WHAT IS CONNECTIVE TISSUE MASSAGE?
Connective Tissue Massage (CTM) is a dynamic solution to pain relief. It works by releasing restrictions in your body more effectively and eficiently than any other massage technique available.
Conective Tissue Massage provides you with immediate relief from pain without using excessive force.
CTM gives you:
- Relief from chronic tensiona and pain.
- Increased ease of movement and flexibility.
- Improved posture.
- Enhanced self-awareness.
- Overall peace throughout your body.
WHERE IS THE CONNECTIVE TISSUE IN YOUR BODY?
Connective tissue is the soft tissue that surrounds, supports, protects, and connects each and every structure in the body.
Your body contains a continuous sheath of connective tissue, which is called “fascia.” This sheath provides the structural support for the skeleton and soft tissues (muscles, tendons, etc.).
Gravity, injury, illness, emotional trauma, and other stressors affect the fascia, causing an imbalance in the connective tissue network. Fascia imbalance usually manifests itself as tightening, or shortening of the connective tissue sheath (which makes your body feel as though the muscles are extremely tight). This is often experienced as pain, stiffness, discomfort, or decreased flexibility anywhere in the body.
When the fascia ecomes chronically shortened, it loses flexiblity and resilience so your body can’t relax completely, even when its’ “at rest.”
CTM is the most direct way to restore length and flexibility throughout the entire muscular system, normalizing the tissue and bringing greater health through the fascial network.
WHAT DOES CTM FEEL LIKE?
It Feels Great!
CTM is a distinctive sensory experience. No oils or lotions are applied to the body. The practitioner’s contact is generally broad, slow, and intentional. The approach is intense but no painful, which allows your body to relax during the session.
Fascial shortening and restriction are treleased almost instnatly with the conscious touch of the CTM Pracitioner, bringing an immediate and deep feeling of relief from tension.
CTM GIVES YOU A GREATER FEELING OF WELL_BEING
Achieve a sense of:
- Increased energy.
- Increased breathing capacity,
- Enhanced self-awareness,
- And an appreciation of the body as an integrative whole.
CTM BRINGS RELIEF FROM CHRONIC PAIN
We often hear this simple but powerful phrase from our clients: “Ahhh! Relief.” as the shortened areas of fascia tissue are stretched and released. Most clients say this type of massage feels so much better than any other type of massage they’ve ever received. Your CTM therapist helps minimize any discomfort and is careful to ensure that the work is right for you. Your CTM Practitioner works with you, not on you, encouraging you to gie feedback so the work is certain to meet the individual needs of your body.
CTM GIVES YOU A CONNECTION TO MIND AND BODY
While CTM is primarily concerned with physical changes in the body, it can affect the entire person emotionally and physically –subtly and sometimes dramatically.
Here’s how it works:
When the fascia is lengthened, more physical space is created as well as more space for emotional change and release.
The physical “letting go” coincides with a sense of emotional “letting go.” This often manifests itself as diminished stress, and a heightened self-awareness.
THE BENEFITS OF CONNECTIVE TISSUE MASSAGE
The beauty of Connective Tissue Massage is that it can be adjusted to individual needs and comfort that each client requires. That means most anyone can benefit from this work.
For instance, CTM can:
- Enhance performance for athletes and dancers.
- Help injury patients rehab easier and faster.
- Improve posture and add more balance to the body.
- Relieve pain for chronic pain sufferers,
- Help improve tendonitis, scoliosis, sciatica, TMJ, and carpal tunnel syndrome.
- Be an adjunct therapy for sufferers of arthritis, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, multiple sclerosis, ALS, and other neuromuscular disorders.
- Improve range of motion, increase energy and enhance well-being.
- Reduce acute or chronic structural compensations (which could develop following a trauma).
CTM aids in a faster and more complete recovery, and helps minimize the body’s vulnerability to future injury.