The Power of Biomechanical Bodywork: A Different Kind of Massage
We all know that massage is medicine to the body. Massage is primarily prescribed for medical or stress-related issues and the goal is to loosen and lengthen to strengthen. Overall, it is the therapeutic manipulation of the body’s soft tissue using a series of pressured movements to elicit muscular release. Massage reduces the body’s production of cytokines, which are specific proteins that contribute to inflammation due to injury or disease. Moreover, massage is known to stimulate the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system is a vital part of the immune system, and provides pathways for lymphocytes and other cells. When properly administered, massage also stimulates the mitochondria, which aid in cellular function and repair.
Not all massage is the same. Biomechanical Bodywork is a unique, intuitive, whole body experience that will reconnect you with your body and ways of moving you had thought you lost. Through the symbiotic nature of massage and biomechanics, your awareness is heightened, which helps your body regulate to have you feeling relaxed, grounded, and positive when you walk out the door. Biomechanical Bodywork is different because stretching is integrated with a unique sequence of massage strokes that allow for a spontaneous release of the body’s muscles, joints, tendons and ligaments. It is truly a customized approach, as every patient is different and the first concern is to root out where the “issue in the tissue” starts or stems from. It can be described as the wheels in a clock, all the separate parts have to fit comfortably with the ability to do their function; not compensate for others within the system. Therapists use their hands, elbows, forearms, knees, and even breath to administer a variety of motions applied both lightly and with firm pressure to elicit response in the muscles and fascia.
What is Fascia?
The fascia is an underestimated but fundamentally needed asset of the body. Fascia is the membrane casing that surrounds muscles and other organs. It can be related to an elastic lining that encompasses the body similar to shrink wrap. Through Myofascial Release therapists can prevent your “shrink wrap” from becoming too tight, reducing spasms and cramping in your muscle groups which then creates joint flexibility throughout the body. This helps to reduce recovery time for those who have been recently injured or who feel the aftereffects of previous trauma and for those restricted of motion whether from injury or lifestyle.
Touching is a natural human response to pain and stress. Likewise, it is a universal gesture that non-verbally conveys compassion and support. All selected species (any creature that raises their young until sufficiently matured) instill from a young age that touching and contact are a means of connecting with another. Biomechanical bodywork is the perfect elixir for good health, it provides a positive integration for the body, mind and soul.
Michele Nanfito is the owner of Devotion to Motion and is a local CT Massage therapist whose philosophy in healing is revolutionizing the field through technique and dedication. Michele is specifically equipped for her style of bodywork as she learned how to heal the body through her non-verbal clients, Canine and Equine Athletes, while at River Meadow Farm. She has unique biomechanical insight allowing her to read the body in a way that does not require speaking. Each case is specifically tailored to each individual’s goals through observation, communication, and applied Biomechanical bodywork. Michele works at Jekl, a Neuromuscular training facility with owner and creator Chris Brennan, former USA Gymnastics Coach, collaborating with all types of clients at the facility, in her office or in the privacy of your home.