Connective Tissue Massage
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WHAT IS CONNECTIVE TISSUE MASSAGE (CTM)?
CONNECTIVE TISSUE MASSAGE (CTM) is a dynamic solution to pain relief. It works by releasing restrictions in your body more effectively and efficiently than any other massage technique available.

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CONNECTIVE TISSUE MASSAGE provides you with immediate relief from pain without using excessive force.
CTM gives you:

  • Relief from chronic tension and pain
  • Increased ease of movement and flexibility
  • Improved posture
  • Enhanced self-awareness
  • Overall peace throughout the body

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WHAT DOES CONNECTIVE TISSUE MASSAGE FEEL LIKE?
It feels great!
CTM is a distinctive sensory experience. No oils or lotions are applied to the body. The practitioner's contact is generally broad, slow, and intentional. The approach is intense, but not painful, which allows your body to relax during the session.
Fascial shortening and restrictions are released almost instantly with the conscious touch of the CTM Practitioner, bringing an immediate and deep feeling of relief from tension.


WHERE IS THE CONNECTIVE TISSUE IN YOUR BODY?
Connective tissue is the soft tissue that surrounds, supports, protects, and connects each and every structure in the body.
Your body contains a continuous sheath of connective tissue, which is called "fascia". This sheath provides the structural support for the skeleton and soft tissues (muscles, tendons, etc.)
Gravity, injury, illness, emotional trauma, and other stressors affect the fascia, causing an imbalance in the connective tissue network. Fascial imbalance usually manifests itself as tightening or shortening of the connective tissue sheath (which makes your body feel as though the muscles are extremely tight). This is often experienced as pain, stiffness, discomfort, or decreased flexibility anywhere in the body.
When the fascia becomes chronically shortened, it loses flexibility and resilience so your body can't relax completely, even when it's "at rest".
CTM is the most direct way to restore length and flexibility throughout the entire muscular system, normalizing the tissue and bringing greater health through the fascial network.


BENEFITS OF CONNECTIVE TISSUE MASSAGE:
The beauty of Connective Tissue Massage is that it can be adjusted to individual needs and comfort that each client requires. That means most anyone can benefit from this work.
For instance, CTM can:
 
·  Enhance performance for athletes and dancers
·  Help injury patients rehab easier and faster
·  Improve posture and add more balance to the body
·  Relieve pain for chronic pain sufferers
·  Help improve tendonitis, scoliosis, sciatica, TMJ, and carpal tunnel syndrome
·  Be an adjunct therapy for sufferers of arthritis, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome
·  Improve range of motion, increase energy and enhance well-being
·  Reduce acute or chronic structural compensations (which could develop following a trauma)
CTM aids in faster and more complete recovery, and helps minimize the body's vulnerability to future injury.


CTM… GIVES YOU A GREATER FEELING OF WELL-BEING
Achieve a sense of: 
·  Increased energy
·  Increased breathing capacity
·  Enhanced self-awareness
·  An appreciation of the body as an integrative whole


CTM… BRINGS RELIEF FROM CHRONIC PAIN
We often hear this simple but powerful phrase from our clients: "Ahhhh! Relief", as the shortened areas of fascial tissue are stretched and released. Most clients say this type of massage feels so much better than any other type of massage they've ever received. Your CTM Practitioner helps minimize any discomfort and is careful to ensure that the work is right for you. Your CTM Practitioner works with you, not on you, encouraging you to give feedback so the work is certain to meet the individual needs of your body.


CTM GIVES YOU A CONNECTION TO MIND AND BODY
While CTM is primarily concerned with physical changes in the body, it can affect the entire person emotionally and physically – subtly and sometimes dramatically.
Here's how it works:
When the fascia is lengthened, more physical space is created, as well as more space for emotional change and release.
The physical "letting go" coincides with a sense of emotional "letting go". This often manifests itself as diminished stress, and a heightened self-awareness.


WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT CONNECTIVE TISSUE MASSAGE:
"This is the most effective work I've ever received. It really gets the job done." - E.M., recovering from carpal tunnel syndrome
"I was amazed at the ease of movement and the complete relief from pain and stiffness which I felt after receiving this type of massage for my own low back pain. I was so impressed that I have taken John's workshops and now incorporate connective tissue work into my patient care." - R.S., Doctor of Chiropractic
"I felt like I'd been immersed in light…I've never had results like this with any other kind of work." - J.M., Fibromyalgia patient
"This technique produces remarkable results…I've seen real improvements in some difficult chronic cases. I've begun referring some of my patients for this work…" - D.N., M.D., Orthopedic Specialist
"This type of massage really seems to help my legs…and the work on my back really got right to the areas where I needed relief." - P.L., Multiple Sclerosis client


WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT CTM AND BLISSFUL BODY:

 I chose Blissful Body because Stephanie came very highly recommended by many people I know.  I like that prior to each therapy Stephanie listens closely to my areas of concerns (which parts of my body that had the most complaints since my last session).  Then she always sets up an individualized plan to best care for those "problem" areas.  CTM definitely  has improved my life.  It has helped to keep those "aches and stressors" from daily life very relaxed and loose so as I can continue to enjoy my home, family, and work life.  My overall experience is always soothing and effective.  I have already and will always recommend Stephanie to others.  I want to thank Stephanie for her professionalism that is always there and for always 100% privacy with my needs.  I will always appreciate the care I receive from Blissful Body.  Thank you.        Heidi S., Ely

My work is very strenuous and sometimes hard on my body.  I began seeing Stephanie about 4 +/- years ago for "feel good massage".  It was a soothing experience...   A couple of years ago, she began expanding her work into Connective Tissue Massage which was even more therapeutic for me.  I had persistent back and neck pain with my hard outdoor work and the CTM seemed to keep me pain free for a couple of weeks.  Karen Nielsen Friedrich, Ely

Stephanie always makes me feel special.  She has a very calming influence.  You are never rushed in or out.  She listens to what is going on in your body at that particular moment or week.  When i first started with Stephanie I was a client, now I claim her as a friend.  She is a good listener and she knows her stuff.  I can go into a session feeling tight, sore and just all-round crappy, and I come away feeling rejuvenated.  Stephanie has a way of making suggestions that you will listen to and try out.  She is a very caring person and truly wants you to feel better and wants to help in any capacity.  I have a chronic back and nerve problem.  After a session with Stephanie I feel the stretch and the comfort.  She has helped me manage my back problem, and makes suggestions on what I can do between sessions to help keep my body in tune.  I have recommended her to people.  Try her, you will see what she can do for you. Maggie Roderick, Ely

I had the good fortune to discover Stephanie Bish in the early summer of 2008 for which I am forever grateful.   Her massages weekly that summer and again this summer have helped me more than any other kind of physical therapy which I have received.  Twenty years ago, in a car crash, I suffered a fracture of a vertebra which has caused muscle tension in my back ever since.  Other massage persons over the years gave some relief but none to the degree given me by treatments from Stephanie Bish.  At the end of summer in 2008 (we stay at a cabin near Ely for about 3 months each summer) I thought I might find someone back home (St. Cloud) who could give me the same quality of treatment, but nobody did nearly as well.  I have benefitted again from her excellent massages this summer and when we return in June, I will immediately seek an appointment with her, to help me with her remarkable skills.  Sylvester Theisen


ABOUT THE INSTITUTE FOR STRUCTURAL INTEGRATION (ISI) 
The Institute for Structural Integration (ISI) is the only school where Connective Tissue Massage is taught. It was developed by John Latz and offers Basic and Advanced Connective Tissue Massage courses 

If you would like more information about the Institute, or CTM classes, please call the Institute for Structural Integration at 305.754.0983.

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