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Unfurling our posture into spring

As the days get longer and I find myself out and about more and more, I feel my body unwind and open from the inward wintertime activities of writing, reading books, crafting, and lot’s of movie watching.  Just as the blossoms and leaves of early spring begin to unfurl now, I am inspired to speak to the ways in which we are able to unfurl and open our posture through a method I call Dynamic Fascial Response™. I hope the self massage technique that I teach you here helps you to feel rejuvenated as you blossom open into spring.

How do our bodies get stuck in postural patterns?
To understand postural patterns we first need to look at one of the most important organs, the body’s fascia.

Fascinating Fascia (Pronounced Fa (A as in apple)-shah).

Fascia is completely amazing and here is a brief description for the purpose of a more leisurely read.

Your body’s fascia is one continuous structure that is web-like and although there is fascia found in between and around the cellular structures (e.g., muscles, organs, bones) it’s been discovered that it also interpenetrates the muscles, organs and bones spanning, without interruption, from head to toe.  So far so amazing right?

Even more fascinating is that the fascia has no fixed pattern or movement the way a web does.  When a spider web expands by the force of the wind, it’s geometry simply stretches wider then returns back to its’ original form. The most impressive thing about the fascia is it’s morphing ability. This magical web of fibrous material, is hollow and filled with hydration and is ever-changing in movement.  One fibrous web segment of your fascia can morph into two segments during movement!

Yes, the fascial fibers have the ability to morph, sliding in and out of themselves as our body moves (see photo on below by Dr. Jean Gimbertaeu of one fiber morphing into two).  

Fascia, one fiber morphing into two.
Photo clip from Jean Gimberteau’s impressive film ‘Strolling Under the Skin’.

Through its’ amazing tensegrity, fascia is able to bounce back to to it original structure after intricate orchestration of each of its complex movements.  This happens even in involuntary movements like gastric motility.

 

Fascia, has a fractal, icosahedronal architecture (see image to left) and it is the infrastructure of our standing posture and how we move throughout this world. Without it you would be merely a pile of muscle and bones. Did you know you are a fractal icosahedron? Wow!

 

A must see film of fascia can be found on youtube.  I highly recommend Jean Gimberteau’s impressive film ‘Strolling Under the Skin to all bodyworkers and anatomy enthusiasts!

You can click here to watch this film.

Movement Matters:  Fascial range of motion becomes most compromised when movements become limited.  A great read on movement is Katy Bowman’s, Movement Matters.

It is full of great essays discussing the many ways our natural movements have become so limited through technological advancements and cultural changes.  The book inspires the reader to move as much as possible in as many ways as possible. It’s so well written, with a sense of humor and also with a revolutionary tone of taking back our birthright to move.  

The key faub for instance limits the hand, wrist and arm movements formally used when turning a key.

Signs in parks warning us Dangerous – Do Not Climb Tree.  Teaches that it is dangerous to climb a tree.

 

Climbing trees is actually a great way to move our bodies and it explores a wide variety of range of motion movements from head to toe. So next time someone tells you to go climb a tree, you might want to take them up on it!

Click here to read segments of

Movement Matters by Katy Bowman.

Forward Head Posture

According to Kapandji (Physiology of the Joints, Volume III), for every inch your head moves forwards, it gains 10 pounds in PSI weight.  As it moves forward, the muscles in your upper back and neck have to work that much harder to keep the head (chin) from dropping onto your chest.  This results in neck and shoulder tension caused by restrictions in the anterior (front of body) fascia.

One of the most constant factors that I see in my clients with shoulder, neck, and other structural holding patterns that cause tension and pain, is forward head posture.

Generally speaking, forward head posture can be the result of several factors.  This pattern can be caused by excessive driving, anterior weight gain of pregnancy, nursing, tending over small children, doing craftwork, art, music making, writing, massaging over a table all day, etc.  One of the most common is a flexion lifestyle of sitting all day in front of a desk computer. Anyone who does anterior dominant activities on a daily basis is susceptible to this postural pattern if they don’t counter stretch and do some type of strength training (this might include yoga and pilates as well as weight or resistance training).  Strengthening the muscles of the traps and rhomboids can help counter balance the forward pull.

Pregnancy and new moms – All wrapped up.

Some lack of movement however is created by life itself.  A new mom for instance may nurse her baby, looking down at it, completely in love.  She will hold her baby everyday, pick up her baby, she may change baby’s diaper on a low bed rather than a high changing table.

