What IS Performance Therapy?
Our brain seeks to keep our bodies in balance. Imbalances in muscle function can come from stress, strain, injury, or lack of use. When we try to do a particular movement, and the brain senses that the muscles and joints are not stable enough to do it safely, it will prevent that movement. This often feels like stiffness, reduced range of motion, or even pain.
What does the therapist do?
With Performance Technique, the therapist assess the muscles to see if they are able to move at their weakest position. This is determined through active and passive muscle tests. The therapist looks at the muscle's ability to perform the movement, fluidity of motion, and of course, any pain that may be caused by the movement. Every session begins with a conversation about what you are experiencing, an assessment of the muscles in your body, palpation of the muscles that are not performing, and reassessment.
What should I expect?
Unlike standard massage, sessions are performed with clothing ON. In fact, it is best if you are wearing light pieces, such as t-shirts, yoga pants, or athletic shorts or pants (without a thick waistband). Palpation is a focused pressure at the attachment sites of the muscles. While there is occasionally some discomfort, it can also be very relaxing.
How long does it take?
Each session is about 2 hours long. This allows for up to 30 minutes of assessment time, and a guaranteed 90 minutes of hands-on time.
As far as the number of sessions it will take to get your muscles firing, that will depend on how your body responds, how long the imbalances have existed, and how frequent our initial sessions are. If you are interested in receiving a discount for multiple sessions, you might consider a Package.
What conditions can it help?
Neck and shoulder pain
Rotator Cuff issues
Low back pain
Sciatic pain and stiffness
Tightness and pain in hips
Knee pain and stiffness
Tennis and Golfers elbow
Increasing range of motion
Pregnancy aches and pains
Preparation for childbirth
Post natal recuperation
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Cinnamon Kennedy is a mindset, nutrition, and fitness coach. Learning how our brains process the every day occurances and combine them with past experiences has transformed my life as well as my understanding of the mind/body connection. This knowledge has even elevated my skills as a therapist. Find out how Cinnamon can help you reach your goals, overcome addictions, and live your best life.
Rick Merriam is my mentor, colleague, and trainer. Here you will find blog posts relating to the work we do, as well as a link to his podcast.
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