are from “gaps,” or “confusions,” or “DIS-harmonies” in their sensory-motor nervous system. (I prefer the term “DIS-combobulations,” which means to confuse.) They subconsciously “lose touch” or “lose memory” of how their muscles should feel & function. There are many ways this can happen.

One of our Objectives is to RESET those gaps, confusions, or dis-harmonies. That RESET is produced by the Very ACT of the Client Feeling “What IS” happening in their BodyMind — WITHOUT negative or excessively intense sensations occurring at the same time. We use our hands, fingers, and an occasional elbow (and maybe a knee) to stimulate the soft tissues so they “talk” to the CNS & Brain to achieve that RESET.

It should be a relaxed, easygoing “conversation,” NOT a challenging one.

The Client should never be “tolerating” the sensation. They either LIKE it, or are Neutral about it. Otherwise, it is too deep. They should be INVITING the sensation, not FIGHTING the sensation.

That way, whatever changes occur in their BodyMind will integrate deeper into their brain & nervous system and last FAR longer. That’s because mindfulness or meditation work better in a state of stressless relaxation.


Mindfulness combined with the Principle of NO Pain, MORE Gain keeps the Client in more Optimum Levels of Sensation for Greater Self-Healing …

Because the Therapist does not always know what the Client is feeling, the Client is encouraged to Communicate to help keep their Therapist at Optimum Levels of Sensation, from applying too much, or not enough, pressure on the Client’s skin or muscles. This communication moves the Client into more active Participatory Medicine, rather than the more typically passive spectator medicine.

We are looking for The Edge of the optimum amount of sensation. And the more traumatized or injured a person is, the more they need to work at the MINIMUM Edge, rather than too close to the Maximum Edge.

To do so, the Client must become more Mindful of what’s happening “In the Moment” while they’re “In-their-Body,” and engage in a process to learn to accurately conceptualize and/or verbalize what they’re experiencing.

This internal, psychologically driven participation — an intentionally verbalized experience without negative sensations such as pain or fear — produces a deeper, higher level of INTEGRATION of whatever positive changes do occur in their BodyMInd. This is one reason we believe our Method, according to our clients, works deeper and lasts longer than many other therapies.

One Rolfer asked me how I could expect a Client to communicate about a “non-verbal” experience. The idea he was alleging was that PAIN is non-verbal. … So I asked him if he or anyone he knew ever yelled out “OUCH!” … While it is true that the original sensation in the sensory nerve endings is “non-verbal,” the human body very often spontaneously and instantly converts that “sensory signal” to a verbal expression.

I’ve had Clients that were of the “Stoic Philosophy.” They had GREAT difficulty in communicating about their pain. That’s because Stoicism includes the “rule” to “bear discomfort without complaint.” So for them, they suppressed any verbal expression of pain or discomfort because their belief system suppressed the “outburst” of saying “ouch!“ For them, the psychological pain of breaking that “rule” was worse than the physical pain they were enduring. So they needed to learn how to be more expressive of what they were really feeling. … Within reason, of course!


Hands-On Bodywork based on Principles of
Physical, Mental & Relational Yoga
Yoga for the WEST of US

The DSL “Yoga” system is a NON-Hindu, NON-Mystical, NON-Religious, NON-Guru approach to BodyMind Health & Integration. It is based on a thoroughly Western philosophy, psychology & science of Being Human. Yet for living in Western Civilization, it is NO LESS Conscious than anything from India.

The Definition WE use for Yoga is: The Bringing together or Integration of two or more things; AND the Enhanced Quality of Attention we pay to whatever we are doing in a particular moment. … Those two elements are like Hand & Glove.

Our Focused Attention — a form of Mindfulness or Meditation — on the various aspects of Being Human spontaneously changes those aspects, dissolving tension, stress, & conflicts between them, enhancing & optimizing their integration & function. We are integrating mind with body, or mind with muscle, or mind with nerves, muscles, & fascia, or muscles with joints, or structure with metabolism, and so on.


Ultimately, we are all about MInd-Body Integration & Optimization Leading to the Maximization of Function & Performance. Then, once achieved, maintained through Preventive Medicine & Elegant Aging.

We feel that TRUE, Optimal Health & Healing is primarily about Getting In Touch with our internal, natural processes:

Releasing the Natural, Internal Forces we were born with.

For Example, Yoga — or Conscious Stretching — is among THE most natural healing processes one can engage in. That’s because the most effecticient* mechanism for self-applied Tension Reduction Strategies of the Neuro-Muscular & Myo-Fascial system is through properly done Yoga ( Conscious Stretching ).

* Effecticient = Effective + Efficient

Yet far too many people teach or practice “yoga” in a FAR too intense fashion, too aggressively, with too little patience, with misdirected focus & intention, with too little internal self-awareness.

Even several World Class Yoga Teachers ended up with joint surgeries (such as hip replacements) from doing yoga to aggressively.

We encourage people to NOT use yoga to “achieve” certain idealized positionings or postures of their body. We encourage them to use such postures to feel & experience their bodymind in new ways, as they are in that moment. Focused attention with “breathing into” muscle tension produces spontaneous relaxations of the bodymind.

We also use the hands-on therapy to produce a similar “yogic” experience for the Client.

Yet our approach to physical yoga is validated by the medically established, well-known physiological functions or operations of the neuro-musculo-fascial system. But when people try to do yoga as it is typically taught, there is a strong possibility of NO results or counter-productive results.

The Yoga Student is often “encouraged” to push to hard to get into more “idealized postures” before their body is ready for it. Just like when a “deep tissue” therapist presses too hard on a Client or Students’ muscles.

We feel that the many Myth-Conceptions about “yoga” or “stretching, or too intense a bodywork process,” deprive far too many people of an otherwise safe, effective, & efficient method of self-healing.

There are many parallels and similarities between yoga & bodywork. The sciences behind them are VERY similar. We believe that while they CAN be used independently, they are totally complimentary and can be utilized together in a fully synergistic system.


Once Again …

Are YOU Ready? …

… to Start on Your Path to Becoming the
Leading Edge Expert & Trusted Authority
on Neuro-Musculo-Fascial & Joint Therapy
in Your Community?

Is Resolving long-term, chronic, complex Problems*
of the Myo-Fascia of Your Clients & Prospects on
YOUR Path of Professional Mastery?

Especially if You were Helping with
Soft Tissue Issues*
other Therapists & Physicians have
NOT succeeded in resolving?

* Problems / Soft Tissue Issues:

    • Aches & Pains
      • Headaches
      • Neck & Shoulder Pain
      • Upper & Lower Back Pain
      • Hip & Thigh Pain
      • Leg & Foot Pain
      • “Pulled” Muscles
      • Seemingly Random “Mystery” Pains
    • Lost Range Of Motion
    • Poor Posture & Movement
    • Lost Strength & Endurance
    • General & Specific “Weakness”
    • Diminished Flexibility & Resilience
    • Digestive / Metabolic Disorders
    • Various Structural Disorders:
      • Scoliosis
      • Kyphosis / Forward Neck/Head Posture
      • Slouched Posture
      • High or Low Hip Syndrome
      • Anterior / Posterior Tilted Pelvis
      • Excess / Loss of Lordosis
      • Rotated Pelvis

      … and a wide range of other problems & dysfunctions many therapists do NOT realize they can help with muscle therapy.


      Do YOU Want to help Prevent the Burn Out So Many Muscle Therapists Experience? Or Prevent the Pain & Dysfunction causing so many therapists to End their careers? While at the same time MAXIMIZING the Energy, Power & Performance of your Client’s and your own BodyMind?

