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October 20, 2009

Bodywork Concepts

Today, we started out soft tissue mobilization unit in musculoskeletal class. I'm the only massage therapist in my PT class, but a handful of others knew about different soft tissue techniques that we discussed in class.

From our lecture notes, we were made aware of several different manual therapy techniques:
1) Rolfing -- philosophy of bodywork where structure governs function. Bones are held together by tensions within the muscles and connective tissue, and an imbalance in this tension alters structure.

2) Aston Patterning -- an integrated system of movement education, bodywork and environmental evaluation designed to increase the body's ability ot move more efficiently and effortlessly.

3) Feldenkrais -- structured movement lessons which introduce increased options for movement and integrate them into functional activities.

4) Hellerwork -- deep tissue bodywork and movement education designed to realign the body and release chronic tension and stress.

5) Trager therapy -- bodywork which facilitates integration of body and mind through multiple types of sensory inputs.

The hands-on lab offered some techniques I had not seen before in bodywork. Since I've not taken of John Barnes Myofascial therapy, I've not been aware of the impact of superficial restrictions on movement. While I was familiar with many of the hands-on techniques, it never hurts to learn something new.

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Posted by linda at October 20, 2009 6:46 PM

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