Variety Is The Spice Of Life

November 2010
Our dramatic fall season reminds me how much I enjoy the variety of our Minnesota seasons. The one thing we can be sure about our weather is that it doesn't stay the same very long. 
Autumn is a time for adapting--changing from shorts to long pants and to eventually wearing socks again. Like the weather, I am changing too--hopefully for the better.

I plan on working for another ten years so I need to stay in good shape to maintain my strength. I've heard that we lose muscle mass as we get older. So, three months ago I started working out with weights and a physical trainer. My previous fitness program consisted exclusively of aerobic activities--running, cycling, and cross country skiing.

I tried strength training several times in the past but quickly lost interest because of repeating the same exercises over and over.

Since training with Jason at YoungQuest Fitness Center, I look forward to working out three times a week because my workouts are always fresh and challenging.

My daily work is also exciting and stimulating. Every client presents with different challenges. Because I have been trained by many of the best bodywork professionals in a wide variety of soft tissue and energetic treatment modalities for treating acute and chronic pain, I enjoy a diverse clientele with an extensive assortment of problems.
In This Issue
Structural Energetic Therapy
Soft Tissue Release
Orthopedic Massage
Myofascial Release
Zero Balancing

Frequently Asked Questions:


1: What modality do you use most and how do you decide which to use?  It depends on the client and his or her problem. Recently I treated a 97 year old client who was very small and frail. With her I used mostly Zero Balancing to release stress and tensions within her body and mind, and other symptoms caused by energetic or structural imbalance.


2: How important is it to stretch a muscle that has been lengthened with bodywork?  Stretching re-educates the newly lengthened muscle and offsets muscle memory. Without the stretch, the muscle would probably return it to its shortened state. Muscles that are used in repetitive-use activities build strength but also become short. Stretching extends them to their full range and lessens the possibility of immobility and serious injuries.


3: Do you integrate all your modalities in a session?  Not very often. The type of work and techniques I utilize depends on the client's symptoms and their general condition. I Obviously cannot do the same deep tissue structural bodywork on a frail ninety year old that I can do on a thirty year old athlete. However, each modality can be equally as effective as applied to specific cases.

Structural Energetic Therapy  (SET) 
Peroneal Release
Creating space in peroneals
SET is a result-oriented deep tissue body restructuring that uses medical massage & bodywork techniques--specifically tailored to the client's needs.
Oftentimes a client presenting with a specific problem and hoping to find relief from pain and or limited range of motion is surprised to find that the cause of the discomfort is a structural imbalance not even closel to their pain. For example someone with neck pain discovers after 2-3 sessions that the cause of the pain is a pelvis that is out of balance.

I treat both acute and chronic pain with SET.

Soft Tissue Release  (STR)


Compression and stretch of flexors


STR is a powerful therapy based on European osteopathy techniques originally developed for olympic and world-class athletes that also effectively treats chronic pain. The gentle treatment addresses the cause of the soft tissue dysfunctions and subsequent referred pain and nerve entrapment instead of focusing on the point of pain.


The treatment consists of a set of gentle, rhythmic and precise stretches combined with a specific compression and continuous changes in the plane of the stretch applied along the length of the muscle. Applying multiple reps, the muscle is lengthened with a pressure and stretch, held no longer than 1.5 seconds along the line of injury. The result is fast and permanent reorganization of scar tissue as the injured muscle is returned to its proper resting length. 



Orthopedic Massage (OM)
Frozen Shoulder

 Melting fascia in a frozen shoulder joint


OM is a multidisciplinary approach to chronic pain and sports injuries used to restore structural balance throughout the body. OM treatment includes functional assessment, myofascial release, neuromuscular therapy, scar tissue mobilization, PNF stretching, neuromuscular re-education, and strengthening.


Combining these techniques allows imnmediate and permanent results in even the most challenging and complicated problems for many clients. The goal is to restore pain free range of motion throughout the body, integrate complete structural balance and relieve and eliminate chronic pain and dysfunctions of the body.
Myofascial Release (MFR)
Temporalis 2
Lengthening fascia for TMJ relief

MFR is a soft tissue therapy--a sustained stretch that addresses fascia--the tough connective fibro elastic tissue that covers all our muscles, bones, nerves, and blood vessels including all our internal organs.

Healthy fascia is relaxed and soft. It stretches and moves freely with a plastic fluidity without restriction. Physical trauma such as a fall, auto accident, repetitive motion injury, or poor posture over a period of time, can produce a dysfunctional fascial system resulting in limited motion and pain. Our fascia becomes tight and stiff and oftentimes is a source of tension to the body.

This safe and gentle treatment can be very effective in removing restrictions that prevent free movement, restores range of motion, and relieves and eliminates soft tissue pain.

Zero Balancing (ZB)

ZB is a gentle hands-on bodywork system designed to align your energy body with your physical structure. It combines Western scientific approaches to body structure with Eastern concepts of energy and healing.

ZB promotes a quieting and centering of body/mind. Its primary focus is on the relationship of the energy of the body to the physical structure of the body and ways we can improve health and relieve body symptoms by balancing and/or integrating these two aspects of a person. This is the fundamental basis of ZB.

Clients in a variety of situations can benefit from
ZB--those in stress related situations, going through life changes: divorce, loss of a loved one, loss of job, starting a new job, etc. Or, physically fit people who wish to maintain their optimal health and are on a journey of self-discovery and self-actualization.

The Law of Detachment
In detachment lies the wisdom of uncertainty..
In the wisdom of uncertainty lies the freedom from our past, from the known, which is the prison of past conditioning.
And in our willingness to step into the unknown, the field of all possibilities,
We surrender ourselves to the creative mind
That orchestrates the dance of the universe.
Seven Spiritual Laws of Success,  Deepak Chopra
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