So in the case of this new-mom example, the constant looking down, forward dominating movements and lack of full range of motion along with the physiological changes of increased breast size may cause the fascia to start to bind and wrap, in relation to the motion of the body’s muscle movements, or lack of. I call these areas wrapped points.  

The body pain and tension this postpartum mom is feeling may be felt in her occiput, neck and shoulders.  The holding pattern caused by the wrapped points most likely originates in the muscles of her chest and front of the neck. My approach as a bodyworker is not to go straight to the areas of discomfort but rather go to the wrapped points to begin the unwinding.

Anterior Unwinding

The method of my bodywork that I call Dynamic Fascial Response™ has changed how I work on bodies, how I assess them and also how I care for my own.  It begins with something that I call anterior unwinding. It has been my signature style for years because it creates lasting results. Now I am teaching it to other practitioners so they can offer this work to their clients.  It is advanced bodywork that has helped improve my clients’ posture as well as reduced if not eliminated pain completely, often in just one session. Anytime one does anterior unwinding on a client it is important to be trained it it first so you can take necessary precautions and understand the quality of touch needed for fascial work.  There is however a simple and safe self massage you can do on yourself.

Self Massage

Using Dynamic Fascial Response™ to treat neck and shoulder tension

Here is a self care practice that I give my clients to do between sessions:

Getting the fascia to unwind works best with no oil but if your skin is sensitive try placing a small amount of oil or lotion on your hands and rub into hands rather then on the chest before stretching. This way it is not too slippery.  If your body or hands are too slippery fascial unwinding is harder to achieve.

*The first time you perform this fascial unwinding it may feel intense but take it easy and always slow, never experiencing pain but rather meeting the limit of a comfortable range of motion just were you are at on each day and not stretching past it.  Be sure to move very slowly and inhale your chest up into your hands as you move pause to exhale and when you move again inhale up.  This chest breathing is quite different then the belly breathing many people are used to but it will activate the thoracic body and bring chi to that area as well as create a resistance stretch as you perform the various strokes shown below. 

Once you complete this unwinding of course feel free to apply oil. It will feel nourishing and delicious.  As you perform this fascial release daily you will feel a significant opening along with a release of the neck and shoulder tension you were feeling in the back of your neck.

  1) Begin chin to chest and start by placing your finger pads just under your collarbones and on either side of the sternum.  Drag finger pads down the chest while you counter stretch very slowly by tilting your chin upward. Open and close the jaw slowly.

                 

 

2) Continue in this pin and stretch fashion by placing finger pads of left hands to the right of the sternum and under right collar bone and chin down towards hands.  Explore range of motion slowly by tilting chin up and tilting your left ear towards your left shoulder while dragging finger pads slowly down towards right axilla (armpit). Repeat on left side.


3) Place finger pads of left hand to the right of sternum, under collarbone. Drag towards right shoulder while turning head to the left. Repeat on left side.

 

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“I was fortunate enough to find Chula as my prenatal massage therapist. I am also a bodyworker, and so appreciate a knowledgeable, effective bodyworker. Chula is not only both of those, but also very professional. Chula worked on me at the end of my first pregnancy, and so when i was pregnant again this last year, I couldn’t wait to call her again. I can’t begin to express the amount of gratitude I have for her! She helped me so much with extreme pains I experienced during my pregnancy. Her understanding of the body and her ability to apply that knowledge make her a wonderful therapist.

 

If you are interested in taking one of my classes, you can view the 2018 schedule by clicking here and email me to register.

“Chula’s class gave me a well rounded understanding of prenatal massage and postnatal care. Her teaching style is organized, focused, and kind. She will wait until every last person is on the same page before moving on. I will continue to take every class she offers and encourage fellow body workers to do the same!”

“She was very patient and clear and very easy to pay attention to. Her enthusiasm for the subject was contagious”

“I really appreciate the book and all of the reference material that was provided”

“I loved all of the fascia techniques and Chula was very organized.”

A testimonial from a labor and delivery nurse and trained doula: “I’ve had several opportunities to utilize my training. At work I’ve been using the labor stimulation points to help with inductions, and have been doing a LOT of cross fiber work in the back area. I had a laboring patient walk in and grab my hand. She directed me to her lower back and demanded I push there. I started doing a hip squeeze and cross fiber massage, and she let out a moan and said “that feels SO good.” I’ve also used the forearm work with a patient who had carpal tunnel syndrome.”

