Posts tagged ‘bodywork’

Soft tissue pain: are you in the 40% group?

A study into the prevalence of significant physical aches, pain and discomfort among the general population showed that…

60% are relatively “pain free” on a day to day basis;
30% experience some kind of accute or regional / local pain;
10% suffer with some degree of widespread distributed pain everyday.

Therefore 40% of the general population experiences some kind of on-going physical pain on-going in their bodies.

Within that 40% group, between 70% – 80% of pain has been found to be soft tissue related in nature.  Soft tissue includes the muscles, tendons, ligaments and all pervading connective tissues (known as the “fascia”) of the body.

Massage therapists who have had specalist (usually extended) training in remedial massage and soft tissue manipuation techniques are particuarly well placed to provide effective assistance in the addressing or easing of soft tissue pain.  Suitably qualified therapists will usually advertise their skills by using any one of the following modality descriptions in order to differentiate themselves from those who are just offering non-remedial general relaxation massage or spa type treatments: remedial massage, remedial bodywork, sports massage, soft tissue manipulation, soft tissue therapy, myofascial release, fascial bodywork, structural bodywork, structural integration, Rolfing, neuromuscular therapy, neuromuscular technique, neuromusuclar massage, deep tissue massage, trigger point therapy, medical massage and clinical massage.  Also related are the modalities of visceral manipulation, craniosacral therapy and physical therapy.

This type of therapy involes various types of postural, visual and functional assessment procedures which help the therapist identify the issue.  The work is often concentrated on a particular area with precision focus for an extended amount of time involving interactive feedback with the client, whilst other areas of the body which may seem unrelated to the presenting issue can also be worked on in the same session or in future sessions.  Finally the client is given useful exercises to do in-between visits in order to maintain, supplement and enhance the effectiveness of the work done durinig each session.

The video below is aimed at therapists but still will be very much of interest to a lay person such as maybe yourself who may be looking for a proven alternative or complementary approach to relieving their soft tissue related pain, it expalins the physiological mechanism of pain and how remedial massage modalities can help:

Over the next few days, I’ll be publishing a series of articles defining some of the soft tissue modalities and techniques (mentioned above) that I use in my own clinical massage clinic here in Exeter (UK) and how in practical terms they have worked successfully on real world clients.


12 February, 2010 at 00:30 Leave a comment

Destination New Zealand and Peter Grunwald’s Eyebody Retreat

I’ll be traveling to the airport tomorrow morning catching a flight bound for New Zealand.  Flight time is going to be nearly 24 hours including a 2 hour stop over in Los Angeles for crew change (and refuel?).

The purpose of this trip will be to attend Peter Grunwald’s 3 week long Eyebody workshop.  The Eyebody method is a totally natural system of eye sight improvement, it incorporates ideas from Alexander Technique and Bates Method eye exercises plus a unique and holistic concept of eye, body and mind awareness that has been discovered by Peter which he used over a period of 18 months to completely let go of wearing glasses to correct an eye condition which he had for over 27 years without any kind of surgical intervention whatsoever.  I’ve already spent a day with Peter in a group workshop sampling some of the ideas and techniques when he attended The Mind, Body, Spirit Festival in London earlier on this year so know that spending 3 weeks practicing daily and ingraining the learnings into habit is going to be worthwhile.  As a famous personal development saying goes, when we are adults it’s not so much about learning new things but UNLEARNING the subconscious habits we have picked up along with way (especially in our first 7 years of childhood), and this is the nature of the process I’m expecting to go through.

Being a massage therapist and bodyworker I sometimes get involved with structural and postural alignment work with my clients and it’s also been something I’ve been exploring myself on myself through modalities such as indirect and direct myofascial release, cranoisacral therapy and visceral manipulation as well as body awareness through qigong, but this is the first time I’ll have comprehensively experienced first hand Alexander Technique.  All very interesting stuff which feeds back and around into the loop as I get to experience and benefit from and also which I can pass on and benefit the people whom I also work with.

I believe there will be 7 others on this workshop retreat, all with vastly different eye conditions no doubt, so I will report back what unfolds for those interested in the applicability of this approach to their specific circumstances.  Save to say that perhaps the key theoretical cornerstone to this Eyebody work is that the physical structural integrity of the eye and the optic nerve only accounts for 10% of our perception of sight, the other 90% in other words comes from the processing or our currently installed software which “filters” and gives us our “perception” of sight to give a computer type of analogy.

More information can be found at:

The first week of the workshop will be held residential on site amongst the natural beauty and surroundings of The Mana Retreat Centre in Coromandel (on the coastal location about 2.5 hours drive from Auckland).  From what I’ve gleaned from the videos that I’ve found of this place on YouTube, it’s going to be just like mana to a nature lover such as myself:

The remaining 2 weeks of the workshop will be held in Auckland.

I’ll hopefully be providing regular updates to this blog whilst I’m out there if logistics allow, otherwise I’ll make sure that a written debrief and photos are made available on my return.

Wishing everyone a happy, healthy and prosperous 2010.

Henry. xx

28 December, 2009 at 20:12 2 comments

Henry Tang – Therapeutic & Advanced Clinical Massage Practitioner (Crows Nest, Sydney, Australia)

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