Monthly Maintenance:


Monthly Maintenance:

If you are an extremely active person, then you will probably need to have some type of body work done on a regular basis. It could be massage therapy, Myofascial Release, a stretching session, acupuncture, etc. As long as it works for you!

I call it my “monthly maintenance”, because once a month I get a deep muscle massage or some type of specialized body work. Yesterday, I experienced my first hands- on, Myofascial Release and Shiatsu treatment, from a licensed massage therapist.

LMT Kori Tolbert, of Rochester, NY, worked on my current issues, which all seem to be on my left side. As some of you know, years ago, while dancing, I ruptured my left achilles tendon. Since then, my left leg has never been the same. So, I keep working on the healing process, in the hopes that one day it will feel better.

Part of the session was noticing sensations while Kori worked on me, and I found that it was very interesting that specific points she was working on, directly correlated with other body parts, like my liver and gallbladder.

Definitions from Wikipedia:
Myofascial release is a soft tissue therapy for the treatment of skeletal muscle immobility and pain. This alternative medicine therapy aims to relax contracted muscles, improve blood and lymphatic circulation, and stimulate the stretch reflex in muscles.

Shiatsu (Kanji: 指圧 Hiragana: しあつ) in Japanese means “finger pressure”. It is based on the concepts of “qi”, “Meridian Lines” and the system of “five phases” (five-element theory) in in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).


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