      You Can Use the Very Same Principles & Techniques for Your OWN Self-Care & PREVENTION that you TEACH to your Clients for their own Self-Care & Maintenance. …

And doing so will Help Maximize Their Results
from your Hands-on Therapy.

AND You Can Teach MANY of The Self-Care & Prevention Principles & Techniques ONLINE to Expand Your Client Offerings, Your Market Reach, and to Be Prepared … JUST IN CASE we have another widespread Civil Lockdown!


Are You Looking for
BETTER ANSWERS
to the Puzzles of
Poor Posture, Pain & Impairment
… with a Focus On Prevention?

Are YOU Ready to Go “Next Level,
starting on your path of widening & deepening your Knowledge, Skills & INSIGHTS into Medically Proven as well as Effective & Efficient Principles & Techniques of Muscle Therapy?

Image from Shutterstock.com

Are You Willing, and Skilled Enough, to take on the
NeuroMuscular & MyoFascial Challenges many others
— Clients, Therapists & Physicians alike —
think are HOPELESS? Challenges many other
therapists & physicians have
given up on?

And … are You Interested in “upgrading” Your  STATUS
with your Clients & Patients by embracing the
REAL definition of a “Client”?

CLIENT:
One who is under the PROTECTION of another.
[~ from Merriam Websters Dictionary ~]

This definition imparts a Much Higher Level of Commitment & Responsibility toward the Human Beings you’re helping with your Professional Services. Yet to deliver such service, your Knowledge, Skills & Insights need to be superior to other providers of similar offerings.

And it is important to IN-form before you PER-form!
Educated Clients are usually far better recipients of the work,

and get better results.

And the World has too much “information.”
What people NEED is INSIGHT.
YOU can sift thru the Info and Find the
Insights & Wisdom they’re looking for.

And FINALLY, maybe with new, deeper and more relevant INSIGHTS, YOU could be a Major Player in the Transforming of Health Care in Your Community and America with a Unique & Effective Method of Muscle Therapy. … ???

For Example …

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
Nutritionally Oriented M.D. &
Yoga Teacher • Inner Balance Med
Wellesley, MA (Boston Area)

You did for me in 4 hours what physiotherapy couldn’t do in 4 years. And, you gave me the tools to continue working on my own.

~ Michelle Sands
Yoga Teacher • Montreal, Quebec

I found that combining David’s bodywork with chiropractic adjustments gave me deep releases that I never experienced before. David’s teaching and understanding of the body in a practical yet yogic way, totally fills in the gaps I’ve always found between yoga, anatomy, common sense & practical living.

~ William Don Johnson
Yoga Teacher • Sedona, Arizona

David Scott Lynn’s gift is extraordinary.  Not only did his personal brand of bodywork restore me to physical balance and freed me of life-long chronic pain, he went on to instruct me in the art of yoga. Sensitively — and amazingly knowledgeably — David taught me how to help myself maintain and build upon all his solid achievements. David is a natural, and I’ll be forever grateful that our paths crossed.

~ Marc J. Lane
Internationally Known
Finance & Tax Attorney
Multi-Time Lawyer of the Year
Chicago, Illinois

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
Prescott, Arizona

Well, I’ve got quite a few more of those Testimonials here on this website. SO, if You ARE looking for an Upgrade in your Massage, Bodywork and/or Yoga Therapy Education & Skills …
YOU Just Might BE in the Right Place …

DSL Edgework sciences - structure of muscles from periosteum to tendon to deep facia to epimysium, perimysium, endomysium

Image from SlideShare and http://www.mrschassardsbiology.com/ … Published in *Muscle Mechanisms of Contraction and Neural Control* at Semantic Scholar ( https://www.semanticscholar.org/ )

A NOTE ON FASCIA:

(Here is a sample of the kinds of things you’ll learn about in the science portions of the DSL Edgework programs.)

Many people have in recent years claimed they can substantially treat the fascial sheaths more-or-less separately from muscle cells. I have serious problems with that idea and think it leads to poor evaluations and sometimes counterproductive results in therapeutic strategies.

Traditionally, the word “muscle” always included the fascial sheaths surrounding the muscle cells and muscle bellies (which are themselves groups of muscle cells). In the above illustration, you can see how tightly & closely entwined the fascial sheaths — labeled as the fascia, epimysium, perimysium, and endomysium — are with the muscle cells.

Actually, all four layers are “fascia.” The outer layer of the muscle belly is called the Deep Fascia and is a little thicker and tougher, more protective. The other three fascial layers are thinner and more flexible. And to confuse things a bit, those three layers are actually “deeper” than, are contained within, the “deep fascia.” You’ll learn all about that in my programs and writings.

There is a layer called “superficial fascia” which is the deepest layer of the skin. The deep fascia is just beneath that. Yet when you move the superficial fascia, it has no significant effect on the joints. So it does not directly affect posture. It cannot “pull” the bones to any significant degree. And you cannot easily stretch it as it is not much affected by moving the joints or bones.

The only way to effectively and truly “separate” the fascial sheaths & muscle cells, though, is with a scalpel. Which of course renders them both useless. You can NOT work on or stretch them independently of each other, except in a very few areas of the body.

And the thin outer, deep fascial sheath, like the other three layers of fascia, have, in a normal state, very few to NO “contractile cells.” Therefore they can provide little to no actual contraction or “shortening” to have — BY THEMSELVES — any significant effects on posture, structure, or movement.

The Muscle Cells & Fascial Sheaths operate cooperatively together as a Harmonious, Synergistic System. Yet they have VERY different structures & functions.

But a lot of people in the last couple of decades have gotten really into “Fascia As A Thing” in and of itself, often to the result of leaving the muscle cells out of the equation. Or they attribute certain functions of the muscle cells to the fascia, which I consider to be a BIG Error.

So for more precision & inclusion, I’ve often been calling it a Musculo-Fascial UNIT. But when I say “muscle,” I am usually including the fascia. If I’m JUST talking about muscle cells independently of the fascial sheaths, I will call them muscle cells or muscle fibers.

I’ve a LOT to say about this muscle / fascia dichotomy, but I have that on several other pages on this website.

But Precision of Language & Concept is very important if you want to get REALLY CLEAR on and about how things work, ESPECIALLY when evaluating & treating a Client’s structure & posture.

Muscle Versus Fascia in Scoliosis

75° Scoliosis (tracing)

Tracing of an X-ray
of a 75° Scoliosis, looking from the back

Back in the 1990s, when I was traveling around the country training therapists, I worked with a number of very successful therapists in different cities. They would have me work with their toughest Clients. Some of those Clients had significant scoliosis. Most people were saying most scoliosis could not be straightened. Upon showing them how I worked, almost ALL of them said I worked with the exact opposites tissues that they did. …

But what I did worked!

To the right is a tracing of a 75 degree scoliosis. I had a client with that who was scheduled to get a surgery at UCLA about two weeks after I met her. The left side of her spine has a huge hump from the bulging muscles.

They surgeons were going to open her up on the front of her body, go in through the abdomen, and remove a vertebrae (!!!), then sew her back up. They were going to wait a day, then put rods in her back to hold her straight. … She was NOT looking forward to any of THAT!

We got to work right away.

The very first night, I worked with her for about 4 (four) hours. When we were finishing up, she stood up, and she said it felt so much better she could live with that degree of discomfort if we could maintain it. And that was before her spine started to straighten.

