Margaret Mlynarczyk
Licensed  Massage Therapist
# MSG010399

105 Forrest Ave, Suite 100  *  Narberth, Pa 19072

610.668.1828  *  margaret@achefreezone.com


ST. JOHN METHOD OF NEUROMUSCULAR THERAPY

It is a comprehensive program of soft tissue manipulation techniques that balance nervous
system with musculoskeletal system. This therapy is based on neurological laws that explain
how the central nervous system maintains homeostatic balance. Accordingly, these same
laws dictate how the nervous system initiates pain responses.

St. John Therapy considers 5 principals that cause pain:
•       
 Ischemia - lack of blood supply to the soft tissue which causes them to be very
sensitive to touch.
•       
 Trigger Points – occur when the nerves fire impulses at rapid speed into an area of
the body other than that which has been traumatized.
•       
 Nerve Compression or Entrapment – pressure on nerve by bone, cartilage, or
soft tissue
•       
 Postural Distortion – imbalance in the muscular tonus system resulting from
movement of the body off the coronal, midsagittal, and horizontal planes. Gravity is
constantly pulling the body toward the Earth. If there is imbalance in the structural system,
gravity causes the body to compensate in an effort to retain balance.
•        
Biomechanical Dysfunction – imbalance in the musculoskeletal system resulting in
faulty movement patterns.

As a rule, Neuromuscular Therapy clears the way for rapid results; however, healing is a
biological process which takes time. The duration of the total therapeutic program depends
on:
•        How much damage has been done
•        How rapidly your body heals
•        The state of your general health
•        Haw long the condition existed
•        Stress factors influencing your life


DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE

Deep Tissue Massage releases the chronic patterns of tension in the body through slow
strokes and deep finger pressure on the contracted areas, either following or going across
the grain of muscles, tendons, and fascia. It is called deep tissue because it also focuses in
the deeper layers of muscle tissue.


SWEDISH MASSAGE

It uses a system of long strokes, kneading and friction techniques on the more superficial
layers of muscles. It is used primarily for full-body sessions and promotes general relaxation.