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What is Myosteopractic?

Myosteopractic is a bodywork system that assists in the release of Related Held Tension™ in the body.

The body’s defences can be triggered by almost any issue, present or past, including physical injury, emotional stress, chemical influence (diet, toxins) or illness. As the defences are triggered, tension arises in the body. Because tension is almost always present, Myosteopractic works on nearly all body related complaints.

As long as it is alive, the body will create tension as part of an ongoing, dynamic process. The body is continually adapting, breaking down, regenerating, metabolising and rebalancing from within and in response to stimulation from the environment. Tension is a normal part of the body process.

When tension becomes held, it means there is a problem. Either sustained tension is needed to deal with some imposed problem, or the tension itself is creating a problem.

By releasing held tension, Myosteopractic gives the body’s self healing mechanisms a better chance to function. 

The body’s adaptive and self healing ability

If the body is self healing, why do we have problems? The body is above all adaptive. As an adaptive structure, it is the body’s relationship to the stress (cause) that is most important. The self healing response operates in relation to the way the body has adapted. While the body’s adaptation may be functional in relation to a particular stress, the related held tension may actually interfere with self healing. In this situation, Myosteopractic offers a way towards general well-being.

How does Myosteopractic work?

Myosteo-practitioners are trained to locate areas of held tension by using the body as a biofeedback indicator and by tracking lines of related held tension.

Related Held Tension:

Held Tension can be categorised into three types:

  • Initiating Tension
  • Resulting Tension
  • Supporting Tension

When the body’s defence processes are triggered, initiating tension arises. As the body adapts to this initiating tension, further resulting tension may arise elsewhere in the body. Pain and discomfort most commonly lies with resulting tension.

Supporting tension arises as the body as a whole adapts to find its balance in relation to the initiating and resulting tension.

If only the supporting tension is released, the work is likely to have minor impact. It is also possible for the initiating and resulting tensions to be aggravated.

If only the resulting tension is released, then the release is likely to be temporary.

By releasing initiating tension, it is possible to release both resulting and supporting tension. This in turn allows the body to continue its adaptations in a more balanced way. However, there is often more than one source of initiating tension. These initiating tensions tend to work in relation to each other.

The job of the Myosteo-practitioner is to assist in the release of initiating tensions, individually and in relation to all of the others. Understanding this relationship is key to the effectiveness of the Myosteopractic process.

Simply releasing Related Held Tension in the body can go a long way to addressing a complaint.

How does Myosteopractic release Related Held Tension?

In Myosteopractic we recognise that the body works as a whole. As a result, all structures (joints, muscle, spine, organs, etc) can be impacted as the body adapts to an initiating tension.

To assist in the release of tension, Myosteopractic applies techniques that are most functional for each structure.

In addition to the specific release methods, the Myosteo-practitioner is trained in dynamic engagement. Engagement arises from the centeredness and subtle precision of the practitioner. Although difficult to explain in words, this is perhaps the most distinguishing characteristic of Myosteopractic.

A certified Myosteo-practitioner uses dynamic engagement to track related held tension in the different structures of the body, and then applies the appropriate techniques to help the body release it.

Techniques used in Myosteopractic

Each structure of the body requires specific techniques to achieve effective release. Techniques used in Myosteopractic include:

Spinal Release - Based primarily on application of the directed non-force method.

Fascial Release - Where the fascia has lost flexibility, myofascia (muscle sheath) is lengthened to achieve postural rebalancing.

Cross Release - Focuses on the release of tendons, ligaments, muscle spasms, organ reflexes and emotion.

Oscillation & Mobilization - Used for relaxation, to prepare the body for release, and as a tracking tool to deepen access.

Tracking - An integrating, improvisational technique where body tension is followed, located and released.

Who would benefit from Myosteopractic?

Myosteopractic benefits people of all ages, from pregnant mothers to babies through to the elderly, whether sick or healthy. Our clients include office workers, full-time moms and professional athletes. The release of held tension enhances the body's ability to maintain optimum wellness.

How long is a Myosteopractic session and how many sessions would I need?

The length of a Myosteopractic session may vary, as each practitioner works differently. On average sessions are between half an hour to an hour.

Depending on your condition, an initial series of three to four sessions is usually advised.

Do I need to undress?

No. Myosteopractic is undertaken with the client fully-clothed on a well-supported plinth bed.

Is Myosteopractic registered and does Medical Aid pay?

All practicing Myosteo-practitioners are registered with the Myosteopractic Association of South Africa (MASA).

Myosteopractic does not diagnose and does not claim to fix defects. The modality therefore falls outside of the scope of health care or medical care and consequently is not covered by Medical Aid.

Note: The practice of Myosteopractic does not include diagnosing or treating symptoms of any condition or disease. Myosteopractic does not substitute for any medical or health care attention that may be required.