Connective Tissue Massage helps relieve chronic tension, promotes deep relaxation and enhances self-awareness. It also facilitates significant improvement in posture.
The Connective Tissue Massage work incorporates many of Rolf’s ideas about structural alignment.
Her theory of fascia being the organ of posture certainly holds true in the Connective Tissue Massage experience. People report feeling longer, lighter and more open throughout their bodies.
This new alignment requires less effort to maintain because the body is beginning to approach a more balanced vertical relationship with gravity.
Within this improved body balance, dramatic changes in flexibility are common, as well as ease of movement for even the most chronically tense clients.
A Connective Tissue Massage session can be organized to focus on a particular client complaint (e.g., neck tension, carpal tunnel syndrome and sciatic pain). It can be helpful in preventing, as well as rehabilitating, many types of injuries.
Fibromyalgia, arthritis, multiple sclerosis and other disorders affecting the neuromusculoskeletal system also can be addressed with connective tissue work. In fact, many fibromyalgia patients report receiving a substantial reduction of symptoms as a result of CTM work.
Using connective tissue massage, manipulating fascia is effortless. Applying this technique bridges massage therapy with Rolf’s structural integration work, which has the potential to radically transform the massage profession.