We worked for several hours a day every day. In a few days, her spine started to unlock and began straightening. She kept improving and he hump on the left was going WAY down. (I wish I could show you the pictures but I don’t want to risk any HIPPA violations. And she has disappeared.)

So, the reason it was working is MOST therapists get distracted by the hump that had formed on the left side of her lumber spine (lower back). So they start trying to get that to “break down.” But the REAL problem is the muscles causing that lumber curvature are on the RIGHT side of the spine. The muscles shortening on the right are causing the spine to bend and push to the left.

The muscles on the left are reacting to the shortening on the right, and get bulged up and out. So they get all the attention. The trick is to stay mostly focused on relaxing & lengthening the muscles on the right side down inside the hollowed out curve. There ARE muscle on the left side that need to be addressed, but that’s a little too complicated to get into here.

But I always wondered, HOW COME everyone was focusing on the wrong muscles? It seemed so obvious to me that the bulging muscles on the left were just reacting to the over-short muscles on the right.

I finally got my answer near a beach in Southern California.

One day taught a seminar to a group of massage / bodywork therapists in Venice Beach, just south of Santa Monica. One of the attendees was Head Instructor at the Santa Monica School of Massage. He was also a Hellerworker, very similar to Rolfing.® So they both operated on many of the same principles.

At end of seminar, he told me what I was teaching was exactly opposite of what Rolfing & Hellerwork were saying, teaching, and doing in the treatment room. And it had to do with an exactly opposite viewpoint on how fascia works relative to muscles. Yet he said my approach made total sense.

And the Head Instructor had a mild scoliosis! He only had a short time available, but I worked on him the next day. I think it was less than an hour. Yet we got enough of a result that I was invited to deliver a further presentation on that very issue to a muscle therapy study group. But I soon had to teach back on the East Coast. I heard, though, that they reorganized how they thought about and treated scoliosis based on what I showed them.

Scoliosis curves - Muscle versus Fascia

In MY Model of how it works, (looking a the BACK of the body) on the left side illustration above, the green lines represent shortened muscle fibers forcing the spine to curve away from the short (green) muscles. The red lines are the REACTIVE muscles and are attempting to RESIST the curvature. They tend toward bulge out the back of the body.

That is in part because as the green line muscles shorten in the lumbar area, they will tend to push the right side of the vertebrae FORWARD, which will rotate the lumbar spine on the vertical axis and the left side of the vertebrae will move REARWARD. That will push the muscles on the left side further to the rear as the lumbar spine rotates. … The thorax will do the opposite.

In the right side illustration, the Rolfers / Hellerworkers were teaching that the fascia (red LINES) were shortening and pulling the spine to the left in the lumbar (low back) and to the right in the thorax (upper back). The bigger red arrows indicate the direction of pull of the fascia.

The Problem Is, it is unlikely the fascia can shorten enough to pull the spine that far. Mainly because there are few or NO significant contractile fibers within fascial sheaths. Also, when Rolfers / Hellerworkers are working on attempting to “lengthen” the fascia on the left of the lumbar and right in the thorax, what they are more likely REALY doing is RELAXING the muscle fibers underneath the big red arrows. If those muscles DO relax, they will tend to lengthen, and that will allow the curves to get WORSE.

I believe it is that error that has prevented most people from having much success in straightening scoliosis. Another potential error is if the therapist thinks it is about muscles “weakening” and then attempting to strengthen the allegedly “weak” muscles. That only compresses EVERYTHING and makes everything worse.

One Element of the DSL Educational Programs will be a VERY close look at the nature of muscle cells, their fascial sheaths, the nerves controlling them, how they work together, and whether or not they can truly be treated as “separate systems.” And I think the science, looked at as a whole, clearly tells you what you need to know to do things like straighten a scoliosis.


December, 2023 — Sedona, Arid-Zona

HELLO! … This is David Scott Lynn (DSL), a Bodywork, Yoga & Whole Health Practitioner, Instructor & Author for over FORTY YEARS.

Now, Please Allow ME to Ask YOU a Question …

Are you a Massage, Bodywork or Yoga Therapist* wanting to advance your skills to take on the greater, more complex challenges of your most In-Need Clients & Prospects? The Clients or Patients who don’t seem to respond to the usual techniques, or maybe DO but the problems keep coming back? …

Or maybe they think they can NEVER get better?

* Or other forms of Health Care Practitioner wanting to incorporate musculo-fascial knowledge into your practice?

Or maybe you were in the Poke & Hope Club, where you just poke around in the Client’s soft (or sometimes NOT so soft) tissues hoping they would feel better? And your instructors just told you to “do the routines” with no real method of figuring out WHERE to work and WHEN?

Or maybe YOU are one of those Therapists who have developed such “musculofascial troubles” yourself, and are looking for ways to resolve issues with pain, weakness & dysfunction in your own body?

HERE’S A QUICK STORY …

Back around 2013 or ’14, I was in New Hampshire and considering moving up there. (Long Story there given that I do NOT like cold & snow!)

While visiting, I had met a woman who had been a massage therapist for a few years. But she was getting ready to quit because she had developed too much pain in her forearms, wrists, and hands from doing massage.

I knew the massage school she attended was nearby, so I asked her if she had talked to her instructors about resolving her pain. She said she had, but they had no idea how to help her. ( !!! )

This confounded me! And it was a bit distressing! …

While I had taught workshops in various massage schools around the country, I had not been around any of them long enough to run into the problem with instructors not knowing how to release such conditions as forearm muscles being too tight. …

Especially when you consider it is one of THE main necessities of many therapists. … ESPECIALLY given the high rate of people leaving the field because of such injuries. AND that arm, wrist, and hand pain for a Massage Therapist was a potentially career-ending problem.

Problems I thought were rather obvious and simple to resolve. (More on that in a minute.)

Yet I later learned this lack of insight was FAR more common than I would have thought. Especially since I could help her figure out what was wrong and how to self-treat the problem in an hour or so. How could such an important issue for Massage Therapists NOT be a Top Priority for a Massage School, of all places? …

That is one of the times I realized how fully necessary the things I was teaching were and vital for more therapists to know & understand.

Muscles of forearm controlling bones & joints of the wrist & hand treated with neuro-musculo-fascial therapyAnd Self-Care WILL be a major topic of concern in our Educational Programs because that all applies to everything else anyway.

The Quick Answer to the Problem is the muscles in her forearm, which are the main muscles controlling the wrist & finger bones (and more powerful than muscles within the hand), were WAY too tight and needed a significant reduction in tension. …

But I also along the way realized that a lot of therapists just do not treat the muscles correctly for these kinds of issues.

So I showed her how *I* do it.

Given that musicians develop similar issues that massage therapists do in their upper limbs, You might find this Testimonial interesting …

I met David Scott Lynn [DSL] right at the moment when I was considering ending my career as a classical cellist. I had incessant shooting pains in my forearm, and was not able to play for more than 5 minutes. After seeing many of Boston’s top [health care] professionals, with no success, I had pretty much given up hope.

At the recommendation of my cello instructor at the time, Paul Katz, I went to see DSL for help. Even within the first few sessions, I began to feel more improvement with him than with all the others I had worked with combined. After a few months of working with DSL, the tension melted away and the pain stopped.

It has been over two years since I’ve had a session with DSL, and I am still pain free. In addition, his knowledge in yoga and stretching has helped me keep my whole body loose and flexible. With DSL’s help, I am now well on my way to realizing my dreams as a cellist. I am forever indebted to David, and would HIGHLY recommend him to anyone who is seeking a better, easier, more pain free lifestyle.

