AUG 2019

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August 2019 • 73 TOP: © GETTY IMAGES; arelnoppe/ISTOCK Myofascial Release Myofascial release therapy is a gentle technique that targets pain arising from the fascia, which are fi brous connective tissues that weave throughout the body, attaching, separating and supporting muscles, bones, ligaments and internal organs. When the fascia is healthy, it's supple, allowing smooth, pain-free movement. When it's unhealthy, the fi bers become tight, limiting mobility and causing stiffness and pain. How it works: After looking for signs of stiffness, the therapist helps loosen or "unravel" the fascia by applying light, sustained pressure. "Unlike deep tissue massages that use brute force, myofascial release helps the system relax naturally," says Connie Bryner, LMT, owner of Devine Rejuvenations Spa in Glasgow, Delaware. She explains that because the fascia system is so expansive, therapeutic pressure on one part of the body can help relieve tension elsewhere without even touching the affected area directly. Popularity points: Devine Rejuvenations offers the technique as both an enhancement and stand-alone service (75 min./$110), and Bryner notes that pain relief can be pronounced and swift. "I've had grown men come in with an eight or nine on the pain scale, practically with tears in their eyes, and walk out with a two or three," she says. Craniosacral Therapy Craniosacral therapy (CST) might be a hot new menu item in day spas, but it's been practiced in chiropractic/osteopathic offi ces since the 1970s. Developed by osteopathic physician John E. Upledger, MD, it's primarily used to relieve pain and improve central nervous system function. How it works: Therapists gently manipulate the cranium and the sacrum to free restrictions and improve the circulation of cerebrospinal fl uid in the dural tube, which surrounds the brain and encases the spinal cord. "CST is a way to noninvasively affect the deepest part of the body," explains Elizabeth Scott, LMT, massage therapist at Lake Austin Spa Resort in Austin, Texas. "It provides an opportunity for the body to heal itself." A trendy option at Lake Austin is the Aquatic CranioSacral treatment (50 min./$195), designed to enhance results with the healing benefi ts of being in the water. Popularity points: CST can help ease chronic neck and back pain, stress, migraines and more. "I've worked with many executives and others who tried weekly deep tissue and therapeutic massages, but none of them ever experienced the deep and lasting relief and relaxation that they did from our CST sessions," notes Heather Hemmer, LMT, massage therapist at Place360.

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