What is Connective Tissue?
The term “connective tissue” in this case refers to the fascia which surrounds, protects, and supports all of the other structures in the body. It is the matrix which binds together the body’s organs and systems, while at the same time providing compartmentalization between them.
Fascia, a specific type of connective tissue, is a continuous sheath which provides structural support for the skeleton and soft tissues (muscles, tendons, etc). Fascia can be affected by gravity, injury, illness, emotional trauma or other stressors. Each of these factors can immediately or gradually cause an imbalance in the connective tissue network. This imbalance usually manifests as “tightening” or shortening of the fascia. This can be experienced as pain, stiffness, discomfort, or decreased flexibility anywhere in the body.
Once myofascia (muscle and its fascia envelope) becomes chronically shortened, it loses flexibility and resilience and is unable to relax completely even when the body is at rest. In this situation, CTM is the most direct way to restore length and flexibility to the fascia, normalizing the tissue and bringing greater health through the fascia network.
What is Connective Tissue Massage?
Connective Tissue Massage (CTM) is a dynamic approach to bodywork that releases myofascia restrictions more effectively than any other technique available. CTM relieves chronic tension, increases ease of movement, improves posture, and enhances self-awareness. These results are often achieved with remarkable efficiency, providing immediate relief from symptoms without requiring excessive force.
Who can benefit from CTM?
CTM can reduce stress, relieve chronic tension, and improve flexibility and posture. Many athletes and dancers use this work to enhance their performance.
CTM can also be helpful in preventing, and rehabilitating from, many types of injuries. Connective tissue work may be useful on or around a specific site of injury. Because it relieves fascia strain and tension around joints, it is ideal in reducing structural compensations which could otherwise develop following trauma (whether acute or chronic). This can mean a faster and more complete recovery, helping minimize the body’s vulnerability to future injury.
CTM can be used as either a primary or adjunctive support to other therapies to alleviate symptoms of any number of chronic conditions, and other neuromusculoskeletal disorders such as,
• tendonitis • fibromyalgia
• scoliosis • chronic fatigue syndrome
• sciatica • multiple sclerosis
• TMJ • ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease)
• arthritis • carpal tunnel syndrome
By releasing restrictions within the myofascia network, CTM can offer clients improved range and freedom of motion, increased energy, and an enhanced sense of well-being.
How does CTM feel?
Connective Tissue Massage is a unique sensory experience, and does not involve the use of oil or lotion. The practitioner’s contact is generally broad, slow and intentional. This approach is intense, but noninvasive. The sense of well-being that ensues can include more energy, increased breathing capacity, and enhanced self-awareness, and an appreciation of the body as an integrative whole, organized through its fascia matrix.
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