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In alternative medicine, a Manual Therapy (aka Holistic Bodywork) is any therapeutic or personal development technique that involves working with the human body. Manual Therapy can be performed without touch, as in Yoga, Sound Healing, Breath Work, and Chi Kung. Manual Therapy is also performed in the hands on Therapies of The Gyrotonic Method, Onsen Manual Therapy, Visceral Manipulation, Neural Manipulation, and Cranial Sacral Therapy. We say "Integrative" as all of these techniques are integrated into a session as needed. Just as a carpenter cannot built a home with only a hammer, the carpenter needs a wide array of tools specific for each task.
Manual Therapy techniques are also incorporated into Somatic-based Movement to assess or improve posture, promote awareness of the "body-mind connection", pain relief, reduce pain/limitation, and to re-educate faulty movement patterns.
We offer a wide range of modalities that are all part of the "Manual Therapy" family.
Manual Therapy is the application of passive slow mobilization in a controlled process of articular (joint) and soft-tissue (myofascial) stretching intended to improve bio-mechanical elasticity, enhance neuro-fascial health, improve posture, pain relief and reinforce proper movement patterns in the body.
Manual Therapy is part of advanced coursework within The GYROTONIC® Method of movement and exercise.
Is Manual Therapy like Massage?
No. The only thing that Manual Therapy and Massage have in common is that both involved the skilled application of touch. Manual Therapy is performed with clients fully dressed (generally in exercise wear), uses no oils or creams, and does not include Massage techniques (the repetitive rubbing, stroking or kneading of myofascial tissues to principally improve blood flow).
Is Manual Therapy like Chiropractic?
No. While the end goals in some cases may appear to be the same as Chiropractic care, Onsen Structural Manual Therapy does not involve any popping of joints or thrusting movements. Onsen Therapy uses specific breathing patterns, gentle touch, and subtle muscle action from the client to bring about change.
*** Do you have chronic pain or an old injury that just won't get better?
*** Have you done "all the right things" (physical therapy, chiropractor, massage, medication) and you still aren't able to be pain-free?
Then you owe it to yourself to receive an Integrative Manual Therapy Session with Steve.
Manual Therapy Sessions (Holistic Bodywork) are available with Steve in Claremont.
How long is a session? What is involved?
Sessions are generally 60 minutes depending on the needs and goals of the client. Sessions include hands-on Integrative Manual Therapy techniques and may finish with movement exercises designed to reinforce the changes that have occurred in the body.
How often should I schedule a session?
This depends on which "issues in your tissues" you are working on. Sometimes a single session is all that is needed. If more persistent issues have been occurring, booking a session once a week or every other week is recommended. Talk with Steve for his recommendation.
30 min session $60
60 min session $100
5 60 min sessions $450 (must be used within 3 months)
Please be aware of our 48 hour cancellation policy for cancelling and/or rescheduling any Manual Therapy appointments.
Jo, age 72 ~ Claremont, CA
Sally, age 62 ~ Claremont, CA
Blossoming Lotus GYROTONIC® (& Pilates)
445 W. Foothill Blvd, Suite 106, Claremont CA 91711
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