Structural Bodywork refers to modalities that diagnose and treat misalignments in the musculoskeletal and myofascial systems of the body. By correcting these misalignments, structural bodywork seeks to reduce pain, increase functionality and ease, and enhance overall well-being.
Gabler Sustainable Body helps people maintain optimal posture in everyday life and live without pain by re-engaging the body’s core. Founded by Karen Gabler, a practitioner here at Cambridge Health Associates, Gabler Sustainable Body is based on 30 years of bodywork practice and study and the combination of key concepts from Aston patterning, Zero Balancing and Thomas Meyer’s research into myofascial tissue.
Rolfing® is an original system of body restructuring and movement education based on Structural Integration. Body misalignment, under the influence of gravity, results in chronic strain, decreased vitality, and impaired functioning. By freeing the restrictions that pull the body out of alignment, Rolfing allows the musculoskeletal system to reorder itself into a more appropriate relationship to gravity. This is accomplished through gentle manipulation of the body's myofascial system: the layers of connective tissue that surround the muscles, nerves, organs and blood vessels and give the body shape. Classical Rolfing is a ten-session program, in which different angles and degrees of physical pressure are used to stretch and guide fascia to create greater ease of movement. Not all clients need a full series for lasting improvement. The recommended number of sessions depends on the client's priorities and the depth of the imbalances. The Rolfing process is intended to create a more resilient, higher-energy system, free of pain and inhibitions due to past habits and/or trauma.
Structural Integration is a holistic system of soft tissue manipulation and movement education which aims to align the human body in the gravitational field. Connective tissue (specifically fascia) is manipulated to allow body segments to shift to a more balanced position. Re-education of the client's movement patterns is included. Its benefits include an increased use of balance at finer levels of the neuro-fascial-musculo-skeletal system which allows for increased general well-being and physical adaptability and resilience as well as reducing biomechanically caused pain.
Craniosacral therapy is a hands-on system intended to relieve pain and tension throughout the body. Soft touch, no greater than the weight of a nickle, is used to free restrictions in the tissue that surrounds the central nervous system. This gentle hands-on approach releases tensions deep in the body, relives pain and dysfuncton, and improves whole body health and performance.
Ortho-Bionomy has its roots in Osteopathy and Martial Arts. It is a non force technique, which gently, comfortably, employs movements and positions which exaggerate the body’s imbalance. This triggers a self correcting reflexive response. This technique replies upon the body’s innate wisdom. It is done on a massage table and clients are clothed. It is effective with chronic and acute pain, trauma, stress and to enhance athletic performance.
Zero Balancing, or ZB, was developed by Fritz Smith, MD, and draws upon his background in both osteopathy and acupuncture, thus integrating fundamental principles of western medicine with eastern concepts of energy. This technique provides the possibility of healing by addressing the energy flow of the skeletal system. By working with bone energy, Zero Balancing seeks to correct imbalances which may be the result of stress, injury, or trauma. ZB uses fulcrums - gentle lifting and traction focused on the bones and joints - to clear these blockages and allow stronger, clearer currents to flow.