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Body Work, Stretching and Tai Chi In Winter Park

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Body Work

The Benefits of Bodywork in General
• Alleviate low-back pain and improve range of motion.
• Ease medication dependence.
• Enhance immunity by stimulating lymph flow—the body’s natural defense system.
• Exercise and stretch weak, tight, or atrophied muscles.
• Help athletes of any level prepare for, and recover from, strenuous workouts.
• Improve the condition of the body’s largest organ—the skin.
• Increase joint flexibility.
• Lessen depression and anxiety.
• Promote tissue regeneration, reducing scar tissue and stretch marks.
• Pump oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs, improving circulation.
• Reduce post-surgical adhesions and swelling.
• Reduce spasms and cramping.
• Relax and soften injured, tired, and overused muscles.
• Release endorphins—amino acids that work as the body’s natural painkiller.
• Relieve migraine pain.
• Decreased anxiety.
• Enhanced sleep quality.
• Greater energy.
• Improved concentration.
• Increased circulation.
• Reduced fatigue.

Patients often report a sense of perspective and clarity after receiving a massage. The emotional balance bodywork provides can often be just as vital and valuable as the more tangible physical benefits.

Benefits of Bodywork for Athletes
Physical Benefits
1. Reduce muscle tension by decreasing muscle stiffness and soreness after exercise
Bodywork can alleviate muscle pain. If an athlete is stiff and sore due to an injury or working hard, he or she will not be performing at their peak. With regular bodywork, muscle pain can be curbed, and the athlete can perform at peak without being distracted by pain or injury. This occurs by removing lactic acid build up in the muscle and stripping the muscle of any other toxins.

2. Promote relaxation by encouraging better sleep patterns
Regular bodywork can actually improve the quantity and quality of sleep by relaxing the athlete and easing off any muscle pain therefor the athlete is well rested and ready to perform.

3. Helps Prevent injuries
Consistent bodywork increases flexibility which leads to an increase in the range of motion a muscle requires. For an athlete to maintain optimal performance, they must have a high degree of flexibility. No matter which sport or sports the athlete is involved in, if athletes can gain more flexibility from bodywork, then they will have an advantage over their competitors since bodywork stretches the muscle fibres, flexibility is promoted and maintained.

4. Improves blood and movement circulation
With better circulation, the athlete can breathe easier and move more smoothly. Since the practice of bodywork helps with blood flow, by pumping it back to the heart quicker to be oxygenated thus improving an athlete’s performance.

5. Dilates the blood vessels supplying fresh nutrients
Bodywork acts to dilate the blood vessels which increases the efficiency of both supplying fresh nutrients to the tissues and eliminating metabolic wastes out of the body at a faster rate.

6. Helps drain sluggish lymphatic material
Bodywork acts as a mechanical cleanser, helping to drain sluggish lymphatic material. Good lymphatic circulation is very important for ridding the body of toxic materials like lactic acid build up and calcium which are commonly known as ‘knots’.

7. Improves muscle tone
Bodywork improves muscle tone by mechanically stimulating inherent reflexes found within muscle fibers. This is particularly important to athletes who are in extended periods of recovery from injury and surgery.

8. Prevents adhesions
When muscle fibers start to adhere together it restricts their full range of motion. These adhesions are commonly known as knots. Adhesions build up bigger and the muscle cannot do its job to the best of its ability. Bodywork can help to prevent adhesions from occurring in between the muscle and can remove them once they occur.

9. Has a stimulating or sedative effect on the nervous system
Bodywork can have either a stimulating or sedative effect on the nervous system creating a more mentally focused athlete. If you are mentally focused you are going to get the best out of your physical attributes.

10. Helps recovery from injury
Research shows that bodywork reduces inflammation and promotes the growth of new mitochondria, the energy-producing units in the cells, following a bout of strenuous exercise. This means that bodywork can help pain relief, build muscles and encourage their recovery as well.

11. Psychological Effects
The psychological effects provided to an athlete from bodywork may be as important the physiological effects.
1. Reducing stress and tension
2. Reducing anxiety
3. promoting relaxation by activating your parasympathetic nervous system.
4. increasing the dopamine and serotonin levels and reducing cortisol levels, which are directly linked to stress.
5. Brings focus to the body, a good thing to have before going into any sport or competition.

The Types of Body Work I Do
Deep Therapeutic Massage: This is a treatment in which I use long strokes, kneading, friction, and tapping to bring about a deep level of relaxation to the muscles, ligaments, and tendons.

Trigger Point Therapy: A trigger point is a hyperirritable nodule in a skeletal muscle that radiates pain or other sensations to other areas of the body. (Tension headaches are, usually, caused by trigger points in the back and sides of the neck or on the back of the skull.) Trigger points can be caused by stress, injury, or overuse. A trigger point feels like a knot in the muscle. I can easily release them using finger pressure, stretching, and electrostimulation. The result of this release is, usually, reduction or elimination of pain, increased muscle strength, endurance, and elasticity. It can, also, result in improve joint mobility.