David Huckaby Concert Cellist
Graduate of Juliard School of Music &
New England Conservatory of Music
New York, New York

[ FYI, the above Testimonial was written around 2006, more than 15 years ago. We talk every few years, and last time we talked (a few years ago) David has NOT had a recurrence of the pain! ]

Now to be candid, it took quite a few hours of therapy to get David back in fully functional order. — While some people heal VERY fast, other people take a LOT longer than others. And everything in between. —

Yet part of that is he got a LOT Of “extra” therapy because he wanted to make sure it NEVER came back. But I had accompanied David on one of his treatment trips to the Physical Therapists (PTs) who specialized in musicians in Boston.

They were very nice people and doing more-or-less classical NMT & MFR, (neuromuscular therapy & myofascial release), as well as heat, paraffin baths, and the other stuff PTs generally do. They actually appeared to do very good work … up to a point. They had helped a LOT of musicians, but after a year and a half of treating him, David was not responding to treatment.

Yet as I observed their therapy session, I could immediately see why their treatments had NOT been effective for David. Simply put, they were not spending enough focused time on each individual muscle fiber group within each muscle belly to give EACH neuro-musculo-fascial unit enough time to relax, lengthen, DE-compress & balance and take the pressure off the nerves, vessels & joints.

They were not getting deep enough into the soft tissues for long enough time.

HOWEVER, if they had been doing “traditional” Deep Tissue Therapy (the way it is very often done, meaning a LOT of pressure), there was a very good likelihood they would have been working far TOO deep, way TOO fast, way TOO soon, and the tissues would not have responded well in THAT case, either.

Many (NOT ALL) Clients actually get WORSE in such situations.

To be clear though, the USUAL NMT, MFR, Deep Tissue, and so on DO help a LOT of people. Yet there are more complex, chronic cases that do NOT respond well to those therapies.

THAT is the Niche my work is primarily designed for. But even if that is only 3 to 5% of the Total Patient Population, THAT is a LOT of people.

In my view, David the Cellist’s Therapists needed to learn The “Goldilocks” and “Onion Door” Principles of Therapy! (More on that later.)

Sorry to be Repetitive, but to be sure, while NMT & MFR, and even moderate or even aggressive Deep Tissue, can be VERY Effective for MANY people and MANY different conditions, there are SOME people who need a very different approach to therapy. … David was one of them. …

(So was I when I got MY own personal pain events. But that is another story altogether!)

The Muscles That Would Be Bones

One more (out of many) things that trouble me is Clients who’ve told me a muscle I was working on was really a BONE! … Some of them said their DOCTOR told them that it WAS a bone! … Or their Therapist had commented on how hard the Client’s muscles were and almost “impossible” to work on.

YES!  For SOME people, it WAS a SUPER-tight muscle. SO tight, that it DID “feel like a bone” to the touch.

OR, the Doctor would say “It’s JUST a tight muscle” and to not worry about it! Yet in several cases, the “bone” or “JUST a tight muscle” turned out to be THE Center of their problems!

Yet it was VERY clear to me they were not bones, even though they felt that way. (I went WAY beyond the usual to learn anatomy extremely well so that I would not make such errors in judgment.)

“I learned more anatomy from David in five weeks than I learned in four YEARS of medical school.”

~ Dr. Todd Mangum, MD
Salt Lake City

So I went ahead and used my basic muscle release technique, and sure enough, that “bone” started to soften & relax. … So, NO, it was NOT a bone!

Now, it is true, there are sometimes extremely tight muscles in a Client’s body. I’ve had Clients where some of their muscles even felt like steel cable. And I am not exaggerating. I was an ironworker in my teens and early twenties. I worked with REAL steel cable almost every day. I KNOW what they feel like.

And yes, some muscles really DO feel like bones or steel cable, or rope, or wood. But while most Therapists seem to think they need to push harder to overcome the excess musculo-fascial tension, I will, in many cases, actually work lighter.

That’s because, as I said way up above, we work by talking to the nervous system, not “mashing” on the muscles. Much of the time, muscles that are that stressed & tense need a lower-intensity experience to really let go, relax, and release.

Yet, unfortunately, some therapists — or the Client — just give up after a few sessions of the muscle not responding well.

Too Often, however, a therapist will go in like a bulldozer and try to “break up the tension.” Then, some Clients will report the therapy itself hurt way too much to tolerate. So they stopped getting that therapy.

Years ago, a muscle therapist I worked with told me a Client she had worked with told her “I have to find a therapy that hurts less than my problem.” … That therapist started using my method and no longer had that problem with a Client!

The “Onion Door” Method of Bodywork

It is easier to Open the Door before you Walk through it,
And You can’t Peel an Onion from the Inside Out! ~ DSL

MOST Of The Time, I use VERY slow, steady pressure on skin & muscles with almost NO lateral movement across the tissues. NO rubbing or gliding. NO “cross-fiber.” NO “stripping” of the muscles. … And NO “breaking stuff up.”

Just steady pressure on ONE spot for, very often, LONG periods of time with only slight movement as my touch responds to the changes of tension in the Clients’ tissues, and vice versa. …

One of my observations of Massage Therapy Schools is what they do is teach therapists how to “deliver a technique” to the Client’s body. My approach is to teach Therapists to take their focus OFF of “delivering the technique” … and put their Attention on what they are Feeling in the Client’s tissues.

AND, if the Therapist is simultaneously focused ALSO in their own body, they will discover a kind of “Neuro-Dance” happening between the changing tissues of the Client’s body & Therapist’s body. … Their own nervous systems interact with each other very sensitively & precisely. Yet they do so OUTSIDE of the direct control of the thinking mind and upper brain.

This is where Mindfulness, or a Meditative Mind, comes into play.

The linear, rational mind can fully focus on one body part or the other. Or it can focus on itself or the other person at one time. Yet the meditative, sensitive, non-linear mind, the more wholistic mind, can simultaneously experience different body parts, or BOTH human bodies, as One, Synergistic Process.

This is, by the way, a neurologically based phenomenon. It is not some “Mystical” or “Woo Woo” process. It could be thought of as Relational Yoga* or the NON-Rational Mind. … Yet this is NOT a complex thing.

NON-rational is NOT the same as IR-rational.

* Yoga: meaning the Bringing together of two or more things with a High Degree & Quality of Attention.

And Soon, the Client’s musculo-fascial tensions start responding to my pressure, without “digging in” beyond a Client’s comfort levels. And because of our NO Pain, MORE Gain approach, the Client is less on guard, and can more fully, deeply, & widely RELAX!

So, I start with the surface layer, then let the tissue (one Layer of the Onion) “take me” down to the next deeper or adjacent “spot,” location or layer. Or, depending on what the Myo-Structural Evaluation told me, I might move to the next “spot” which is sometimes quite a distance away. But it is totally dependent on what’s happening in the Clients’ musculo-fascial tissues at each moment.

And I work on that location LONG Enough for the Tissues to DEEPLY & Sufficiently RELAX. Which sometimes takes a LONG time. … Sometimes NOT.

You probably would not believe how much time I’ve spent on some muscles. But other therapists had given up altogether!

Really Relaxed Kitty with neuro-musculo-fascial therapy — Deep Radical Relaxation is one objective of DSL Edgework & Let-Go Yoga

REALLY Relaxed Kitty!

DEEP, Radical Relaxation
is a Primary Objective of
DSL Edgework & Let-Go Yoga

So How Deep DO I Work? …

Well, it’s not classical deep tissue, and rather than “deep tissue,” I think of “Which Tissue?” I’m looking for WHICH Layer & Location of the muscle where the most tension and/or sensitivity exists.

