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The anatomy of human movement is an elegant system,  with profound intricacies built upon a simple framework. By understanding these universal principles of interconnection and how they apply to your own body, you can lay the groundwork for lasting physical improvements." 

Looking for lasting improvements in posture, strength and flexibility?

 Imbalanced musculoskeletal holding patterns can have a domino effect throughout the whole body. After injury, repetitive use, or postural imbalance the affected muscles can go into protective mode, causing other muscles and connective tissue to compensate. While this adaptive response is supportive in the short term, in the long run these misaligned patterns can translate into slower healing or limited movement. This chain reaction may eventually  lead to chronic pain, secondary injuries or decreased performance.    

It’s time to build new, long-term healthy patterns to align posture and movement.

When it comes to rehabbing an injury or improving posture, many people’s first thought is to use ice, do more stretching, or to up their strength training program--only to find frustration at not getting results.  Stretching and strengthening are important, but, without a plan, these exercises can reinforce old dysfunctional habits and movement patterns. It’s important to look at the big picture to create a balanced routine.  

Foam rolling, self-massage, breathing adjustments or myofascial integration may be the piece you’ve been missing.

Subtle shifts in how you breath, how you move,  and even how you sit and stand can have a big impact on how you feel. Tools like foam rollers, yoga blocks, therabands, and tennis balls give you assistance and support. With expert guidance and actionable strategies, you will be empowered to transform your health.  

Our individualized stretch and strengthen instruction sessions will give you the knowledge to create a practice you can do on your own at home. It can be a full series of exercises or small adjustments that can be worked into daily life. We’ll offer suggestions and teach you a variety of self-massage skills, and the ways to get the most out of your foam roller.

On the initial visit you will receive a personalized assessment, handouts explaining exercises, and a detailed plan of action based on your needs. This  plan may include:

  • Yoga and Stretching Exercises
  • Strengthening Exercises
  • Hands on adjustments
  • Self Massage
  • Foam Rolling
  • Education on how to use assistive tools at home
  • stress reduction strategies
  • breathing techniques
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