Fascia is the bodies specialized system that has an appearance similar to a spider's web or a sweater. Fascia is very densely woven, covering every muscle, bone, nerve, artery and vein, as well as, all of our internal organs including the heart, lungs, brain and spinal cord. The most interesting aspect of the fascial system is that it's one continuous structure that exists from head to toe without interruption. In this way you can begin to see that each part of the entire body is connected to every other part.
Trauma, inflammatory responses, and/or surgical procedures create Myofascial restrictions that can produce pain in the body that does not show up in many of the standardized tests (x-rays, CAT scans, EMG's, etc.) A high percentage of people suffering with pain and/or lack of motion may be having fascial problems, but are not diagnosed.
Tensegrity Medicine™ Methodology Approach is the overall approach to each session, no longer a separate service.
Merkaba Center utilizes light manual techniques such as Bowenwork, Mind/Body Bowen and energy work in sessions.
Tensegrity Medicine is a new approach, centered on the relationship of the whole body with an individual’s interaction with their environment. Based upon biotensegrity concepts derived from Stephen Levin’s biologic interpretation of Buckminster Fuller’s concepts of Tensegrity, the method approaches a body comprised of ‘equal forces of tensional compression and distraction’.
Differing from traditional therapy approaches that treat symptoms and body parts in isolation, Tensegrity Medicine instead examines and treats the global adaptive patterns that develop following injury, trauma, or repetitive movement patterns.
This unique therapeutic approach derives its foundation from the latest research and clinical findings related to fascia, movement, and neuropsychoimmunology as a way to understand more global concepts related to health and wellness.
Along with physical injury or a disease process, the individual’s response to life’s stresses lead to symptoms and loss of function. Tensegrity Medicine evaluates and addresses the whole person and their relationship with their environment to create increased awareness and choices for modified behavior and movement.
A wide variety of diagnostics tools and assessment principles are utilized within this model. An emphasis on connective tissue evaluation via Myofascial Testing is used to determine restriction patterns that may be contributing to altered tension patterns and system stagnations. Using these specific diagnostic assessments, the therapist is able to create a customized plan of care, individualized for the client’s unique patterns.
The Tensegrity Medicine therapist utilizes innovative light touch techniques, based on the latest science of the nervous and fascial systems, to affect these abnormal tension patterns which may be altering joint, muscle, ligament, tendon, or nerve functioning. During these light touch manual techniques, an emphasis is placed on heightening the client’s awareness of their holding patterns and sensations that may arise during the session. Movement re-education is incorporated either during or after the session as a means to integrate the body’s response and to allow an adaptive three-dimensional change within the system.