Are you dealing with aches and pains related to your posture? Is sitting at a desk for long periods of time giving you rounded shoulders or lower back tension and pain? Is your neck tracking forward towards the screen so much so you are getting a headache?
Posture correction therapy (a.k.a. postural alignment therapy) can help!
Want to learn more?
Do you know that some of the most common bad posture symptoms are neck pain, upper and/or lower back pain, and shoulder pain? Do you feel like walking is not as effortless as it used to be or is causing you feet or hip pain? Postural Correction therapy can make you become aware of your postural habits, which are not serving you well, and give you the tools to bring yourself into better postural alignment.
As a Registered Massage Therapist, serving the Etobicoke, Mississauga and Toronto community for the past 10 years, I see many clients that could benefit from improving their posture and learning how to use their body more efficiently.
My Postural Correction Therapy Can Help You Improve:
- Head Forward
- Rounded Shoulders
- Slouched Back
- Upper Back Tension/Pain
- Lower Back Tension/Pain
- Tension in the Hips
- Foot Pain/Tension
- Knee Tracking
- Spinal Alignment
- Pelvic Alignment
- Sitting and Walking habits
What does posture correction
Each session will consist of:
- Assessment/reassessment of your current postural condition
- Posture massage, where I will be working to release tension in your body
- Movement re-education
The posture alignment Assessment will be done using a passive and an active approach:
- Active: During the intake and during the movement part of treatment. Here we will be moving and working towards understanding more deeply where the limitations in your body lie. To improve your alignment, I will be suggesting a number of different postural exercises and together we will choose what works best for you. This will usually include a combination of strength training movements, stretches, and/or small, gentle movement patterns to override your current habits. At the end of the session, you will be given a corrective movement sequence to practice at home.
- Passive: During the massage part of the treatment. While I am massaging you, I will be highlighting the issues which will require work and explaining how what I am working on relates to the bigger picture of your postural alignment.
“The first time I met Irina she asked very specific questions and quickly identified the issues I was having. It was a massage like I had never had before and for the first time in a long time I found relief. Fast forward almost 5 years later and I continue to see Irina on a regular basis for maintenance and new issues that creep up.”
This treatment is very educational. My goal is to give you the tools to better understand your body, and through it to help you find better alignment. I want to become a partner, a co-creator on your path to well-being.
After the session, I will be preparing a file for you with more detailed assessment and movement protocols, which I will send you within 2-3 days from the treatment.
I will suggest you buy a package of a minimum of 5 treatments for better results. Postural changes are never instantaneous.
How does movement become limited?
A joint is moved by muscles which are attached to it, just like the wheel in the picture. If the forces of muscles attached to it are ample and well balanced, the joint will move well. If one or more muscles attached to the joint become inadequate (too short, too strong, too weak, too long, restricted by scarring or inadequate neurological signaling), the movement of that joint will be out of balance. It will also inevitably affect the rest of the musculature.
When we consistently overuse some muscles or muscle groups and underuse others, our joint health suffers, reinforcing and perpetuating muscular limitations. This results in misalignment in the body. It can happen during prolonged sitting, repetitive strain from physical work or exercise, faulty body mechanics formed by habitual patterns, past physical injuries, psychological traumas, or innate physical asymmetries, among others.
Surgical or traumatic scarring also play a big role. If there is interference from a scar, I usually suggest we work on it first to restore the integrity of the tissue. Look under the ScarWork menu.