Upcoming pregnancy massage training for interested
bodyworkers and doulas:

Prenatal, At-Birth and Postpartum Massage Training 2018

The contents of this article are not a replacement for medical care.

All rights reserved, March 2018  

Chula Gemignani               Bodyworker, Prenatal Massage Specialist, Instructor of Massage TherapyAuthor and Developer of Dynamic Fascial Response™

chulagem@gmail.com

Healing River Massage (530) 798-9998

www.healingrivermassage.com

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The Wide Range Benefits of Massage Therapy

Pain relief isn’t the only reason people seek regular bodywork.
For some clients, bodywork offers many other results that can help
improve their daily life experience.

For example, receiving regular bodywork can promote:

Body awareness. Lack of body awareness can be a major factor in the progression of physical conditions. Massage therapy helps you tune into your body and how you hold your body. It’s like the switch of awareness is switched from off to on after a massage. One of my clients with scoliosis says ” I love how I feel after one of your sessions! Its actually harder to stand slumped, in bad posture then to be in good posture!”.  An athlete and a farmer use their muscles to an extreme every day tho the point of pulling their fascia into restricted patterns of flexion and from them I often here this ” My body feels normal again”. A commuter behind a wheel for hours out of the week tells me they feel taller and on balance after bodywork.

Mobility and restoring range of motion. Fascial bodywork balances out the muscles in the entire body. When we suffer from chronic conditions we tend to stop using full-body muscle recruitment to move through the world. Yet, recruiting the full body is how we function best. Pin and stretch and resistance and release can really enliven our movement by restoring our brain / body connection while activating muscles that have stopped working while exploring a wider range of motion.

Health Maintenance. Bodywork improves circulation. Circulation has many components so how can we possibly simplify such a complex system to explain how regular bodywork improves it? Let’s make an attempt. We have an average of about 20 liters of blood that the heart pumps out into the body. 17 of those liters return back to the heart again. So what happens to the remaining 3 liters? Much of it gets filtered and reabsorbed into the body by the lymphatic system. If our lymphatic system is weak or compromised this will result in poor circulation and toxic build up. Massage helps move blood and lymph thus improving circulation and overall health! (NOTE: Circulation massage should never be performed when severe and uncontrolled circulation symptoms are present unless client presents practitioner with a medical release from their physician.)

Improves Gastric Motility The gut is the foundation for a healthy body. When it is moving and digesting properly (there is a healthy foundation for the body to function from. Gastric motility is stimulated by the parasympathetic nervous system. When the sympathetic nervous system is taking over (flight/fight/adrenaline/stress) the gut response is blockage. Without proper motility the body suffers and is toxic. Because the parasympathetic nervous system is activated through bodywork, digestion is passively treated through a session. There are also more direct points that can be pressed to stimulate digestion. In Dynamic Fascial Response™ we incorporate a few gastric motility acupressure points in our sessions so that we are treating motility both passively and directly during a session.

Lifts the mood Stress kills. You have heard it again and again. But what do they mean exactly? Well, cortisol is a hormone that is released when we are stressed. Cortisol ignites the flight or fight response (the sympathetic nervous system) In turn, this compromises a few of our body’s main healing factors circulation oxygenation and hydration. Regular bodywork activates the parasympathetic nervous system (relaxation) and thus lowers cortisol, the stress hormone and thus improves mental health.

Alleviates Loneliness and Restores Clarity It has been proven that human touch improves brain development, increases mental clarity and alleviates feelings of isolation and loneliness.  I have had many clients without intimate partners who have sought out massage simply for human touch. Many widows have used massage for healing their hearts and coming back home to themselves after losing their beloved. And many seniors in non sexual relationships or in no relationships benefit from touch.

Sleep soundly. Clients with chronic conditions have a hard time sleeping and some suffer from insomnia. Massage has been shown to improved the client’s sleep. Many of my clients tell me when they leave the office “I’m going to sleep good tonight!”. Good for them! Sleep is a key to healing. Morihei Ueshiba, a martial arts master and founder of Aikido, believed that there was no other way besides through sleep that the body can restore it’s chi/ki/qi (inner power/energy).

Massage is not a replacement for medical care.

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Low back, Hip, Sciatica – Bodywork Class

Bodywork Class:
LOW BACK/HIP SCIATICA AND S.I. JOINT TREATMENT

25% Lecture
25% Demo
50% Practice time and problem solving with other professionals.

Get inspired with new effective methods.