Sometimes it is deep, sometimes on the surface, sometimes in between, and sometimes everything in between. Sometimes it is ALL layers. And treatment strategy can change at any time, sometimes many times during a session, depending on what the Client is reporting.

Although I AM told by Clients I get a LOT deeper into the tissues than most “deep tissue” therapists. And I can stay in longer and find more “hard knots” or “tender spots” in the muscles.

That’s because I wait for the Client’s tissues to “invite” me to go deeper, which reduces or eliminates most or any resistance in their body or mind. Then, the DOOR of the “Onion” OPENS to the next layer. So they are never fighting back or holding their muscles tight to “protect” themselves from what they fear might become too much pressure.

It Bears Repeating, One DSL Muscle Motto Is:

It is easier to Open the Door before you Walk through it,
And You can’t Peel an Onion from the Inside Out!

You want your Client to INVITE the Sensations,
NOT FIGHT the sensations.

(At risk of being redundant, I will be repeating some things below. But I will also be adding in some new things too, and I want to make sure you have the intended context in place while reading.)

Again, think of a muscle as an onion, with many hundreds of layers. (Actually thousands of layers at the microscopic level.)  And each layer is like a doorway to the next layer of onion.

You want to make sure each door (layer of muscle) is opening (Re-Lax-ing* & De-Contract-ing) before you try to “push through” it.

Lax = to loosen or to be loose, the opposite of tense.

DE-Contraction is about the stopping of contracting of a muscle.

Most of the time, when a very tight muscle is NOT relaxing or releasing, I LIGHTEN UP my pressure, rather than pressing harder. The trick is to let the nervous system do the work. … So what does that actually mean?

Tension is NOT a “THING”

It bears repeating, The DSL Method of Muscle Therapy, now known as DSL Edgework, does not “chase the pain.” A Client’s tension, stress, & “tight muscles” are not THINGS stuck in their body. And it is NOT the therapist’s job to “get those ‘things’ out.”

SO … if that tension & pain is not a “thing,” WHAT IS IT? What ARE those “Hard Knots” in the musculo-fascial units?

The Hard Knots are something the Client is DOING! They are “DOING muscle tension.” They are either consciously or unconsciously contracting one or more muscles with their nervous system and mind. So the “knot” is just an excessive state of contraction.

There are many degrees of contraction, as well.

So what “relaxation” really is is the Stopping of DOING Tension!
It is the Stopping of Doing The Action of muscle contraction.

Further, we do not “push around” in the tissues thinking we are “breaking up” things, or adhesions, or scarring, or crystallizations. We are NOT trying to “treat” or manipulate the muscles in a way to make or force the musculo-fascia to “soften up” or “become more elastic” or relax by force.

There might be some of those “things” like adhesions (gluing or thixotropy) in the tissues, yet in most cases that is a minor factor. (We get into that quite a lot in the Educational Programs.) Scarring can be more of an issue, but can usually be worked around, rather than attempting to “push through it” or “break it up.” …

And many scars CAN “soften up.”

Yet my experience is the main “component” of the Client’s tension & stress, and “tight muscles” — even surrounding a scar — are the hyper-excited nerves keeping the muscles too activated, too contracted & too tense.

WE focus on how we can facilitate neurological RELAXATION, not on what we need to “break up.”

Mind Body Integration - Brain Nerve Body connection for Elegant Anti-AgingWhat we ARE doing to help the Client is using our hands, fingers, or an occasional elbow, to have a sensory or tactile “conversation” with the Client’s Central Nervous System (CNS) & Brain. And we let the Client’s CNS & Brain “Do the Work.”

We set up the conditions by which better signals can be sent to their inner systems, and those systems can respond more appropriately and fully.

When your Client fully relaxes, when their mind drops OUT of “defense mode,” when they trust you, a more deeply integrative sensory/motor & body/mind harmonization occurs.

Also, the parasympathetic nervous system is more fully activated, increasing internal self-healing & immune functions including metabolic functions.

vagus nerve - cranial nerve

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


This includes, but is certainly not limited to, normalizing the activity of the Vagus Nerve, which is part of the Polyvagal & Cranial Nerve System. That system provides the deeper & wider emotional content human beings often experience compared to most (if not all) animals.

So, if the Client works with the Mindfulness Component of how we work, any emotional content has a better chance of releasing along with the physical tensions, often without going to “psychotherapy.”

Yet we are not forcing the tension out of the muscles. We are stimulating certain sensory nerve endings & synapses (on / off switches) that have an INHIBITING (quieting or calming) effect on the motor nerves, which turn the motor nerves down or off.

When motor nerves calm down, the muscles & organs tend to RELAX.

 

 

 


 

 

In the illustration to the right, you can see the Golgi Tendon Organs, the sensory nerves embedded in the musculo-tendinous junction directly responsible for communicating with the CNS (in the spinal cord) & Brain, and affecting the amount of nerve tonus controlling the tension in the muscle cells.

Nerve Tonus: increased electrical charge traveling down a nerve to the muscle or organ, causing them to activate. Reduced nerve tonus reduces activation of the respective muscle or organ. (Tonus is NOT, for our purposes, the same thing as TONE, although they are closely related. But this is an important, central concept you will be learning about.)

When nerve tonus in the motor nerve turns down, the muscle or organ starts to relax. (Many organs are made of smooth muscle fibers that relax & contract to provide their function. If those muscles get Too Tight, the organ function declines.) Greater Relaxation facilitates Greater Healing & Regeneration of MANY physiological processes.

And to have the proper “sensory conversations” with the nervous system (which, technically, includes the brain) we must make sure we do not trigger any resistances, fears or negative sensations or reactions that might activate the reactive reflexive nerves that could cause muscles or organs to tighten right back up, or not let go at all.

Which VERY OFTEN happens at very subtle levels and is unconscious to the Client. And sometimes a Client’s body “outsmarts” the Therapist and relaxes for a short time. But when the Client walks out the door of the treatment room, the muscles tighten right back up again!

When there is little or no pain or negative sensation, any changes happening in the nervous system & muscles can integrate higher & deeper into the CNS & Brain, making the changes more systemic & “permanent.” (I hesitate to refer to ANYTHING in the body as “permanent,” but I am speaking in relative terms here.)

If there IS too much negative sensation, it is more likely the nervous system will block the desired changes from fully integrating, if they happen at all. …

That is in part an aspect of what I call Neuro-Sensory Psychology.

The body has a “sense” of itself, a Sensory Self-Identity it attempts to preserve, sometimes at ALL costs, because the body tends to NON-consciously maintain its historical “learning” as a hyper-vigilant survival mechanism. This learning includes ALL the body has done to protect or stabilize itself over the years.

Examples of this could be a Ballet Dancer or a Body Builder. They both have very distinct and obviously different “Senses of Self.” They self-identify with “How it FEELS to be ME.”

This can be challenging to the therapist because if you start changing the muscle tensions in their body too fast, they start to feel “unfamiliar.” And the bodymind always tries to go back to what “feels familiar.” It’s a form of homeostasis.

If you help loosen their muscles too much, they will unconsciously go out and tighten them right back up again to return to that “Feeling of ME.” And they won’t even know they’re doing that.

The Alpha & Gamma Neuro-Systems

There is a tension between the Alpha (conscious / spontaneous) and the Gamma (unconscious / automatic) portions of the nervous system. Most of the time, the Gamma system is NON-Consciously (which is different than UN-consciously) running your body based on memories of what it has “learned” and “feels like” as accumulated throughout its history.

