A Description of
Integrative Myofascial Bodywork
Integrative Myofascial Bodywork is essentially my "style" of bodywork. I concentrate on addressing the fascial system of the body, thereby affecting muscles. However, this does not mean your muscles are "ignored." I combine other techniques as needed, primarily positional release and Ortho-Bionomy, customizing the work to each person. I do not use oils, creams, or lotions. If a person is more comfortable doing so, they can wear loose athletic clothing during their session vs. being draped with sheets; in fact, wearing athletic clothing (not spandex) makes the bodywork easier to do. If a person books a Synergy Stone or Bamboo massage, then creams/oils are used with traditional draping to respect modesty. In all cases, the work is client-driven with the goals being decreased pain, increased range of motion, and/or increased athletic performance.
What is Fascia?
How Do You Work on Fascia?
What is Positional Release?
Fascia--or the myofascial system--is essentially the thick, fibrous, "white stuff" that runs around, between, and through everything in our bodies: muscles, bones, organs, etc. It thickens to become the tendons and ligaments at junctures. Just like muscles, it can have trigger points, and tightness in one area can adversely affect other parts of the body. Addressing this tissue is imperative to releasing the surrounding musculature.
Fascia has many layers. It can be addressed in both a gentle and firm manner. Myofascial Release uses sustained, gentle pressure to relax the tissue. Connective Tissue Massage uses a firmer touch with a stronger "stretch," that can feel akin to a foam roller sensation. There is no use of oil, creams, or lotions when one works on fascia.
Positional release is a gentle, non-invasive technique to release trigger points and tight, spastic muscles. The body or limb is moved into a position of comfort and the area of pain is held with gentle pressure until it unwinds. Though Ortho-Bionomy is a different technique, there are some similar principles, which is why I also use it.
About Andrea Potyondy-Smith, Your Therapist
I am a graduate of Blue Sky School of Massage in Wisconsin. I specialize in working with athletes and people in chronic pain. As an endurance athlete, I understand the toll training can take on a person's body. I have also had a few surgeries, and can relate to those in chronic pain. I believe bodywork is imperative for a person to function properly--physically, mentally, and emotionally; I get regular bodywork myself and hold fast to this conviction.
A Broad "Toolkit"
Though I focus on the fascial system and positional release, to which Ortho-Bionomy could be considered related, I have training in many modalities between my core classes at Blue Sky, from where I graduated in 2002, and my ongoing continuing education. These include Cranio-Sacral (from the Upledger Institute), Russian sports and medical massage from the Kurashova Institute, neuromuscular therapy, Reiki, Aromatherapy, dry cupping, kinesio-taping, Barnes' MFR, and Connective Tissue Massage (CTM) with John Latz, among others.
Therapy Space for You
Your private, individual treatment room includes a space heater, ultrasonic aromatherapy diffuser, Himalayan salt crystal lamp, and a heated mattress pad on request.