Reposturing Dynamics is a system of stretches and massage techniques designed to restore balance and flexibility in the body to correct bad posture. Developed by Olympic sports massage therapist and posture researcher, Aaron Parnell, Reposturing is a participatory treatment system with lots of breathing and many stretch positions. There are exercises or additional stretches available to support the rebalancing process. It can be intense and emotional at times as stress is unloaded from each muscle group. You are always in charge of how fast and how far we progress in any one session. The results are always very rewarding and relaxing - truly a transformational, bodywork process.
Posture means more than standing up straight, it means proper alignment and balance of the body. The mis-alignment and imbalance, we commonly experience, are the result of years of poor habits in standing, sitting, walking and working. The effects of gravity and poor support work against vitality and natural freedom of movement. We don't go out of alignment and balance all at once. It happens a tiny bit at a time. As a result, we start experiencing such things as back pain, headaches, TMJ syndrome, neck pain, shoulder pain, sunken chests, droopy breasts, swayback, pot bellies and of course stress.
The wonderful thing is that all of these conditions can be reduced or in many cases eliminated simply by realigning and balancing the body through Reposturing. Most important is that when the body becomes realigned, major changes start happening in other areas of your life.
"With Reposturing Dynamics, everything began to shift for me in other areas of my life. I looked better and I felt better. The whole structure of my body changed as a result of working with Aaron. That led me to pursue my life purpose more deeply and to get more intentional about what I wanted to do with my life. It all started with looking better and feeling better." — Reposturing client, Jan St. John
Reposturing Dynamics is a combination of stretching, massage and breathing. For part of the session you will be lying on a massage table, for other parts you may be standing or sitting. The exact structure and flow of each particular session depends on your situation. Everyone is different so the areas that will yield the most significant results will be worked on first.
Reposturing therapists work to improve freedom of movement, eliminate chronic pain, and correct bad posture.
People who want to know how to correct bad posture, who are experiencing chronic pain or poor performance because they've lost the originally intended alignment, strength and freedom of movement their body is meant to have at all ages. There are at-home exercises; hands-on therapy; seminars. Having great posture can truly revolutionize the way you look, feel, work, and play.
If you want to experience pain free living and vitality you can actually see, if you want to feel better and look better, increase your physical energy, strength, flexibility and endurance, then Reposturing Dynamics is for you!
Reposturing Dynamics can take anywhere from 10 sessions in a few weeks to weekly sessions for up to a year, depending on the amount of improvement you want. Although specific results cannot be guaranteed from Reposturing Dynamics, most people report noticeable progress in only one or two sessions.
Eighty percent of clients work with us for 3-6 months. The number of sessions required for Reposturing for you is dependent on four factors. (1) How long you have had your current problem. (2) What your goals are. (3) How responsive your body is to treatment. (4) If you do your Reposturing® exercises between sessions.
No. chiropractic works on the relationship between the bones and the nervous system. Reposturing works on the relationship of the connective tissue between the muscles and the bones.
The science behind Rolfing® and Reposturing® is virtually the same. The technology and actual treatment is significantly different. Rolfing applies deep tissue massage to different muscles and connective tissue. By contrast, Reposturing uses a unique sequence of stretches, various massage techniques and a special breathing technique to eliminate pain, restore alignment and freedom of movement to the body.
The Alexander teaching requires a high degree of postural awareness and continual mental effort on the part of the client in order to restore alignment. By contrast, Reposturing uses stretching and breathe work to release strain and rigidity in the body ultimately giving you great posture so that you don’t have to think about posture or alignment. It happens easily, effortlessly and naturally.
The Feldenkrais Method® is a series of exercises that are done standing or sitting in a chair that involve thinking, sensing, moving and imagining. By contrast, Reposturing® liberates and strengthens the body into its natural intended alignment in a way that movement patterns will improve automatically according to the bodies’ original design without conscious thought.
The various stretch sequences, massage techniques and unique breathing system can have immediate measurable enhancements for both recreational and competitive athletes. The work was originally to increase sports performance and help sports injuries to heal faster.
The Stretch - At the cellular level, a muscle’s natural response to a stretch is to relax. With RD, we lengthen the muscles with a unique sequence of stretches for each muscle group. Research has shown that longer, more relaxed muscles perform and recover better than short stiff muscles.
The Massage - Among the many benefits of massage, an athlete gains greater circulation, better nerve communications between the brain and body. Athletes in the former Soviet Union were among the first to document the use of massage to enhance sports performance. Using massage to enhance athletic performance, athletes from the former Soviet States continue to dominate and remain competitive in many sports.
Armed with the knowledge gained from studies on massage and sports performance reported in "The Soviet Sports Review," Olympic masseur, Aaron Ulysses Parnell, used various massage techniques on hundreds of athletes from 42 countries who participated in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. In every Olympic sport, athletes reported positive results from the massage and stretch combination. Some bested their own personal records and won Olympic medals. One hurdler from Morocco won the Gold Medal and set a world record in the 400 meter hurdles.
The Breath - "When you breathe while you stretch the muscle, you get 2% more relaxation...." said Jack Meager, author of Sportsmassage and also Official Masseur of the U.S. Olympic Equestrian Team in 1980.
In a brief conversation with Jack Meagher, Aaron Parnell learned about the 3rd Element that makes Reposturing Dynamics powerful and effective. Combined with the massage and stretch, the use of a full breath inhale with an open-mouth exhale, intensifies the muscle response. It goes further to maximize range of motion, optimize ease of movement, minimize recovery time and, most important, make your body athletically more effective and more energy efficient.
The effects of stress, tension, poor movement habits, sleep patterns, and dietary choices take a toll on your body in the aging process.
Some of the net effects that time and gravity have on these elements in your body are:
RD is a safe, effective way to restore your body's natural tension balance and movement patterns in every area of your body.
Many of the stretches and exercises you can do yourself with the Reposturing Dynamics Exercise program. Just turn to the Key Result Area you'd like to focus on and follow instructions from there.
Although there is much that you can do for yourself, there is still more Reposturizing work that should only be done with the help of a Certified Reposturing Dynamics Practitioner (CRDP). By working with a CRDP, you'll be able to get specific results in key result areas over a short period of time, usually over a few month's time. These changes happen gradually and are usually long-lasting. The natural treatments with your certified practitioner are visible, measurable, and usually immediate with every session. They require no drugs, no surgery, and there are virtually no negative side effects.
With RD treatments, you'll see cosmetic and aesthetic improvements such as:
There are many common-but-not-normal body alignment or postural challenges that people experience. These may be accompanied by pain, lack of energy or stamina, weight changes, or otherwise. Specifically, some of these are:
The Reposturing perspective towards these postural deformities focuses on how to correct bad posture by asking why the body responds to weight-bearing and movement in this way. The combination of stretch, massage, and breath begins its undoing and correction.