My mom omohyoid is leaving sunny Hawaii and coming to town for a few weeks. While here, she'll be offering her incredible bodywork to all y'all with chronic pain, injury-related imbalance, and structural irregularities. This is no "rub, rub, makes you feel good" Swedish-style massage. She's trained with world-class osteopaths, physiologists, LMTs, and physical therapists for over a decade now and possesses uncanny skills and an awe-inspiring knowledge of anatomy - her aim is to fix the thing that caused the pain in the first place, and keep it fixed. She books up pretty quickly and already has quite a following in NYC, so if you want your shoulder to stop aching or your sinuses to stop running or your intestines to stop twisting or your TMJ to stop locking - contact Carol directly: firstname.lastname@example.org
Bodywork based on structural and movement assessment prior to treatment.
I prefer working with a goal to improve a chronic situation that may be partially, or totally alleviated. With my work I pay attention to where small or large movements may not be happening within a person. These barriers cause a need for compensatory movement patterns that often cause the pain we first become aware of. I primarily work with "tricking" the nervous system to allow more proper biomechanical movement by changing these barriers, and then offering core stability retraining. I like things that are simple and self do-able.
Structural tools I use include myofascial release, craniosacral, visceral adhesion release, joint mobility restoration, Thai massage, manual lymphatic drainage, and muscle balancing with resisted stretching, after assessing muscle imbalance and spinal "stuckness" or stubbornness really. I also try to determine why something got stuck in the first place. For example: thirty people with sacroiliac (SI) pain can have thirty reasons for it. I am finding that freeing the structural reason alone is usually short lived. Long lasting, maybe forever, results happen we find the biomechanical core miscommunication and have a little chat. SI pain involves one psoas muscle being a show off and staying contracted. It's a biofeedback thing. And I can show you how to keep a watch on your own naughty psoas.
The focus of my current exploration has been in understanding true core stability and how to come more from "core". My definition of core is those structures that contract to protect the spine and nerves with THOUGHT of movement... precognitive gamma motor neuron loops. Just love the language. I am my daugher's mother.
The Australians and Canadians work on the basis that these structures stop communicating with the brain, and DO NOT start talking again without conscious "mediation" through simple biofeedback. American style physical therapy and strength training miss the crucial first step of rewiring these precognitive structures to the loop. It is assumed that they will reboot with time, chicken noodle soup, or gross muscle exercise. NOT. Strengthening extrinsic muscles is short lived and sets up future injury without intrinsic muscle firing in sequence. This is because the body will always recruit strength over stability. It will find the power in structures that are not designed for the load. That makes pain and weakness.
The book I recommend for understanding and mediball play to strenghthen core structures and rewire your whole moving machine is:
Spinal Stabilization, the New Science of Back Pain, second edition, by Rick Jemmett. ISBN 0968871518.
This is a book you can use for your practice for life. It includes basic rehabilitative ball work and then advanced strength and sport training work.
If you buy a physioball, be sure it is burst resistant, or slow leak, and that it is sized so that your legs form a right angle with the floor when sitting on the ball. Most people have a ball that is way too large. I'll bring balls to use during sessions, and ordering information at a possible better price for you to use on your own. Generally, someone udner 5' 6" would use a 55 cm, 22" ball and someone taller would use a 65 cm, or 26" ball. Really tall folks need a 75cm, or 30" ball. Diminutive folks use a 45cm, or 18" ball. If several folks would like their own ball for their sessions, I can order them ahead of time.
It's not just back pain that is applicable with this information, but they note that less than one percent of chronic back pain is caused by reasons other than faulty wiring between body and brain. Given that the AMA lists "lumbago" as an epidemic in America, this is a profound statistic. My experience underscores this research. I also find that reactivating core structures seems to be the transformer in our physical reconnection ability in rehabilitation. It seems to make change keep. No three times a week forever repetitive nonsense. My motto: if it doesn't work, do something else. A glamour note: learning to reactivate core makes for flatter abs and even can even out "love handles".
I'll help you work with whatever structural problem is keeping you from being your happiest dancing self, and restart your loops with simple biofeedback, then get you started with mediball play. It can be a ten minute part of your day or become your main exercise/strengthening routine. And it goes on the road easily. We can do small classes in M and K's house with the
ball during the end of my stay with those who have had sessions. Once we get good with the ball, we can start drinking wine and see how stable we are then.
My fee is $100 an hour. One hour and a half to two hours is a good session to get lots done. My intention is to give you tools to check your own stability forever so you can live long and prosper.