Shambhala provides the following bodywork modalities:
Myofascial Release Therapy
Myofascial release (MFR) is an extraordinarily versatile modality that can be used within a wide range of somatic and other therapeutic contexts.
There are two main styles of MFR:
- Soft and indirect – this approach uses very little force or pressure in its application, thereby involving a lower intensity and longer duration of contact with each of the techniques. It is based on the premise that the body will respond with a subtle unwinding if “listened to” in this way.
- Firm and direct – this approach is characterized by its use of slowly applied, deep sliding pressure into the restricted myofascial tissue of the body, combined with an appropriate assisting movement from the client to enhance the therapist’s input of energy.
Both of these styles of MFR are highly effective in achieving desired therapeutic goals, and each is used here at Shambhala, as determined by the therapist and the client.
Myofascial release is an effective therapeutic approach in addressing structural alignment issues, as well as for the relief of cervical pain, back pain, fibromyalgia, scoliosis, neurological dysfunction, restriction of motion, chronic pain, tension headache, as well as holding patterns related to emotional and psychological issues, etc.
Craniosacral therapy is a very gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the function of a physiological body arrangement called the craniosacral system. This manual therapy enhances the body’s natural healing processes and has proven effective in treating a wide range of medical problems associated with pain and dysfunction. The roots of this therapy are in cranial osteopathy, developed by Dr William G. Sutherland.
The craniosacral system consists of membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. It extends from the bones of the skull, face and mouth – which make up the cranium – down to the sacrum or tailbone.
Since this system influences the development and function of the brain and spinal cord, any imbalance or dysfunction in the craniosacral system could cause sensory, motor or neurological disabilities. These problems may include chronic pain, eye difficulties, scoliosis, motor-coordination impairments, learning disabilities, and other dysfunctions of the central nervous system.
Craniosacral therapy encourages the body’s natural healing mechanisms to improve the function of the central nervous system, dissipate the negative effects of stress, and enhance health and resistance to disease. By tuning into the rhythmic movements that the craniosacral system makes, the therapist is alerted to imbalances in the rhythm, and using very light touch, helps the body to find a new balance.
Trigger Point Therapy
Trigger point therapy is a non-invasive (mostly) therapeutic modality for the relief and control of trigger point muscle pain and dysfunction. (Not all muscle pain is due to trigger points.) These points are defined as localized areas in which the muscle and connective tissue are highly sensitive to pain when compressed. Pressure on these points will send referred pain to other specific parts of the body.
The goal of treatment is to “turn-off” the trigger point, removing pain, and returning the muscle to normal flexibility and motor function. The variety of treatment options include: digital compression, deep stroking massage, cold spray and stretch, positional release techniques, as well as dry needling.
In a bodywork context, breath therapy is the use of breathing exercises to promote healthful body mechanics. By achieving a more full and deeper inhalation and exhalation you get maximal oxygen uptake into your blood cells, as well as maximal removal of metabolic wastes. You also get an efficient mobilizing workout to your ribcage and respiratory muscles. In addition, your abdominal organs have a nice healthful massage too.
Full and deep breathing also contributes to reversing the flight-or-fight response of the sympathetic nervous system. In other words, it is a proven stress reliever.