We are all familiar with cardiovascular training to improve our heart pumping capacity or the muscle tone training to increase the muscle capacity. Now the research has shown that training focused on body's fascia is beneficial for maintaining nimble, bouncy, youthful body and serves to prevent injuries, increases performance and slows down the aging process. Hope you enjoy the read, I found if fascinating:
Structural Integration is typically experienced in the sequence of ten sessions known as 10-Series. The sessions systematically and progressively work through body's myofascia layers to release the restrictions and to integrate new, more efficient patterns of movement. Structural Integration practitioners taylor the sessions to every individual and use a range of methods to do their their work. There is, however, an underlying protocol that most follow. It outlines the goals and the objectives of the sessions. Recently I found this protocol published on Pinterest and thought that some of you may find it interesting.
A New Year and new updates to Gravity Therapy website. I have revised it one more time to make it more personal, easy to understand and easy to find. A friend of mine Sandy McLean a counsellor in Nelson has inspired me to get this project under way. Although it is taking more time then expected, as things usually do, I hope it will be worth the effort. It is my vision is to reach out and connect with people suffering from chronic pain, that are feeling stuck in their bodies and are ready for change. I would like to build and support the pain community in Nelson and beyond and offer my work. There are many ways to follow me and see what I am up to as well as to get in touch with me. I look forward to connecting with you! Wishing you a year of transformation, love and hope. Your Nelson Structural Integration Practitioner, Aga
Have a look at the new and updated Gravity Therapy website.
A closer look at one less obvious yet profound mechanical pump in the human body – tarsal sinus
Understanding the purpose in the design helps us appreciate the importance in the full mobility of the foot joints. For example a foot that is confined by restrictive or what we sometimes call “supportive” footware is less likely to have the mobility required to act to its full pumping and cushioning potential. I have also worked with joints that were jammed or out of place. Luckily we seem to have come to an era where the footware manufacturers are beginning to understand the mechanics of the healthy foot and are seeing more shoes that can help us keep it in a healthy, happy, pumping shape. Check out 5 finger shoes or minimalist shoes if you’re interested in this type of footware.
In my continuous quest to study the human body I get to find the engineering genius hidden within it. If you have a bit of engineer in you, I hope you will appreciate the intricate design behind mechanisms that may be less known yet profoundly important for structurally integrated and pumping body.
Tarsal Sinus pump and shock absorption - how it works
Tarsal sinus is a wide opening between the two bones on the outside of the foot. If you lift the foot off the ground the gravity draws the calcaneous from talus and the calcaneous drops towards the ground. This action opens the tarsal sinus wider. The veins in the leg have one-way valves and as the space in the tarsal sinus becames available, the blood can only go one way and it rushes in to fill it. Then, when the foot comes in contact with the ground the weight of the body brings the calcaneus and talus closer together and compresses the tarsal sinus. This forces the blood through the little vein on the inside of the ankle. The blood is effectively pumped up the leg and towards the heart.
The action of tarsal sinus filling and emptying also acts as a shock absorber for the foot. The outgoing vein carrying the blood up the leg towards the heart is of smaller diameter then the vein in the tarsal sinus, and therefore not all of the blood in the tarsal sinus can depart all at once, it takes time to push it through the small output vein, this slows down the closing of the talus and calcaneous on each other. Maximum flow rate in small diameter tubes is determined almost entirely by tube diameter, beyond a fairly low limit additional pressure produces little if any additional acceleration of the flow. This hydrolic deceleration of the approximation of the talus and calcaneous is a shock absorber. Some automotive shock absorbers work on the same principal forcing fluid through a small aperture.
And this is how it works when the foot is healthy, free and strong.
Only two days until I get into the car and drive for 15 hours to Eugene, OR. It is snowing intensely outside and the thought of driving for 15 hours seems unthinkable, even though I know that as soon as I cross the border there will be no snow and much warmer temperatures. Even so the distance is long, and the weather snowy, I admit, I am very excited to get in the car and drive, this will be 6 days of no lunches, no cooking and no dishes. and morning runs along the riverbank on dry land before a quiet breakfast and coffee. But there is more to look forward to, I am setting out on my next study adventure with Jeffrey Burch.
The course description on Skin and Bones that Jeffrey put together is all music to my ears. Here is the excerpt:
"At each moment in a structural integration session the practitioner must ask, "Where can I intervene that will make the greatest positive change for the whole person." At many moments in a structural integration session bones or skin are the most useful entry points to create positive change. Stiffness in bones and skin is often at the root of myofascial tension and holding. In this common situation treating skin or bones balances the mofascia. Skin is a huge organ comprising 12-15% of each person's body weight, while bones make up another 15-20%. Together these tissues are about 1/3 of out body weight. Improve your treatment effectiveness by learning to work with these large portions of the body.
Before they mineralized, all bones were either cartilage or membrane. In mature mineralized bone all or most of their original connective tissue fiber remains, and bones are therefore flexible. The large fiber content of mature bone is continuous with the rest of the body's connective tissue web.
Both bones and skin are surprisingly easy to treat, and there are interesting similarities in the treatment approaches used for these two tissue types. If bones are approached strongly they will act tough. When bones are approached with the right gentle approach, they change easily. Sometimes skin and bones are best treated directly, in other situations it is better to approach bones though selected other tissues. How to make these distinctions is taught in this course".
I must say, I am really looking forward to the course. Stay tuned and I may tell you how it went!
Welcome to the third update of my website. For those of you who have followed my practice since 2003, you will notice that it has been an evolution. Gravity Therapy started as a vision while studying Rolf Structural Integration with the most inspiring teacher Pamela O'Conner in Boulder, Colorado. It is a joy to look back, with sometimes a sense of disbelief, and see what it is today: a thriving practice bringing Rolf Structural Integration into the Kootenays.
Gravity Therapy moved three times both physically and virtually. Physically it started in Boulder, CO, then moved to South Is. NZ, and for the past 5 years it has settled in Nelson, BC in Canada. Virtually it is on the third platform and will hopefully live here for some time. I changed and modified GravityTherapy.com over the years with intentions of making it simple and informative. In the website pages I tried to describe Rolf Structural Integration experience as a manual therapy. Over the years I realized, that is almost impossible to capture the personal experience of individuals as they begin their journey of healing. The best I can do is offer their quotes, which you can read on the "Quotes" page.Some of the additions in this new website that I am eager to share with you are:
I am passionate about my family and my practice. I enjoy outdoor activities, playing the piano, baking sourdough bread, picking berries and drinking wine.