Yet you can consciously intervene in your body with the Alpha system (which originates in the cerebral cortex, where consciousness [apparently] lives). But as soon as you take your conscious attention off what’s happening, the Gamma system takes back over again, and all the old historical tension, stress, & habit patterns reassert themselves.

THAT is what the Therapist is really up against when attempting to help a Client let go of their tension & stress. Especially if you want it to last more than a few hours or days. And THAT is in great part what DSL Edgework focuses on in a therapy session.

All that is what you’ll learn about in my various web pages, publications, and Educational Course. … And a WHOLE LOT OF OTHER STUFF, TOO!

Anyway, one way to ensure there are no negative reactions is to work with the concept of …

NO Pain, MORE Gain
Playing The EDGE of
Pain, Fear & Resistance

While it is usually okay to go UP TO the “edge” of pain, it is NOT okay to go INTO pain when applying pressure to a Client’s skin & muscles. And the more stressed, injured, or traumatized a Client is, the further away from pain, or even intense sensation, you want to be.

Obviously, if they come in with pain, you have to start at that level of pain. But you do not want to aggravate or re-trigger the pain any more than necessary. … And it is usually NOT necessary.

There is one VERY SLIGHT exception to this. But this publication is getting too long as it is. But I will have it in the Educational Courses.

Another DSL Muscle Motto …

One again, the Client should be INVITING the sensations, NOT FIGHTING the sensations.

They should NOT be TOLERATING the sensations, either. They need to LIKE or be NEUTRAL about what they’re feeling. … THAT is the ideal state.

Intensity of Sensation is Okay; PAIN is NOT!

At risk of being too redundant (again), one benefit of working this way is it stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, which activates the internal self-healing, regeneration, and immune functions of the body. Going into too much intensity of sensation, in some cases ANY intensity, stimulates the sympathetic nerve system and you get the OPPOSITE effect of what you are aiming for.

That is the Sabre-tooth / Cyber-tooth Tiger Reactivity of the 4-F System. The *Four Fs* are Fright, Freeze, Fight or Flight, the emergency side of the autonomic nervous system. And we want to NOT get you into that state if at all possible!

The NO Pain, MORE Gain approach is where the Client gets more involved with their therapy, by COMMUNICATING with You, the Therapist, about what they are FEELING. This is where the Client moves from spectator medicine, to Participatory Medicine. Here, you are helping move them into a more Mindful or Meditative Process.

And the more engaged their conscious mind is in the process, the more deeply and thoroughly they can RELAX their muscles. And that is what it is all about …

DEEP, Radical Relaxation
— DE-Contraction of Muscles —

YET … BELIEVE IT OR NOT, with SOME Clients, this is the most difficult part of the  Therapist’s work. Because a lot of Clients are in too much resistance about their resistance! So they just do not — or CAN not — communicate what they’re feeling, and will often be in pain without you knowing it. …

This is HIGHLY counterproductive. But I have entire pages on this website about the NO Pain, MORE Gain concept and process.

So why did I start working this way?

Starting way back in 1977, I was talking to a lot of people and heard many of the same things from a lot of them. The most common complaint was their muscle therapist did not work deep enough. Not far behind was the OTHER thing I heard often, that the Therapists worked TOO deep and it hurt too much. … HMMM??? Talk about a Polarizing Problem.

Not yet having done much hands-on therapy (I was still a yoga teacher at the time) I started wondering what was going on? … Or not going on?

As I started getting into doing hands-on muscle therapy, from the very beginning, I began intentionally designing my style of therapy to do what NMT & MFR, and Deep Tissue & Rolfing® (Structural Integration) and other therapies do NOT do. … Or at least none of the therapies I was going to did.

The Edge Concept, which I learned from my Primary Yoga Teacher, Joel Kramer, was part of Joel’s Ground Breaking Innovations in how Physical / Mental Yoga works. His was a VERY non-“traditional” approach to yoga (not very much from the East Indian Gurus), but it was no less, maybe more so, conscious than anything coming out of India.

After I took Joel’s 1-month Intensive on Yoga at Cold Mountain Institute in British Columbia, I was doing physical / mental yoga 3 and four hours per day for many months at a time.

THAT is where I learned what makes a “tight muscle” REALLY let go. It is a mostly internal, introspective process of looking down inside one’s body with the (ideally NON-thinking) Mind to find & feel the tensions, then learn how to Let Them GO.

Letting GoRelaxing & DE-Contracting — is literally a SKILL you learn to Develop & Do.

The Goldilocks Factor!

SOME’S TOO HOTSOME’S JUST RIGHTSOME’S TOO COLD

So I decided to have my Clients keep me informed, in the present moment, of whether the pressure was Too Deep, Too Light, or Just Right!

Ideally, they learn to observe their body, translate what they are feeling into words, and communicate with me. For some people, that is A Most Important & Valuable Learning Process!

The more you get into my work, you’ll see how much of it is actually rooted in Physical / Mental & Relational Yoga as taught by Joel and his Life Partner, Diana Alstad. And Relational Yoga is, in great part, all about communication and dissolving barriers to interacting. In fact, it could be said that …

The Hands-on Component of DSL Edgework is an Externally Applied Form of Physical / Mental & Relational Yoga

It was these and other principles of yoga (as developed and taught by Joel) that formed the foundation of how I work with my hands (as well as conscious stretching) in releasing tension in muscles & decompressing the body.

HOWEVER …

Getting Into Structural Bodywork

I remember one day in Spring of 1982, walking out the front door and down the steps of my brownstone apartment in Near North Chicago. (West Erie Street if you know the neighborhood.)

I had been VERY frustrated with the several therapy trainings I had attended, attempting to learn how to properly evaluate human structure & posture. I had noticed that very often, pain was NOT coming from where the REAL problem was. It was often quite distant in the body.

I had already shown a “natural knack” for releasing tension in muscles with my hands and with yoga therapy. Yet I did NOT have really good strategies on figuring out WHICH muscles to work on nor WHEN or WHAT sequence. Especially when they were quite a distance away from the pain.

Although I could by now facilitate change in bodies, I could NOT “predict” the changes! I could not precisely determine what working in one place would most likely do.

Yet I believed there HAD to be a way to more effectively figure out or analyze what a Client needed, meaning WHICH muscles were most responsible for their various musculoskeletal misalignments and issues.

I believed this because I had several years earlier read a book titled The Protean Body by Don Hanlon Johnson. Don had been a Rolfer (Structural Integration) and a Somatics (Sensory Motor Amnesia) practitioner. …

Protean means able to change frequently or easily.

Rolfing® was the trade name for Ida P. Rolf’s original system of Structural Integration. … This was a more manual, hands-on form of therapy with a primary focus on moving and releasing the fascia of the muscles. Ida’s focus was on getting the fascia to “loosen up,” getting it “back into proper place,” and therefore allowing freer movement.

Somatics® was the name of Thomas Hanna’s system of Functional Mind/Body Integration. … This was a more movement-based form of therapy rather than hands-on. Hanna was focused in great part on what he called Sensory-Motor Amnesia, and reconnecting the conscious mind with the body so as to relieve faulty movement patterns of muscles that had become “unconscious.”

Essentially, these were “Dead Spots” in muscle fibers in need of being reawakened or reconnected. One could say they often correlated with the Trigger Points of NMT (Neuromuscular Therapy).

If you want to know more about Sensory Motor Amnesia, Hanna’s book, Somatics, goes well into it. You can also read the chapter in Job’s Body, by Deane Juhan, on the Descending Sensory Pathways. (I highly recommend Deane’s book, by the way. It is EXTREMELY data-intensive and insightful.)

