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Neurological Support: Passive Joint Release
Gentle, Yet Powerful... Inspired by Dr. Milton Trager

Passive Joint Release is a successful treatment for neurological issues such as Parkinsonism, Multiple Sclerosis, ALS, fibromyalgia and similar conditions which helps the client maintain confidence in the body while living with a debilitating illness. This treatment is not meant to be a cure but is a method of maintaining movement, independence and reconfirming a positive experience with one's body. Shawn Feisst has used this method for 14 years and continues to find its value for anyone who wishes to experience their body in a lighter and freer way. It seems to combat gravity very pleasantly.

This approach to bodywork was developed in the 1920s by an American MD, Dr. Milton Trager. It makes extensive use of touch-contact and encourages the client to experience the freeing up of different parts of the body. The approach consists of simple exercises and deep yet non-intrusive hands-on work, including fluid, gentle rocking movements. The idea is to use motion in the muscles and joints to produce positive sensory feelings that are then fed back into the central nervous system. The result is a feeling of lightness, freedom and flexibility.

"I have found this to be a tremendous treatment for neurological issues such as Parkinsonism, Multiple Sclerosis and ALS because it reminds the brain through the central nervous system of the body's movement possibilities which are being lost through the disease," Shawn said.

A passive joint release session takes about one hour. No oils or lotions are used. The client can wear clothing or a swimsuit and is treated on a well-padded table in a warm, comfortable environment. Unlike a typical massage treatment, no long, broad strokes are used over the surface of the body and unlike various techniques of deep tissue manipulation, it does not use extreme pressure or rapid thrusts to create structural change and does not produce pain as necessary adjunct to its effectiveness. It is through gentle, soft touch of the tissue that the central nervous system is reminded of its full capability.

During the session, the practitioner makes touch contact with the client in such a gentle and rhythmic way that the person lying passively on the table actually experiences the possibility of being able to move each part of the body freely, effortlessly, and gracefully on their own. The practitioner works in a relaxed, meditative state of consciousness which allows him or her to connect deeply with the recipient in an unforced way, to remain continually aware of the slightest responses and to work efficiently without fatigue.

After getting up from the table, the client should feel an enhanced sense of lightness, freedom and flexibility. The work helps clients recreate for themselves the sensory feelings produced by the motion of their tissue in the practitioners hands. It is a powerful means of teaching the client to recall the pleasurable sensory state that produced positive tissue change. Because it is this feeling state that triggered positive tissue response in the first place, every time the feeling is clearly recalled the changes deepen, become more permanent, and are more receptive to further positive change.

Changes described have included the disappearance of specific symptoms, discomforts or pains, heightened levels of energy and vitality, more effortless posture and carriage, greater joint mobility, deeper states of relaxation than were previously possible and an new ease in daily activities.

If you or someone you know would benefit by the gentle but powerful healing touch of rhythmic movement and joint release, contact us at the Holistic Wellness Center-Encinitas for an appointment.

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“My bodywork sessions are the only time I can truly relax my mind and body equally and at the same time. The dual relaxation I experience is constantly amazing to me as I have a restless mind and an extremely active lifestyle.”
— Cami Mattson

“Everyone I refer to Shawn says the same thing. If you want a facial and a mud bath, go to a day spa. If you want serious healing, go to Shawn Feisst.”
— Karina Ward, Marketing Consultant