Fascial Counterstrain (FCS) is a therapeutic, hands-on method, designed to release spasm in all tissues of the human body. Every organ, nerve, artery, muscle, ligament, tendon, vein and lymphatic vessel in the human body can actively spasm and produce pain in a natural, protective response to injury. Once this reflex spasm is triggered it can persist, spread & form hundreds of tender points. FCS works to release the tissue in spasm and the corresponding tender point by gently unloading the injured structure.
Gentle body positioning and compression or shortening of the strained structure works to effect a therapeutic release. By positioning the body against the strain or by applying a “counterstrain”, the structure quickly relaxes, thus reducing tension and immediately alleviating this primary source of pain. The elimination of this strain is quickly verified by simply checking the point, which is frequently no longer tender.
Kim has been using FCS since February 2016 and has attended all trainings available (completing through advanced courses) and plans to continue her training in future conventions and classes.
For more information about Fascial Counterstrain and a list of more common conditions FCS helps visit: counterstrain.com
Integrative Manual Therapy (IMT)
Developed by Dr. Sharon Giammatteo
It is through a combination of functional and structural therapies that the most wonderful changes can occur. This is the underlying premise of IMT.
Integrative Manual Therapy is a gentle form of body work that is performed with the hands of a trained practitioner. It is the epitome of structural therapy. IMT is about treatment of not just surface problems, but the underlying reasons for why we develop those surface issues. If we have pain in our knee, is it because of something wrong in the knee, or is there another reason for this pain? IMT is about this search, and the hands-on tools to solve the problem.
Neurofascial Processing (NFP)
Neurofascial Processing (NFP) is a group process developed by Dr.Sharon Giammatteo where the client is laying face up on the table and 4-8 other people are placing their hands on specific points (mostly organs) and holding for 20-60 minutes at a time. This process helps reconnect the communication between our organs so they can better communicate with each other via the nervous system.
Kim can help a woman prepare her body for pregnancy; manage the changes during the pregnancy and recover her center of balance after delivery so she can enjoy her new baby.
We know this intuitively and in seeing the results with the mother and baby, but there has also been extensive research on the subject.
Massage therapy has been demonstrated to be effective during pregnancy. Women who received massage therapy reported decreased depression, anxiety, and leg and back pain. Cortisol levels decreased and, in turn, excessive fetal activity decreased, and the rate of prematurity was lower in the massage group. In a study of labor pain, women who received massage therapy experienced significantly less pain, and their labors were on average 3 h shorter with less need for medication. An underlying mechanism we have been exploring is that these effects are mediated by increased vagal activity. This likely occurs by the stimulation of pressure receptors that are innervated by vagal afferent fibers, which ultimately project to the limbic system, including hypothalamic structures involved in autonomic nervous system regulation and cortisol secretion.
Bodywork for the Infant
The event of birthing can be traumatic for the infant as well as the mother. Kim uses all of her skills with the infant to help with issues such as breast feeding, tongue-tie and frenetomy (pre and post), colic, reflux, constipation and range of motion issues for their joints to name a few.
Many injuries can resolve quickly when the soft tissue is skillfully worked with early in the healing process. Injuries that are older can still be resolved but often require more sessions. Injuries from childhood affect us throughout our lives which affects the compensatory availability our body has as we age. Kim works with client’s pre and post surgery as well.
Joint Replacement Therapy
A favorite of Kim’s to work with. She uses a combination of skills/tools to help the body to ‘accept’ the new implanted hardware which reduces pain, infection and speeds recovery time.