Finding The Missing Formula

I’ll tell you the whole story in an upcoming Video, or you can read about it on my In-Depth About DSL web page. But in 1982, I finally found a missing link to understanding how to evaluate posture & structure in such a way that it allowed me to more precisely select & prioritize which muscles to work on and in what sequence.

I had the good fortune to work with Daniel Blake. He had been a Rolfer who was trained by Ida Rolf, certified by Ida Rolf, and kicked out of the Rolf Institute by Ida Rolf. ( !!! ) That’s because he started disagreeing with Ida on things like how muscles & fascia worked, or not.

He started to realize the things Ida was attributing to fascia were not working very well according to her theories. Rolfing worked for a LOT of people. But others? Not so well.

So he left Rolfing and went on a long trip, studying with a number of other body therapists, osteopaths, and the like to see what he could learn. He even went to Europe and India in the process.

Lumbo pelvic CORE & structural alignment in BIO-Structural Balancing & Postural AlignmentAs a Result, he developed his own system of therapy called Structural Bodywork, of which I became a student when he taught his program in Chicago in the Spring of 1982.

Daniel taught us a “formula” for analyzing posture & structure. I realized it made total sense, and it was the Missing Element of my own therapy system.

My system was coming together between 1982 to 1985, and I was getting a reputation for resolving musculoskeletal, and other, issues other therapists and physicians had not been successful with.

The Only Problem There is the therapy I was getting in the program inadvertently triggered old injuries sustained in my teenage years and early 20s. As a result, I had THREE and a HALF YEARS of SEVERE, often debilitating back & hip pain & deep exhaustion.

I’ll be telling you THAT story elsewhere (or you can find it in the In-Depth About DSL web page), but suffice it to say, working my way out of that problem solidified my understanding, skills & strategies of effective bodywork & yoga therapy.

But here is a Sneak Peak at the Basic Premise:

The Idea is figuring out what the over-shortened muscles — the Primary Contractors — are, and focus on Relaxing & Lengthening those muscles. The over-lengthened muscles — the Secondary Contractors — are left alone until the spinal or joint distortions are well on their way to returning to proper balance.

I do NOT subscribe to “strengthening” the over-lengthened muscles too early in the process. I want those muscles to Relax & REST for quite some time as they have been over-working a LOT, sometimes for a LONG time. They need a break. And usually, they will “strengthen up” spontaneously as they return to more normal length & balance anyway.

Teaching My Work

I began teaching my work in 1989 at Heartwood Institute in Northern California. It was the only residential massage therapy program in the country, along with a number of other Whole Health Programs. It was the first time I actually taught my system of therapy. Here’s how it happened …

In the fall of 1989, Bob & Roy, then the new owners of Heartwood Institute near Garberville, California, were in need of a new Deep Tissue Instructor for the 2nd half of their intensive, 10-week, residential Deep Tissue Therapy Training Program.

The students, who had already done the first five weeks, were all successfully practicing therapists, and two 4-year medical school graduates, from around the Western Hemisphere who had closed their practices for three months to come and get trained at Heartwood. But the scheduled Super-Guru Instructor never showed up! So they had a replacement instructor who was not very well trained in advanced therapy.

The students were VERY upset. Some of them were asking for their money back.

So Bob & Roy called the now late Robert K. King — then President of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) and a co-founder / owner of the well-known Chicago School of Massage Therapy. Bob & Roy asked for his suggestions to fill that teaching position.

I had performed many therapy sessions with Robert King in Chicago, so he was very familiar with my “DSL” approach to therapy. Mr. King’s VERY FIRST recommendation to Bob & Roy for a “Deep Tissue” instructor was David Scott Lynn. (DSL — That’s Me!)

BTW, over the years, I’ve had THREE Presidents and a few Executive Board members of the AMTA as Clients and/or Students, as well as several owners or staff members of several well-known massage schools across America.

So I went to Heartwood, near Garberville, CA, and taught the 2nd 5-weeks of the Program. When I walked into the training room, they were VERY suspicious … and UN-Happy. … Talk About Pressure!

By the end of the very first day, they were all VERY Happy!

Thankfully!

Here is a Report from Heartwood’s Program Administrator:

The students in Heartwood’s approved Massage program felt that The DSL Method was the most valuable work in Heartwood’s massage curriculum. Many students felt that David’s work instilled a sense of competence in their ability to do massage & bodywork. It is an open ended system allowing and encouraging students to continually improve their work through active practitioner / client exchange.

I have personally found that, based on feedback from clients, The DSL Method is on par with, if not superior to, the other major bodywork systems available today.

~ Rex Dippre
Massage Therapist
Arcata, California
(Former Director of Admissions @
Heartwood Institute, 1989-1992)

And that was 1989-90, when, except for some yoga classes and workshops, I taught my therapy system for the very first time. And I was nowhere near as knowledgeable, experienced, or skilled as I am now, as I had just started delving into physiology & neurology way back then.

One of the students was a recent graduate of a medical school …

I learned more anatomy in five weeks with David than in four years of medical school.

~ Dr. Todd Mangum

Thankfully, I did not listen to my two Primary Teachers of Yoga and Bodywork who were both experts in their fields, and strongly suggested I reconsider my desire to be a yog teacher and a bodyworker. … I relied on my own assessments of my skills and abilities. I did not succumb to an authority outside of myself, or the rule of experts.

(I had a similar scenario when I attempted to add Hakomi Body-Centered Psychotherapy into my skill set and therapy system. But that is another story for another time.)

I went on to teach groups of therapists across the country in the 1990s. They were mostly Neuromuscular Therapy practitioners, and a few Myofascial Release practitioners.

Fast Forward a number of years and one of the most asked questions I hear from my Clients is, Have I trained other people in this method of therapy?

I often worked with people from out of town, and they either wanted to continue the therapy, or recommend it to other people they knew in their hometown.

Well, I provided education for a number of groups around the country in the 1990s, but I was (unfortunately) too shy about marketing at the time. So I never did any really big numbers. And I prefer to keep groups small anyway.

And while many of the therapy training groups had dozens, sometimes even a hundred students in their programs, I preferred to work with twelve students or less. That way, they were more assured of getting direct personal experience of how I work.

Fast Forward Again … Today, I’m NOW working on my Legacy Years, and I need to know there are enough people trained to continue such work when I’m no longer able or around to do it. And of course, as a Private Practice Therapist I can only work on one person at a time. So I’ve not in recent years been solving the Supply / Demand Issues for my therapy system.

So I’m working on that right now.

But I often wonder how many more people would have been helped had I been better at marketing so I could work with more students?

I was doing a lot of training in the 1990s. Then in the 2000s, I spent a few years working with musicians in the Boston area. After that, I was writing a lot of books & learning to build web pages and such. Then from 2013 on it was mostly about taking care of an old friend of mine for a year, then from 2014 on it was my Elderly & Sick Parents, which turned into a full-time job and I faded into the background of National Bodywork & Yoga Scene for several years. …

Then came COVID-19, and I spent many hundreds of hours on studying, researching, & writing on things that would keep the massage, bodywork, & yoga professions from being put on the NON-Essential list EVER again. … THAT is a challenging objective, I tell ya!

BUT I’M BACK NOW! …

You, then, will be helping develop the program for future students. Which is why I’m not charging a lot of money for these Pilot Programs.

Now, it is true. You might decide you want to actually and directly experience how I work in-person. EVERYONE says my actual, hands-on therapy was not really what they expected, even though they had heard a LOT about it. So we might want to get together for a few days where you can receive some bodywork from me and get a more “Personal Touch.”

