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- 55 minutes – $125
- 90 minutes – $165
Michal became a Manual Osteopath & Certified Rolfer due to personal experience with sports injuries and the recoveries that followed. From playing soccer and tennis at highly competitive levels to working as a ski instructor every winter, sport keeps him active and has always been a huge role in his everyday life. With the intensity of high level sport, Michal contended with on-going injuries and subsequent surgeries. From his personal injuries, he realized the role of physical health education in the prevention of further injuries. In Osteopathy and Rolfing he sees a unique process of soft tissue manipulation that balances and realigns the body by releasing tension and strain.
Michal has worked internationally in multi-disciplinary health centers, consulting with clients in the Czech Republic, USA and New Zealand. Now he divides his work time between Hollyburn Country Club and his practice at Ocean Wellness Centre. Additionally Michal can be found presenting workshops throughout the Vancouver area.
Michal came with his girlfriend to Canada in 2009 to work for the Czech Olympic Team during the 2010 Vancouver winter Olympics. Michal now considers British Columbia his home, and when not working, he will be skiing, mountain biking, golfing or playing tennis on the North Shore, or travelling abroad.
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Rolfing® structural integration achieves remarkable results by manipulation of the myofascial system, the body’s soft connective tissue network that surrounds, support and penetrate all the muscles, bones, nerves and organs. Because the fascia throughout the body forms one seamless network, pain in one area of the body affects body function everywhere. Therefore, we treat the body by working on all areas, not just the area that is feeling the immediate pain. By lengthening and releasing the fascia, Rolfing helps the body regain its flexibility. The fascia release integrates the entire body and returns it to its state of natural alignment, leading to less restricted movement and free from the conditions that lead to chronic pain.
Rolfing sessions aim to realign, balance and alleviate pain within the body. Rolfing has been described by many as the missing link in pain reduction and realignment of the body; chiropractors work with the skeleton and massage therapists with the muscles, Rolfing, however, works with the fascia, which aims to lead to a complete eradication of aches and pains, improvement of posture and increased the freedom of movement; it also helps with both new and old injuries.
In one study conducted by the Department of Kinesiology at UCLA found that people who did undertake Rolfing treatment showed a greater range of motion. They were able to move more easily, smoothly, and energetically. Their posture was improved, and they were able to maintain this posture more comfortably.
Researchers at the University of Maryland obtained similar results. They found that Rolfing resulted in greater physical strength, less stress, and enhanced nervous-system response. This study also achieved an improvement in subjects who had curvature of the spine, whiplash or chronic back pain. Although Rolfing is not intended to directly address emotional sources of chronic pain, many clients discover through treatment that emotional damage has resulted in long term tension, causing a misalignment of the body. In other words, holding their body in abnormal positions in response to emotional trauma has caused them to develop chronic pain. Recognizing and releasing the fascia in the areas of the body that have been affected by emotional stress can have a positive effect in initiating emotional healing, helping the body heal from the inside out.
Reduce pain. With balancing all muscles in your body and improving symmetrical posture you will experience less pain and tension in your body. Rolfing can help restore functioning caused by accidents or injuries.
Increase Range of Motion ( ROM ) and Flexibility. You can experience easier movement and increased ROM in your joints. Through releasing fascial restriction you will find more freedom in your body.
Reduce stress. Every time we have been in a stressful situation, our body has reacted by tightening up and holding that stress in the tissues. Rolfing creates a higher level of integration in the body, balancing and educating the body and the psyche. As the body approaches balance, it is more comfortable in the gravitational field. As the body becomes more comfortable, physical and emotional stress can diminish
Improve posture and alignment. Repetitive activities such as sitting at your desk, using a computer, and carrying children often contribute to bad posture and alignment. Rolfing can correct bad habits of posture, and increase your overall health, physical mobility, and self esteem.
Other significant benefits include reducing knee pain, plantar fasciitis, sciatica, carpal tunnel, tennis elbow, rotator cuff, lower back pain, scoliosis/ kyphosis/ lordosis, whiplash, headaches and migraine, neck pain, TMJ, visceral issues, shin splits, heel spurs, foot and arch problems, sprains, frozen shoulder, Ilio-tibial band syndrome, respiratory dysfunction.
Osteopathy is a complete system of health care emphasizing a whole person approach to medicine. It is based on the principle that are crucial for well being – the good health and harmonious interrelation of skeleton, muscles, ligaments, organs and connective tissue.
Osteopathic treatment involves using the hands for complete and sophisticated diagnose and treatment. Orthopedic and other manual tests and techniques are used to find and treat the root causes of dysfunction It is suitable for almost anyone and can contribute to the treatment and management of a wide range of conditions. Osteopathic practitioners primarily focus on restoring optimal functioning to bones, muscles, fascia, nerves and organs. Once balance has been achieved within the organism, the patient’s symptoms are relieved.
Manual Osteopaths include 3 major methods of treatment in their sessions –Structural, Craniosacral and Visceral manipulation.
Structural osteopathy is a physical hands on treatment involving fascia manipulation, muscle stretching and joint mobilization. After initial diagnosis of restrictions and a treatment plan then the actual treatment becomes very specific and directed to the tissues maintaining that problem. In a session we use variety techniques as are strain/country strain technique, balanced ligamentous tension technique, muscle energy technique (MET) and others. These techniques are gentle, safe, painless and very effective. Manual osteopaths develop a very sensitive sense of touch to master osteopathic palpation. Palpation is what makes manual osteopathy different from other forms of therapy.
Craniosacral Therapy (CST) is the gentlest osteopathic technique developed by an American osteopathic physician, Dr. William Sutherland almost one hundred years ago. Treatment provides a non-obtrusive manipulation within the Cranial Sacral area to calm, relax and heal using cranial-sacral balancing. The dural tube filled with Cerebral Spinal Fluid (CSF)passes out of the base of the skull, attaches to the first three cervical vertebrae, and continues down the spinal cord where it finally attaches to the sacrum. Primary function of CSF is to cushion the brain within the skull and serve as a shock absorber for the Central Nervous System. CSF also circulates nutrients and chemicals filtered from the blood and removes waste products from the brain. Craniosacral therapy can have a profound effect on the body by improving the circulation of all body fluids, calming the nervous system and removing patterns of strain anywhere in the body. Do to gentle approach CST is recommended for children.
Visceral Manipulation (VM) is a hands on therapy based on the principle that organs have mobility in response to the body moving and natural functions. This technique employs gentle touch that alleviate tension by encouraging the normal mobility, tone and motion of the viscera and the connective tissue that surround each of the body’s organ systems. The visceral system includes the internal organs of the body, such as the liver, stomach, gallbladder, kidneys, spleen, uterus, bladder, pancreas and intestines. If organs can not freely move, adhesions and displacement can occur leading to pain, dysfunction and poor posture. It has been proved that certain organs are related to emotional activities (spleen to pensiveness, kidney to fear) and pain ( liver to right shoulder, kidney to lower back, gallbladder to right scapula, stomach to left cervical spine ).