Stretching/ Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF)/ Tendon Release: PNF is a fancy term for the use of a variety of stretching techniques used to restore muscles to their normal length and function. The science behind PNF involves catching the muscle at its most relaxed state and stretching it then. The techniques I use include tendon release, passive stretching, resistive stretching, and assisted stretching.

Increase the Benefits with Frequent Visits
Getting a massage can do you a world of good. And getting massage frequently can do even more. This is the beauty of bodywork. Taking part in this form of regularly scheduled self-care can play a huge part in how healthy you’ll be and how youthful you’ll remain with each passing year. Budgeting time and money for bodywork at consistent intervals is truly an investment in your health. And remember: just because massage feels like a pampering treat doesn’t mean it is any less therapeutic. Consider massage appointments a necessary piece of your health and wellness plan, and work with your practitioner to establish a treatment schedule that best meets your needs.
There may be some discomfort when I first start working on you, but with regular visits that will subside, and the body work will become more relaxing and enjoyable. Most of my long-term patients fall asleep during their sessions.


Stretching has Eight Benefits for Athletes

Repetitive athletic movements can reduce your range of motion by tightening the muscles and tendons. A certain tension is required, especially in strength sports, but too much tension and a decreased range of motion can ultimately lead to injury and reduced quality of performance. Stretching regularly can prevent this problem. In certain sports and activities, like swimming or gymnastics, stretching must be done regularly to increase the range of motion in a joint when that range corresponds with increased performance.

Stretching is a powerful signal to strengthen muscles. Using the muscle’s strength in passive resistance, stretching accelerates the speed at which the proteins that make up the muscle fibers are synthesized. Your body gains muscle tone, strength, and resilience. Better toned muscles are easier to use.

Stretching warms up the muscles, tendons, and joints, which prepares the body for physical exertion.

Thanks to its euphoric and oxygenating effects, stretching minimizes stress that can tighten muscles (such as before a competition).

The majority of muscular efforts compress various joints as well as the spine. Stretching decompresses your back as well as your joints. This prevents injuries while accelerating recovery of the joints, tendons, and muscles.

Stretching increases blood flow to the muscles. This increased blood flow brings more nourishment to the muscles and removes more waste byproducts from the muscles. Increased blood flow can also help speed up recovery from muscle and joint injuries. Increased circulation brings increased energy. Recent studies have found that stretching can improve artery function and lower blood pressure.

The increased flexibility that comes from stretching improves balance and coordination. Improved balance and coordination will improve performance and lower your risk for injury.

Post-exercise stretching can also aid in workout recovery, decrease muscle soreness, and ensure that your muscles and tendons are in good working order. The more conditioned your muscles and tendons are, the better they can handle the rigors of sport and exercise, and the less likely that they’ll become injured.

Stretching/ Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF)/ Tendon Release: PNF is a fancy term for the use of a variety of stretching techniques used to restore muscles to their normal length and function. The science behind PNF involves catching the muscle at its most relaxed state and stretching it then. The techniques I use include tendon release, passive stretching, resistive stretching, and assisted stretching.

Tai Chi

The ancient Chinese practice of tai chi combine slow, deliberate movements, in specific patterns, coordinated with breathing. The postures flow from one to the next without pause, making tai chi look like a slow, graceful dance that keep your body in constant motion.

Tai chi helps your circulation, balance, posture, joint alignment, and range of motion. It can help restore your energy. It can improve muscle tone and coordination. The practice strongly develops whole body coordination.

The moving meditation is a very low-impact exercise that puts minimal stress on joints and muscles.
Tai chi is an excellent fitness activity for beginners and people with health conditions. Sedentary older adults benefit from the weight shifts, balance exercises, and circulation-enhancing movements.

Elite athletes can also benefit from doing the slow, meditative, deliberate movements. The slowness and deliberateness of tai chi calm the mind and help the central nervous system function more smoothly. This improves timing and makes it easier to get into “the zone.”

Tai chi can help prevent joint, muscle, and spinal injuries and thereby extend an athlete’s peak performance years and prevent lifelong injuries or pain. The practice can also speed up the normal healing time from injuries, so that less training time is missed.
Tai chi increases speed, reflexes, power and endurance.

The ancient discipline of Tai Chi definitely holds something for all populations. Because it works from a principle of directing energy throughout the body, it offers something for all humans interested in seeing a general improvement in overall health, balance, circulation, control, and energy.



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Rehabilitation Chinese Medicine of Orlando
1298 Minnesota Avenue
Suite D
Winter Park, FL 32789
(407) 340-0822

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