Here is a RECAP of the Basic Elements of what you’ll be Learning in the Program:

Especially if you see how C.E.M.&.N.T. might be THE THING getting in your Client’s way. WHAT IS C.E.M.&.N.T.?

C.E.M.&.N.T.
Chronic, Excess Muscle &
Nerve Tension & Stress

AKA “Tight Muscles.”

The Central Focus of DSL Edgework on the
Physical Level is the Reduction of Tension &
Stress in the Neuro-Musculo-Fascial Units

This is a Precise Definition and Explanation of where SO MANY of your Client’s problems are coming from. And YOU can become an Expert at facilitating their ability to FEEL, RELAX, LENGTHEN, and BALANCE their musculo-fascial units.

We Believe chronic muscle tension is a Primary Cause of a wide range of issues with

• Aches & Pains

• Lost Range of Motion, Strength & Endurance

• Poor Posture & Movement Patterns

• Digestion & Metabolic / Detoxification

• Various Other Dysfunctions

Simply put, Chronic, Excess Muscle & Nerve Tension & Stress is exactly how it sounds.

I had been thinking about such things for years. I heard about trigger points. I heard about myalgia or myofascial pain syndrome, tension myositis syndrome or tension myoneural syndrome. There was fasciitis, tendinitis and tendinopathy. There was neuropathy, fibromyalgia, and so on.

C.E.M.&.N.T. slowly came to me over a few years. It is simple on the surface, because some people say their muscles FEEL like cement. But the full term, as I us it is Chronic, Excess Musculofascial & Nerve Tension & Stress and Negative Habit Patterns. … It is also short for “tight muscles.”

I use that erm to more fully describe what is going on in the body. But I long ago realized most physicians and therapists did NOT realize just hoe profoundly “tight muscles” affected so many things in the human body.

I think that’s because “muscle tension,” by itself, and in ordinary “doses,” is NOT “pathological.” We NEED muscles to contract to perform the movements, actions and metabolic functions of daily life. There are even people who seem to think that “tight muscles” are “healthy muscles.”

Yt muscle that are too tight, too much of the time can cause a LOT of trouble. Understanding how that works helps you more effectively evaluate what’s going on structurally (and in some cases metabolically) with a Client, and how to develop a treatment strategy.

I of course go deep into this Question in my courses, but you can get a pretty good start at the following pages:

PLEASE READ One or More of the Following Pages on C.E.M.&.N.T.:

C.E.M.&.N.T. In-Depth

Effects of C.E.M.&.N.T.

More On C.E.M.&.N.T.

Comparison of C.E.M.&.N.T. with Other Diagnoses (MPS, TMS)

The Primary Tools to Achieve this Reduction of C.E.M.&.N.T. are:

• Mindful Medical Massage Therapy

• including Psycho-Muscular Release

• Edge-Touch Technique

• Myo-Structural Balancing

• Myo-Structural Analysis

• Postural Evaluation

• Myo-Structural Yoga Therapy

• Tai Chi-based Movement Therapy

• Internal / External Ergonomics

• Self-Care Techniques

For the Purposes of Evaluation of the Human Structure & Health Care Conditions & Development of Treatment Strategies, DSL Edgework utilizes:

• The Homeopathic Interview

• Comprehensive Client History

• BIO-Structural Analysis (BIO refers to LIFE)

• Postural Evaluation / Assessment

• YogasAnalysis (if Yoga Postures are Utilized)

If you’ve not already done so, for an In-Depth Description of the School of Hard Knots, Please Go Here:

School of Hard Knots Introduction

School Of Hard Knots Content & Structure

If you are looking for a massage school where you can get a license, and want a school that uses much of the same information that I teach, please check out the Schools of Advanced Bodywork (SABs), founded by Master Therapist Kyle C. Wright.

North Carolina School of Advanced Bodywork

Charlotte, NC

• Florida School of Advanced Bodywork
in Jacksonville, FL

Thank You for Reading about the DSL Pro Trainings …
Take Care,
David Scott Lynn (DSL*)
* DSL: Your High Touch Uplink to the Inner-Net*
* Inner-Net: Your Psycho-Neuro-Musculo-Fascial Network[/su_column]

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DSL's Masterclass on Muscle Therapy - DSL Edgework - Mindful Medical Massage & Muscle Therapy

( Including the School of Hard Knots! )

David Teaching DSL Edgework - Medical Anatomy, Kinesiology & Physiology

David Scott Lynn is a man of profound integrated understanding In the field of bodywork. You will be blessed if you choose to work with him.

I suffered for decades with chronic neck and shoulder issues. I was able to manage my “condition” through weekly acupuncture, regular chiropractic, daily exercise, and massage. ... I had constant pain, but was able to function, most days. Periodically, I experienced acute pain which de-capacitated me for months. ... My condition was always with me and something I had to 'factor in' when making most of my life decisions.

David has a lifetime of study which he has incorporated into a systematic approach to restructuring and realigning the body. ... Since I am not a practitioner myself, I cannot address the pros of his approach, other than to say — David is a “God Send”.

On a personal level, he is patient and steady in his approach. ... His prices are reasonable, which was also a “factor” for me.

When someone is in chronic pain and wondering if anything will ever get them out of pain, Davids’ “stick to it” nature — is reassuring and encouraging. ... He is determined to do what he can to heal your body, and he is both knowledgeable and effective.

If you have a significant chronic condition, chances are you will need to be in treatment for a period of time. At least that was my story. However, getting to a place where you are no longer in chronic pain is almost assured with his approach.

David is understanding. David is kind. ... He keeps his word, and is ethical. ... Actually, he is kind of a “mad scientist” who has studied his whole life and integrated many healing modalities into a systemic approach to bodywork. He is a teacher in his field, and highly respected.

He is a gift to those who need a permanent solution to their bodily pain. ,,, You could search a lifetime without finding someone of his caliber. ... He is a Gift. ... I give him a Five Star Rating.

~ Ellie Saunders
Sedona, Arizona

September 10, 2018

I have known David Scott Lynn for 30 years when I was completing my medical school clerkships in Chicago, Illinois at the Michael Reese Hospital and the Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn in 1988. It seems like yesterday when we met as brothers in the fight to bring meaning to the term “health care.” We saw the road ahead with the same eyes and were of one mind with respect to the substance and altruistic goals ahead.

If I were to seek out one person with whom I would choose to work in pursuit of true health care, it would be David Scott Lynn. He is an extremely focused and talented individual who has dedicated himself to helping others, sometimes sacrificing his own welfare to achieve the goal in the care plan no matter the person or circumstances. He would always be there to contribute and create the plan to facilitate the desired outcome. He would work tirelessly and carry on in the most difficult of times.

David works well as a team member or individual, whatever the environment requires. He is not resistant to hard work and cares deeply about others especially fellow therapists with whom he has a special insight and understanding. David has good business sense.

I know David to have lectured and instructed all over the country from the east to the west coasts in order to bring his unique brand of massage therapy, the DSL Method, to practitioners, therapists, schools, clinics and private clients with amazing effects and life-changing results.

I, therefore, take pleasure and consider it a great honor and privilege to recommend David Scott Lynn at the highest level without reservation.

Should you require any further insight, do not hesitate to contact me.

~ Sincerely
Dr. David J. Ogle
Metabolic / Nutritional MD, CTTH
Gresham, OR

Dr. Ogle can be contacted at:
Gresham, OR 97080
503-663-3075
drogle@frontier.com