When it comes to working with someone's body, we want to learn about the way their soft tissue is moving and gliding within their body. By watching movement and feeling the tissue under our hands, we are able to understand the complexity of the body, and how to effectively work with it to reduce pain, increase range of motion, and improve optimal movement quality and wellness.
There are many forms of massage out there, some are more calming and spa-like, where as others are aimed to help rehab the tissues. When someone is trained in structural integration, they are going to observe how the body moves and how the tissues move before they even lay their hands on you.
Loren O'Neil is a structural integrator based out of San Diego, California. He has spent years studying how the soft tissue performs within the body, and after receiving over 50 certifications and licenses, has created a unique approach to supporting and helping others in their recovery.
What is Soft Tissue Therapy?
“It is the beginning of helping you to move better and feel better.”
Let's face it, most people do not spend the time on themselves to effectively work their soft tissue. Soft tissue therapy is focused on improving your soft tissue health (which is most of our body!) and making it a habit for yourself. We as practitioners want to give you the power to take care of yourself, you just need to make the commitment to your own self to work on your mobility.
If you find yourself constantly going to a chiropractor, physical therapist, massage therapist, or trainer, and they keep placing you on stretching protocols, then this episode about structural integration is for you.
[2:52] What brought Loren into the soft tissue world
[4:48] Out of a million bodies, there are a million ways to move
[5:50] When you receive soft tissue work
[7:40] Does regular massages actually do anything to the tissues, or is it more for stress relief
[9:40] With structural integration, you watch how people move before adding your hands to their tissue
[10:45] What the heck is biofluidity
[12:00] Does the amount of water you drink or your hydration levels impact the biofluidity within the body
[13:05] What do people really feel when they experience ‘pain'
[16:30] Why does it seem like soft tissue work doesn't last for more than a few hours
[19:36] You want to make sure you provide stability exercises after increasing mobility
[20:33] Why do people injure their soft tissue by doing something as simple as picking up a pen off the ground
[23:20] How often should someone receive soft tissue work
[25:20] Is there a difference in static or dynamic stretches for different activities
[30:00] Do foam rollers actually stretch
Learn More About Loren O'Neil
Website: Chain Reaction Therapy