Deep Therapeutic Bodywork
What is Deep Therapeutic Bodywork?
Also referred to as Soft Tissue Alignment and Restructuring (S.T.A.R.), or Schulman Therapy, this innovative form of bodywork was developed by the late Physical Therapist, Nate Schulman. This specialized technique utilizes the practitioner’s forearm, body weight, and a towel (for traction). The client is fully-clothed and lies on a massage table or sits in a chair.
A typical session can last anywhere from 30 minutes to 1 hour depending upon the areas to be covered.
What Makes Deep Therapeutic Bodywork Different?
Imagine you are making bread by hand, but instead of a rolling pin, you had to roll out the dough with yourfingers – a slow process with very uneven results. Although it is a simplified analogy, a similar concept applies to restoring proper length and width to bound muscles and soft tissues.
Unlike most manual therapies, by using the practitioner’s forearm, this unique method maximizes tissue coverage while minimizing the impact to nerves and sensitive areas. The practitioner can better leverage the work for a faster, deeper and more profound result that can facilitate the body’s own natural healing process.
What are the benefits?
A Deep Therapeutic Bodywork session can often relax and release tension in tight muscles, tendons, and other soft tissue structures in the body. The benefits can include improved range of motion, improved biomechanics, structural alignment and mobility, and a reduction in pain and discomfort.