What Is Reposturing Dynamics?
Reposturing Dynamics is a system of stretches and massage techniques designed to restore balance and flexibility in the body to correct bad posture. Wear comfortable workout attire that will allow for stretching. Developed by Olympic sports massage therapist and posture researcher, Aaron Parnell, Reposturing is a participatory treatment system with lots of breathing and many stretch positions. There are exercises or additional stretches available to support the rebalancing process. It can be intense and emotional at times as stress is unloaded from each muscle group. You are always in charge of how fast and how far we progress in any one session. The results are always very rewarding and relaxing - truly a transformational, bodywork process.
What happens during a Reposturing Dynamics session?
Reposturing Dynamics is a combination of stretching, massage and breathing. For part of the session you will be lying on a massage table, for other parts you may be standing or sitting. The exact structure and flow of each particular session depends on your situation. Everyone is different so the areas that will yield the most significant results will be worked on first.
Reposturing therapists work to improve freedom of movement, eliminate chronic pain, and correct bad posture.
Are there different kinds of massage and bodywork?
There are numerous types of massage and bodywork; various techniques utilize different strokes, including basic rubbing strokes, rocking movement, posture and movement re-education, application of pressure to specific points, and more. We can discuss which methods may be most appropriate for you.
What should I do during the massage or bodywork session?
Prior to the massage, feel free to ask the practitioner any questions about the technique or the upcoming session. During the massage, make yourself comfortable. The practitioner will either gently move you or tell you what is needed throughout the session (such as lifting your arm). Many people just close their eyes and completely relax, communicating if/when they need more or less pressure, another blanket, or anything else relevant to the session. If you have any questions regarding the session or about the particular technique you are receiving, feel free to ask.
How will I feel after the massage or bodywork session?
Most people feel very relaxed. Some experience freedom from long-term aches and pains developed from tension or repetitive activity. After an initial period of feeling slowed down, people often experience increased energy, heightened awareness, and greater productivity which can last for days. Since toxins are released from your soft tissues during a massage, it is recommended you drink plenty of water following your massage.
What are the benefits of massage and bodywork?
Massage and bodywork can help release chronic muscular tension and pain, improve circulation, increase joint flexibility, reduce mental and physical fatigue and stress, promote faster healing of injured muscular tissue, improve posture, and reduce blood pressure. Massage and bodywork is also known to promote better sleep, improve concentration, reduce anxiety and create an overall sense of well-being.
Are there any medical conditions that would make massage or bodywork inadvisable?
Yes. That's why it's imperative that, before you begin your session, the practitioner asks general health questions. It is very important that you inform the practitioner of any health problems or medications you are taking. If you are under a doctor's care, it is strongly advised that you receive a written recommendation for massage or bodywork prior to any session. Depending on the condition, approval from your doctor may be required.