Dynamic Fascial Response™ techniques will relieve most low back and hip issues for your clientele.

We will review the anatomy involved in fascial bodywork techniques addressing low back, hip, sciatica and S.I. joint Dysfunction.

Learn effective psoas release techniques.

Learn traction and compression / pin and stretch / resistance and release techniques.

Walk away with a whole new skill set in must-have side-lying techniques for low back and hip release.

Learn fascial release foundational understanding and techniques.

Learn craniosacral holds that induce a balancing effect on the craniosacral rhythm and activate the parasympathetic nervous system for healing.

Learn effective guided meditations that will help your client to relax the pelvic floor.

Discuss intake procedures, medical release forms and when they are needed.

Learn effective methods to open your client’s range of motion.

Receive low back and hip bodywork from other professionals.

Enjoy a day of fresh inspiration to feed the success of your practice.
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Location:
Cedar Ridge Center
DATE: FRI Aug. 18, 2017
TIME: 9am-6pm [ EARN 8 CEU’s, class under review by NCBTMB]
Price: $150
RESERVE: your place with a $50 Deposit
Class is limited in size.
DISCOUNT: Early Bird Discount
$125 if Paid in full by July 27th
$150 after July 27th
Material Fee: $5-10 (will be announced) to be collected day of class.

BUNDLE PRICE: Purchase three 8 CEU courses for a total of $360. ($120/each). Material fees are not included in bundle.

1) NECK/TMJ TREATMENT
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2) SHOULDER/CARPAL TUNNEL TREATMENT
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3) LOW BACK/HIP SCIATICA AND SI JOINT TREATMENT
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4) WORKING ON CHILDREN WITH SCOLIOSIS
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5) PRENATAL AT-BIRTH AND POSTPARTUM TREATMENTS (THIS IS A 40 HOUR COURSE NOT INCLUDED IN BUNDLE. )

REFUND POLICY: All payments are non-refundable and non-transferable

CONTACT: Chula Gemignani chulagem@gmail.com

Chula Gemignani is vetted and approved for providing Continued Education Units by the National Certification Board For Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork.

Dynamic Fascial Response™ is healing modality created from Chula Gemignani’s years of experience. It is a blend of structural therapies and foundational philosophy that induce a ‘dialog’ of activation and response between the practitioner and the fascia/client body. The response in the fascia releases holding patterns in the fascial body and as a result, both physiological and emotional changes occur. This method resources and repurposes the stuck patterns and can heal trauma, relieve pain, improve posture and health and above all promote peace.

This bodywork may involve passive or active client participation.

Students who receive a minimum 24 hours in DFR courses and have video taped proof or instructor approval of student’s proficiency of the material learned are free to use the terminology Dynamic Fascial Response™ for their work.

Feel free to share widely however only professionals (massage therapists, chiropractors, physical therapists and nurses) will be accepted as students. Some exceptions may be considered like professionals working in senior living homes, other manual therapists, etc.
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Testimonials:
“Chula’s class gave me a well rounded understanding of prenatal massage and postnatal care. Her teaching style is organized, focused, and kind. She will wait until every last person is on the same page before moving on. I will continue to take every class she offers and encourage fellow body workers to do the same!”

“Chula is one of the best teachers I have ever had. This structural work is difficult for me but she made it much easier for me and was very patient and clear and very easy to pay attention to. Her enthusiasm for the subject was contagious”

“I really appreciate the book and all of the reference material that was provided”

“I loved all of the fascia techniques and Chula was very organized.”

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Prenatal, At-Birth and Postpartum Massage Training

Five Day Prenatal, At-Birth and Postpartum Massage Training

DATES: Fri., Sat., Sun. Sept. 8th, 9th, 10th
Class continues for two more days at same location:
Sat Sept 23rd and Sun.Sept 24

EARN 40 NCBTMB APPROVED CEUs
Location:
Cedar Ridge Center
TIME: 9am-6pm [ EARN 40 CEU’s, class is approved by NCBTMB]
Price: $600 (Please see testimonials below)
Class is limited in size.
RESERVE: your place with a $150 Deposit
DISCOUNT: Early Bird Discount
$550 if Paid in full by AUG 1
$600 after AUG1
Material Fee: $25 to be collected day of class.

