Surrounding every tissue and human cell is a living, three-dimensional matrix known as fascia. This matrix supports the architecture of the human frame, and is essential to the body’s shape, movement, and general vitality. Myofascial release addresses adhesions in this tissue, which can exert up to 2000 lbs. of pressure per square inch on surrounding muscles, nerves, blood vessels, and organs. Releasing fascial adhesions can have far reaching benefits, including improved mobility, decreased swelling, and dramatic reductions in pain. Myofascial release does not require forceful pressure, and utilizes slow, sustained force on the elastic and collagenous components of the tissue.
Craniosacral therapy is a gentle manual therapy for the treatment of headaches, back pain, anxiety, and a wide variety of ailments where stress or trauma is a factor. Most recipients report a diminishment of pain, a reduction in muscle tension, and a profound sense of inner calm after a session. Because of the non-invasive nature of the technique, it can be an effective option for people who are sensitive or don’t otherwise respond to conventional treatment. Craniosacral Therapy may also have positive effects on vagal tone, a measurable marker of autonomic nervous system and emotional health.
Massage therapy involves a variety of techniques designed to reduce neuro-muscular tension and related pain. An increasing body of scientific literature supports massage as an effective tool in pain and stress management. Massage may be utilized in coordination with other hands-on therapies, especially for the treatment of back, neck, and hip pain, or for general self-care.
Corrective exercise improves muscle firing sequencing, joint health, and overall fitness. Exercises that promote alignment, stabilization, flexibility, and balance are utilized to bring maximum neuromuscular efficiency to the kinetic chain. These exercises may then be integrated into broader pursuits, such as strength training, cardiovascular training, yoga, Pilates, or sport specific goals.
“When I first started working with Mark, I had recently had major back surgery and was facing neck surgery. For both conditions, I was resorting to epidurals to treat the pain. With Mark’s amazing knowledge of how the body works, in less than one year I was completely pain free. Mark has completely changed the way I have come to understand my body and self care. I cannot recommend him highly enough!” --S.M. Psychologist