Posture and your well being- Ridgefield CT

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Gravity exerts a force on us 24/7/365 days a year, a force, when utilized appropriately, propels us forward or allows us to move with ease and hold ourselves optimally. Not to utilize gravity to our advantage places additional toll on our body everyday, constantly straining our soft tissue and compressing our joints, exacerbating compensation patterns and malalignments. Conditions that left unaddressed lead to Ischemic (lack of blood), painful and sensitive soft tissues, especially muscles and joint capsules.

Decompression is an important antidote after a full day of getting things done or a compensation problem that goes unnoticed but is reinforce day in and day out…until some activity, an athletic endeavor, a physical exertion, or simply reaching to pick up a pencil that aggravates a compensation pattern, triggers a spasm or spasms, causing Injury and persistent pain.

Massage Therapy is an important and very successful treatment protocol to help these injured tissues along. Sometimes like plantar fasciitis multiple visits nursing and treating the condition can minimize the otherwise long recovery time. In kind it is more efficient to correct the compensation patterns before an injury that sets us back occurs.

An entire structural analysis (body reading) reveals what soft tissues (muscles/fascia) to address in order to bring the bodies structure (bones) into a better more efficient posture. Very often it is not the muscle that’s hurt that is at fault, but an antagonist that needs releasing in order for balance to be restored. Your body’s tissues are like an orchestra any one component (muscle) has the whole system compensating, and hence out of balance. Long term imbalances leads to vertebral disc and joint breakdown; going out on a limb,   lead to scoliosis and eventually bone deformations. Wolfs law for those who want to follow up further on the logic.

My anecdote, for starters is to stand with joints stacked on two feet; The knee joint over the ankle, hip over the knee, shoulder over the hip, auditory meatus (ear) over the shoulder. This alone would resolve many structural problems such as a projected pelvis and a forward head posture, reversing extraneous pressure on our joints and tonus in our muscles. Easy said, to stand in alignment, takes a lot of conscious effort and awareness to start, but the good thing is, standing habits become habitual over time. Of course if muscles passing a joint are locked long and short; a good massage therapist utilizing postural analysis can help you correct this imbalance and return any and all joints to optimum stability and function. 

Wilton CT-The Art of Thai Massage by Asokananda(Harold Brust)

I have been offering Thai Massage since 1997 when I studied Thai Massage with Asosananda outside Chang Mai in a Lahu village. The program was intensive along with total imersion into a very rural cultural primitive experence. I am forever greatful, the experence imprinted a healing state of being and approch to bodywork that I could never achieve on my own or elsewhere. Below is an excert from his book I believe first published in 1990. In peace and loving kindness. -david


The Art of Traditional Thai Massage 
by Asokananda


altTraditional Thai massage can look back at a long history of therapeutic healing. If one traces the evolution of the techniques of healing massage practiced in Thailand, one discovers the astonishing fact that the earliest roots of Thai massage lie not in Thailand but in India. The legendary founder of the art is believed to have been a doctor from Northern India. Known as Jivaka Kumar Bhaccha, he was a contemporary of the Buddha and personal physician to the Magadha King Bimbisara over 2,500 years ago. The teachings of Kumar Bhaccha probably reached what is now Thailand at the same time as Buddhism - as early as the 3rd or 2nd century BC.

The theoretical foundation of Thai massage is based on the concept of invisible energy lines running through the body. The Indian origin and influence is obvious here since the background of this theory clearly lies in Yoga philosophy. Yoga philosophy states that life energy (called Prana) is absorbed with the air we breathe and with the food that we eat. Along a network of energy lines, the Prana Nadis, the human being is then supplied with this vital energy. Out of these energy lines Thai massage has selected 10 mainlines on which there are especially important acupressure points. Massaging these lines and points makes it possible to treat a whole range of diseases or to

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