*REFUND POLICY: All payments are non-refundable and non-transferable

BONUS: Purchase this course and get $40 coupon off any of the following courses:

1) NECK/TMJ TREATMENT
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2) SHOULDER/CARPAL TUNNEL TREATMENT
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3) LOW BACK/HIP SCIATICA AND SI JOINT TREATMENT
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4) WORKING ON CHILDREN WITH SCOLIOSIS
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CONTACT: Chula Gemignani chulagem@gmail.com

Chula Gemignani is vetted and approved for providing Continued Education Units by the National Certification Board For Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork.

Dynamic Fascial Response™ is healing modality created from Chula Gemignani’s years of experience. It is a blend of structural therapies and foundational philosophy that induce a ‘dialog’ of activation and response between the practitioner and the fascia/client body. The response in the fascia releases holding patterns in the fascial body and as a result, both physiological and emotional changes occur. This method resources and repurposes the stuck patterns and can heal trauma, relieve pain, improve posture and health and above all promote peace.

This bodywork may involve passive or active client participation.

Students who receive a minimum 24 hours in DFR courses and have video taped proof OR instructor approval of student’s proficiency of the material learned are free to use the terminology Dynamic Fascial Response™ for their work.

Feel free to share this invite widely however only professionals (massage therapists, doulas. midwives, chiropractors, physical therapists and nurses) will be accepted as students. Some exceptions may be considered like other manual therapists, etc.
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This FIVE day course will give you the confidence and knowledge of a specialist in prenatal massage. Student will be shown safe prenatal, at-birth and postpartum massage in an interactive group of professionals.

This class will consist of about
25% lecture and presentation
25% live demonstration of the material being covered
50% hands on practice of the material with fellow students.

A student handbook will be yours for future reference.

This class covers:
~ Prenatal massage safety and all contraindications.
~ Somatic healing techniques for overcoming emotional challenges
~ A structural approach will be taken to teach manual therapies for massaging your pre-natal, and postpartum client.
~ You will learn Dyamic Fascial Response™ massage techniques inspired by modlities including but not limited to: fascial release, structural integration, craniosacral therapy, lymphatic drainage, effective pin and stretch, resist and release, traction and compression techniques. All which will help your client ease through the various stages of the passage into motherhood.
~ At-birth massage techniques for a more easeful birth.
~ Up-to-date ethics concerns and solutions will be discussed for the prenatal massage therapist in the age of transgender rights.

Testing consists of short quizzes for each day covered which will be self-corrected and discussed as a class. A prenatal massage on your last day will act as your final exam.

“I’ll never forget the way it felt to massage a pregnant woman before I was a prenatal specialist. I do not want other therapists to feel as insecure or as unsure as I did. I want to keep mothers and babies safe and well cared for by responsible massage therapists. For this, I have created a practical student handbook, filled with illustrations and learning material that will facilitate this dynamic class of group and problem-solve learning, demonstrations, and upon completion, solid practitioners. “
~ Chula

Testimonials:
“Chula’s class gave me a well rounded understanding of prenatal massage and postnatal care. Her teaching style is organized, focused, and kind. She will wait until every last person is on the same page before moving on. I will continue to take every class she offers and encourage fellow body workers to do the same!”

“Chula is one of the best teachers I have ever had. This structural work is difficult for me but she made it much easier for me and was very patient and clear and very easy to pay attention to. Her enthusiasm for the subject was contagious”

“I really appreciate the book and all of the reference material that was provided”

“I loved all of the fascia techniques and Chula was very organized.”

BONUS!
This course is for treating the pregnant client however, there is a bonus. Most of the side-lying techniques that you will learn for solving low back and hip pain, will be appropriate for non-pregnant clients as well as the jaw release that you will be able to bring to any clients suffering from chronic headaches, TMJ, neck issues or pelvic issues. I was already a good bodyworker before I learned this material, but with it my work became great, my schedule full and word of mouth has helped my successful career grow even more rewarding. It is truly inspiring work that fuels my fire.

Upon completion of this course you will be a pregnancy massage specialist and will have a specialist’s confidence and 40 continued education hours. A certification of completion of hours will be mailed to you in a timely manner after this class is completed.

Contact me with question at chulagem@gmail.com.
Be sure to put PRENATAL CLASS in subject.
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Chula Linda Gemignani has been a bodyworker for 15 years+ and a prenatal specialist since 2009. She has helped many mothers bring healthy children into our community. Her unique style has sustained a thriving practice. She incorporates many modalities and is widely known for effective myofascial release and structural massage techniques. In addition to massage, Chula is a somatic specialist and offers Somatic NLP for those who wish to address behavioral and emotional patterns no longer serving their life.
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